"It is because of people like you our religion is suffering. We are not aggressive. We take every nonsense hands down." he said this when I tried to make him understand the uselessness of hatred and benefits of a mature discussion. Of late, my facebook time line showed many such "facebook friends" and real life friends getting too touchy about the subject of religion.
A walk after lunch yesterday, down the common area of our beautiful Greco-Roman styled Hiranandani buildings brought up the same topic. This time, another friend was sharing an experience when he had a heated argument on caste. Each one was claiming to be an expert on the subject and incessantly typing away the glories of his "community" and why every thing else was just balderdash.
These are just two of many such experiences.
I knew I can't convince every person I know that living peacefully and in harmony is a much better option. There is no need for that too. Each of us are responsible beings, or so I believe. It took some time for me to understand but I realised that in this era of "facebook experts", keeping your opinions private is possibly the best solution. So I restrained myself getting into these sensitive topics, unless it's a private talk between two mature individuals.
And then I saw a movie called, American History X. I felt I have to share it with my readers. It's a Hollywood movie showing a neighbourhood with deep divisions between the whites and non-whites ( Black, Hispanic, Asian and so on. ). Each "community" deeply hates the other. Somehow the movie reminded me of the current situation in India. All of us forming groups based on some common factor - caste, religion, language, state... Who knows tomorrow, may be even on their underwear color :/. People spreading hatred about other "communities" and/or glorifying theirs. People asking every one to teach the other "a lesson".
When you would see the movie, you'll be able to relate it to many recent incidents of violence and hatred that happened in India. And that made this movie even more special. I won't divulge the storyline here, because I really want you to see the movie and know for yourself. But there is one scene which I would like to share. The protagonist who was a gang leader is in the hospital and his teacher comes to pay him a visit, telling him how his brother is going down the same path as he did years back. And he asks -
"Has all that you have done, made your life better ?"