Bear with me for I’m about to be melancholic and self righteous once more. Recently, I have been helping with a voluntary program to help educate kids who, due to their families hardship and lack of parental guidance, have either quit school entirely or are very far behind their curriculum that some of them actually can’t read despite being in fifth grade or even higher. I will spare you the narration of their hardships and miserable conditions for that isn’t my purpose of the article. It is enough for me to remind you of how many young kids in the world who, without any helping hand and in the same conditions they are in now, will grow up to be that homeless man sitting on the side walk asking people for money by day and trying to find a warm spot under a pulp by night. There is so much misery in the world, is what I mean to say.
On the other hand there are men who build complete gardens, with flower beds, lawn and a waterfall fountain, in their ‘apartments’ only because they can. Men who buy two cars and change them annually or every two years. Men that play golf. I’m not trying to control how people spend their hard earned money or their unexplained fascination with wide spaces of grass, but I never understood their astonishing ability to forget or bury the misery they know full well to exist. Extravagances are all around us, and are even more obscene and suffocating to the destitute, but we choose to bury them down. Somehow, sometimes we forget we are but mere humans. We are moving vessels of waste that never stop producing more waste until they die. We eat, drink, fight, mate, puke, get sick, kill and , eventually, die, and the one thing we never fail to do is forget all that. How ?!. How do we forget that we are the most fowl, wretched creature on this earth ?!
And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” – Surat Al Baqarah Verse 30
The above quote is from the Quran wherein the angels do not understand why would Allah create such as us.
That’s the world we live in and there is no changing it, I know that. There will always be the poor and the rich, the wretched and the good, the sinner and the virtuous, and the miserable and the joyful, I’m aware. Have I no right to despair after all that ?!