365 Days, June 1st: Silver lining

Write about something you consider “Ugly”–war, violence, failure, hatred___ but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.

In my several years of teaching there was one occasion when I asked my pupils what they’d like to write on that day, to my surprize more hands were raised in favour of writing about war, violence and hatred. These were mostly boys so I asked the girls to raise their hand if they agreed with the boys. The answer was, “Yes.”

‘Not a good idea’ I said.

I thought they are nine years old this was my opportunity to point out the difference between , war and peace, love and hatred. Whether I convinced them or not, I’m not sure, but I felt at least they know what I thought.

I experienced war, violence, hatred and killing at a very young age. In my mind these words were erased from my memory, until I saw what happened in Minneapolis a week ago.

People are showing their anger by burning down shops, destroying buildings because an innocent man was killed by a cop.

I feel the leaders should try to calm their citizens by making them understand hatred, violence and destruction can never solve problems.

In these trying times the people need someone who can assure them that this kind of murder of an innocent man will never happen.

There is a silver lining to the violence that erupted after the death of George Floyd that the recognition will come in the minds of people who discriminate against people who are of a different colour, ethnicity, religion that enough is enough, it needs to stop, that humans should not be weighed by their race, religion, or colour, but we are all humans created by one Creator.


4 thoughts on “365 Days, June 1st: Silver lining

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this nice post.

    I agree. We need leaders who strive to calm citizens, instead of agitating them with inflammatory statements. The United States is in great need of a transformation of its significant leaders.

    All good wishes,


    • Dear Robert,
      Thank you so much, I’m sad someone had to give his life to make people aware, how innocent people are discriminated because of their colour. I agree America needs responsible leaders.

  2. You are so right. We are one creation, humans made by a creator. Sadly, you are also right about the leadership, which is underserving us by not promoting peace, especially in peaceful ways. I’m sorry you’ve experienced war and violence first-hand. It hasn’t given you a wise perspective, one we would do well to learn from and to act accordingly.

    • Thank you so much, Clouch. I could not help writing about my experience, When we left our house from the back door, I didn’t know why we were told to leave that instant by our neighbour. It was only when I went to college and read Indian History, I understood that India was partitioned and we were no longer welcome in that part of India.
      It was hard to believe that the police would kill this innocent man by putting his knee on his neck. I saw it on TV.
      George Floyd’s relatives will never forget the words, “I cannot breathe.”

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