War is inching ever closer, like a noose slowly tightening around our necks. In the last few days alone, Istanbul, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have been ablaze, hundreds have died but, perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that the world has already moved on. There have been no Facebook filters for solidarity, no buildings lit to honour the dead. People care more about the European Championships than the lives of innocent men, women and children whose only fault was to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. We live in a world where the life of one white man is more precious than scores of coloured ones, where the wants of the rich matter more than the needs of the poor.
We fail to recognise the temporal nature of our lives. Our petty problems, our little rockets they all pale in the light of the universe, we are small, insignificant fractions of fractions, the universe has existed before us and will continue to exist after us. Our entires lives, from birth to death, are too insignificant to be even considered a blip on the universe’s radar, yet we choose to spend our ephemeral existence in constant cycles of hate, violence and vice.
This is not to say that we are all evil sowers of discord, no other being shows the kind of capacity for kindness that humans do. The world is burning and the powers that be are merely fanning the flames. In dark times like these, we owe it to our world to be the best versions of ourselves, to be kind, just and strong, and perhaps most importantly to understand that there is no black, brown or white when it comes to lives.
Daily Prompt: Autonomy
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