We are Humans NOT Templates
“We are humans NOT templates” project is an attempt to overcome major security problems we are facing today. As we see, many of the current agonies, conflicts and dilemmas are due to frank discrimination, be it gender, race/color, religion, social, etc. Accordingly, double standards prevail and fair judgement subsides. I believe that injustice produces violence. Also, stereotypes, racism and intolerance breed double standards which lead in many ways to injustice, so I am fighting corruptions, lawbreaking and ultimately crimes by fighting one of its main sources. As mentioned by Dr. Samuel Pierce, professor of clinical psychology in the US: “the kind of terrorism we are seeing today I believe is a response to oppression, people respond to feeling oppressed, you feel angry, because of feeling of injustice, you feel not being a part of a larger group”.
In 2011 there were more African-Americans in prison or “under the watch” of the justice system than were enslaved in the United States in 1850. Michelle Alexander, the civil rights lawyer turned author, says this is in part because America’s criminal justice system perpetuates racial inequities
Meanwhile, ISIS expansion in just few years shows that sense of injustice is a key to violent extremism.
I believe that:
- Human dignity is based on equality of freedom and mutual respect.
- Being intolerant is against being practical & objective - as it narrows the chances of collaboration by excluding others who may be fruitful in certain activities & events.
- Being biased is a fuel of injustice and eventually aggression.
Thus, peace is not related to age, place, ideology or race, however, it is directly linked to justice in every aspect of life. Hatred, biased, and stereotypes is a product of ignorance. Thus Consciousness raising & education is all what we need to live in a better world. I also believe that there are many approaches to solve our problems that may be simpler than what we think; thus, this project attempts to raise awareness – by using short movies & promoting the idea through presentations at schools, conferences, etc. - about the negative impact of labeling and racism against humanity. It also attempts to throw the light on the positive influence of living in a society based on equality, which breeds a milieu in which people collaborate with each other- with no exclusion - for the sake of economic, social and scientific flourishing, and ultimately for the sake of humanity’s progress and wellbeing.
The value of your contribution to this project by adding your comments, valuable suggestions, or even clicking the (like) button to the movies means a lot to me, as this may help to promote peace in communities and generations ahead.
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Well said! I feel as though this is a call to all of us to come together and stand up for what we believe – to speak out from a place of love. This is the time.
Thank you Salma Hassaballa for your work, for your hope, for your beautiful spirit.