• heartstrings_pal_ryu 5w

    The constitution drafted around 70 years ago, as far as India is concerned, continues to be the lighthouse to guide legislators, judiciary and executive towards the ideals that can give freedom and equality in the truest sense.

    Times change but few eternal values will always resonate with every generation that lives on the planet. And the halo around these values keeps growing and the utopian dream keeps getting better bringing justice to its name.

    Why is it that even though we know the vulnerable or problematic areas it is difficult to completely solve the issue? It's the same year after year. Why do issues which are man-made so hard to get rid off? There is wide consensus on the good and the bad but yet the definition of good and bad changes with the proximity. Nobody wants to be treated badly, and if they are treated badly an apology is expected. But when a person is treated badly the most common given reason is that the receiving person deserves such treatment. And this subjective metric influences most of our daily interactions.

    Humans are humans and they can't always be their absolute best. I completely stand by this. But not causing physical and mental harm to others is not that difficult, is it? Is it that difficult to not comment on a woman passing by in the street? I don't think that it's a herculean task requiring years of practice and strong sense of restraint. But to few, catcalling isn't a bad action at all, the subjective metric at its absolutely best. As long as the woman in question isn't related or acquainted with the man/woman it's all normal.

    And is wonder what stops is from doing the right thing. What should I really do when I see a child work at a place? Informing the authorities is the best option available. But I have never reported child labour in my entire life. My first excuse is my age, I'm too young to report it. Oh the irony, I'm too young to report about a child who is too young for work. What actually stops me? Is it my wanting to see the child completely in safe hands? I can always maintain contact with the child given the advancements in today's communication technology. I guess, I only have pity for the child and no compassion and empathy whatsoever. The reason for me being silent is my disinterest and the want for not being bothered because I feel that I've already got my plate full. But by having fake pity I feel good about me for thinking a few seconds about someone totally unrelated to me.

    But deep down in my heart I do yearn to make some significant actions which makes my existence beneficial to not just my family and friends. And I sincerely hope that I'm taking a path that is leading me towards it.

    @hearstrings_pal_ryu.

    Summer of 2018

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    Times change but few eternal values
    will always resonate with every generation
    that lives on the planet.
    And the halo around these values
    keeps growing and the utopian dream
    keeps getting better bringing justice to its name.


    ©heartstrings_pal_ryu