We live in a world that teaches us to diminish ourselves to nothing
A world of deadly connotations
That devastate the human body of the very thing it needs to be whole —
h u m a n i t y.
We live in a world where “girl” is a synonym for “incompetent”
Where “Muslim” and “woman” used in the same sentence is a symbol of oppression
Where “black” is equivalent to “inferior” and “white” is equivalent to “prestigious”
A world in which the word “menstruation” itself is repulsive enough to make some faces scrunch up in disgust
But “rape” gets a less shocking response
A world where “beauty” means “superficial”,
Where “money” means “power”,
Where “Islam” means “terrorism”,
Where “love” means “weakness”,
And “society” means “them”…
We blame the world for these deadly connotations and yet
We fail to realize that we make up the world.
Labels only exist if you let them
Sometimes blinding even the best of men and women
The true test is discovering this weakness in ourselves
And embracing the fact that equality is not selective.
Whoever said “knowledge is power” was wiser than they probably realized
Knowledge is what leads to redemption
*Image Credit: Humans of New York