The greatest sin
It’s Ramadan, a season my social timelines get flooded with prayers, and devotion. “A Blessed Month”, where (some) people fast during the day from food and water, yet almost no one fasts from sin.
The past few days have been personally very aggravating. I look around and everything about humanity appalls me. The timelines full of ad-hoc worshippers, fake compassion, every form of -ism possible, criticism of everything and anything with pulse, just all of it.
The greatest sin, is not what the “books” dictate, ban or taboo. It’s an attitude that has managed to become the norm of society, lurks among all ranks (financial, educative and otherwise). It really is all the “seven deadly sins”:
To treat you body, soul, mind, resources and environment (natural and social) like there is no other but you.
To waste resources, because you can steal electricity
To waste water because your building has a well
To waste petrol because your dad’s company pays for it
To waste food, because you will not eat it reheated
To waste time because you can
To waste your youth because you can
To lose your soul because you’re busy on whatsapp with your 7th “significant other” (just in case the first 6 don’t fulfill)
To waste your brain on chatter, gossip and spinning lies
To waste people’s blood because we can’t stop to think before we act.
The list is endless.
Today I saw a young man, spill a full bottle of water on the floor (not the plant pot next to him) because a beggar would not leave the sidewalk of the mosque he was at (guarding it outside ofcourse, not praying in it). He spilled it with a yell and smirk as the woman felt insulted. A woman old enough to be his grandma. A boy not worthy of a drop of the water he spilled.
The sentence “there are kids in Africa that don’t have food” may be overused. But, it is true! More so, There are people in Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas and Australia that don’t have food, water or electricity to get them through the day. They did not choose their life. But we can choose our actions. There are Refugees (Syrian and otherwise) in camps dying of hunger. There many Lebanese that are slaving in their own country trying and grasping to make ends meet.
Recycling, preserving, optimizing and minimizing, are all not too difficult to implement. They are a conscious decision to be present.
The Ramadan prank shows of this year have revealed new lows that TV stations care willing to go for ratings. Yet alot of the people criticizing them continue to watch, everyday, criticize and watch. Has anyone stopped to think that that is the whole point! They don’t give a crap if you like the show or not, as long as your sets and eyeballs are glued, THAT is the only metric that sells!
Have you ever stopped to think, should i watch that video of the journalist being decapitated. What would the 5 minutes i waste on that show be better spent on? Your job, kids, saving what little respect for human life we still have in our souls, friends, errands? Anything! ISIS is a media conglomerate, we consume every video, every picture without a thought!
I have never played, shared or posted ISIS generated media out of a very deep conscious decision to not support their virality by adding my view counts, every one of those millions of views is one of you, us, humans, individual souls that refuse to think!
If I had a penny for everytime someone mocked BDS in life or online, we’d have enough money to end apartheid. The repulsive idea that a cup of coffee is more important than a human soul, regardless of where that soul may be, is utterly disgusting!
Here’s the common (nauseating) debate: You still have Intel chips in your computer, use Google (they have Israeli HQ) and others!
Well here’s the difference.
You don’t NEED soda or sparkling water that supports hate, you can (and should for health reasons) give them up. They are NOT a necessity and the alternatives are EVERYWHERE.
It takes the same amount of time for you to look at the price tag and nutritional info on a product to decide: Is this product good for me, can i afford it, has it been tested on animals, will it’s $$$ be used to kill.
That three seconds more that you may waste on candy crush, is all it takes. Don’t pick up arms. Don’t post it on instagram, don’t snapchat it to the world. You don’t even need to jeopardize your “coolness” by telling anyone. Just do it.
Those that pretend to live in “peace”
Your life is NOT isolated from the world! (regardless of how thick-skinned your bubble is)
Every cent you spend is part of an intricate network on money that rules the world.
Every drop you waste is part of that 70% that exist on the earth.
Every action you do, trickles…
People may lose jobs, but others will gain them.
Artists may be hated. But that will show your children that humans are not just boobs, abs and a show.
Being Good is a real. Everyone is responsible for making the world a little better everyday.
A smile, a gesture of good will, a breath before you yell at an elderly, a moment of silence. A meal for the hungry. Kind words when financial support is tough.
A good deed, not for God, not for Karma, just for you, as a chromosome on this planet.
So please, instead of filling my timeline (alone) with your prayers, make yourself, the conscious one, a part of your existence on this planet without the need of an after-life to justify it.
If you want to sin, go ahead. Just don’t make utter apathy your greatest sin.
P.S. Accepting others and respecting their opinions is one of the most beautiful things you can give. Especially in today’s opinionated discriminative jungle.