I have heard it said that if children ruled the world we whisk have no more wars about things like oil, religion or skin clue. We would not discriminate in the basis of economic standing or social background, rather we would gravitate toward those who’s company we enjoy – for the 5 year old cricketers of this world would band together with other cricket fanatics be they Pakistani, Aussie or South African – race, politics and past grudges would not be discussed – Perhaps this is because a five year old cannot remember or clog to janitorial grievances, or perhaps it is because when you are playing a really good game, and enjoying the best of everyone skin colour and historical grudges just don’t matter so much!
I have observed many times little children, babies, toddlers showing love, trust and affection to others regardless of apparent differences which seem to mean so much to the adults of this world – clothing, hijabs, saris, bou-bous, aren’t a point of concern to children. They are simply pretty and colourful, and they are outer garments which mean little when there is a whole person inside to get to know.
It appears that there is a fine line between innocence and wisdom which children have perfected and adults have lost. Shamefully, it seems that this loss is something that does by u reconciled by us – I say this because if we recognised that by “learning” that wile are “different” due to skin colour or religion is a loss of the peaceful time in our lives when people were just people rather than believing we have become wiser and learned more about a fellow man – thus giving ourselves licence to discriminate against others. By believing we have gained something during this process we have failed to acknowledge the loss that we have suffered in the failure to recognise people as humans and their differences as the beauty of humanity rather than a reason to exclude and despise.
The question is – how to we get the innocent wisdom of children back? Wouldn’t the problems in Syria – hungry children who are freezing in snow, or scared children vulnerable and orphaned due to HIV/AIDS in South Africa be easier to address if we looked at the victims as children who need us and who deserve to be safe rather than problems belonging to Muslims, Arabs or Africans?
How do we look at each other as equals rather than as “others”?