FROM WHERE I STAND

I know that the novel Corona virus or Covid-19 has become a hot topic on the lips of everyone – you simply can’t avoid it. The ubiquitous presence of this invisible, silent killer has the world running helter-skelter, or rather, confined withing the walls of their homes like prisoners. Fears of global economic collapse, overburdened health-care systems, starvation & the death of loved ones has brought the world to its knees with nobody really knowing what the future holds. Such fears have even driven some to extreme lengths. One particular incident which surfaced recently was the passing of Thomas Schaffer, the Finance Minister of Germany’s Hesse State who committed suicide due to him being “deeply worried“ over the crisis. He was actively involved in a scheme to provide financial assistance to distressed organisations and people. Apparently, he saw no way out of this perilous situation. Why is this so worrying to the masses as opposed to countless other despicable shit that goes on in the world on a daily?  I guess situations are more worrying when it affects more than just the poor, the weak, the outcasts, those that were accustomed to turmoil and heartache. That’s right, this virus doesn’t discriminate – your colour, creed or social standing mean nothing.

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People are so concerned about the plight of our world and what the future holds that they find themselves constantly on the prowl for new information – probing & scouring the net for the latest reports and updates. Many do so with disregard and indiscriminately take in & spread whatever information they come across. At times, even ludicrous claims and scenarios which don’t even make the slightest bit of sense to any person with half a brain. Things so dumb and ridiculous, that even at face- value, it requires no investigation to determine that it’s total and utter bullshit. Funny enough, these are the same mother fuckers who are the self-proclaimed “experts” on the corona virus, the Whatsapp message forwarders, the Facebook complainers, modern-day kvetches, the doomsday preppers that bought out Aisles 1-3 at Checkers to have his neighbour returning home to his family without bare essentials. All you’ll hear is the same damn shit, “I’m so bored, I have nothing to do!”, “I don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t go to gym”, “I miss take-outs so much”, “I’m going crazy being at home”. While you cry about your first-world problems there’s a man who worries how he will bring home the daily bread to feed his family, a woman watering down the milk to keep her household going for just that little bit longer, an essential worker who doesn’t even get to be with his/her family and is forced to turn down a warm hug from their little ones upon returning home, the health-care worker who lays his/her life on the line for others, a man who has no home to go to, sick people who don’t even have the comfort of their loved ones nearby for their last days on earth, that Argentine cab driver who fears his vehicle being repossessed or a person in the slums/ghettos/barrios/locations/favelas/shanties who can barely keep away from people due to overcrowding.

Stress levels are at an all-time high. How many new cases are we on? When will the lockdown end? When will we go back to work? What does this mean for the economy? Did you see the Rand-Dollar exchange rate? Whilst these are real and valid concerns, remember that we are human at the end of the day. Certain things are simply out of our control and only the almighty knows what lies ahead. It is our duty to play our part, be a little less selfish and look at the bigger picture.  I have a lot of broader questions that I could never quite wrap my head around. Like how do we spend 50 million Dollars on fighter-jets and still have kids starving? We are battling a disease with a relatively low mortality rate, but does the world even care about preventable things ACTUALLY killing people all over the world? How is it that we have a dominant 1% in the world holding so much wealth whilst millions worldwide live below the poverty line? How do animals get treated like royalty and held in the highest esteem whilst people are tortured, raped, sold into slavery/the sex trade like mere property? How do we have couples crying, praying for a child in their life whilst people out here throwing babies in the garbage?

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Why the doom and gloom rhetoric all of a sudden? “We better kick our asses into gear and take steps or many people may die”. These sentiments being shared by many leaders the world over. Haha well not in those exact words but you get where I’m coming from. Okay I get it – the situation is bad; the world is sick and it’s falling apart… The world is sick alright – sicker than you think but not in the way you think!  Personally, I think that the world is suffering from a much worse disease, a disease of the heart, and its consequences are just as dire.  Each person is entitled to their opinion and I have mine.

With the current situation in the world, the dirtiness of our hearts and ugliness of humanity has certainly reared its head, with people charging exorbitant prices for essentials. The same communities that supported them year after year bear the brunt of commercialist greed, Employers forcing their workers to endanger their lives for the betterment of the business with threats of unemployment/retrenchment hanging over them, newly established opportunists buying out health-safety stocks only to outrageously mark-up prices. What the hell are we doing? When will we realise that we are all that we got?

This shit doesn’t surprise me in the least. Historically, the most unfortunate of situations bring out the worst in people. Its sad that the countries who have the most, rape and pillage countries of their resources, usually those with a struggling lower class. The love of power and world domination has fueled nothing but hatred, famine, war and destruction.

In the contest of the most deplorable human beings on earth we have some seriously strong contestants. Behind door number 1, we have the great American Warlord – whose likes include bomb raids on hospitals & civilian populations in the middle of the night, depriving minorities of their rights, denying basic health-care to his people and his absolute favourite, sending poor people to kill other poor people –  firing weapons that’s costs more than he makes in a year….gotta love him!  Behind door number 2 is the ever so lovely power-hungry Middle- Eastern Dictator. They call him Lion, but I guess Black-widow would be more apt. You can be this mans significant other and he will STILL bite your head off. His likes include hindering government aid & relief, starving his people to death, child murder, selling his people out, using chemical warfare and you guessed it… he loves bombing hospitals as well.  If you thought our last contestant was a gem, be prepared to be blown away (literally) by this absolute legend who will give you a master class in compassion & love. Behind door number 3 might just be your dream lover. This man will make himself quite at home and has no problem settling in to new environments. He comes from a long line of leaders that simply do what they do best. A culture that has been handed down from his predecessors and you’ll be amazed at how much he doesn’t give a fuck.  He can’t count for shit, but don’t let that deter you. All it means is that he won’t even know much money he steals. If you’re looking for your prince charming, an absolute piece of work who will make you false promises and sell you dreams – look no further. His likes include inciting violence, corruption, distracting people from his cunning ways, evading justice as well as living like a high-roller while his people suffer with the highest rates of poverty & unemployment. Isn’t that just beautiful? Lastly on our list of beautiful contestants and the second American entry on our prodigious list we have Mr. Burnt orange man himself. If you’re a super racist, right-wing supporter, Islamophobe or Ku Klux Klan member, you are going to love this guy. He hails from a country that’s built on the blood, sweat and tears of minorities. His likes include exploiting foreign minorities and turning on them when they are most in need, building walls to keep them out (guess he didn’t have Legos as a kid), siding with oppressors, manipulating the truth and speaking out of his ass with a confidence that’s incomparable. He is such a smooth-talking charmer that he’ll have you hating the good guys and just adoring the tyrants.  But hey Satan, since it’s your lucky day and we find ourselves in the new world order, you can have them all. Just take your pick! I sure hope that we don’t get thrown into this conjugal relationship because there ain’t no turning back. It’s difficult to make another way once you have chosen a path and decided to walk it.

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Do you think these guys are bad? What about all of us who turn a deaf hear to the cries of the oppressed? I bring it up and I’m a kill-joy, a party-pooper to the escapades of all you online celebrities. I bet if I tagged you in a meme you’d be all giddy. Keep that shit far away from your mind because it doesn’t affect YOUR world; don’t think about it, because how else are you going to have yourself a good time.  What kind of animals are we if we indulge and have the most luxurious lives while our neighbour tries to sleep on a hungry stomach, digging his hands into his tummy to give himself the false feeling of being satiated? Find this last point hard to understand? Well its kind of what many people do with the clothes they wear, the cars they drive or houses they live in. They try to give themselves a false sense of power and importance. But what if I told you that the clothes you wear, places you go to or the status of people you surround yourself with doesn’t determine your value? What if I told you that the words you speak have more power than that 20-inch bicep or that AK-47? Trust me, words have killed more dreams than aggression ever has. How you decide to utilize that which is between your two lips can make all the difference in this world.

On a global scale, we need to make changes and most definitely change our priorities. Why is it that certain lives are viewed as being more valuable than others? I don’t even have to delve very far into history to show you the inequities in our world today. Since the outbreak of this virus, which has tightened its grip on the world, every death comes up on the radar and the whole world knows about global death tolls as and when it happens. One European death is catastrophic while we have people in Yemen, Central African Republic, Syria, South Sudan and Haiti dying by the thousands each year from starvation, war, malnutrition and related illnesses. In 2018, 85 000 people in Yemen died from starvation. We can find oil reserves, build pipelines kilometers long to find its way to its destination but we can’t even make a plan to find food for the starving tummies. We have countries spending billions to buy ventilators for purposes of battling the Covid-19 crisis but can’t spend a mere fraction of that for bags of rice, pap or flour. A hospital-grade ventilator is a costly machine -running between $25,000 and $50,000 each. Would you like to know how much a bag of rice costs? $4 dollars in US and about 0.60$ in India. A ventilator is used to keep a single patient alive and that person may still end up dying from the disease. One bag of rice can possibly sustain a family of 3 for up to a month. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t do our level best to help people suffering with the virus, I’m just saying that our priorities are skewed and in situations like the one we are currently experiencing – its easy to see how we value people differently. Don’t even get me started with the world wanting to turn Africa into its guinea pigs/lab rats for the Covid-19 vaccine.

If we can work together to create monumental and larger-than-life advances, why can’t we focus our efforts on initiatives that generations from now will reap the benefits of.  We need to incorporate programs that focuses more on community and bringing people together; Developing a system of worldwide access to free healthcare, which views quality health services as an essential right to all persons and not just those that can afford medical aid or health related schemes; Put more money into education and paying teachers sufficiently, after all, they feed the minds of the youth and they truly are our future. Teaching our children to share, teaching selflessness, inculcating the principles of Ubuntu. Like my beloved prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”

Everyone thinks that they need to be rich, be in some position of power or have a degree in order to influence the world around them. Greatness is not found in the actions of those people doing “big things”, but for me, the most inspiring are the ones who do little things in a big way. You have to live your life with purpose and not simply become a product of your surroundings. You will only find true meaning and value in your life when you can uplift others and benefit humanity. And no, I’m not asking you to be the next mother Teresa, or one of those YouTube influencers that show up at people’s doors to give them money (or an iPad or whatever). That’s just pure rubbish by the way – good people don’t have to advertise what they do because they know that the good lord watches all. Something which I have always loved about my religion and what I find so beautiful is the fact that your intentions are actually the most important thing, more so, than the action itself. Its amazing that you’ll be rewarded in full for truly having an intention in your heart to do an act of good even if you fail (i.e. you will be rewarded as having done it). On the flip side, you can give a billion dollars in charity but if you don’t do it for the right reasons, it comes to nothing. Indeed, the left hand need not know what the right hand does.

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We find ourselves in a world that will swallow you whole if you let it. Big corporations, social media “influencers”, celebrities have you chasing unattainable goals and wanting more than you actually need, planting seeds of greed & over-indulgence in your hearts with every swipe, every story and every post. Even the models on Instagram don’t look like the models on Instagram, go figure! Everything we see around us seeks to instill a sense of selfishness, arrogance and pride. All that amounts to nothing when we find ourselves six feet under – and my dear friends, we already have one foot in the grave. So ask yourself, how will you be remembered when you die? “We lost our beloved Sally, but hell, she could SURE do a mean make-up tutorial!!!”. We have women putting on masks on the daily just to be accepted by society, or worse, their own spouses. People have forgotten that imperfection is beauty in itself. Maybe I’m deviating from the topic here but some things just need to be said. Can we also start being more conscious with the way we spend our money?  Not being wasteful, over indulging and worrying more bout what’s in our bank accounts than our happiness. One of my favourite actors and comedian Jim Carrey said, “I hope that everybody could become rich and famous, and will get everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer”. Bottom line is, the goal is not to live forever…but to create something that will.

 

 

  • AN ARTICLE BY MOOSA MAYET

11-04-2020

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  1. Your last line is profound, and a wake up call to a complaining world that takes so much for granted.
    These two questions are poignant and remain unanswered by the west and by business:

    How is it that we have a dominant 1% in the world holding so much wealth whilst millions worldwide live below the poverty line?
    and this: Why is it that certain lives are viewed as being more valuable than others?

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to read my article and also for being so open to a different and somewhat controversial perspective. Much appreciated. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for your future posts

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  3. Your statement hits home, Mayet. I do hope that this virus makes people look more carefully at their values, at the disparities and callousness that cause so much suffering in the world. I don’t hold out much hope for sweeping change, but even an incremental improvement would help. We truly are all in this together. Powerful share. Be well and keep speaking out for those without a voice. ❤

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, sharing a piece of your mind & for the encouragement. Its great to come across people who share similar views. I know its easy to become despondent and it would be foolish for us to await major change overnight but we should be the flag-bearers of optimism & keep fighting the good fight. Stay safe

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      1. Thank you. I’ve been trying to find your blog actually & the link you just sent me states that the page doesn’t exist. All i saw previously was a link to Amazon

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    1. Thank you Mahima. Appreciate the support. I’m following you right back by the way. I’ll be honest with you – i’m new at this blogging thing and i was just wondering what you think of Instagram as a platform for articles/blogging? I find that the audience differs a lot from the blogging community, who tend to be more opinionated and engage with pieces at a different level. Seems as though Instagram caters more to those who prefer video or pictures.

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      1. The audience differs a lot from the blogging community, that’s true. Instagram is more about pictures and look and feel of your feed. But surprisingly I was offered a job of content writer through Instagram, the thing with me is that I cannot mix my personal account with my blogging thing as the followers in mhy personal account are not really interested in blogging stuff. Hence, I created a separate account to connect with likeminded people

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      2. Wow that’s so great. I recently made a decision to exclude posts from my Facebook & Instagram feeds due to the lack of engagement. Doesn’t seem like people actually read full articles apart from a select few. I wanted to put this particular post on these platforms as the message was directed at many people who utilise Insta & Facebook. After hearing about your experience, i just might resort to creating an account dedicated to writing & sharing my thoughts. For now though, the WordPress community is pretty awesome.

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  4. a very inspiring well-written post that points a finger not just at the COVID-19 pandemic but at the injustices being faced by many people today. You raised some points which struck a chord in my heart and mentioned somethings that I will never forget. From now, I will endeavor to create something that will live forever. thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Lazarus. These type pf comments inspire me to keep writing & your reaction to this article is exactly what i hope to achieve with my writing – to raise awareness & inspire others to do better. More than lecturing my readers, my pieces are a reminder to myself. Thank you for taking the time to read this piece. Stay safe

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  5. Very nicely written. I like the way you have described how the unfortunate times bring the worst out in us humans. We surely tend to overlook the miseries that only befall the poor. This is really something we need to ponder on and thus change our lives for good. If we can’t become compassionate and heartwarming because of this pandemic situation, I don’t know what else will help us in becoming more humane.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the article. I feel that it is our duty to bring to light the suffering of ALL people in the world, We should never prioritize and only address issues that affect us directly. Today its happening elsewhere, tomorrow it may happen in your own home & country. Its true when you say that if this situation can’t bring about change in us, then what will? Allah tests humanity in many ways to see how they will react – will they be greedy? will they reach out and help others? I pray for the best for all of humanity. Insha’allah change will come. Its up to us to spark that change. Keep well Naiem

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      1. I like to think the same way too. A problem/conflict anywhere in world is a everyone’s problem. Coming from a conflict-ridden area I know how these issues affect ones lives. Let’s pray Almighty Allah helps us and keeps us safe and sound.

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      2. Ameen. My heart bleeds for my brothers & sisters in Kashmir. Its sad to know that the situation is still so difficult, after so many years. I would like to visit Kashmir some day. I joined the blogging community for many reasons – one being, i want to know whats happening in the world from people on the ground and not what the news lies to us about.

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      3. Thanks for the concern you have for us. You would love Kashmir when you visit here. I think blogging is one of the best way to have our voices heard all over world without having to be censored and filtered.

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      4. I saw some amazing pictures of Kashmir, the place looks stunning. Many people have told me how warm & friendly the people of Kashmir are. Insha’allah I get an opportunity to visit soon.

        Yes I love that we are not censored at all. Blogging seems to be one of the few platforms that affords us so much freedom.

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  6. Wow! This really made me stop and think. It does seem as though the harder things get the worse humans get when instead it should be the other way around. We really need to rethink our behaviors when it comes to how we treat others.

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    1. Most certainly Michelle. Tough times will reveal a persons true nature. Never base your view of people in times of bliss, but rather in times of hardship. I hope that we all can make changes in our lives and effect positive change in the lives of others.
      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your valued thoughts. Keep well & stay safe ✌😃

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  7. The approach you’ve given to this article is truly thought provoking. You’ve thrown light on such perceptive ideals that really make one wonder. Despite being among the privileged we complain, unaware of the plight of the ones that are actually suffering. It’s time we start rethinking and actually become individuals of the future with ‘humanity’ as our only religion. Thank you for sharing! Stay safe.
    I’ve written down my insights on this pandemic as well, would be great to hear from you!
    https://notjustanidea.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/quaran-fine/

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  8. Reblogged this on The Bold Vibe and commented:
    The 1st thing, someone does when they see such a lengthy post is – just turn away! Nah! Who’s gonna read that! I scrolled over and had the same thought, to be honest. But, you had me in the 1st few lines.😍

    My heart sank, my feet trembled as I kept reading it through. I can completely relate to every word you’ve written. Probably it was easy for me to connect with this as my thought process is just like you.😊

    This really needs to reach as many people as it can. This is an eye-opener, indeed. People call me crazy since I always talk rationally. Nobody wants to see the mirror and people like us are running to and fro with a huge mirror in our hands.

    “Even the models on Instagram don’t look like the models on Instagram.” cracked me up.🤣🤣 That’s so true!

    I am in love with your thought process.❤️ I’m your fan already. It’s rare to find people who think so rationally. Humanity is dead but, humans are alive. Sad! We’ve learnt nothing even when our one feet is already in the grave.

    I am reblogging this. This is my 1st reblog. This is definitely worth a read. Thank you for sharing this, @mayetsworld.😊

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    1. Hey Bold Girl. Believe it or not, I only saw your comment to my post now. For some weird reason, your comment was marked as spam & was allocated to the wrong folder. Haha technology screws us over just as much as its helps us (ask my printer – we have this love-hate relationship going….Sigh). There’s no way that someone who shares similar views to me could spamming my inbox.

      Reblogging a post, liking a post or agreeing with issues raised in a post are one thing, but to find another human that can truly relate to your content & thought processes is truly something special. Thank you for taking an interest & of course for having the patience to read through my entire post. I’m sure you know that feeling us writers experience where we feel so driven, passionate & somewhat angry, that we just keep punching those keys. Before we know it, we’re sitting with one long ass post & we wonder if people would even read it through.

      Btw, its true about the Instagram models – its all filters, editing and make-up my friend 😂

      It’s a pleasure to have met and I hope that we can share ideas & reflect on this strange world we live in.

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  9. See, yet again. I was still typing and the comment got posted.😐

    I’ve always found it hard to find like-minded people. It’s okay if you don’t find any but, at least don’t call us crazy. And yeah, I do know that feeling when you got so much to say but, the thought running in your head that you gotta keep it short is annoying. Went through it today since the time I was writing my current blog. It has ended up being way too long. Not sure who’d read it. 😀

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    1. Exactly! People with such “radical”/”unconventional”views tend to be outcasted or called crazy. Don’t listen to the nay-Sayers and keep putting your best foot forward. I always say, never dilute your personality or dumb yourself down just to make other feel more comfortable. Most people prefer a a quiet person who doesn’t say a word and who follows like a sheep.

      Best of luck with your blog. You’re an awesome writer & poet. Hope to see more power-packed stuff from you in future ✌

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      1. Thanks a ton, Mayet.😊 (I am assuming that’s what your name is.😃)

        And yeah, I among the quiet ones, at times.😃 Sometimes, there’s no point talking to a fool. You let them blabber, as that’s what makes them feel superior than the rest when it’s not even true.

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  10. Reblogged this on The Poets Peace and commented:
    Greetings guys. Here’s a post by Moosa Mayet, a skilled writer that reminds us that although the Covid19 pandemic has affected the lives of many people negatively, there are many more issues out there that have plagued the human race, but because of the fact they only affected the poor, the weak and the downtrodden, have seemingly gone unnoticed. Be sure to check his blog out if you like what you read. Thank you for visiting my blog and enjoy the remainder of your day

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    1. I am truly honoured Lazarus to have my post reblogged on your amazing page. It’s truly fantastic & comforting for me to know that there are like-minded people out there , who feel the same way & take great pleasure in being a source of enlightenment for the uninformed. It’s a pleasure to have met you Sir. I would like to run a couple of ideas by you with a view to collaborating on a post in future.

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