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I Promise to Bring Up A Child Who'll Spread Love, Not Hate. Do You?

13/07/2016 5:20 PM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 1:38 PM IST
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I'm not usually one to wear my heart on my sleeve, especially on social media. I see no point in doing it. Plus, it invites trolls, who often trivialize the whole thing or launch personal attacks.

Instead, I try to pick up something positive happening in my life or around me and stay as optimistic as I can. But the terror attacks that are taking place on a regular basis have really started to shake my optimism levels. I agree, I didn't know any of the victims personally, so perhaps it shouldn't be as difficult for me to adjust to the news of bombings and terror attacks around the world. But, I guess perhaps that's part of the problem.

We're quick to take to social media to condemn attackers and offer prayers for victims. And we absolutely should -- social media is just a way of expressing ourselves. But deep down, ask yourself if you really care? Unless it happens to you or someone you know, how much do you really care? Ultimately, it's just a news headline to us.

We are fast forgetting what it means to wake up without news of a terror attack somewhere.

I'm not here to say anyone is right or wrong. I am nobody to make that judgement. On most days, I don't even know if I am right or wrong. But I will say this, these attacks really make me question what I'm doing in my life. Yes, I'm counting my blessings that I'm alive as are the people I care most about. But as a human being who hasn't yet been desensitized yet, I cannot ignore what's happening around the world. I sometimes wonder, why can't it be an eye for an eye? How is it fair that innocent people are killed in the name of religion masquerading as front for a political movement? Surely, the number of non-terrorists outnumbers these imbeciles, and if technically "might-is-right", we should be able to stand together as one and fight (in whatever way we can) against them.

I'm not here to make a political statement. I know nothing about the mechanics of world politics. I'm not well-read or intellectually gifted enough to stand my ground against political trolls who may choose to attack this piece. But I am a human being. A human with feelings. A human who feels sad when innocent people are slaughtered. A human who worries about the safety of his loved ones. A human who wonders what sort of world his kid and future generations will grow up in.

I have no solution to offer here. As long as humanity keeps finding things to differentiate people, there will be attacks of terror. It's just the ugliest fact of life. The world will eventually destroy itself.

I may not be able to leave behind a better world for my son, but I can try leaving behind a better human being for the future.

But maybe, just maybe, we can do our part to delay it for as long as we can. No, it's impossible to love everyone. But maybe you can spread just enough love so that it tips the balance in its favour. Maybe, it's high time we stop fighting because of our differences and instead embrace the things that make us unique.

We are fast forgetting what it means to wake up without news of a terror attack somewhere.

I know that one little lousy note like this isn't going to make a change. Most people will probably not even read it. Or even if they do, will shrug it off as from someone who is trying to use the current situation to promote his work. If that's what you think, then perhaps there really is no hope. Maybe we have already been desensitized to all of this, have become apathetic. I just hope we don't wake up one day to all this happening to us, and realize, "Maybe we should have done something before!"

As for me, I refuse to give up.

As a parent, I may not be able to leave behind a better world for my son, but I can try leaving behind a better human being for the future.

This is my promise to the world.

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