On a different venue: Mumbai
The same game: religious bigotry and hatred
The same opposition: islamic terrorism
The same losers (and sufferers): the innocent civilians
I apologise for bringing this up on a cricket blog, but the events of the last two days
has affected cricket – and gone beyond to create international grief.
We are at each others throats so easily based on archaic “religions”.
we read it on cricket boards,
we witness it on TV and online
and thousands suffer and die on ‘ground zero’.
While India and the rest of the world busies wondering
the reasons why
I find it more difficult to understand the ‘rivalry’ of the Ashes.
It is really very simple.
We are now into 21st century;
we should have a 21st century religion that acknowledges every human as equal.
Since the 10 December 1948
we have one, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.
How many of us have read it?
How many of us believe in it?
How many of us really see every human as equal?
Should we make exceptions for the “religion(s)” that are in contradiction?
To create a world without boundaries we all have to change.
We have to change from the core of our beliefs.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
and goes on to end with
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
A miracle to set things right will never happen
a messiah to come to deliver us from our evil beliefs, will not happen either.
We can start by
knowing, respecting and practicing the Declaration … even if it means
erasing forever those passages in our religious books that preach death of non-believers.
Or we can accept such events as just another daily ritual
… and play cricket while humanity burns a few yards away.