The Tragedy Of Our Times: Jacobean Gore Is Here


As far as my memory runs back,this December has been one of the  goriest  months of all times. Starting from the Sydney Seige, to the Peshawar Massacre; the Cairns murders to the Assam clashes; a lot of lives have been lost and a lot of blood has been shed. Facing such trying times and with such overwhelming bouts of violence, it is difficult to acquiesce with Jim Brickman’s assertion that “it’s a beautiful world and we’re all here.” The question that confronts us all today is: is it really a beautiful world after all?

The combined death toll in all the three tragedies is 226- 10 people were killed in the Lindt Café and Cairns Massacre jointly; 141 people in the Peshawar school attack and 75 in the ethnic clashes in Assam. Of course, not all the goodness and humanity is lost and, there is still much to hope from people and from the world. But it is during these periods of crisis  that doubt and uncertainty grips every mind and it becomes imperative for us to restore one’s belief in humanity and the world.

Is it so difficult to believe in a simple truth that every life has a value?  I would like to remind all those who argue that this kind of depravity is for a cause and that revolution can only be attained through bloodshed, of a certain Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, whose peaceful diplomacy stands as a testimony to the world as a successful means of attaining freedom from a extremely mighty regime. Just the other day, the movie, Invictus, once again recaptured  the story of another visionary- Nelson Mandela. It shows how moving away from a position of fear of the other is truly liberating for us. Were these leaders not successful in fighting for  their causes without resorting to arms?

If it is the inferior emotions  of fear and revenge that lead one to resort to such savagery and barbarism.  It must be spelt out clearly to the propagators of violence that there’s is nothing but a case of displaced anger and frustration that tries to justify these acts, but never justifies them anyway.  The perverse logic with which these mass-killers justify striking one life after another, makes me wonder if the massacre in Peshawar actually brought back the lives lost in the American drone attacks?   By killing the innocent children in Peshawar, not only did these so-called keepers of religion and tradition exhibit the ugliest form of bestiality towards the children and theirfamilies, but also towards those whose death supposedly inspired them to do so. Even a ten-year-old child can see the futility and perversity of these acts.

The year is coming to an end and I can only hope that more effort is put towards celebrating human  lives instead of murdering, raping, kidnapping andwhat-not! I hope and pray that goodness prevails and that the world does not continue enacting the Jacobean reality of revenge and violence over and over again.Finally, I would like to remind us all thatit is  that time of the year when a resolution list is made and pinned in our minds to be put to the test of practice.For my own part, I do not know if I will be able to exhaust my to-do list for the year completely, but will definitely focus on one crucial task- that of resolving conflicts and addressing my fears in a peaceful manner through conversation and understanding, and NOT through violence. This will be my way of paying respect to the lives lost and those still pulsating with life. It is a task, but it is worth trying neverthless. I believe  there are many more, who share the same sentiment.

Pallavi Ghosh

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