I sat down to write something meaningful.
The truth is, I don’t think I can say anything that hasn’t already been said before. But this does give me an excuse to sit down and drink coffee, so forgive me for not making much sense in the next few paragraphs.
I wrote an article when I was 16. It was titled “The Human Story” or something like that. I submitted that to the national newspaper “The Daily Star” with hopes of getting published in their “Rising Stars” weekly supplement.
It got published.
There it was, the article that I thought would unite the human race, end poverty, define the future of mankind, and spark a change across the world that would eventually lead to a Nobel Peace Prize win for me. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to any of those, but I spent 10 years of my childhood growing up in a building surrounded by the family of Muhammad Yunus. Muhammad Yunus’s father was our landlord. His goals were similar to mine, except the fact that he actually managed to succeed in achieving most of those. I don’t know, maybe he got inspired after reading my article.
The message in the article I wrote was a simple one: “We do not choose where or how we arrive on this planet. Therefore, we must not take anything for granted or look down on others who are not as fortunate as us.”
But I realize there is a problem with this message. It’s been repeated over and over since the beginning of common sense. And worst of all, I think if I sat down to write that article now, I would not be able to. Not because my vocabulary is shrinking day by day (It totally is dude!), but because I do not believe in that message anymore. I am guilty of forming opinions about others, rushing to judgement and generally being rude. The fact that I was excluding all the human characteristics from the very word that defines us as one, was a stupid mistake.
You see, the world needs balance. It’s just basic physics, a subject I was very fond of in school (As my report cards would prove, had they not been destroyed during the Sharknado). I constantly struggle to avoid stuff that would label me as bad, be it in the eyes of other mortals, or God. Doing good is hard when the reward is waiting on the other side of death (Yikes!). But doing nothing is easy. That’s why so many of us choose to do nothing everyday. Doing nothing is not as bad as doing bad or not doing good.
So I would write a new article in hopes of getting it published in a supplement called the “Fading Stars”.
The title of the article would be “Do Nothing” and it will tell you that when you choose to do nothing, you cannot be held accountable for anything.
That my fellow humans, is the key to survival. Just don’t expect to feel too good about it.
So what didn’t you guys do today? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.