The Universality of Fear and Loss
Fear and loss are two emotions felt by nearly everyone at some point in life. In the reading A Private Experience, Chika and the Muslim woman are brought together, despite many differences, because of both fear and loss. Chika is a medical school student from another city, carries a Burberry handbag, and is staying with her Aunt who holds a well to-do job. These each insinuate that Chika is from a higher class of society. Chika is also a self-proclaimed Christian (supported by her wearing a rosary). These two crucial characteristics of her are the complete opposite for the Muslim woman in the room with her during the riots, who is Muslim and visibly less well off than Chika. However, while together in the room, they bond in ways two people of their differences probably never would unless placed together as they were. They not only bond over their fear of what is happening outside the building they are taking shelter in, but also of the fact that they have each lost somebody in the outside riots. Chika lost her sister and the Muslim woman lost her daughter. These two emotions are felt just as strongly by both women, despite their many defining differences and the acknowledgment of those differences. I believe this can be applied on a broader scale. In many conflicts, there are the extreme faction groups that emphasize the differences between one another and use those differences as a basis for conflict. However, there are often many people who do not include themselves within those groups. They instead recognize that while there are differences between them, they are each human and experience the same range of emotions and typically hold the same innate values. We see this discovery take form as Chika realizes it for herself in the room with the Muslim woman in this selected reading.