It’s been a month since I started this blog, and I still haven’t talked about ‘social issues’, which was supposed to be the main content as per my plan of changing the world one Post at a time. I realized that it’s difficult for me to talk about said social issues partly because it feels like a huge responsibility and I would never feel like I said it right, but mainly due to three reasons.
One. Much of what needs to be said has been said. There are talks and discussions and debates about it, and while I may have a lot to say, I wouldn’t feel like I’m adding anything to it, which makes me feel like the kid who mashes up all the points to make it sound like she’s bringing something new to the table.
Two. The talks that do happen fail to do anything productive. Discussions often turn into debates where people take extreme stands and stay there. You don’t find people accepting what another person says; they find ways to disprove their points – earnestly, like it’s some sort of a pissing contest. You end up having thoughts like ‘What is the point?’ and ‘Will people ever change?’
Three: How do you determine who is right and what is not? Nothing is ever in black and white – they’re all in varying shades of grey. Haven’t we all sympathized for a villain at some point? Aren’t we all guilty of forgiving certain wrongs in the name of ‘the greater good’?
I try to live by the ‘If you don’t know them, don’t judge them’ rule. It’s not easy living by that rule when you see people who are so obviously stupid and wrong, but then I remind myself that beliefs are a product of upbringing and experience and that people have their reasons to do and think the way they do (even when what they’re thinking and doing is stupid).
I do think it is important to talk about social issues not only for more awareness, but also because it helps people know that there are people out there who feel the same way. And while this can be harmful, it also makes people realize that they’re not alone. That there are people fighting for them, and trying to do something in the way that they can.