March 8, 2010 § Leave a comment
Title first-structuring of content- ‘meat’ second. It has always been that way for me. An almost backwards process, or at minimum, something my grade-school writing teacher would disapprove of. The same goes for photographs. If the inspiration is there, the most relevant thought-phrase rises to the surface as photo is being taken. An almost simultaneous happening–so close–at times it can pondered which birthed which–the photo or the phrase?
The considerably edited photograph secured above these words is entitled ‘the crux’ and originally belongs to my photoblog (here). With ‘crux’, I struck gold today, figuratively speaking. For those unacquainted with the Indo-Pak subcontinent news updates, a residential area in the Pakistani city of Lahore was the target of a high-intensity blast. It was yet another act of terrorism, a gross act of blind violence–stemming from an ongoing spat between resourceful extremists plus their ‘goons’ and the superpowers hurrying to maintain the slippery balance in their favor. The extremists, this time around, happened to lay claim to Islam and have been preaching their narrow, hate-filled, and delusional version as a basis for furthering their own materialistic gains. (Opium, anyone?) This bloody tug-of-war has consumed nations (Iraq and Pakistan to name a few) and threatens to extinguish almost all hope for a world where today’s small world could exist in peace.
For me the image above is best represented by the dual definition of the word ‘Crux’:
crux // (krks, krks)1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of the matter; the crux of an argument.
2. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
As a follower of the Islamic faith, it is unsettling to witness the after effects of such destruction, and that too justified by a religion that centers around Peace and Humanity. This unrest within the soul, and the mind after catching a glimpse of the news–this is definition number two–a puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
However, as a Muslim I believe I can not give up on Humanity itself. Any creed, every moral teaching, and the very fibre of our being is a testament to the fact that despite all the chaos that abounds, there is good. This is definition number one-the basic and central point.
I wish you Peace.
May 10, 2009 § Leave a comment
We Wear the Mask
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
Paul Laurence Dunbar
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