Friday, February 17, 2012
All They Want is Peace
Perusing the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble yesterday I couldn't help but overhear a conversation between two older gentlemen talking about the situation between Iran and Israel. One of the men made the statement that he had heard on a radio program that the majority of the people in Iran just want to live a Westernized lifestyle and have some peace. When I hear people make comments like this it makes me wonder if they really think there are people somewhere in the world who enjoy living in a war zone. Of course, the majority of Iranians want peace, who doesn't? So do Israelis, Syrians, Afghanis, Italians, Moldovians etc. As to that Westernized lifestyle; I think we need to be careful with that one. What is often implied implied in such a statment is two cars in the garage, a large suburban house and access to all the material goods one would want. In other words, an Americanized lifestyle. All people want the basic necessities of life: a decent place to live, enough food to eat, something to give their life meaning, usually in the form of gainful employment, and the opportunity to raise and educate their children in safety. It saddens me to realize in how many parts of the world this is missing. The fulfillment of this lifestyle will not look the same everywhere, something we in the West have a hard time accepting.