“Hope is a good thing and no good thing ever dies.”
I’ve been trying to write a post in memory of 26/11 but no matter what came to mind, nothing matched up to the pain, loss and sacrifice of those affected by the numerous terror attacks witnessed by this country.
I don’t know whether India has failed as a democracy or we as a whole are a shame to humanity. I have no clue as to what will help end terrorism in the world.
It’s in the nature of animals to fight for what is theirs. We humans take it to another level by using weapons of mass destruction and killing innocent people.
Everyday I read people’s comments on the internet about various things that happen over the world. Most comments being either negative, mocking, blaming or suggesting what could be done. It makes me think, what’s the point of all these complains? After all we are just common people and whatever has to happen eventually, lies in the hands of the men in power.
Being a journalism student, I was hearing a lot about how the news that reaches us is filtered, how the media has certain leanings and how what we read and see is not always the truth. I started losing hope in the media that I want to be a part of. I was afraid I won’t be able to make any positive change because it would gradually make me succumb to its demands and I will lose my principles and morals.
I asked my professor, if pressures from the management are going to make me do what they want, then what’s the point? Why should I want to be a part of this system?
He told me, you cannot be extreme and say that you want to stick to your principles come what may. Balance is a law of nature. You have to learn to come to common grounds where along with fulfilling the other person’s demand, your morals are more or less kept intact. He told me you have to find your territory, however small or big, make it a point that the change you wish to see, you make it happen from there.
I realized it is very important to keep yourself informed. We all are gifted with the power to think and we must not let anything influence us without processing the information for ourselves. By not thinking, we make it easier for the men in power to control us.
I’m not going to wait for the men in power to take some action. I’m not going to wait for better security measures. I look at it as a sinking ship, where we don’t wait for the crew to take measures; we just do what is in our power to save ourselves and a few others.