Be it in personal lives or between countries, the noble ideal, to live & let live is proving difficult to live by! Most of the problems in the world are due to busybodies refusing to mind own business & believe in the good intention of others. Repeating a canard or floating rumors obfuscates the truth in the end, creating friction even among friends. They tend to go around in geometrical progression while good deeds are mostly under wraps & hardly newsworthy, unless celebrities are involved; not that ordinary mortals mind, it is more to satisfy own aspirations & the urge to extend a helping hand.
Individuals suffer alone, but when it happens between countries, much emotion is unleashed, even pulling-in the common man to the streets, especially in poorer countries. The real reason could be wily politicians using them as pawns, to get attention & stay in the limelight! Nothing arouses the emotions that a neighboring country has belittled them! Malaysia & Indonesia are having issues as the latter are sensitive for the treatment of the millions who work in the former country, some even illegally. Cambodia also feels Thailand treats them like a poorer cousin. We all know the feeling from own life experiences!
When countries are divided by fault lines on the basis of religions & the politicians exploit them for own ends, the results are perennial hatred, stoked at every opportunity. India & Pakistan are prime examples of this sordid sate of affairs; both not able to live in peace. There are outsiders stoking the fires of hatred for their own ends to weaken both! How much the common man can benefit from peace is beyond question but they are just used as expendable commodities by those who gain by keeping the hatred going forever.
Education plays a big part in discounting the differences & looking at the big picture. Border issues hardly make an impact in developed countries like between the US & Canada, Australia & New Zealand or between European Union countries. After all, all are same blood & flesh with common aspirations! This is made clear all the time, especially after wars that kill millions & the peace process starts from scratch, time & again! The ongoing Middle East peace initiatives have to succeed sooner, than after many more lives are lost! The Sri Lankan issue could have been solved without all the blood shed but some had their own personal agendas like in many other issues kept burning by interested parties!
The best way forward will be to curb the arms merchants; no more trading in them by individuals and except for real needs to tackle security issues by legitimate governments! Even weapons of mass destruction fall in the hands of the evil who find excuses to use them to assert their power & for profit. The world has to act as one to wean even countries away from such weapons & use the energy, instead, to fix outstanding issues and not to create further fissures!
What use getting all news at the finger-tips when most are so depressing! Don’t we also have to develop positive energy based on live & let live; otherwise scientific progress can only mean faster annihilation of mankind & other living beings, except maybe cockroaches which are a great survivor! Our base instincts have to improve a lot than be divided by fighting for unseen Gods. The universe is vast, even talked of as multi verse & what not; but, let us start with our own planet, or even better with our minds! We have miles to go before we can sleep in peace; let us not create our own premature end by our follies, despite being given untold riches, and with a mind to enjoy them! Opportunities abound but we have to look in the right spirit, like in our individual lives!