I came across a video today in which Katie Hopkins and the radical right-winger Tomy something was expressing angst towards the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that happened in London last year.
Then they showed a video of a mock Grenfell Tower and set it on fire. I could go on about the filthy messages there but I can’t out myself to deal with the hatred.
So, this ‘othering’ is not just between migrants and citizens in a state. Color-based, religion-based, caste-based, gender-based… you name it. Within a religion itself, you will find people believing in small differences and judging others that have a different point of view from theirs.
It is super easy to focus on those differences and hate the ‘others’.
So here is a simple and easy tip-
When you meet someone, first look for the similarities. This shall give you some level of assurance that they are just like you in n number of ways and the ‘othering’ concept would not set in so quick.
Look for the similarities.
Are they human like you?
Do they breathe and eat and sleep like you?
Are they fearful of others just like you?
Well, there you go. That’s 3 similarities already.
Then you could think about other things like-
Do they want to be happy like you?
Do they want a decent wage and dignity?
Do they want the same human rights, shelter, food, and safety?
When you find all these similarities and get to a comfort level being around them, then you can look at the differences with an open mind and learn to appreciate them. Enjoy the diversity and see what can you learn from their culture, experiences, stories, and habits. I bet there will be plenty to learn and they might be intrigued about your stuff to learn from you.
All humankind can be traced back to African origins, from where they migrated to the rest of the world.
So technically the whole world’s population is refugees except for the people in Africa.
Think bigger than borders and boxes.
The world needs more of that.