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Sunday, June 16, 2024

False sense of pedigree pride

Throughout the history of mankind, while their ware shrewd and astute who knew the power of lineage, color and cast, there were also men and women who were idealists and rebelled against this divide. There were men who propagated about equality and individual rights. While the human race has come a long way from slavery and oppression on the weak, still there is a long way to go to overcome the benefits and exploitations of racism, ethnicity and caste system.

Pedigree is limited to horses and dogs only or the lineage applies to humans as well. Humans some argue, have logical and rational thinking and can attain any height in any field through perseverance and determination. Any Human can be groomed, taught and educated. No trait or skill is attributed to a certain race or color. Scientific studies have proven this repeatedly. But then why does lineage, cast, color, or race become so important. Probably after religion, cast and color have been the biggest reason for division and violence in human history. The pride taken by men and women about their tribe and heritage creates a false sense of superiority and arrogance. This false arrogance gives birth the right to demean and disgrace other humans and their social status.

The careful examination of tribal and self-obsession of being a thoroughbred is deeply rooted in the financial and social gains. Centuries ago, people found out that one can only rule others and have safety and get financial benefits if they get united under tribes and family trees. It is also important that legends and mysteries are created so that children can take pride in their ancestors and remain united to deal with adversaries. Tribal mindset became the order for centuries, Bloodline became the criterion for selection of a new king or queen or to control the church, temple, or religious traditions.

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Millions became socially outcasts and slaves because of their cast 

The only way to gain respect and demand equality was either through financial independence or by acquiring a unique artistic skill. Scandinavian West though not fully but to some extent has overcome the problem of racism and color through education, democracy and continuous awareness. Throughout the history of mankind, while their ware shrewd and astute who knew the power of lineage, color and cast, there were also men and women who were idealists and rebelled against this divide. There were men who propagated about equality and individual rights. While the human race has come a long way from slavery and oppression on the weak, still there is a long way to go to overcome the benefits and exploitations of racism, ethnicity and caste system.

Compassion and empathy are required to make a world a better place. Utopian thinking, if all the resources available on this planet earth are distributed equally, the Gods creation can live in much better conditions and environments but then, humans constitute of emotions of greed, power, self-righteousness and superiority arrogance. The dilemma remains that while humans can die for their own children’s wellbeing and safety, they pay no heed when it comes to the children of their fellow human beings.

This happens because of a lack of empathy and compassion in some cases and in some cases it’s greed and gluttony. The self-interest of the blue-blooded elite keeps accumulating the wealth and resources for their kith and kin without realizing about the community and society they live and breathe. The sense of exclusivity prevails on inclusivity and happiness of fellow underprivileged and devastated ordinary men and women.

All the lessons even from religious transcripts or from ethical narratives are conveniently forgotten, all the lessons learned in the schoolbooks are shelved, all the teachings from the leaders are easily ignored because it comes in the way of aristocratic behavior. The worst part is that still there exist schools, colleges, universities and institutions that take pride in being prejudiced and convey discrimination. Even the religious orthodoxy keeps spreading discrimination, even being pious and virtuous is showcased and is sold to people. Myths are created for simpleton to create gods out of ordinary men.

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These gods befool people and extort benefits and monies for their own benefit

The question remains how one gets out of this sense of false pride and discrimination. The answer is to create awareness among the masses about their rights and existence. They need to be educated that men are born equal and through knowledge, skill and hard work, they can become respectable citizens. No one is superior just because of its bloodline or its tribe or heritage. All men are created equal and only education and awareness are required to get their due share from society. The divide between rich and poor, color, caste or creed is man-made to serve the interests of few. This false sense of prejudice prevails to create financial disparity and the disproportionate gap is produced by the self-acclaimed demi gods.

The awareness that all men and women are unique, extraordinary and exceptional. If given proper environment, education and training anyone can use its talent to be world-class.

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There is no one who is superior or inferior, all the genders, races regardless of their belief system are made equal and given the same senses and sanities. It’s all about the application of the mind through knowledge, information and data that will create the difference. The need is to be empathetic about fellow beings and make all the efforts to help tutor the underprivileged in one’s own capacity. All need to do their bit to make this planet more habitable and equitable!

 

Moied Javeed is a senior telecom executive in Pakistan and can be reached at mj@tptglobal.net. The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.