A little while ago I wrote a post People Are More Important Than Things
Since that post I have done some thinking and it strikes me that there is a whole area of stuff that I am attached to, you are attached to, we are attached to and it is not things. What is that stuff? Ideology, here is the definition:
ideology refers to habits of mind – beliefs, assumptions, expectations etc – which are placed upon the world in order to give it structure and meaning and which then serve to direct our social and political activities.
This week I read an article on the Guardian: Repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law and asked myself what is it about us that we place so little value on flesh and blood like us – our fellow human beings – and so much faith in the intangible. So much that we are willing to kill people if they utter the wrong words. Is our faith so little that as soon as someone questions our beliefs, our practices then seek to silence them, to belittle them, even to kill them.
Or take this post at the Adaptive Path blog: The Pernicious Effects of Advertising and Marketing Agencies Trying to Deliver User Experience Design. What is particularly noteworthy is the 87 comments or so that this post has generated. How interesting that so many of them are either attack or defend the point of view that has been put forward. It is particularly interesting to see the response of the people who feel they have been attacked – they attack back. Yet, if you read the article, the author is not attacking any specific person. He is pointing out the system structure that drives specific sets of behaviour. And it is clear that he disagrees with that behaviour.
What a wonderful world we can create together if we all made the following rule, the primary rule, the golden rule: Life (people, animals, plants) is more important than things, religions, politics, caste-systems or any other ideologies. Lets cherish each other: lets see, create and bring into being the best in each other. Please watch this from 4 minute video where Viktor Frankl (a concentration camp survivor) shares his view of man. Please listen and really hear what he says!
“If we take man as he really is then we make him worse.
If we overestimate him……overrate man, then we promote him to what he really can be.
So we have to be optimists idealists in way so we wind up as the true realists”
This post is directly aimed at you, my friend, Maz Iqbal!