Imagine a world without war. All the nations are at peace, humanity has moved on to entirely renewable resources and people are happier than ever. One of the biggest problems in our world today is people being ignorant of each other’s struggles. If humans would learn how to simply be less selfish and see conflicts from another person’s point of view, all of the world’s major issues and conflicts would be resolved and people would be happier than ever.
If the world’s leaders took another look at issues and tried to see things through each other’s eyes, all of the conflicts of the past would have never even come to fruition, and the conflicts we now faced would be entirely abolished. Take for instance the brutal persecution of Jewish people by the Nazi regime. All of the atrocities that took place in the second World War would never have reached the level they did if even one gritty, grey clad Nazi soldier had asked himself, “What if they were me?”. The same goes for all of the disagreements and conflicts that now face the middle east. The Israel-Palestine conflict, the Muslim-Jewish conflicts… every single tiny fight that manifests its ugly head would not be a twinkle in the eye of the world if common folk and world leaders alike would simply learn to walk a mile in each other’s shoes.
In more domestic terms, much of society’s unrest stems from people simply being ignorant of what each person’s unique struggle and feelings are like. Consider, for example, Nora and Helmer’s relationship in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”. The key conflict of this late 1800’s drama is Torvald Helmer never being able to see why his wife, Nora, behaves or does things in the way she does. When Nora was simply trying to save her husband’s life, she took out a loan. However, when Torvald finds out about this he is absolutely furious, and threatens to kick Nora out of house. If Torvald would have simply tried to see things from his wife’s point of view he would have realized that this strident reaction was entirely unnecessary, because she was simply trying to save his life. On a slightly different note, racism is still rearing it’s ugly head all throughout our country. In this day and age, such a trivial issue should in no way be any form of a problem in our society, because the solution is so obvious and simple that any person with half a brain could figure it out. All it takes is one person stopping before he treats a person differently based on their skin color and asks himself, “Would I want to be treated like this?”. Solving all of society’s equality issues really is as simple as this.
Now in conclusion, whether a person is white or black, male or female, it is important to see things from another person’s point of view. Simply because almost 100% of all the issues that have ever presented themselves in the world would have never happened if people could simply see the world from another person’s point of view.
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