We belong to
three fraternities at the same time: our country, religion and
species. As such we have three identities: a human identity, a
geographical identity and a religious identity. Complete
harmony can be achieved between these identities if our
concepts are clear. None of these identities clash with one
In fact, the
real test is to deal with all these three identities without
causing one to clash with the other.
We must realize
that first and foremost we are human beings born from the same
parents: Adam and Eve. As such we are one big family that
should live in peace and harmony. We should feel for each
other as members of a family. If any of us is distraught,
feelings of sympathy should naturally and instinctively arise
in all the rest. Our religious and geographical identities
should not be any cause of hindrance to this expression.
identity is only meant to associate us with a particular
territory of the earth. These territories, now mostly
organized as nation-states, are meant to provide our immediate
surroundings with peace and security. They are also
responsible for providing us with the basic necessities of
life as food, shelter, clothing, health, education and
justice. Humanity transcends geographical divides and does not
know of any borders.
identity characterizes our belief system in the metaphysical
realm. It connects us to the Creator of this universe and
provides us with a firm line of unity: all human beings are
His creation and hence are equal in all respects. Colour,
caste, and race cannot elevate a human being over another.
Being the creation of the same God, all of them are bound in a
single thread of servitude to Him.
Let us realize
these three identities of ours and try to make a difference in
this world by using them not only to our advantage but to the
advantage of our human fraternity.