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Thursday, August 03, 2006

 

Angry prophet


(Alternate title: Grrrapes of wrath)

I strike a lot of people as pessimistic, bordering on cantankerous and highly strung. Admittedly, I complain a lot about so many things, particularly the evils of this world, and like they say, I have no right to speak up if I can't give a solution.

That statement first struck me as logical and sensible.

But my latent - and real - reaction to that is, "What? Why shouldn't I stand up? The evils I am standing up to are none of my doing. They have been there long before I was born. I'm innocent, so I have the right to air my complaint as long as I want without offering a single solution. And how can I think of solutions when I'm just beginning to understand and get overwhelmed by the multitude of problems?

No, I will not keep quiet. I refuse to close my eyes and ears to evil. They say that if you can't beat them, join them. This sounds nice and witty on paper, but I can see an imp smiling behind. For this statement, in truth, means evil compromise. I will not allow my dignity to bow down to this compromise. Si vis, pacem, para bellum. If you wish peace, prepare for war.

If I cannot be a solution to the problem, I'll make sure that I'm part of the problem! Yes, I will make my voice be heard. I will look evil straight in the eye and spit on its ugly face. I will expose its dark secrets to light, to shame. I will not be silent, for silence will be more of benefit to the oppressor than the oppressed. I will not stop raising a clenched fist against oppression, injustice, corruption. I will not call wrong right, ugly beautiful, violence peace, filth purity, trash beauty. I refuse notoriety and infamy take the upper hand in the affairs of men. I will be their constant and defiant enemy.

I will be a prophet to my people. I don't care if it's for doom and gloom as long as I'm telling the plain truth. I will never allow my future children to curse me for my apathy. I will never allow them to taste the perverted life I've known. I refuse to live in hell and leave the world as it has always been. I refuse to die without my pleas being heard.

5.12.2000


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