humanity

I want to live in a world where the sentence “she asked for it” is punishable by law,

Where honor and sexual freedom are not mutually exclusive,

Where boys are never told that “boys don’t cry”,

Where being gay doesn’t require coming out,

Where being oneself is not a constant declaration of war,

Where Gods are not a disservice to basic humanity,

Where ethics prevail over edicts and reason over tradition,

Where difference is not perceived as a threat,

Where respect needs not be demanded,

Where rights need not be fought for,

                                                          …

I want to live in a world that is not always trying to kill me.

—  Joumana Haddad (writer, feminist and LGBT activist in Lebanon)
  • We are told that
  • To love and be loved
  • Is human.
  • But how can it be
  • that giving another human being
  • the ability to break you
  • to destroy everything you are
  • by loving them
  • is human?
  • It defies every survival instinct
  • we have ever known.
  • Rules are broken by our human hearts.
  • Love is everything we are
  • and everything we were never supposed to be
  • all at once
  • Humans weren't made to love
  • but yet
  • we do.

Honestly, I believe the best policy in this world is, do what you want as long as you don’t hurt others. It can be applied to so many scenarios,

Drinking alcohol? Only effects you
Drinking alcohol and driving? That has the potential to hurt and kill other people. Don’t do that.

Having a religion? Good for you, I hope you find happiness in it.
Forcing religious beliefs and practices on others? Nope, not so great

Going vegan? You go, doing what makes you feel healthy and good.
Eating animal products because you want to/you feel good/ [insert other reason here]? That’s rad too
Harassing and bullying others because they are or are not vegans? Stop, that is not okay.

Having an abortion for any number of personal reasons? That’s your choice and it is okay
Not having an abortion for any personal reason/belief/feeling? Again, your choice to make and no one should make it for you
Preventing someone else from accessing an abortion or forcing them to have one because of your beliefs? That is not okay

Just my latest little thought bubble

When someone says “I love you” what they really mean is, “I love you - terms and conditions apply”. When someone says “I’ll never let you go”, what they really mean is “I’ll never let you go - terms and conditions apply”.

We are human beings, not bloody contracts. Is it really that hard for us to love unconditionally?

- Losing faith in humanity

“A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim – he does not wrong him nor does he forsake him when he is in need; whosoever is fulfilling the needs of his brother, Allah is fulfilling his needs; whosoever removes distress from a believer, Allah removes from him a distress from a distressful aspect of the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection.” - Al-Bukhari & Muslim

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There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white’–but the 'white’ attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to re-arrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug)–while praying to the same God–with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the actions in the deeds of the 'white’ Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana.

—  Malcolm X; ‘Letter From Mecca’

A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero.

Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland.

Mr Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald.

‘I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,’ he said.

'I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, “He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding”. That’s my job - to help. 'And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.’

Mr Singh and other members of the public stayed with the boy until emergency services arrived. Not long after the accident, the boy’s mother arrived. Another man, Gagan Dhillon, was on his way to work when he saw the accident and stopped to help.

He said: 'There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don’t take it off - people die over it. He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.’

Sikhism is the only religion in the world which requires its followers to tie a turban. Sikh men and women do not cut their hair and cover their heads at all times as an expression of respect to their Gurus. The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility and spirituality. Turbans become a part of a Sikh’s body and are usually removed only in the privacy of their own house. Normally it is only in the most intimate of circumstances, when bathing the head, or washing the hair. 

The five-year-old was reportedly walking to school with his older sister when he was hit. He was thought to have suffered life-threatening head injuries, but last night was in a stable condition in hospital.

Since the incident occurred, Mr Singh has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page.

Mr Singh, from India, is in Auckland studying a business course. He said he was overwhelmed with all the praise.

'Thousands of people have said 'well done’. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community,’ he said.

'Thanks to all who messages, calls… thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.’

Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.
I can no longer bear the use of the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason.’ Throughout my entire life i have watched people i love go through things that can not possibly be a part of any sort of “greater plan.” Yes, i get that the phrase is supposed to be used as a pharmaceutical for death, or for when one has hit rock bottom, but if words could heal us the world would probably be an ok place. We beg for mercy and miracles where they are so desperately deserved and wind up with heartbreak and hopelessness that tear us apart and strangle our minds. I will never understand why things happen, and i will never accept the circumstances. All i know is that most people are good. We all deserve the chance to live, we all deserve more.