On “Black” Tuesday
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By: Nima Shirali
Today is a sad day for humanity. Yet the hope of a better day is what gives significance to this sadness. Today is a day of total disregard for human life; a day of barbarity and murderous intentions. Such a day makes us think. It makes us wonder why we live in such a world where hatred and resentment are the hallmarks of human existence. Days like this make us see and understand the sudden end of life. This allows us to appreciate life.
While we begin to appreciate life, others begin to appreciate death. They do this as a way to escape the perpetual hopelessness which shapes their lives. Those who have made us appreciate life are those who have been denied the chance to do so. Paradoxically, their desire for death brings in us the desire for life.
Resentment is inevitable. Disdain is unavoidable. Hopelessness is stoppable. Regret eludible.
Everything has a cause. A cause can be called a “reason”, a “provocation”, etc. Death causes me to appreciate life. Misery causes me to appreciate death. Affluence causes greed. Greed causes misery. Repetition causes history.
So what is the cause of “evil”, “darkness”, “barbarity”?
Knowing the cause for these things will let us appreciate their “opposite”.
Nima Shirali is Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Reconciliation Journal (MERJ), www.merecforum.org