We have a lot of problems in our world. Some issues are things that would be prevalent no matter what. But I firmly believe that the main cause of the majority of problems in our world is human closed mindedness. Think of how many issues we could avoid if we could just open our minds to other ideas, and think how much more advanced we could be. Here are a few examples of issues that could be avoided if we could open our minds to other ideas.
There are many people who hate a group of people just because their skin is a different colour than their own. But really, if you think about it, everyone has brown skin. Some people have light brown skin, some people have dark brown skin, some people are in the middle somewhere. But it's all brown. What if I had blue skin? Would that make me any different than I am now? What if people were to start hating each other because they had different coloured eyes? That sounds pretty ridiculous, right? But if you think about it, it's the exact same thing. And a person's personality is more important than how they look.
I'm also putting religion in this category. People hate each other just because they believe in some things slightly differently? Most people believe in the same basic morals: no murder, be kind to others, respect others, no stealing, try to be the best person you can be. So why is it such a huge issue? Because one person believes in many gods while another believes in only one, and then you've got a third person who doesn't believe in any god? The truth is, nobody knows for a fact how the world started. People believe different things, so what? But when people start killing each other and hating each other just because they think differently... that's just despicable and closed minded. Open your mind to others, maybe they can give you a new idea. Maybe not. But either way, it shouldn't make you hate a person. (If they have bad morals, that's one thing. But just because they think differently? That's not cool.)
This is a biggie here in the United States. People who are gay, bisexual or transsexual are hated just because they are different. It's not as if they are harming anybody. They are hated for loving. So they love differently, who cares? By making it illegal for gay people to get married, what is really happening is that the people of the USA are making it legal to hate and illegal to love, unless you are like everybody else. In other words, individuality is hated, even if it's a good thing. Love is bad? And hate is good? Homophobia is just as bad as racism. It all comes down to people being hopelessly closed minded.
I don't know about other countries, but in America, the political warring that has been going on is just plain ridiculous. I, for one, am a solid Democrat. But guess what? One of my close friends is a solid Republican. So what? I still love her. When people say ridiculous things such as "Democrats are socialists that hate everybody" or "All Republicans are haters," I get pissed off. Have you even bothered to just try to understand the other party? Understand does not necessarily mean agreeing with everything they say. It means sitting and listening and trying to see where they come from in a rational way. You'd be surprised how this can help your view of the world grow. When Democrats hate everything Republicans do, and when Republicans hate everything Democrats do, it's all mindless closed mindedness. Try just sitting and listening to each other - I mean REALLY listening. What we need is open minded leaders. Also, we need to teach our children open mindedness; something in which we have failed to do for far too long.