Sunday, January 3, 2016
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I really want to say that we are progressing into the new year, I really do. I want to say that people have moved past all prejudices that have plagued the last few centuries. I want to believe that people who fought for equality for all races and gender, actually won. But I don't think I would ever be able to say that much less believe it. This year has been a year where the truths behind some peoples' smiling masks have been revealed. They were not what they seemed. The people who cheered these heroes were the ones who flung mud on them. Freedom of speech is not supposed to give you the freedom to voice your opinion, but the freedom to express spite against people who don't agree with us. We were all led to believe that religion, race and gender don't matter- what matters is how a person behaves with us and in any situation. That was never true. At the end, it all came down to who speaks the loudest, but not the truth and who can buy off people to agree with them. It is dangerous when people with money are able to influence others to partake in their hatred towards a particular gender and race. It is when more and more people agree with people in power and lose their ability to determine what is right and wrong, that is when the wrong people gain advantage. History was supposed to teach us mistakes of the past and beware the tyrants, but our fear of losing support is what keeps us mute. Then there are people, who are not in power, yet perform atrocious deeds and are pardoned for it. This is what examples are being set for future generations- that performing heinous deeds will give you minimum punishment and then a chance to live your life when they were the ones who had taken someone else's. Then it all comes down to gender bias. No matter how many articles are written, it will never be enough until there is actual evidence that people are ready to see that we all aren't much different from the other. Women are still not treated with respect, especially in small villages where even the children see domestic abuse as something that is habitual. When a husband beats or berates his wife in front of someone else, the son usually sees this as something that is accepted and imitable, and therefore mimics the act when he too gets married. Then there are the daughters, who are always seen as a burden. This isn't only limited in rural areas where education is lacking, but in cities as well where girls are treated differently and burdened with carrying responsibilities of both career and housework. If they lack in any one area, they are subjected to emotional abuse and sometimes even physical. And if that's not enough, they must make constant sacrifices and compromises at the cost of their own happiness. Women are not allowed to think about themselves, in any race or religion. They must at first make sacrifices for the family when they are growing up, then when they get older, they must excel in housework and then get married at a proper age so that they are not deemed a burden in their families. In most families, only the sons are given opportunities that make their lives comfortable. Daughters are rarely even thought about when parents plan the future. However, daughter must complete her duty and even be ridiculed if she makes a tiny mistake. So can I really say that we belong to a time where we are progressing? No. As long as women are treated like objects and those who mar them with crime and disregard them publicly, walk away freely, there could hardly be any progress. The next step would be to realize is that people shouldn't be discriminated because of their sect. What should be important is what they are capable of and what good they can achieve. I've always believed that as humans, we are here on this earth to achieve our potential, not waste time spreading hatred and fear against people who are different from us. Hopefully the next year will be a year where good and peace presides over all hatred. A fantasy, a dream- I know. But dreams do come true sometimes.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
During Halloween, many people celebrate by dressing up as their favorite characters or monsters while some watch horror movies.
It wouldn't be wrong to assume that in many ways Halloween commemorates the horror genre and fandom.
So just imagine, there is a festival that celebrates horror.
I think the one thing that draws people to horror stories in movies and books is that just for that one moment, we are pulled into a world where the supernatural exists and where our deepest fears are given birth. But we find solace in the fact that once the movie is over and the credits roll in or when you read the last page of a horror tale, the nightmare you were brought into, willingly, is over. And whether or not the story ends on a happy note, we are given the opportunity to walk away.
For us readers and viewers, the horror is over.
However in real life, horror has many facets and all of them effect us in some way or the other. In real life, we cannot walk away or turn away from news items that we feel do not affect us.
The real horror is the bias people harbor in their hearts. It can be as much as a tad of jealousy at a person who has what you wants, or as terrible as someone transforming their bias into hatred for people.
We cannot look away from the fact that gender bias still exists in this world. Girls and women are subjected to prejudice and labelled as the weakest sex or the apex of all problems.
We can't turn away from the fact that people are still bullied for physical appearances- be it in school or the work place. A single flaw is seen as an opportunity by a bully to vent his frustrations on.
Living in this age, what is more troubling is the prejudice against race. We try to tell ourselves that a person of another race and cast doesn't matter to us, but unfortunately some people cannot turn a blind eye to skin color.
These are the people who with heightened feeling of hatred, are ready to hurt people in the worst possible way.
This is the real horror- the fact that we cannot escape the hatred some people have for others based on such superficiality.
Rather than judging a person by his behavior and attitude, importance is given to things that shouldn't even matter. A person with different ideals from yours doesn't make them a target for your hatred.
People can have different opinions and instead of respecting a differed outlook, why do we condemn them?
Being different and feeling different shouldn't be a crime in this world.
As evolved beings, we should be more accepting of change and different things that could help enlighten us.
Only then can we eliminate the horror that is haunting our world.