I used to wonder how some people could be so stupid. For example, if Trump says all Muslims should wear some sort of identification, and people cheer that idea, I just look at them and wonder, what the fuck is wrong with you? Same if I see someone respond to “Black Lives Matter” with “All Lives Matter”. Well that’s kind of the point genius. Would you understand it better if I told you a story of someone with a sign reading “Jewish Lives Matter” in Germany in the 1940s? Would you tell them, “No, all lives matter”?
I realised something over the past years. A persons understanding of the world is directly related to their personal horisons. Some people wear blinkers. They have never traveled, they don’t have friends much different than themselves, they haven’t peeked at history much. I get it. Their reality is very different from my own. They form their opinions by pulling from an extremely limited pool of ideas. To them Muslim really can = terrorist, and to them it really can seem like a good idea for the Muslims in America to wear identification. I used to think that if pressed, then surely being forced to think about it everyone would realise how dangerous and stupid that would be, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s the case. Most probably would, but far too many would not. The developing world has further to go in this respect, but it is disappointing to see how backward a lot of people are all around the most developed and wealthy western world. Have we not learned anything from history?
I think that a lot of the problems in the world would be solved if governments, instead of prioritising military and corporate spending, let’s face it, their own pockets, instead focused a bit more on providing quality education for people. Education is key, it’s the only way forward, it’s not that hard to figure that out.
I have been expanding my own horisons lately. I did a 7000 mile roadtrip, and now I have a whole new understanding of what a long drive is 😀 My horisons have shifted :-). I also met a lot of different people and had some good discussions with people who have very different viewpoints from my own. I can understand and appreciate better where they are coming from. I think it would be a good idea for people to keep pushing their horisons further and further throughout their life.