Thin-skinned: Chapter 3


I wake up to realize that I actually fell asleep, leaving the TV and lights on. I find my cat sleeping next to my face and just as soon as I open my eyes, he meows good morning. Today, I woke up with a new decision. I decided to take a long break from work. It seems like I have been thinking all night about this decision through my dreams.

Dreams…a very pathetically optimistic term. Oh…no, wait it is actually very passive and negative. I mean dreams are supposed to be a good thing, supposedly the opposite of a nightmare. Yet, people use this optimistic term to refer to something they want to fulfill but seems so far away from happening. What I don’t understand is why do we attribute negativity and positivity to words, aren’t they all words…they should all, in an ideal world, be neutral.

….and now an argument on TV grabs my attention. The host interviews a number of authorities with contradicting opinions. The authorities start to present statistics and facts that prove the other party wrong and it becomes a competition of who gains more audience instead of how to help the victims for example. They deviate our attention from the main problem with their arguments and negotiation. Sadly, it’s not just on TV that these arguments take place. The world today seems to be made up of two opponents who are constantly trying to prove the other wrong.

The funny part is that, proving someone else wrong does not automatically make you right. Actually, the impeccable insinuations that people keep pointing out about what is right and what is wrong have turned the world upside down. In other words, how do we know what is wrong and what is right. Back in the day, the code of Hammurabi set the pathway for the people in Babylon by dictating what they should do to stay out of trouble. However, how do they know that what Hammurabi is setting out “good” or “right” code of morals. I mean, who can tell someone else not to go and sleep with another woman because they no longer desire their spouses? Why does sinning differently make us an instant culprit to the society.

Let us start with the first step of the ladder in a civilized hierarchy. First, the president fools everyone by setting out an imaginary scheme that they themselves do not know whether they will be able to fulfill or not. Secondly, people in the society constantly find themselves forced to lie about how much they get paid and how often do they feel like they want to go smoke a joint and smuggle some drugs. Even the homeless people on the streets sin by envying those who live in big houses and those who covet fancy cars. The point is, if we all look at each other like we are different leaf types in the same tree or just different colors to the same dress, no one will be wrong and no one will be right. No one will kill the mentally ill and no one will imprison a man for conning others. Actually, no one will con anyone because we will then all be satisfied with what we have, who we are and the way we are supposed to live right. We will be satisfied with being human.

Mai Elsayed

A Mass Communication alumna from the American University of Sharjah. Loves writing about human related stories and factors that affect our psychological well being such as relationships, love and family.

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