In a year when the headline news was a pandemic, peace has been one sign of hope that humanity could hold on to.
The year 2020 saw historic movements towards peace that no one could have seen even just a year ago, the Abraham Accords saw countries that were once divided accepting brothers and sisters across the area, signifying a particular movement in mind.
Suffering has been part of UAE clothing for several years now, from educational reforms to the proclamation of Abrahamic House, the first multi-faith worship center in the region that embraces all three Abrahamic religions.
And now, that was further accomplished by the Abraham Accords, creating new relationships across the region for the good of all of humanity.
Language is crucial in thinking and we must now broaden the focus on tolerance to bring about a fundamental change in the mindset of the whole region to move from a state of conflict to a state of consistency.
We need to move beyond tolerance, a state of “tolerance to others,” to a state of consistency.
We need to live together regardless of religion and ethnicity and we need to send this message to the area. Suffering was a step in the right direction but consistency of heart is what we need to achieve now. It is something from your heart, something deep; it’s not about suffering.
Christianity and Judaism are both part of the region. Other races, too – Kurds, Berbers, Druze – are all cultures that are part of this region ‘s rich tapestry.
We are moving into a new kind of state, a national state rather than a “nation”, which is an open state that believes in the values of inclusive citizenship and peaceful coexistence with all peoples in the all associations.
The national state is, of course, a state of stability, tolerance and forgiveness. It is a heterogeneous state with religious, linguistic and cultural diversity.
This diversity and diversity enriches society and contributes to economic progress and social prosperity. The national state is the first protector of a society of tolerance and solidarity because it is founded on law, rights, responsibilities and inclusive citizenship.
Countries that are focused on and work for the future, dreaming of a better life for future generations, must uphold these values of consistency and practice them. The goals and futures of human societies are connected by their ability to embrace the values of cohesion and tolerance and to achieve a state of peaceful cohesion throughout society under a system. legal assured by the national state.
The world has evolved and developed in a way that no state can ignore or do without the capabilities, knowledge and experience of other countries.
So is the importance of the Abraham Accords, which encourages collaboration across the fields of economics, security and health care, among others. If we dissociate and become dissatisfied with the resources available, we rot, retreat and then destroy.
Sustainability has become a necessity of life for individuals and communities as well as societies. Therefore, the value of consistency needs to be understood, fully accepted, adhered to and put into practice.
The key to this is to accept the other and believe that difference and diversity are essential. Respect for different beliefs and dissenting views is essential, in order to interact positively with those who hold these differing beliefs and opinions and to refrain from interfering or judging their beliefs. More importantly, disrespectful actions and words must be avoided against others.
The value of consistency must be demonstrated, promoted and embedded in social life in a way that makes it an integral part of our culture and traditions and these values must be embedded in an institution. .
We need to put in place legal systems that maintain consistency and prevent infringements of the rights of some social groups simply because we oppose or disagree with them.
They all need to understand that we live in a different time than the time of our ancestors. There are no more emperors or caliphates or colonial powers, and no open, undisclosed geographical space.
We live in a world where the concept of an old state controls the movements and actions of people according to its standards, using tools such as nationality, identity and passports.
To accept this reality requires a change in human and collective consciousness so that one’s consciousness is freed from unused historical and political groups. Instead, the national state is a future requirement to ensure pluralism and maintain the security and stability that we enjoy today in Emirati society.
Faith alone will not bring us together, nor will sect, doctrine, or race. It is the national state that unites us and gives us the broad framework within which we can enjoy security and stability and achieve development and prosperity for the futures.