Spectators

“The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

It’s a little past 8 and the night is dark as we drive along on a crowded lane. These are roads I’ve traversed all my life and apart from a few new shops and buildings scattered on the street map, I know every alley, every shop, and every single person who calls this street home. Naturally, I was quick to notice a child and a man missing. I’d seen him grow frail over the course of a few years but the child was young and brimming with life and beauty.

Homelessness had made their lives seemingly less important than others and I realised with an aching heart, how neither of them would be given the luxury of having their faces plastered around the cities or broadcasted on news channels, simply because the world’s definitions of what it meant to live weren’t defined by them.

I bring it up in school next day hoping to provoke action but it breaks our spirits to hear an adult say, “They’ll turn up dead at some point”. It hurts the very fabric of our hopes to envision a time when the girl turns up lifeless after having been subjected to inexplicable torture that no one ever has to go through. We start hating ourselves when we see her little body being cremated, with no relations to mourn or pray for her, no stories to be exchanged that will help, keep her memory alive.

“After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.”
― Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right

It’s lovely to hear someone say, “Our world is messed up but we still have hope”. It’s lovely because for a moment, it makes me proud to be a human being. Because it makes us feel like we can still make a difference.

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“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” ― Albert Einstein
(Insider @ What’s In My Mind, a wonderful friend and incredible writer, shared this quote and I found it very apt and so have included it here. Thank you so much!)

But how much will it matter, if the destruction has already been wrought and past deeds remain etched in our hearts, souls and minds; deeds that defiled innocence and extinguished lives? How can we ever express joy in the changes, differences bring, if our apathy played the biggest role in expediting events that redefined cruelty and sowed the seeds of horror?

Change does begin with one person, but only when they refuse to be a spectator and desist turning a blind eye to the atrocities, humanity inflicts on its own kind. The world is in dire need of players, of game changers, not spectators who watch as goodness burns to the ground.

“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

Thoughtfully yours,
-Introverted Thoughts aka D

55 thoughts on “Spectators

  1. This is sadly true dear D. And in few countries their livelihoods are miserable. 😔😔 I so agree that change begins with every person. And we don’t need just spectators but game changers to bring something new in their lives. Very well written dear D ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Yes, it sadly is. It’s just disturbing to see people turn a blind eye to such happenings too.
      I agree too! Well summarised! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!🤗❤️

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  2. This is a very strong and inspiring write D!! Well done, I always look forward to your posts!! We are all such powerful beings, change does begin with us, you’re so right. Imagine if we all united together and stood up for kindness and our truth?!? Keep changing the world D, this Universe is lucky to have you!!! Spirit hugs and love 🖤🤗

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    • Aw.. thank you so much, Ace! The feeling is mutual 😉
      Absolutely! Wow, that would change the face of the earth! If only it seemed atleast remotely possible.
      That’s so kind of you to say!! Thank you so much for your kind comment!🤗💕

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  3. A heartbreaking story, D. If we care about others we will join with others in making the world better. Whatever our abilities and opportunities, we each need to do something. I know that is a very simple answer, but it’s all I know. ❤ Take care.

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  4. This is so thought-provoking, D. I fully agree. Oftentimes once we realize that simply getting involved — even just by voicing something — will make the slightest of differences, change can happen. Especially during these alienating times, it’s important to remember those who are usually overlooked.
    I love reading your posts! They’re always so beautifully written.

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    • I’m so happy you think so!
      Certainly! Change begins when we start looking out for each other. It’s ridiculous when there are missing persons’ cases and news channels decide to cover politics or something else that could wait.
      Aw.. thank you so very much! I appreciate you taking the time to read and share your thoughts!

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  5. Your post reminded me of of this quote “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”― Albert Einstein. It definitely does point out the lack of conviction in those who are good, I feel like sometimes it is necessary to re-evaluate society and it rules, just to feel like the society we live in gives the right to every person that their voice might be heard. Awesome, thought provoking and touching write D!

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    • Wow, that is such a profound quote. Thank you for sharing! I might include it in the post soon!
      It does. The current scenario is such that lawfully innocent people are still playing a major role in breeding crime simply by turning a blind eye to it unless it happens to someone they know. We absolutely should, that would spread atleast a small bit of awareness.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts! I’m glad you liked it! ❤️

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  6. Please, D can you put the Grammary in properly, like it used to be. I have tried to put comments three times and it vanished as soon as I have used the spell checker.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that, Joanna. I haven’t made any changes to my blog in over a month now. I’ll look into what’s going on and hopefully get it fixed. Thank you so much for letting me know!

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  7. Lovely and inspirational writing as usual! With the risk of sounding cynical, I also think you have to be careful not taking all the injustice, pain and problems in the world on you. Then you would probably go down with the depression in no time. So it’s important to care, but also important to realise that you personally can’t solve all the problems in the world. On a happier note, I’ve posted the animal tag, you did the other week, if you are interested to see my answers. I had fun doing it. 😊

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  8. Thank you so much for bringing this issue to light! I am a part of an organization that seeks to solve issues of homelessness, so this really hits home on some of the key points and reasons why I volunteer my time to that organization. Once again, thank you 🙏

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  9. D~this was very though provoking and powerful, sis. The quotes you added with this really added to that. Thank you for writing this post. There are so many hard and terrible things in the world, but yet we can have hope. I have hope.
    Again, wonderful post!
    *hugs
    -kaelyn

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  10. Wow! This was very thought provoking! This is so sad, and so true! There have been times that I have seen homeless people, and I pray for them whenever I think of it or see them. Many people are quick to judge them, saying that they are lazy or stupid or things like that, but it isn’t their fault always. You can’t control where life takes you, and we need to remember that homeless people aren’t always bad people. Sure, sometimes they are, but often they are people who don’t have enough money, and can’t work, perhaps due to health reasons or a disability.
    It is so disturbing seeing how people turn away from these happenings. How can they just turn away and say, oh well? It makes me frustrated to think about!!
    Thank you for posting this inspiring post!
    -Haley

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    • Thank you so much, Haley! It sadly is a prevalent problem.
      I agree! It isn’t too different here. You really can’t control life but being too quick to judge others is never good.
      It’s heartbreaking indeed. Me too.
      My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read and share your views!

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  11. Wow that Einstein quote really makes you think.
    Thank you for this call-to-action and powerful reminder, D! We all must play our part in changing the world ❤️🙌

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  12. What a powerful message you’ve expressed in this post, very well penned. You clearly showed prejudice, group hostility and hatred are everyday experiences. We have to continue in love to eradicate such hatred that has become part of society.

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    • I’m so pleased you found it so! It sadly is so widespread it’s horrifying to think some have even accepted it as a way of life. I absolutely agree with you!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your views!

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