What does it mean to modernise?

In this age of technological advancement and progress, we may call it the modernisation of the human era from small villages to large metropolitan cities.

However, what does it truly mean to modernise?

What is modernisation if one only progress in technology but regress in our culture and society?

What does it mean to have high-tech equipment lying around if our souls are going back to the age of the cavemen?

What is the point of modernisation at all if we, as humans, do not progress in our spirituality and mental health?

Wouldn’t we just be intelligent cavemen? Could we even be called intelligent if our societies are in tatters but the only thing we’re good at is technology?

Hmm…

Oppressed

There are many things going on around the world.

And it seems that normal people like us can’t do anything about it.

Or can we?

I honestly think that the least we could do is to bring awareness to everyone about the pains and struggle the oppressed are going through.

We need to talk about it.

We need to stop the ignorance surrounding it.

We need to educate people on it.

It needs to end here, now.

The Least We (Humans) Can Do

Sometimes, we need to take a few minutes to remember how lucky we truly are.

Every single day, we fill our days with busyness and sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we might say something that is hurtful or ignorant.

Sometimes, we complain about things that did not go our way, as if we are entitled to everything that is good.

But we need to realise that we are not entitled, we are not deserving of anything. We are born into this world, weak and powerless and it was the people and the world around us that developed us into who we are today. So, what I see now is that we need to give back to this Earth and the people in it more than we should take from it because we owe them, we owe every single being on this Earth a debt. That’s the least we can do.

 

A Tragedy, or so I thought.

Boom.

Today was bad. My phone died on me. It short-circuited or something and just wouldn’t switch on.

And if you had experienced this before, you know how bad it felt, like a blow to your face.

Technology is like an extension of myself. Contacts, information and entertainment at my fingertips, and without a doubt, in the future, it might be worse.

It made think about how we start to grow dependent on technology from places to eat to basic everyday facts. Though, maybe that is a good thing. Technology removes the burden of knowing to them, allowing us to be free to think creatively, to ponder about thinks that we otherwise wouldn’t. We become more human in that case, to be creative. Instead of being the encyclopaediae, we become the curator – compiling and digesting information to find the meaning behind them.

Maybe, technology is good after all. Hmm… A thing to ponder about.

 

The Loss of zeldaxlove64

Innocents die every single day as a result of our actions. Many lives were lost in the countless tragedies that were caused by mankind. Innocent civilians die in Syria, Palestine, and the Rakhine State. Innocent, young lives were lost in the US due to the countless shooting tragedies that happened there. Many futures destroyed and countless grieved. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no end.

I have always envisioned death to be a lovely thing, a passage to the afterlife through a beautiful death with family and friends huddled together around a deathbed of the dying. I have also always envisioned the dying to have lived a long and fulfilling life and finally, after achieving everything that they can on Earth decided that it is about time to go to the afterlife to see God. Unfortunately, for the countless people out there, the end is not so beautiful.

I believe that death comes for everybody. Death comes for the young and the old, it comes for people of all races and occupations and it comes for everything that is alive. However, to me, the death of a young one is especially tragic.

Recently, Christina Grimmie also known as zeldaxlove64 was murdered when she was brutally shot during the meet & greet session at one of her concerts. A young woman with the voice of an angel gone just like that. Don’t get me wrong, her death is one of the many innocent people that die every single day and her death is no different that the deaths of innocent civilians in Syria. However, the incident to me was pretty much the last straw.

Why?

Because her death was a tragedy that could have been avoided. It was a tragedy that should never have happened. Hell… It is a tragedy that we should not be discussing right now because the point has already been made countless times through the shootings that occurred before. E.g. Sandy Hook Elementary.

Unfortunately, we are still talking about it right now and maybe long into the future and while we talk, many others would suffer the same fate.

I cannot comprehend this.

“Every soul shall taste death.”

But the death of innocents in such gruesome ways should never have been allowed to happen let alone even have the slightest probability to happen and this does not only apply to gun violence in the US but also to the relentless drone bombings in the Middle East, the slaughter of civilians by ISIS, and the death of hundreds of Rohingya in Myanmar.

It is unfortunate that many are and will be victims of the bigoted leaders where decisions are made based on their favour in the pretence that it is for the benefit of the country and without the slightest thought of human life that will be lost.

Gun violence, for example, is a clear example of that. With the countless tragedies that happened especially one of the most gruesome, the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, one might think that that would have been a good enough reason to ban guns. Unfortunately, common sense did not seem to be part of the software of the elites. With the gun lobby having strong political influence, it has become hard to see progress.

Furthermore, the selfish acts of world leaders have made me lose hope in the world. The death of innocent civilians at the hands of President Bashar Al-Assad and the support he receives from President Vladimir Putin, the support of Aung San Suu Kyi to oust the Rohingya from their homes and the up and coming (most likely) President of the US, Donald Trump are great examples.

I personally grief the deaths of all the innocent civilians every single day especially those young ones who had died not knowing why.

I personally feel pain when I heard about the murder of Christina Grimmie because I have watched her grow up on Youtube. Furthermore, we were of similar age, she died at the age of 22 and this year, I am 21. I watched her videos back when I was in secondary school, listening to her amazing covers on repeat. I watched her develop from just a singer on Youtube to a singer that does tours all around. Even though I have never met her, I was still able to connect with her through the power of the Internet. Her death was unexpected, to say the least. She had so much going for her but unfortunately, that was taken away. To me, it just goes to show that anything can happen, even death at the most unlikely of places.

However, I am angry, angry because things could have happened differently if leaders actually took the hard stance against gun violence and stop making stupid decisions based on money and power. Actually, if only leaders do what is right, what is morally right, there wouldn’t be any more of such tragedies.

Because doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.

Now, the only thing I can do is pray, pray for the safety of everybody innocent and trapped in conflicts, pray for the safety of humanity and pray for people to finally move against leaders that are corrupted.

Christina was one of the many innocent lives that were lost and one of the many examples that to me prove that the world is almost beyond help.

#RIPChristina

 

Inhumane Humanity

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Inhumane Humanity

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We were born lucky. Gifted with sentience and intelligence.

We are able to build wonderful civilisations and breakthroughs in technologies.

We are able to make the blind see,

And the paralysed to walk.

We are able to connect billions of people together,

And get to know each other.

However,

We are still barbaric as ever.

We ridicule and segregate each other,

Just because of language, religion and colour.

We fight, we steal and we kill,

Just because they do not have the same idea

of what politics, beliefs and culture should be.

We call ourselves Humanity,

One race to rule the Earth,

But we still listen to the bigots,

Who are spreading hate through their speeches,

Calling for Racism, Nationalism and War.

Thus, we divide, separate and segregate,

For fear of our safety.

How little do we know that,

That is where the problem begins.

I do not understand,

How could we be so ignorant,

Even in a time like this,

In a time full of progress,

A time when race, religion and language,

Should not matter anymore.

 

My Funeral

The smell of fresh flowers filled the air. The murmuring of prayers under the breaths of people is the only sound that broke the silence along with the occasional sobbing. Tears dripping from their eyes, wetting their cheeks. Their lips pressed together trying to push back the tears while others sobbed quietly in the corner, hands to their mouths trying not to burst out in tears. There are some who stood quietly with their heads down as if in silent prayer.

You stood from afar, looking at the scene before you. You wanted to tell them not to cry. You wanted to tell them that you are in a better place right now but you can’t, they could not hear you or see you. With eyes shut, lips in an everlasting smile, your body laid cold on the floor, wrapped in pristine white cloth as per the Islamic way. Prayers were said, goodbyes and kisses were given. They wrapped you in the white cloth and proceeded to put you in the casket to be brought to the cemetery.

You stood there, observing the surroundings. You saw many families and friends, people that you love and cherish till the end of the world. You also saw many other people that you have impacted one way or another. The auntie that you always bought breakfast from every morning, the cleaner uncle around your area and even the young children you always played with at the park every weekend. You tried to hug them, telling them that you are thankful for them to be there but your body just went through them, hopefully, they know that you are grateful.

That is how I want my funeral to be like, filled with friends and families that I will forever cherish and people that I have impacted positively that will remember my legacy.

To achieve that, I will need to start living by doing things that would impact others positively. It all begins now. It really put things into perspective on how I should live my life.

It really put things into perspective on how I should live my life because I do not want to be forgotten after two generations, instead, I want my legacy to live on for as long as it can. It may sound arrogant but it is because I want my existence to leave a lasting impact on the world and continue to bring positivity long after my passing.

Many people have died bringing nothing to this world. Why don’t we make use of our existence to benefit humanity instead?