There are two ways to look at things. Either:
Despite all the good that seems to be happening, there will always be bad.
Despite all the bad that seems to be happening, there will always be good.
Either way, I would like to mention two things, major things, that have happened this week.
-America has legalised same sex marriage nationwide. It is now possible for everyone to marry. Everyone. Everywhere. As it should be. Well done, America. State by state, it happened, and while there are still narrow minded people in your country, and, let's be honest, everywhere still, people can now be free to marry the PERSON they wish. Not the gender, the person. I was thrilled to hear this had finally happened.
-A Kuwait mosque, a place of peace and prayer, during the holy month of Ramadan no less, was attacked by a suicide bomber. 27 dead. I found out about it via one of my students, who thankfully was in Argentina, but her father was nearby, luckily unharmed. I left the country only five days ago. I am lucky. My thoughts go out to those who lost their lives and their families, and of course to those in Tunisia. I suspect when I return in late August, things will be a little different. Things are a little closer to home now.
But despite this I think the unity of such a multicultural society will prevail. I know it sounds corny, but we got through the unrest of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where tensions were high. But this is a different matter. This is a group of extremists who do not follow what the Koran actually teaches. And that's why I think these attacks have ultimately failed. Whilst they have succeeded in the despicable act of shattering the lives of innocents, they have actually strengthened the resolve of those who are faithful to their religion and humanity.
Of course, I feel this way about all terrorist extremist attacks. I regret that I only speak out now because it was so close to home: I naively thought it wouldn't touch us. I love Kuwait. It's my home; I work there, I live there, I have friends/family there. What saddened me is that when 9/11 was fresh there was an instant hatred for all things Islam and all people Muslim. But surprisingly, through social media etc people are finally starting to realise that Islam is not about what the media has so often sensationalised it to be. It is the actions of THE FEW bad seeds withy twisted morals, amongst millions upon millions of Muslims who are decent, caring, normal people who unfortunately get the attention. Just like a drop of tainted liquid in an ocean can't change it, so can't a few extremists taint what the religion is about.
I am not religious. There are many things I don't like about aspects of Islam. ASPECTS. There's also a lot I don't like about Christianity. Or Judaism. Or Hinduism. Or religion in general. I'm sorry, but it's not for me.
But I know and accept that religion is for others. I may not agree with the establishments built around religion that manipulate and corrupt for their own gain, or to teach prejudice and hate, but I appreciate the faith. The idea of hope and unity and strength.
That is what needs to be known. Whether you read this journal or not, I hope that somehow, people are beginning to understand.
I am saddened by the constant hate and fearmongering. Whether religious, racial, sexual orientation, whatever. Like I said, there are two ways to look at things.
I choose the latter.