We were at a friend’s place recently for lunch and were chatting after the meal. Ongoing conflicts and polarization of the world around the issues of nationality or religion, pushed by right-wing politicians, dominated the discussion. We were concerned by the growing rift and tension between several neighboring countries, and division of society around the issues of race, nationality and religion.
Can this trend be stopped? Will 2020 be any different? I would like to believe so provided the world learns the lesson and does not vote for people with divisive polices. We must elect leaders who are kind, compassionate and cultivate friendships rather that spreading hatred.
At this stage, I would like to share the following story:
A farmer in China had a neighbour who was a hunter and owned ferocious hunting dogs. The dogs frequently jumped the fence and chased the farmer’s lambs. The farmer complained several times to his neighbour about it but got no response. One day the dogs attacked again and injured several of the farmer’s lambs. Out of desperation, the farmer complained to the local judge. The judge said he could punish the hunter but then the farmer would have an unfriendly neighbour for life. The farmer thought for a while and said he would like to have friendly ties with his neighbour. The judge then offered another solution. Acting on the advice of the judge, the farmer took three of his lambs and gifted them to the neighbour’s three small sons. The boys were thrilled and immediately began to play with the lambs. This changed the hunter’s attitude who built a strong kennel for his dogs, and they never bothered the farmer’s lambs again. From this point onwards, the hunter frequently shared with the farmer the game he had hunted. The farmer also reciprocated by regularly sending lamb meat to the hunter. Within a short time, the neighbors became good friends.
Imagine what a different world it would be if those in power create friendly relations with all; and show care for those who are weak and in minority.
I wish 2020 will turn out to be a happy year, particularly for those whose rights are being violated and are currently living in the state of insecurity.