Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We Are Humans First

A journalist called Saira left an interesting message for us. I am reproducing it below:

We all have tags, right from the moment of birth -- of name, caste, relationship, birth, domicile, wealth, race, nationality, gender, language, class and so many others. Simply cannot run away from them. And most times we get lost among these man-made tags and forget the ultimate and most natural one of all -- of being human beings and what it means to be human.

I read a story about two boys, about 8-9 years old, both badly injured in violent attacks, who were being treated in adjacent beds in a Tel Aviv hospital. One an Arab, the other an Israeli. The families of both were angry at the fact that the kids were being treated side by side. Even in that state, the kids are seen as enemies of each other than as just two small children fighting for their lives. Why is that so difficult?

We leave you with Saira's question - Why is it so difficult? Tell us.

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