As I was growing up the stories I heard about love started getting strange.
I always felt love was a sense of comfort, like meeting a stranger on a foreign land who speaks your native language with utter fluency. But what I never knew was, when my story will reach its climax, its inevitable end, I will forget how to communicate, making me forever mute and vacuous.
I thought I knew how to narrate happiness and love in eleven languages. As I grew up I recited sadness in eleven different eulogies on the grave of love.
They told me love always comes dressed in the cloak of relief and solace, like downpour that soothes your bruises and cracks on a warm day.
I am still waiting for this incessant rain filled with unending rage and ruins of a distant past to stop. This downpour of love just didn't know how to use punctuations, when to stop, when to start.
Do you like the unpredictability that life offers? Not knowing what's going to happen in the next minute, from the love that poets often offers to the ultimate death. Human beings were always curious, that's one of the reasons why we get bored and tired of doing mundane things. We often get seduced by the adventure and excitement, unpredictability offers.
Finding a stranger in the most unexpected ways when it's two in the morning and you feel certain belongingness. You find this unpredictability so exciting because it lets you get out of your mundane routine. A little escape to a new reality perhaps.
But do you feel the same way when it's freaking 40 degrees in July? What about the floods, drought, hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfire, heatwaves and a lot more? What do you feel about the unpredictability the climate has to offer?
I remember reading a report on Donald Trump and his take on climate change(spoiler alert, "It's all fake news") and thinking, how dumb is this guy. It's one thing to make fun of him but the scary thing is the huge amount of general population that still believes this same ideas and rally behind him. Not just him, a hell lot of political leaders are taking the same stand, like Trump, when it comes to climate change. We are seeing this new political change all over the world where liberal ideas are being crushed, and more conservative, religious and fake patriotic ideas are rising into power. This is happening in a time where there is a newly empowered generation fighting for basic human rights and breaking the stereotypical obsolete ideologies. I find it so funny, how even after thousands of years of evolution, people still supporting bullshit ideologies. How people fighting over arbitrary boundaries, obsolete religious and cultural ideologies, that are degrading the society.
Let's talk about climate change. I live in Kerala and the climate is( or used to be) pretty good here, then came the 2018 flood. It nearly cost $3.7 bn dollars. According to Forbes, it is one of the 10 worst climate-related disasters of 2018. We are experiencing this rapid change in the climate, one day it's way too hot and the next day it's the heavy storms. You may think, after experiencing this in real life, people will take climate change seriously(spoiler alert, "No they don't").
If only climate change is as controversial and spicy as the other political bullshit and celebrity gossips that we see on TV or the newspaper front page, we would've given a damn. Since it's not good enough to get a lot of views, it's going to stay on pages we are too tired to read.
It doesn't matter whether you believe in climate change or not, the reality is we are on the verge of collapse. It doesn't matter what religion you believe in, or what political party that you support and trust, the reality is nature doesn't give a damn about our futile existence.
When is the right time to talk about climate change? When is the right time to take a stand?
"The world, as a small number of people have been saying lately, will not end in 11 years. The bad news, however, is that around the year 2030 we will likely be in a position where we may pass a number of tipping points. And then we might no longer be able to undo the irreversible climate breakdown." -Greta Thunberg
"Is there a way to talk about climate change, without politics and religion getting in the way" -Don Cheadle