Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Members of Human Family Vulnerable to Common Threats

The exponential spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak suggests that we live in the “global village” and all members of human family share common destiny. The outbreak of a disease jeopardizes the life of all, the economic crisis hurts prosperity everywhere, the danger of nuclear attacks threatens all nations, the operation of extremists puts the life of all at risk, and the violent death of an individual outrages the collective conscience.
Members of human family have common will and woes. Threats will target all individuals regardless of their race, color, sex, ethnicity, and beliefs. Currently, the coronavirus targets people around the globe regardless of their skin color or religious beliefs and knows no border. All humans societies suffer in the wake of the outbreak in all continents – be it Asia, Africa, America, Europe, and Australia. Everyone is vulnerable to this disease without exception and no matter where they live or what religion do they exercise. Unlike terrorism, the disease does not discriminate one on ideological basis.
The coronavirus has put adverse effect on all countries around the world. There is a decline in global trade, and supermarkets and restaurants are shut down. Global economic crisis is likely to emerge soon. The life of each individual will be affected in light of the virus and economic crisis.
Similar to coronavirus, terrorism is also a threat to the entire globe. A large number of people were killed on the grounds of their faith and ethnicity as a result of terrorist attacks. However, despite the common threat, a number of countries and individuals simply scapegoated Muslims for terrorist activities despite the fact that Islamic countries were the main victims of the terror. In other words, terrorist networks targeted both Muslims and non-Muslims on the basis of their ideological, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Terrorist networks also crossed borders and posed threat to all human societies.
The emergence of economic crisis in 2008 also put an adverse effect on the globe. All countries suffered economically in one way or another. In short, the fate of human societies are too interwoven to be not be affected by threats – be it coronavirus, terrorism, or economic crisis.
With this in mind, human societies have to work in tandem for the mitigation of global challenges. If one country is struck by an earthquake, virus, terrorism, etc. all human families are likely to suffer. In such a case, the entire globe should support to mitigate the challenges and individuals’ pain and suffering.
It is time for all members of human family to cooperate with one another and promote the spirit of brotherhood so that the entire globe live a peaceful and harmonious life. That is, if human societies stop hostility and support each other, peace and prosperity will prevail in the global village.
A Persian poet Saadi Shirazi says, “Human beings are members of one another, since in their creation they are of one essence. When the conditions of the time brings a member (limbs) to pain, the other members will suffer from discomfort. You, who are indifferent to the misery of others, it is not fitting that they should call you a human being.”
It is self-explanatory that if the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood is promoted, the bulk of the global challenges are likely to be resolved.
On the contrary, if countries practice upon the “only my backyard” mindset and foment hostile approaches, the level of threat and challenges will increase.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, economic crisis, and terrorism pose threat to the entire human societies, all countries have to stop harsh rhetoric and extend their cooperation. They have to seek common ground and “communication rather than confrontation”.
It is time for the international community and all members of human family to focus their attention on mitigating the common threat and play their role responsibly.
Currently, both the pandemic and terrorism are highly threatening to human societies. For example, at least 92 soldiers from Chad have been killed by Boko Haram terrorist network. This week, the Taliban terrorist outfit killed dozens of Afghan soldiers. A large number of people have lost their lives in the wake of coronavirus and terrorist attacks.
If countries remain indifferent to the threats and challenges experienced by a nation, the entire globe will be affected by its spillover. Since we live in the global village, we have to be concerned to the pain and sufferings of our neighbors, listen to the call of our conscience, and fulfill our responsibility.