Shahid Batalvi Speaks

with apology to Black Elk for he speaks first

Humanity: what makes you human

with 2 comments

You say Taliban are the problem. They are nothing more than a manifestation of a far bigger disease called apathy to which all of us are a party. We become a party by either active participation or passive complicity or inaction. As I have said time and again, when a country and a society, collectively continues to marginalize and dispossess a large swath of its own people, consciously or not, then a time comes when these people first beg, then ask and finally shove their salvation down the throat of the so called mainstream society. Since the marginalized and dispossessed have no voice of their own, groups such as Taliban, Hamas, IRA, ETA, Tamil Tigers and others, who have their own agendas, fill that void and provide the medium of violence to shove that salvation down the collective throat of society.
When society through socio-political and socio-economic framework continues to perpetuate illiteracy, poverty and disenfrancisement of the mass of its own people, then all who either actively partcipate or are passively complicit towards this prepetuation are part of the problem. Eventually every society with such variables reaches a point where its Taliban or its Hamas gets manifested and subsequently metastasized. Next time, don’t say Taliban are the problem and the government should fix this problem. Have the courage to stand up and say, I am part of the problem and intend to do something about it. If you continue to be complicit, and indifferent to the far bigger problem of apathy then one day you will not just be looking at the victims but will become the victim.
As Elie Wiesel would say, in denying the humanity of others, we betray are own.
May 30, 2009

Written by Shahid Batalvi

May 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Posted in Humanity

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  1. "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don\’t do anything about it"… Albert Einstein


    November 4, 2009 at 6:04 am

  2. real progress will not be made until the blood stops flowing. Do not attempt to defend the action of terrorist flying airplanes into American buildings, because the Taliban have no voice of their own. Deflection of responsibility won\’t work here. Saddam was killing murdering and torturing his own people, Sunnis and Shiites committing horrific atrocities because they weren\’t heard? No my friend because they hate and want the "others" killed. Civil war is the best label for it. I believe that none are free…none…until all are free and that includes women and children everywhere to feel the sunshine and fresh air on their own skin, go to school, receive an education, make their own choices, enjoy free speech and not fear oppressive men or government. I am part of the problem…I am human. This \’war\’ started many thousands of years ago. We have not learned much, we have not come far. I cannot do much but lament the sins of our fathers, for yesterday is over..What I can do today is try to reach out in understanding but still, I am no different in that I judge the oppressors and the tyrrannist wherever they are found and will not turn a blind eye to it…Further, I am not one to turn the other cheek..If there are those who want to kill me, kill my freedom, my country, the way of life that I choose, I will certainly do all I can to kill them first. Maybe the survivors, if there are any can find a better way. I meet you where you it in peace, or war?


    January 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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