Rumi the Problem Solver
The poems and parables of the great Persian Sufi poet, Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi, have given people consolation, insight and joy and can aid in solving many modern problems. In “The Guest House,” Rumi writes, “Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond,” (ll.16-17). To begin with, Rumi expresses, through this poem, the importance of our emotions. Emotions, both good and bad, are integral components for developing wisdom and living life. Good emotions do enhance your life but negative emotions also aid in the betterment of life. If you had never felt sad, how would you know what being happy felt like? The truth is that negative emotions make us appreciate and cherish the “happy days” even more. Negative experiences and emotions build character. Emotions are our defining characteristic and make life more interesting. Emotions are like a splash of color on a white canvas, without them, the canvas would be bland and absolutely boring. Emotions are important for solving delicate global issues such as human trafficking. Rumi’s wisdom can solve this problem because the victims of this modern day slave trade need emotional support from society, loved ones, and even strangers to recover. We need to give them that support. Rumi also promoted the concept of equality. In his poem entitled “Only Breath,” Rumi writes, “ I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one all to and know,” (ll.11-12). Rumi sums up, in two simple lines, a concept that human beings have been unable to comprehend ever since the dawn of their existence. Equality is an essential part of solving many modern conflicts. Most conflicts are born because of inequality. Since the very beginning of time, we’ve always been taught that this is my toy and that is yours or this is my country and that is yours. Things have always been divided, rights have been snatched away for superficial reasons, and people have been victims of...
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