I awoke this morning with the intention of writing about meeting places for a blogger’s travel theme. Then, I saw this quote and my thoughts were quickly diverted to group behavior, a sense of belonging, attempting to understand nationalistic pride, and where the seed of violence originates.
I have several issues with the quote by J. Krishnamurti. Mainly, what is wrong with a sense of belonging? People form groups for numerous reasons: companionship, security and survival, affiliation and status, power and control, and achievement. I believe power, control, greed, and intolerance…especially intolerance… are what breed violence.
I listened to John Lennon’s Imagine, while I was writing this post. In a perfect world, a life without violence is ideal. But, we live in an imperfect world, with unique and varied ideas, beliefs, thoughts, and traditions. We are not all the same, nor can we pretend to share the same beliefs. It is unrealistic to think that we can ever hope for sameness. The best that we can do is to hope for tolerance and understanding in our tumultuous world of differences.
I believe it is important to maintain traditions. What would a society be, if it didn’t cherish its traditions? All 15 year-old Hispanic girls honor their traditional Quinceañera.What would Nicaragua be without its tradition and passion for baseball?The majority of Nicaraguans are devout Catholics. Separating Nicaraguans from their strong faith could create a seed of violence, not the other way around.
Therefore, I am a firm believer in holding fast to traditions, cherishing one’s beliefs, and showing pride in one’s country for all of its accomplishments. No! Separating yourself by belief, nationality, and by tradition does not breed violence. Man’s thirst for power, control, and greed plant the seeds of violence. Intolerance for the beliefs and ways of others plant the seeds of violence.
Violence is the scourge of all societies, but we can make a difference. We must educate ourselves and each other about its influence and impact on all of our lives. Together, we can spread seeds of tolerance and understanding to counteract the violence in our troubled world.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish [ and be tolerant of other people’s fish ] and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Maimonides