Intolerance is growing at an alarming rate in our society. From homes to the halls of power, there is a severe crisis of tolerance. It has become normal to fight with each other over small things in homes. Families get separated from each other over trivial matters and do not like to see each other for years.
Similarly, if you look at the traffic conditions, there is also a lot of intolerance there. People create a lot of controversies even for the slightest breaking of rules. A comic actor once said that in Pakistan, even two vehicles can cause a traffic jam if they come face to face in a street. Both of them stand against each other and keep asking the other to remove the vehicle, resulting in a traffic jam. If someone’s car slightly collides with another’s car, then the ensuing fight is noticeable. Each one tries to exonerate themselves by putting all the blame on the other, prolonging the quarrel. When trying to get a car or a bike into a tight space, the way they try to outdo each other is especially spectacular.
Intolerance in politics is also prevalent. Politicians have promoted the culture of intolerance to such an extent that people have stopped talking to each other because of what politicians say. Political differences have been brought to people’s homes, causing rifts in relationships.
Social media has also become a political arena, creating a state of civil war in society. If you look at any social media website, there is nothing but political bickering. Political workers abuse each other and use foul language against each other. Apart from social media, political discussions are also started at gatherings or meetings. No one has information, and they just keep arguing with each other based on what they hear from here and there. Then it also happens that they say bad things about the leaders of others, but when someone else says something about their leaders, they fight back.
Politicians in the assemblies have greatly promoted intolerance. It seems that they have only sworn to oppose each other. Slandering each other and criticizing others have become their habit. They don’t even care to see opponents in assemblies, talking to each other, and shaking hands is a far cry. There is also a tradition in our society of attacking opponents and torturing critics, which is the worst example of intolerance. This culture of intolerance is embedded in society, which has had a very negative impact on the youth.
To promote a culture of patience and tolerance for peace and order in society, important sections of society must take action themselves. Scholars and teachers can play the most important role. Scholars should teach the public good manners and patience from the pulpit, and teachers should teach students morals and make them believe that society cannot afford any kind of fitnah (discord) or riots. Therefore, the words of any political leader should not be ignored, and care should be taken that teachers and scholars should not mention the name of any political leader but should mention all of them on an equal level. Similarly, the educated youth of the society should think carefully and evaluate everything themselves instead of blindly following the words of political leaders. They should follow the facts and not imitate any political leader to such an extent that they consider everything right. In this way, the anxiety and intolerance found in society can be eliminated.