I wrote this song to show how the inequality and racism that exists today in society, and that we see manifesting itself in violence, both through aggression and retaliation, has a deep rooted historical connection to colonialism and imperialism. I trace back to when colonists "quit" their assets, creating new nation-states based on artificially constructed concepts of ethnicity and nationhood, which led to people-groups vilifying other communities with which they had been historically connected and mutually interdependent with for centuries prior to unwanted colonial intervention. Further, subsequent generations of communities impacted by colonization have inherited pain and trauma, which often manifests itself through anger, drug-abuse and violence. If we can get to the root of these wounds, and try to recreate mutually interdependent relationships between communities that were forcibly divided, and now vilify each other, but who were historically interconnected, thriving through shared cultural and co-operative reciprocity, perhaps we can mitigate the escalation of future violent conflict. We need to bring the generations that have inherited the trauma of colonization, and perhaps don't know where the source of their pain comes from, together - and help them see that the "enemies" that the detrimental effects of colonization have created for us, are really our brothers and sisters.
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Music is the Journey
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Arsh Khaira loves to harness that power with a broad audience of music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Arsh Khaira has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. A graduate of the PhD program in Music from the University of Alberta, Arsh also holds a MBA (U of A), and a M.A. in Biblical and Christian Studies. Take a look around the site to get to know more about Arsh Khaira.