Why is it that for as long as I can remember there has always been conflict in the Middle East? Although I very well understand the political and social aspects of the confclit, I find it disgusting that two major and peacefull world traditions are seamered in the process - Islam and Judaism.
There are many sources which I can site for a skeptic in order to make my argument however I am not going to take that approach because it is not the purpose of my thoughts here. Frankly, only an idiotic, ill-informed, uneducated person (in other words a modernist), would think that Islam and Judaism propogate violence. But as I said, that is neither here nor there.
The point I wanted to make is the children, young adults and adults from Generation Y and onwards are so ill-informed and desensitized to violence that it is repulsive. In fact, studies show that children born from 1988 and foward have no clue what is occuring the world around them. In this way it is as if they live in their own ‘bubble’ or universe, one that is isoclated from the welfare of the environment and replete with the plight of impudence and pretenciousness.
I have observed that within my own friends circle this is also true. We are all more concerend with news which is not really news. Gosspid, slander and back-biting are our favorite subjects to speak about. How many times have anyone of us gone out for a coffee, or a drink, and discussed methods of environmental improvment, or how to foster a change in the Middle East?
One of the reasons why I believe many don’t is because they have lost hope. They have lost hope in their own government structures, in their elected officials but most importantly they have lost hope in themselves. They have lost hope because the electoral system does not directly impact them. They have lost hope because their elected officials do not truly represent their communities and the views of the populous. As such that have desensitized themselves to the affairs of the world and have in essence lost hope.
"Never lose hope my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible," says Rumi. Any self respecting skeptic would ask, how is it possible to maintain hope in a system which is so out of touch with the needs of the people? The answer is very simple and rather obvious. The change and the hope comes from the younger generation becuase as the cliche goes, they are the future.
Education is the conduit which is required to create this change and inspire hope in the youth. Immersing cosmopolitan ethics and values into the youth, at the early ages of their lives, will serve to create last impressions throughout the course of their lives. This attitude and perspective is manifested then throughout their primary, secondary and tertiary education paths and can in effect continue in their professional lives.
This type of change is generational and will not be something which I expect to see in my own lifetime. Perhaps a movement as such will start in the time of my children, or grand children becuase as our generation grows these messages, attitudes, perspectives, values and ethics are passed down from generation to generation. I think in this respect hope can once again be kindled and in this respect dwells in the invisible.