DEAR WORLD,

LIKE NO OTHER
April 23, 2019
AFRICA
May 10, 2019

DEAR WORLD,

I write with so much pain in my heart! I can’t begin to describe it – pain – yet in the midst of scribbling just that part, I somehow found so much HOPE. Or will I say hope finds this aching heart? I write because despite being plagued with the thought of little to no difference being made because of my letter, I still choose to be hopeful that a mindset or two will be changed.

So far, I’ve only spent 22 years on Planet Earth but I’ve got to see, experience and hear of so many sad issues and happenings in our dear world. From terrorist attacks to abduction, from natural disasters to hunger, from unemployment to climate change, from poverty to inequalities – these feel like an infinity war!

I am of the opinion that the reason why we are so intolerable is most times, we tend to judge people by their actions and ironically judge ourselves by our intentions; giving excuses when we make mistakes but not maintaining the same energy when it has to do with others. We think, “We are definitely not the problem, other people are.”

Over 60-70% of the world’s population practice the religion or hold on to the beliefs and values which we were born into. Most, if not all of us, belong to the race, tribe or ethnicity of our parents and the people who came before us.

What is my point? Why then do we choose to stereotype and discriminate people for what they had no choice over? I believe we only accept ours as best because we identify with that group and we grew up hearing, learning and practicing what we now hold on to so dearly. If we were born another way, we would believe that way is best, now won’t we?

Isn’t it heartbreaking that the very problems affecting us can be fixed or in the least reduced by us? Why should someone be unsure of living to see the next day because they can’t afford to protect themselves? Why should a young child be forced to beg in order to eat or access the basic necessities of life? Why should a girl or woman live in fear simply because someone else lacks self-control?

Why should children be scarred and separated from their parents because of their financial status or insecurity? Why should someone’s dreams be cut short because they are so hopeless and broken that waking up to reality looks like the best thing to do? Why should people suffer because some others are trying to enrich themselves? Why does pain have to be so deep that ending one’s life is the best resolve? Why should someone pay the price for what they had no control over? Why should people’s pains and sufferings be used for personal benefits?

These are some of the questions I ask on a daily basis. As much as I’d have loved to be the savior of the world, I know it is certainly impossible! And that’s because no one can do it alone. We all need to come in unity as we know that little drops of water are what make an ocean.

There is so much going on already and as much as we all have individual battles to fight, we can still make other people’s lives better and more bearable. Little acts of kindness and love really go a long way. Love is so deep: it is forgiveness; it is understanding; it is peace; it is growth; it is everything needed to keep the world together. It is not easy but it is so important!

We need to sit back, honestly talk to ourselves, know where we are lacking as individuals and commit to becoming better people. Only then can we now make effective change on a larger scale. Hate is too much to handle; they say time heals all wounds but believe me, hate leaves scars that may never heal. It’s up to us to make amends and refrain from making the same mistakes of the past. Generations to come are counting on us; our actions will make a big difference – good or bad. You choose, we choose. Can we please not fail humanity again? 

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47 Comments

  1. Wadi Ben Hirki Omolola Egbon says:

    Amazing piece ❤️

  2. Wadi Ben Hirki Juliana Joseph says:

    Wonderful piece “food for thought”.Good work dear,may God see you through

  3. Wow, this is so beautiful. Thank you so much my darling. I love you. More Grace ❤️❤️❤️❤️. Naza Agape foundation celebrates you sent😘😘

  4. Wadi Ben Hirki Victor D Victor says:

    This post deserves more than a billion likes. The world needs more good people like you.

  5. Wadi Ben Hirki Moses Kusko says:

    Its all about, narrative and stereotyping in our society.. Until we break forth … If nt .. We will still remain stagnant.

    Great piece dearie

  6. Wadi Ben Hirki Stella says:

    Your post inspires me always! May we not fail humanity. Thank Wadi.

  7. Wadi Ben Hirki Tony says:

    Very true, I like to believe little acts of kindness have a ripple effect. I’ve done things for people and flat out refused any form of remuneration. It spurs people to do the same thing to the next person, I know it sounds cliche but it just makes the world better.

  8. Wadi Ben Hirki Oluwatosin says:

    Thank you for always inspiring.

  9. Wadi Ben Hirki Timothy says:

    This is beautiful.

  10. Wadi Ben Hirki Daniel Enoma says:

    Thanks for this amazing post
    We will not fail humanity

  11. Wadi Ben Hirki Helen Akor says:

    The greatest pain is that those who have the power to bring immediate change look the other way.But we will keep talking until things change. Hope is not hopeless until time becomes timeless.

  12. Wadi Ben Hirki Barnee says:

    Treating ourselves as humans, cause we are all human. Perfect…

  13. Wadi Ben Hirki Keziah Mallam says:

    Thank you for this, Wadi♥️ Really hoping and believing we can all work together to make the right choice in order not to fail our dear humanity again.

  14. Wadi Ben Hirki Chef Oh_Zee says:

    It took me a while to get here a lazy reader I must confess but I am trying to build my reading culture as it is important for one to have renewed and educated mind daily to cause a change in our world. Dear wadie thank you for making that decision four years ago in that room. As long as we have a voice to reset and correct the ills in the society we can never be hopeless!

  15. Wadi Ben Hirki Daniel Addo says:

    Wow! This is so well written; it is honest about human pain yet hopeful about change. Thank you for sharing this Wadi

  16. Wadi Ben Hirki Mavice Ndubuisi says:

    Awesome.

  17. Wadi Ben Hirki Chidinma Ibemere says:

    Peace shouldn’t even be negotiated. It is all we need

  18. Wadi Ben Hirki Itse says:

    Awesome !!!. This is a wonderful piece. Well done dear. More Grace

  19. I read this post in your voice. The emotion ripples through and, as expected, it’s not surprising.

    We should all be in pain. That would be less abnormal than the coldness permeating many of our hearts. These are real people. There is real terror amongst us. Real wickedness. So in light – or shall I say, in the darkness of all the evil we see, hear and experience (directly or vicariously) in these times, it’s no shocker that one of the biggest epidemics wiping out our kind is depression.

    After a while, it becomes overwhelming and nearly maddening.

    But, we cannot run out of hope. In spite of the knowing that wickedness will ever be as long as we walk the plains of this earth, we may yet sustain the hope that more and more persons will merge their voices to uphold truth, love, justice and righteousness as much as is within their power, in every sphere of their control. That we will stop looking the other way. That we will tear down our comfort zones. That we will stop looking for an escape.

    As you rightly said, you are not the savior of the world. There is One, however, and His counsel summarizes the essence of our being…
    …LOVE.

    “As much as is within your power, live at peace with all men.”
    “For, brothers, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
    “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
    “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
    “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, so you also love one another.”

    Love is the only way humanity won’t fail itself. The ONLY way.
    Thank you Wadi,for the reminder.

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