Privilege is the hand that helps as we climb a ladder Privilege is being able to go out without a cloak Privilege is knowing you won’t be asked more of yourself than others Privilege is feeling safe among all the other folk
Privilege is what we held on to When we pretended to establish equality If you ever had to pick yourself up after losing everything You may begin to imagine the strength it takes to stand calamity after calamity
Even those of us, who haven’t meant harm Have used the helping hands for our own climb Knowing all too well in our hearts who our climb was going to leave behind
We may have felt guilt, we may have sought repentance Our hearts may have pained at others’ injustice Silent bystanders so far, not knowing what we could do Are being told how we could stand together this solstice
Let us learn to see another person Beyond their biologically adapted trait to sun exposure We all have color and we all wear a shade Let us not hide any longer behind our masquerade
Let us have more faith in our abilities to seek and forgive Let us focus on the efforts to amend Let us be humble and thankful That what’s being sought is justice, not revenge
A tiny particle challenged the reigning species again It brought the global hustle to a stand still We, who are always willing to run others over We are now, at the other end of the kill
Communications between two is hard enough We are witnessing attempts of communications to billions Watching leaders and masses has been humbling, frustrating and entertaining And the shares and forwards about them have amounted to gazillions
To some, this is not about #WFH but survival Some struggle to breathe and receive appropriate care Some struggle to make ends meet and feed other mouths Some essential workers are doing everyone’s fair share
Many others find this hard to understand and believe Many are trying to cope with the inconvenience of being limited to home Many are renewing interests and honing skills Many are letting their skepticism and imagination wildly roam
We found huge sums of money (‘for people in need’) We found ways to negotiate wars (that kill as many as covid19) We found time for family and friends (quite creatively too) We found time to pause from our never-ending chores
Air that couldn’t be cleansed took some breaths Other species pushed to corners found some space Life in water too took some leaps And spring blossomed prettier without the human chase
Times like this expose many truths Times like this can teach many lessons Times like this have come and gone Why don’t we still seem to catch the essence?
A long overdue post to potentially curb the itching on my hands with the overwhelming emotion in my heart. It is all over social media, it is in every person’s compassionate thoughts. Many weep within, concerned and many more do what they can- adding drops of life into what is becoming a dark, smoky, and human-only inhabited world. We as a species act in a considerably more reckless and negligent way than any other life form out there. We take nature’s abundance for granted and are arrogant with power. We have become far too comfortable in trying to live as per our will that we have forgotten to be gracious to leave things as we find them. We have forgotten to be kind towards fellow living beings and understand that the luxury of will is a big responsibility.
As humans, we imagine, explore, build, mobilize and seek more. However, a lot of times, we perform these actions, neglecting to pause on its potential impact on nature and resources, other humans, animals and plants. Sometimes we do try to address our ethical and moral duties, but even then, the balance we reach is skewed to our end for the most part. It took us thousands of years before we acknowledged that all humans were equally worthy and deserving. How long is it going to take us to realize that nature is equally worthy and deserving? What good is it if we are the ones to lose? Yes, we won’t know the answers to begin with, but we can certainly learn!
Predation in nature is vital for survival. We predate not just plants and animals, but even air, ground and materials. We do this – neither in harmony nor to survive, but for greed, and to an extent of wastage beyond consumption. The more we afford to consume, the higher is our responsibility toward life and existence. If we are capable of excess, why not leave the world better than when we received it? If we are proud of our abilities, why not recognize survival instinct in another human or animal? And if we can will, why not will a world where the surroundings are still lush and green, with streams and waterfalls flowing into rivers and oceans, and where all life forms can breathe, eat and live a healthy life.
We have to be accountable for our actions. Period.