When you walk through life, feeling like a somnambulist, there will be a time when you get a rude awakening. For you are not in touch with your reality as life passes you by and you are standing on the sidewalk, an aloof onlooker. Often you live in the perception that this cannot ever happen to you – its news, happening to others.
But then, how can we forget that we are but a miniscule part of this humongous cosmos. Where our lives are already planned by a higher energy. Where we are born just to be squashed like an ant at the will of our maker.
This is the life of a mother who has buried her face in the sand, like an ostrich, so as not to face the stark reality of death that looms at every phase of her life.
Few days back my teenage daughter’s school was abuzz with a false death threat. False but scary nonetheless. Every time such a death threat comes, why are we so surprised? Angry that our cozy cocoon has been perpetuated by a teenager who just wanted a few minutes of glory and fun? Our lives lie bare at the mercy of others – teenagers having fun, youngsters wanting to prove a point. Men and women suffering from depression.
And we are supposed to sympathize with them too? Or we will be booted out as not having enough humanity in us? Of not having a large heart to sympathize with a man who is depressed. So what if he has gunned down 20 kids and those professionals who are considered doing the most holy service a (wo)man can do – teach? If I am expected to show understanding for such people, then I would rather be a willing sinner. For I do not have such a large heart.
So now that we have identified the fear that we live in every day of our life what is the next step? Acceptance? Ignorance ? Or just go with the flow? The problem is whatever we do, the loss will be always ours. A loss of family, friend or mental peace. How do I send my kids to school every day of our lives and not fear for their safety?
Yes, we can blame the government. Why are such people given free access to a country where the fear for life is increasing day by day? Mahatma Gandhi did teach us that love conquers all. Does it? Is it true anymore in today’s world. If someone slaps me on one cheek should I give him jadoo ki jhappi? [hug with love]
I have no answers but only questions. I have no solutions only problems. For this is what our lives have become in every part of the world.
I , Rubina Ramesh, a global citizen has decided to live my life in fear. I will be silent for I am but just a mom. This I refuse to do. I, Rubina Ramesh, a global citizen has decided to fight back and teach my kids to enjoy every moment of their life. Someone else's idiocracies will not dictate our lives.
What advice would you give to students who might face a lunatic with a gun?