Drawing lines between people has been so common nowadays, and many people evaluate others by those lines. People are discriminated and even hated just because they are different. Nowadays, we are able to communicate with people all around the world, but the frequency of people hurting each other has also increased. Haters are not afraid to attack others and disparage them. Why do people do this? Do we always have to hate others just to prove that we are right?
People that oppress others are mostly the majority. The term majority does not always mean that they outnumber the others. They are just the ones who got the power and influence to the mass. It cannot be said that the majorities are always right. However, to keep their power, the majority tries to oppress other people and be on the top of the society.
Moreover, there are circumstances that minorities are attacked because they are not the same. As we learn in primary schools, we should know that being “different” and being “wrong” are not the same. Nevertheless, we think so, and act like that. Korea has long been a country with one race, and had priorities on being similar to each other. We have reached the 21st century and things have changed a lot, but our attitudes still remain in the past. We still discriminate multicultural families as “others”. People are discriminated by their appearance, even though they do not deserve that treatment. People refuse to be in others’ shoes and judge everything solely relying on their own life and perspectives.
Lastly, the society itself discourages people understanding each other. Capitalism, which is the primary ideology nowadays, concentrates on the product and the social status that it gives, instead of the people who are part of the society. Overheated consumerism also makes people to less focus on what is really important. People are full of “having” the product and identify themselves with it. How can people understand others if they do not have respect even for themselves?
We need to resurrect the humanity in ourselves. It seems that people often forget the fact that every individual consist the whole society, and every one is a part of it. Stopping the hate towards others would be the first step. It is hard to understand others. Everyone is so different because we have different identities, thoughts, and experiences from diverse backgrounds. However, we can at least try to respect them. Simply thinking that they are also people with feelings, we cannot easily judge or diminish them. It is difficult to understand people completely, but at the same time, it is not that hard to think that they are same with us. As we always say, we do have our freedom but we never have the indulgence to invade others’ happiness.
Jeong So-ha firstname.lastname@example.org
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