Keep Calm and Assess the Situation

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A few weeks ago, a well-loved Indian actor and producer Aamir Khan came out with a new movie called “P.K”. It was about an alien who must find God to return to his planet. As the movie progresses, Khan’s character P.K. encounters religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism ( the major religions in India) and finds that each religion has it’s own set of strict rules and that everyone gets offended if identified with another religion. Soon after the release, India saw a huge uproar. Many people, without even taking the time to understand what the movie was trying to convey, joined in the protests, saying that it was wrong to point out flaws in religion. However, upon seeing the movie for myself, I found that it wasn’t saying anything bad about the religions. Rather, it pointed out that people should be more tolerant and respectful of other religions and ways of thinking and should not get so defensive, so easily. A similar thing happened with the American movie “The Interview”. Based simply on a short trailer, international relations were disrupted, along with a movie experience.

Basically, what I’m trying to point out here is that we ( including myself) should not jump to conclusions so quickly. Take the time to do your research, and know your facts. Try to keep an open mind and don’t get defensive too quickly. If someone says something you don’t like or agree with, you don’t always have to challenge it. Like Brom said from Eragon, “You can’t fight all the fools in the world”.

Stay awesome!

Shaily

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