by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: Februarty 24, 2014
In October 2013, I published a blog post on religion. The post is about a picture I had taken of a Holy Qu’ran and Holy Bible next to each other in an African art exhibit in London, UK. From my travels to four of the planet’s continents, and many of the world’s countries, it is one of my favorite photographs I have been lucky enough to capture during my travels to meet different people and experience new cultures and foods.
Many conflicts around the world (though, it would be more than irrepsonsible to say most/all) are rooted in religions. Many times, differences in religions. Usually, differences in the interpretations of religious writings and teachings. How religious texts and teachings are interpreted are influenced by one’s culture and civilisation.
Many governments and societies with similarities, do not go to war or have deep conflicts. For instance, many North American and Western European countries are deeply influenced by Christianity and Catholicism. Thus, amongst other variables, share many similar attributes. The risk of a deep-cutting conflict is less likely (albeit, not impossible).
To have #peace4all, we (‘we’ meaning mostly the West and Western countries of the global, political atmosphere of today) must re-think how we see religious differences and ‘threats’. We must divide what we see as culture and daily practice from religion. We cannot confuse religion for the laws and practices of governments and other societies.
There will not one day be great wars, and the next, have peace. It is a process. An exercise of diplomacy, tact, relationships, and practice. There will be mistakes – this is a universal human trait. There will be continued, renewed, and new conflicts – this is a universal trait of nations in today’s world (not tomorrow’s!).
We do know one thing. There are 7 billion individual human beings on the planet Earth at this time. Each and every human, regardless of language, religion, history, way of life, values, beliefs, political affiliation, and wants and needs deserves peace.
Just as all humans need oxygen, nourishment, love, shelter, and belonging, each human deserves peace. We identify humans from other species based on our genes. Another trait that distinguishes humans from other species is the fundamental need for peace. (This isn’t to say other species don’t deserve peace – human peace may very well look different for various species of Mother Nature.)
Peace – a part of all human life.
A Call To Action
We must ask, how can we celebrate and encourage the vibrant and healthy diversity that exists in the world while ensuring differrences due not lead to conflict or war. How can we let each individual be him or herself while promoting #peace4all?
Based on your reading of this blog post, you may also be interested in reading: Religion (click here).
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.