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Leaders can ensure a more compassionate world

Faraz Luqman Bilgrami
Filed on June 6, 2020

As the world unites against the murder of George Floyd in the United States, it is important that we also strive against elements that lead to similar tragedies.
Months or even years in the making, such events are often born out of insecure emotions and inconsiderate remarks. They are fuelled by negative assumptions, suspicion, spying, gossip, superiority complex, jealousy, mockery, hate, anger, accusations, and threats. These are silent symptoms of not only racism but also of domestic violence, professional misconduct, and social disputes.
The United Arab Emirates has largely been able to tackle such issues and shows the way on how to ensure a society, a country that values tolerance. It is a Muslim nation that accepts people of different faiths, combines diverse talents, leads by compassion and defends with truth. Spreading hate is a crime here.
Countries that are struggling to contain hatred have much to learn from the UAE's example. The political leaders must learn to respect hidden struggles and flaws of people. They must lead by replacing anger with concern. People must learn to blame actions, not the faces behind them. Being politically correct is a virtue, and so is being patient with others. We must learn to respect personal limits and most importantly counter bad with good to find peace of mind. -Faraz Luqman Bilgrami


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