Tuesday, August 14, 2018

No need to be victim.

Speaking up is indeed dangerous. In third world oppressed societies like Pakistani society, it can take your life. Or it can make your life hell. We have built such a non-tolerant society where remaining silence is consider better. A wise thing to do. Speaking up is discouraged.  Irony is that majority are of  those people who despite know everything prefer to be quite.

They are happy being victim and wants other to be the victims as well. Not only that, they even mix bluntness up with rudeness. Well, bold and intelligent person is always a threat. However, silence serves no one. There is no dignity in it. It is always minority who do wrong and majority go along with just by being silent.

As Dante Alighieri, said in Inferno:  

“ The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.’’

We are responsible for whatever happening around us. We are supposed to contribute to politics and society. Being neutral shows that we agree with whatever happening to us. And majority prefer to remain silent. They believe it is not their issue. Saying anything will create problem for them. They are nothing but idiots.

Never mind.

In ancient Athens contributing to politics and society in general was considered the norm and highly desirable. Being apolitical and selfish was frowned upon and all citizens aspired to be politically active. It was rare for citizens to demonstrate apathy towards what was happening in their state and common issues. The overwhelming majority of Athenians participated in politics to a greater or lesser extent.

Those who did not contribute to politics and the community were known as “Idiotes” (ΙΔΙΩΤΕΣ), originating from the word “Idios” (ΙΔΙΟΣ) which means the self. If you did not demonstrate social responsibility and political awareness you were considered apathetic, uneducated and ignorant. The word was transferred to latin as “idiota” and was used to describe an uneducated, ignorant, inexperienced, common person.

The brave is one who speaks up. S/he is not afraid to call spade a spade. S/he decide that enough is enough.  That is why s/he is  a hero not a victim. The victim remain silence and endure all the pain. Hero speaks up. That is why Malala Yousufzai  and Mukhtara Mai are celebrate as heroes, not victim.  Actually it is quite easy to be a victim. There will be no need to take the responsibility. Just blame others. This also help to gain sympathy. 

Another mentality besides being victim is grouping. People wants to be the part of certain group no matter what. It is beneficial for them. Despite knowing all they decide deliberately to remain silent in the name of neutrality. 

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