“As a society, you were unwilling to reflect upon the shared pain that united you with those who attacked you. You retreated into myths of your own difference, assumptions of your own superiority. And you acted out these beliefs on the stage of the world, so that the entire planet was rocked by the repercussions of your tantrums, not least my family, now facing war thousands of miles away.”

–Mohsin Hamid

With these words from a ‘A Reluctant Fundamentalist’ one realises a reaffirmed truth in various civilisations that while people suffer from a shared and unifying pain from inequality and unrequited grief they are unable to connect with each other because of an overwhelming stream of prejudices they build within themselves. These prejudices may even be inherent because of race and geographical locations. This sense of miscommunication as we see in today’s world has culminated into mass protests. Where in Pakistan we raise the slogan of ‘Not my Prime Minister’ similarly in the United States we hear the slogan ‘Not my President’. Where each day, these slogans are regurgitated to an immeasurable extent we find in a world where everyone is taught only to speak but not to listen, no one is happy. Since no one comprehends how similar their pain or their woes are to the other person. When will people realise they are fighting the same war all over the world only with separate backdrops?