“How does it feel to kill a man?”
It might sound crazy but I know that feeling really well. It accompanies me every single day, when I wake up, eat, even when I sleep. So how is it? It’s going to sound wretchedly once again but I have to admit that killing is very convenient. It feels like reading the morning newspaper and sipping coffee – relaxing. But did I really have to answer that question on my own? Actually, I could ask you to answer it.
Hello killer! Are you surprised? You may think – “I’ve never killed anyone, what is that guy talking about?” The reality is different – you are right, you didn’t kill anyone with your own hands but is it the only way to kill someone? Sometimes we are not perceptive enough to spot what is happening around us. Today’s world requires people to read between the lines and to know the things that are difficult to discover. The 21st century openly and unceremoniously hits us in the face with its complexity. Faced with this situation, we are forced to abandon the old devices of perception and create the new way of understanding and solving the problems.
Because of the lack of humility, ignorance and egocentricity we do not notice what is happening beyond our comfort zone. Being focused on pedestrian wants, we become blind for the serious issues. That is the moment when you begin to understand what I have meant calling us murderers. Each year thousands of civilians die in war killed by bullets, land mines, hunger and the lack of our protest which is synonymous with our permission for killing. The fact it doesn’t happen here, doesn’t mean it does not happen at all. Being passive makes us guilty. That is the way we become murderers not even realizing so.
The awareness that the problem did appear is the first step to its solution, but before we’ll proceed that, we need to know what the problem’s cause is. In 2005 Steve Jobs said: ”You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards”. Even though sinking the past might be hard and time-consuming, it’s doubtless that it’s going to be more efficient then trying to predict the future without any logical base. So, why not to give it a try? It may seem to be an absurdity, but I will try to unmask the entire evil of the word by considering the last few decades. First one will be the World War II when the one guy with a characteristic mustache was trying to kill the half of the European population just because he was convinced about his superiority and greed. Next one is the conflict between India and Pakistan, situation is a little bit different here because it was not all about a human individual but about religious differences. The third example is Libya where the people were starving to death while the Libyan dictator was chilling in his jacuzzi and drinking the most expensive champagne. Nowadays we struggle with ISIS extremists, I know that staying behind your rights is important but don’t you guys think that killing innocent people at a Christmas market is too much? There is some kind of similarity between given examples, few elements are repeating in every story. Ignorance, egocentricity and greed. But does it mean that we are back at square one? No, we are not, because now we know the ins and outs of the problem and we are finally ready to find the solution.
So how to save the world and establish the peace and justice? Considering the fact that the main reason of conflicts is a specific group of human features we need to figure out how to eliminate them. I claim that the most effective method of fighting them is a simple rule that I’ve called “the principle of opposite”. It’s really universal and might be used in any sector of our life. Let me show you the explanation. Firefighters extinguish the fire with water, when we are cold we drink a warm tee, when we are overworked we get sleepy – it’s a natural response of our organism and it lets us to keep the balance. Using this method we can also fight the mentioned features as ignorance which is the main reason of religious conflicts. Well educated society wouldn’t kill in behalf of their faith. They would be able to distinguish religious and secular values. We can fight egocentricity with kindness and empathy. Single person cannot influence the egocentric political regime but thousands of people can! The only difficulty is to start, to be that first person who has enough courage to make a difference. People have to break the vicious circle of the helplessness. There are many ways to fix the world, many paths that we can follow but all of those paths start in the same place – in our mind and conscience. If you want to make the world better, start from changing your attitude. That’s literally what I did – I started from myself. I didn’t realize how egocentric person I was until I joined the Water Volunteer Rescue Service. It didn’t change the world but it definitely changed me and gave me a chance to make a difference to someone’s life.
It doesn’t matter how you help, it doesn’t matter if you save someone’s life rescuing them from drowning or just give 5$ to a homeless person. The matter is that you are not indifferent to other people’s fate. The worst thing to do being aware of the problem is to ignore it. Stay ready, stay willing, stay human. Thank you.