Inhaling - Exhaling your every breath, You are coming one-step nearer to death, But the way you exist is all that matters, Is it meaningful or just trash-like chatter.
In this world where one is a killer or a dealer, You need to become your own self-sufficient healer, You need to link positives to your line of thinking, Even if you're talking, walking, sleeping or blinking.
Just try to find something good even in the trash, Like in the whole, complete darkness finding just a flash, Do not fear to get lost in search of the light, But have the fear to loose yourself in this world's void.
If not on the earth, find it in the whole space, But find the light that reflects your face, Come out of your comfort zone, To save yourself, because this place is peril prone.
Now we all know what has been going around us. It’s everywhere on social media, and nearly not enough on other media. And if you are aware, you can only fall into two categories. First, you don’t care about it anymore, and it doesn’t affect you, or second, it disgusts you completely, and you want to bring an end to this. Now, if you’re from the first category, please stop reading. This letter is not addressed to you. So please go and talk to your female friends, or sister and know about what they’re feeling. Maybe you’ll be able to empathise with them then. And if you’re from the second category, you’re not alone.
I see a lot of guys saying “Not all men” on social media. And yes, not all men are rapists or eve-teasers. But enough are that every female in our society has either been physically, emotionally or sexually violated. And where do you think these guys are? They are among us. They might be our friends, our family and we’d have no clue. The fact that most girls just ignore the hideous messages they get on social media should be enough of a wake-up call for all the guys about this scum of a group among us.
The media we had been exposed to growing up didn’t teach us the meaning of consent. If the female protagonist said ‘no’ to the “hero”, it was just a code word for trying harder. That is what we learnt from the media back then. So, we were taught that we have strength over the female gender. That’s what we saw in our houses, with the patriarch always being the head and the matriarch, rarely. So it was almost bound to flaw our thinking and understanding of our society. And to be honest, only some of us were able to unlearn what we were taught. However, we still come in contact with the section of society that didn’t. So don’t you think they too need to know what our community doesn’t teach? Now, unfortunately, the opinion of women don’t matter to them as much as ours can. Because no matter how different of a school of thought we have, we still are men. So whose responsibility do you think it is to educate them on this aspect? And if you come to the conclusion that it’s ours, then do you think we’re doing a good job? I don’t.
I remember this one incident from high school when all the guys in the class were hanging out together. This one guy remarked from his personal life, “If she doesn’t become my girlfriend, she’ll regret it. I’d do things she wouldn’t even think about”. A bold statement, right? He was raised that way. He always felt he was superior. This guy had a sister, mind you. Now when this was uttered by him, another boy from the class, interrupted him to say, “If you would do that, then do you even care about her? If she says ‘no’, she means ‘no’. As simple as that. She isn’t ridiculing you. She’s just saying what she feels, and if you’re going to hurt her emotionally or physically just for saying what she feels, then don’t call yourself a man”. And guess what? She did say no however, the guy took it maturely now. So just because one guy stood up to him, a girl was saved from harassment. So don’t you think if we all stand up and be “men” for once, women would live in a better world for them?