|Seedling Pluralism in Pakistan|
Pakistan’s pluralistic heritage completely capsized two decades ago, where harassment of Christian, Hindu, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Sikhs and other minorities had gone unchecked, and the eerie silence of the majority. I am amazed at the positive response to the documentary on building a cohesive America; a few Pakistanis want me to make a documentary about building a cohesive Pakistan. They said it was safer for an outsider to make than the one from among them. I am not sure if that is just a talk or they are serious, if they fund it, I will make it; there is so much goodness out there that needs to be released.
For the last seven years, almost every religious and political delegation that visits Dallas, I am asked to give an orientation on Pluralism and share about the religious landscape in America and how to build pluralistic societies. The Saudi’s had met with me in 2003 that led to the interfaith meeting the King held in Saudi Arabia… I am hoping to show the trailer of the documentary Americans Together located at www.AmericaTogetherFoundation.com .
Simply put, it is respecting the otherness of the other and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us. In cultural terms, it is recognizing your culture as a beautiful expression of life to you, as my own culture is to me. When it comes to food, it is recognizing that you will almost always you’re your mothers food, you might enjoy a well done steak while, I am relish the medium rare I delight, or vice-versa. Religiously, it is learning to honor the way your worship or bow to the creator in gratitude, your faith is divine to you as my faith is divine to me. As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, faith is in the heart of the believer.
We need to prepare ourselves for those eventualities to prevent possible conflicts, and lay a good foundation for nurturing goodwill and effective functioning of the societies. Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you must also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for you.