“Karei.n rehmat aa mil kar,
tu aazaad dil kar
ahem se, badi se,
safa kar khud ko khudi se.”

I had written Safa about four years ago, from a place of uncontrollable unrest, and addressed it directly to those who find their purpose in spreading propaganda which affects the present and future of others around them. I imagined catching them on an individual basis, dragging them away from their hate rallies, sitting them down one-to-one and giving them perspective – a look into an alternate way of life that lives and breathes on an all-inclusive ecosystem and everyone sees the world as one of equals.

The way I see the world, hate is weak on its own, which is why it needs to be constantly refreshed and stimulated as a group that makes it stronger and sustains it longer. The lack of purpose for some becomes the perfect point of advantage for those who do not want a world where everyone has equal opportunity. Not only do they want more for themselves, they want less for others, and in such imbalance, peace can never be achieved. Through tactics like misinformation, this lot lures others, who may not share the same motivation to their cause, towards them so it can almost be guaranteed that without their monthly hate pack, the people who have been lured in will tend to lose their dedication towards it. The reason is simple – human beings on an individual level are not designed to be that way. We are designed to heal over time, to endure and rise, to grow, to co-exist despite the differences for our own peace of mind, at the very least.

The only occasion where there is unrest between differing ideologies is when ego (khudi) steps in, takes over and eliminates empathy from the equation, but there can be a counter measure for that – if we can react within, check ourselves before we take someone else’s words as gospel or tell others what to do, the world will have enough place for everyone. It does! To look out for one’s own kind, one must just look beyond one’s own kind and see what they can do to not affect the lives of others in an adverse way for starters, because that causes a chain reaction just like it does when we are all driven by the idea of protecting only our own and end up doing things in the name of keeping them, their present or their future safe and secure, that often makes us either step over someone else’s space (which in turn causes a reaction of similar nature) or we end up canceling each other out and staying stuck where we are.

It starts not with them, but with you, within you.

I think here is where we can take lesson from the people who tilt towards destruction and imbalance, really – the one thing you can learn from people who are up to no good is how dedicated they are to their cause.

So, to those who keep telling you that there needs to be justice by way of elimination of equality, and try to justify suppressing or hampering someone they differ from, tell them that it makes no sense – neither do they represent us, nor does their purpose need our protection or saving – the only thing worth protecting is the present, the only thing worth saving is the future.

In the age of misinformation, co-existence is our only chance.

A fighting chance.

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