Nothing Lasts

History preserved names from different pasts,

yet we read them and let them float by.

It proves that nothing lasts,

not even you; nor I.

 

Like sand slipping in an hourglass;

we slide through time.

Age is what we continue to surpass,

and the ladder of eternity we aspire to climb.

 

All possessions come with a price:

Some you pay with materials; others with your soul.

The gift of life is worth twice:

As you pay for it with your spirit as a whole.

 

We blame time for the mortal spell it casts,

and we surrender to this lie.

But within our depths we know that nothing lasts,

not even you; nor I.

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Mean

The language we produce in speech is a conclusion to a set of mentally processed thoughts. These thoughts are exclusive to each individual i.e. all individuals have their own unique thoughts that aren’t configured in the same way as another individual. Yet, we still manage to bridge our thoughts, via speech and writing, to others successfully.

Since we can channel our thoughts, it becomes our responsibility to use precise and well structured language in order for others to decode the meaning we try to convey. However, as precise as we might be in delivering our thoughts; there will always be a chance of misinterpretation on the receiving end. Frequently, we find ourselves paraphrasing, writing and gesturing to explain and clarify the substance of our communication. And with all efforts, some deficiency still emerges from the part of the listener.

In consideration of the fact that people don’t share the same mental background, it seems natural that those we interact with decode our language using their own schema, which is the “cognitive framework that helps organize and interpret information in the world around us,” to understand the meaning we convey. This also implies that their understanding would differ greatly from what we intended to convey.

To wrap up, it can be stated that delivering thoughts to others can be a demanding task due to the fact that the receiving end won’t always grasp the initial meaning that was intended.

 

 

Society

I’m tied to many expectations

Ones enforced by society,

And when I demand explanations

I’m told to drop the curiosity.

To them I’m nothing if I fail

To conform to what they dictate.

They expect me to follow what they propagate

I have a choice, and this is not my fate!

Silence

Only silence was heard.

There was no whistle to the breeze;

Not a single chirp from a bird,

Just a river meandering in ease.

 

There were people standing,

Their voices were unheard.

They were at the sky staring;

Wondering what had happened to the world.

 

Only silence was heard.

The scenery turned blank.

Nature retracted,

and the river left its bank.

Actions Reflect Belief

We believe different things. Our beliefs sculpt our minds and make us unique individuals. Some believe strongly in faith and religion; others passionately believe  in reason and science. Whatever our beliefs are, we always strive to prove them to others through our actions.i.e. those who have religious beliefs perform religious acts such as praying and reading holy scriptures, and those who believe otherwise similarly act upon their beliefs. We behave according to our personal beliefs even though we sometimes give them general labels.

One can argue that in the case of religion, people believe the belief in diverse ways. This is why we end up with good -practicing- religious people and bad-non-practicing people. This applies to all religions and societies. Although the fundamental belief is the same, the way in which those beliefs are expressed differs. This difference, however, may in fact mean that the fundamental (basic) belief isn’t really the same for everyone, for if it was, we would be mirrors reflecting one another.

There is an infinite number of beliefs, but they all bloomed and flourished from other, more basic, beliefs.i.e. people interpret the basic beliefs differently, then they practice their own interpretation of the general belief. This is why we can’t judge people’s behaviour based on what we think their belief is. Everyone is different. So is their belief; thus their actions differ even if a more general label is used to identify their belief.

 

Does My Skin Colour Make You Racist?

It’s in our nature to feel superior over those who, we believe, aren’t our equals and to subordinate the less educated. It’s not in our nature though to frown upon those who don’t choose their origin and skin colour. It’s also not in our nature to attack, abuse and assault people for their race. Racism isn’t just discrimination based on origin and skin, it’s an ideology instilled in those closed-minded, superficial people who can’t see beyond others’ skin.

People are racist, not because they logically assume that the difference in skin tone makes a shade superior and the other inferior, but because of the associations that are attached to different racial groups. For centuries, the lighter races conquered the world and created civilizations while the darker races were oppressed and enslaved. In addition, the fair skinned had power and were fortunate to get a decent education. In contrast, the dark skinned were-as passed down-primitive and uneducated.   These “facts” are taught in schools, discussed in conversations and spread all around the world. How can we expect people not to attach these so called historical facts to  particular races and act on them, especially as the media constantly reminds the world about the past and persistently elaborates the superiority of a certain racial group and tags all the other groups with inferior labels? These facts have become part of our psyche; part of how we think of other people; part of how we interact with people and treat them.

Origin and skin colour aren’t the real reasons behind racial discrimination; it’s the fact that people can’t see beyond all these associations and stereotypes. If everyone thought before they labeled others and treated them accordingly, racial discrimination would be far much less than now.

What If We Can’t Write?

Writing has been part of our language for centuries. It is an extremely vital tool that we consider those who master it intellectual and academic. Although it came into use long after speech was established, it has created a space for itself along side speech and it’s significance is inexpressible. It is difficult to imagine a successfully functioning world without it, but what if writing never existed? Would we be different?

We use writing essentially to communicate with one another, to transfer our thoughts from our minds to paper and to preserve our ideas, beliefs and memories. If we weren’t able to do that, our minds would most probably function differently because much of what we say would be forgotten and our ideas would clog up our minds; either causing stress or decreasing our performance. The way we communicate with one another would be different too. Less linguistic rules would be followed and the standard form of any language would constantly change. Consequently our thoughts, ideas and beliefs would change at a faster rate than when we write because we won’t have something concrete to refer to. Relying on spoken language would be the only way to go about our daily life.

Spoken language when used alone, in the past, used to connote primitiveness and lack of civilization. Those who can speak a language but are unable to write it, or read it, are classified as less intelligent in the modern world. The urge for human beings to start using symbols and documenting transactions is a key fact that, somehow, proves that writing, as an action or a text, is an organizational tool that helps us as individuals manage our thoughts and decide which of them should be changed from the abstract to the concrete.

Have we achieved Woolf’s Feminism?

Virginia Woolf wrote masterpieces, and little did she know of their intellectual value. She wrote about her hopes for the future, about a society that didn’t distinguish individuals for their physique and role, and about women becoming active members of society. Today, especially in our society, her dreams have somehow become a reality, yet, women are still facing problems. Women these days are still going through difficulties, strangely however, it’s for different reasons.

Our society is ideally what Woolf dreamed of, seeing as it contrasts the typical patriarchal 20th century society. It is what feminism called for a century ago. In the 21st century, and although we still have patriarchal societies that dictate gender roles, women have more active roles in society in multiple scopes such as politics, culture and education. In the time of Woolf, women were attacked and criticized by men for their lack of intellect. Even though women knew they had potential and talent to express, they were continuously directed by social rules and gender roles that they had to conform to in order to survive.  Women are no longer attacked for their lack of intellect because they managed to crawl their way up and free themselves from the social constraints and stereotypes that chained them to simple day-to-day tasks.

However, the ideology of women’s inferiority still exists. What is odd is the fact that despite women’s increase and diversity in social roles, they are still attacked and made to feel inferior by their counterparts: men. From one perspective it seems as though men, rather than society as a whole, are the ones that dictate social dos and don’ts to women. In the fashion industry, food industry and entertainment industry, for example, men are the masterminds. They design what they perceive as fashionable clothing that women should wear in order to be accepted socially. In the food industry, professional male chefs dominate television shows and world class restaurants, and they’re always depicted as the ones who know better, even in areas that are supposed to be mastered by women. As for entertainment, women do and are made to do things that men find entertaining.

This all clearly reflects the fact that even if women swap roles with men, the idea of male superiority will always exist. This is because  feminism isn’t just a movement that secures jobs for women and earns them more rights, rather it’s a mentality that seeks to eliminate the domination of gender, and to create a balanced society in which the roles, rights and responsibilities of both men and women are respected and appreciated.

Smile

When you’re down
Do not frown
Force a smile
And relax for a while

Being grumpy won’t make you better;
It’ll make you miserable and  bitter.
Sadness drains all your energy and power,
Making you feel like a wilting flower.

Happiness makes your world brighter
Because you chose to be a brave fighter.
By being happy you seek pleasure,
Giving your mind the freedom of leisure.

So when you’re down
Do not frown
Force a smile
It’s worthwhile

K.M

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