Whenever we meet a stranger, we try to evaluate the person in terms of our perception. We try to see what we share in common. The more similarly,the tendency to open ourselves more to friendship. We reserve a space for those who share our family, language, ethnicity and expand it to those who share our hobbies,job, religion etc. This common trait enable us build bridges beyond ourselves and those outside of us .
In the same way, when the dissimilarities are more, we create a barrier . We do not include them in our circle . We create imaginary wall. We hold our emotion so tight .
We are consciously or unconsciously connecting with people or saperating from them.The boss who isolates himself from the workers treating them as human machine is building a wall of saperation . The master who offers a word of appreciation,, ask how the children are doing builds bridges of connection. Every wall we build breeds a new wall .
Whatever keeps us from reaching out to people is a wall. It could be sence of superiority, wall of selfishness, intolerance, group,fear etc
To curb this, we should see ourselves first as human and admit that the other is a living being like us. Developing closeness to the entire human. Seeing ourselves in terms of this group or that group obstructs us from a wider identity as human beings. We should refrain from getting so attached to our religion or group as that would blind us from seeing the value of another religion. We can take a cue from doctors and red Cross members who offer assistance to injured without inquiring about the patient group. Our motive should be universal compassion and desire to alleviate the suffering of others.