Poetry: The Human Aspiration To Overcome Conflicts
Humanity has come a long way since the dawn of the civilization. It has evolved around life and hope, to reach its present state. During this long journey human nature has also evolved around few basic characteristics. Namely fear, desire, grief, joy, pride, ego, love and hate. These are the main emotions which shape the human nature. Many believe that we as human being have not changed much since the dawn of the civilization. Their argument mainly stands on two facts. One is, as they want to put it straight, that we are unable to understand one another. This is our inheritance from our ancestors. So, the conflicts between various tribes, groups, and races remain still. And the second one is, this tradition of differences actually prevent us to establish true human connections between various sects, which leads to numerous wars and fights between one another. Although not every war is the outcome of racial conflicts, rather than conflicts of economic interests. Yet, we cannot deny their views entirely. Yes, we have inherited this hatred among the tribes and races, nations and peoples from our ancestors. And still we wage wars on others on and often. We didn’t overcome this human characteristic still now. We as human being has changed in both appearance and ability, from discovering the wheel of civilization to the technologies to voyage into the outer space. Yet our basic instinct of hatred among each other remain all the same. We have built nations with brutal military forces; we spend trillions of dollars yearly on arms and armaments. We put borders almost everywhere to block the immigrants to enter our lands. Constantly we try to find out new mechanism to exploits others to consolidate our economic supremacy. So, hatred among each other’s and occasional wars in between military powers is also necessary for this sort of civilized societies that we have proudly created.
We forget that we all are human with the same basic instincts that we have already discussed earlier, namely fear and desire, grief and joy, pride and ego, love and hate. Yet the irony of our civilization is, most of the time we overlook these overwhelming similarities with one another. Instead constantly we hover around the secondary differences such as language, color, religion, races etc. Again, these secondary differences dictate us how to behave and communicate with the others, who are not from our own community. Actually, this communal instinct is our prime inheritance that we want to preserve as our cultural tradition.
So, the problem of human civilization is primarily the problem of communication of sympathy among each other communities. This problem although has largely been tried to encounter throughout the human history, still persists in our inner soul and in our social structures. We should examine our own individual nature and make a comparative study with the nature of the other people of different communities. Only then we can learn about their conditions and aspirations and would realize that we are on the same boat together. It’ll help us to understand different communities and realize our own limitations. During the last couple of centuries our civilization has started to examine these cross-cultural differences and prejudices through the lens of literature. It is the domain of literature where one can overcome the barriers of prejudices to realize the comparative situations of different cultural sects and can relate to each other without any misperceptions. Although literature expresses itself through a particular language, yet it can also overcome the language barriers through translations. So, literature is the most important tool to play a definitive role in the cross-cultural interactions between various communities. It is through the fine arts, mainly literature even more specifically through poetry, we as a human being can find that human connections of sympathy which can bring us closer to each other among different communities around the world. Thus, poetry can also play an important role in cultural exchange worldwide.
As poets and readers, our aspiration should be to bridge up the cultural barriers and establish world forums of human sensitivity to spread out the essence of humanity around the world. And we should take this aspiration only to counter the traditional communal differences among various tribes, races, communities, nations. Actually, we believe language is not at all a barrier to embrace others with love and compassion. The vice lies in the basic instinct of communal prejudice and hatred. Basic instinct of greed and power to exploit and manipulate others. Yes, literature and poetry specifically can play an important role in encountering these forces, prejudice and hatred, greed and power.
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