Saturday, March 10, 2012

I just don't want to give up.


That girl on the street, jumping all over the place gleefully, playing with her brother like the world has no problems.A bunch of family’s playing cards on the streets like there is no trouble in the world.Did I hear a cackle of laughter from somewhere? Yes. That’s a bunch of people sitting together playing cards.

I never imagined, or did I ? These children are maybe today aloof of any issues in the world and laughing carelessly unaware of what fate has in store for them tomorrow. At risk Children is what we call them. It all seemed like a story from a distance, till I watched these families closely, finding the emptiness in their existence. Such is the magnitude of your despair sometimes that even hope ceases to exist. What exists is an empty laughter free of fear, questions, hope, empathy or even the slightest hope for sympathy.

An 8-year-old being sent to a red-light-area by her mother to get some extra bucks to run the family in some corner of the country fills me with despair as I wake up. There are too many issues in this world and I’m convinced the Why’s never help. The how to turn this ugly picture into something beautiful, is what will help. It creates something bigger; bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than our goddamned, fcuked-up egos. Our self-proclaimed righteousness, our judgments, our opinions, our sense of right and wrong, we are fanatics in own pitiful existence. Yes, we are. Afraid. Dammit.

An empty piece of box which makes noise at the slightest rumbling is what human-beings around us have been reduced to, even while we crib over the measly issues in life.

Girls sexually abused under the age of 10 in corners of the world. What am I doing in this part of the world? What is my role here? I don’t know. Maybe, it’s not time. Yet.

I just don’t want to give up. Not yet.

“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life” ~ Steve Jobs

9 comments:

Saru Singhal said...

I agree to concentrate on the 'how' part of it. And to the part where you personified us with empty boxes.

We must do what is in our hands and stretch a bit more...

World is a difficult place to be...

Raphael said...

you are tagged. that's all i have to say for now.

will come back to read tmrw. and i love steve jobs' several quotes. he's so inspiring even if many of his methds might be questionable

Madhusha said...

@ saru: Yo. Difficult if we take stress though. Just creating better things and discarding sad-ass one's makes life better. :)

@Raphael :Hey Thanksssssssssss fo the tag!! :)

Rohit said...

[Our self-proclaimed righteousness, our judgments, our opinions, our sense of right and wrong, we are fanatics in own pitiful existence. Yes, we are. Afraid. Dammit.]

Perfectly put. When was the last time you found an unassuming person? Someone who understands where we stand?

Sangeeta Reghu Nair said...

Madhusha - your post really moved me .. You are right to concentrate on the HOW .. and that's something I too want to work towards .. Every child deserves to smile, get education and to be healthy ... This is the least they deserve ..

Kajal said...

"There are too many issues in this world and I’m convinced the Why’s never help. The how to turn this ugly picture into something beautiful, is what will help." - so beautifully voiced the challenge. The basic need of a child needs to be met and addressed. The very thought of a 8 year old in that area is so frightening.

Madhusha said...

@raghiu,sangeetha,kajal: Glad people can connect to the post.M sure things r getting better. I know ppl who're doing passionate genuine work making real diff. Touchwood. :)

Madhuresh said...

I am reading this post just a few days after I watched Amir's SMJ on the same issue.
Yes, like an empty piece of box making noise is worthless. We should rather be inspired to execute in the 'how' section.

Informationjinxed said...

"Fanatics in own pitiful existence"!! I guess that describes most of the human race. And well, we can't be blamed as survival and that too of the fittest has been our mantra from day one.
In our country if one succeeds one hundred won't. Social causes always come last on our list that is if they find a place. One can't expect people to forget their comforts and head for rescuing others. We need to develop a system where state supports those who support others. And before all of that happens we need to make our State accountable. Till then there are a bunch of people who are making a difference and that gives me hope.