Bomb blasts, man slaughter, rape, gas chambers, gun shots, intentional fires, purposeful suffocation, and the list continues. Death, death, and more death. Everywhere we look, someone is dying, someone is fleeing, someone is taking his/her own life. No one is safe. No one is happy. This broken world of ours is full of broken people with broken hearts and broken dreams.
Fly like a kite, they tell you! Fly and reach for the sky, they said! This world is yours, they chanted!
Sorry, but I don’t want this world to be mine anymore. It was plenty okay when I was a little girl and all I could ever see were the rainbows and the luxuries of adulthood like red wine and fancy tea parties with my best friends. When love was a prominent emotion and hate did not exist. When there were no “bad” people except in movies and books…
But now, it is not fine in a world where blame gets thrown on scapegoats and violence is used as some sort of idiotic solution to counteract terrorism. I don’t want to soar in a sky where military air forces are stationed rather than birds and fluffy white clouds. I don’t want this world- where something so pure, like faith and religion, is blamed for the heinous deeds of ignorant terrorists who don’t value God’s creation.
What happened to the value of human life? What happened to empathy?
It is like this world has become despondent to death unless it directly slaps us in the face. And if we are lucky enough, we will survive to live another day, but if not that is all we got. And that is quite frankly, terrifying. It scares me to think that when explosives go off in another country, we decide to change the filter on our Facebook profile pictures rather than doing something of actual significance. It frightens me to hear stories of humans differentiating between humans purely on the basis of skin colour and ethnicity. Little does this world know, that at our core we are all the same. We are all human. If you can feel for yourself, how can you not feel for others? How can you not put yourself in someone else’s shoes and realize the extent of suffering they have endured? How can we, as a society, be so ignorant towards the dehumanization occurring within mankind!
Many are talking about closing our “doors” to refugees. Who ever said any of us owned this land? For in the matter of years we will all be 6 feet under the ground and none of this bullshit of “my land, my safety, (my selfishness)” will truly matter. I don’t even think we realize the impact of a statement like “closing our doors.” We are transforming ourselves into murderers by sending refugees off a cliff between life and death, we have their blood on our hands! Yet again, we choose to be ignorant towards the consequences of our thoughts and actions.
What happened to humanism? Is it purely just a philosophical concept with no resonating impact on reality or did ignorance, selfishness, and greed team up to extinguish the fire of compassion we were all born with? The compassion that arises from a simple human emotion called, love. Who killed humanism? Our despondency? The choice to not feel nor love?
So what kite will I fly and why should I fly it? What in this world is mine other than hate and suffering? To be upfront, I’d prefer to not live life than identify myself with this morbid face of mankind because I know I would choose to become despondent rather than to naively fly a kite in a world full of ugly-black crows.
But maybe it is this exact thought that is killing humanism. The human choice to become despondent towards everyday life. The human choice to give up on humanism for the pure reason of not knowing how to fix it. Perhaps it is all about re-evaluating one’s own perspective to give humanism the opportunity to once again flourish by taking a chance to attempt to create change?
And maybe creating change or the start of change is as simple as saying a little prayer.
So let us send a prayer out into the universe to restore our faith in humanity and protect all of mankind from the difficulties they may be facing.
Let us pray not only for the victims but for those responsible- for maybe it will do some good in awakening the love & light within their hearts. Let us pray for our broken world, full of broken people.
And let us send some love to Baghdad, Paris, Beriut, Mexico, Syria, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria & all of those countries also in devastating turmoil and instability.
Together, let us say a prayer.