Liberty or Bondage?

An open door is a highly symbolic image, with nuances of meaning. It exemplifies opportunities, thresholds and beginnings in this journey of life. The image of a school is indeed a powerful one that is synonymous with tutelage, liberty and inspiration. Victor Hugo, in this profound quote insightfully captures the paradoxes that characterize social life,

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Justifying Guilt

Society. Logic. Reflex. Perspectives. Obliviousness. Self-defense. These are the replies to Covey’s quote. Replies that were brewed upon in-depth understanding of this quote. In understanding anything, an inevitable process is postulating the ‘wh-question’ which in this case is ‘why?’. It is more than certain, logical and almost predictable that better of the population would harmonize

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Injustice: The Cyclical Plague of Modern Times

The world, as we know it, is brimming with both positive and negative elements. While there is beauty in life, we cannot deny the fact that injustice, may it be in the form of inequality, discrimination, or oppression, haunts every nook of the world as well. The oppressed continue to be oppressed. The poor continue

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Shatter the Glass

What’s that barrier, you ask ever so timidly, between our white picket fence and the phantasmagorical illusions you fathom late at night? After all, there must be a reason to explain why you’re always shadowed by a fear of falling. By those darkened, frigid hands grappling to keep you right where you are. It is

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Navigating a lonely road

Whether it be a mother or a lover, the presence of another is craved by every person. The craving of the touch, sound and warmth of the company of another is what separates us from animals. This need for unity can be our greatest strength; or our biggest downfall. From a baby’s first breath, it

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Busier than BBC!

When I first read the sentence (“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”), it seemed to be a rather familiar statement. I guess we hear it a lot in our everyday conversations. But how often do we encounter it? Let me start off this way, imagine

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The De Facto Injustice

Among all the creatures of the world, only human beings are created in the image of God. So, man was the only creature that took the image of his creator. But,why God chose man to have his image? Why not to dolphins, crocodiles, and other living things. The reason is simply vivid, he adores him

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Captives of the Continent

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo. Once, before thousands of years man lived in savage communities, where his first tools were the spear and hunting trap. Where he ate vegetable foods in which he found them in his surroundings. However, in the course of time man improved his implements

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There is chance after mistake

I have arrived to the church in which a play the whole town has waited for is taking place. The same thing happens every year. The police officers have already entered and found their places near the stage and throughout the room. Their families are the happiest because they can only see them a few

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To Truly Close Prisons Forever

A young, tender hand reaches for the well-worn handle of a school door and a child steps inside. That’s nothing new. That happens nearly every single day. The child then enters the classroom and tries to make sense of what is being taught. The teacher drones on, not stopping to make sure whether the students

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Oh, I feel so free…

Liberty. A question hidden in a word, simply because it opens all possibilities. Or does it? Are we ever totally free? Can we ever completely choose for ourselves? Are we ever able to 100% assure children that there will be a future after this moment? I think not. And the poet Warsan Shire sadly emphasizes

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Why are we afraid of those who just want to live?

In our days, nationalism grows around the world, though at times it reads as thinly veiled xenophobia. People express discontent with immigrants and refugees taking over the West, stating that they are robbing us off of our rights and prospects of a decent life. Attempting to understand why these people are running away from a

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When The Tambourine Of Injustice Sounds, The Lyre Of Justice Wails

Injustice is when justice is either panting or breathless. If fierce follow-up is not initiated, justice unfortunately suffocates to death. This is because truth is concealed and a lie is given the upper hand. It can be compared with a rotten egg which does not realize its smell. The one who practices injustice does not

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“He who opens a school door, closes a prison”. – Victor Hugo

Ignorance they say is a disease. It blindfolds us and makes us crippled on a whole lot of opportunities. Its imprisons us making us slaves. The decision to remain ignorant by committing to an ideology despite scientific proof is a dangerous mindset that can inhibit an individual from discovering the truth and therefore developing as

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Listen/Hear

Listening is the unselfish act of giving, without the need or the desire for anything in return. It is the non-physical manifestation of whole presence in a situation or conversation. Which, in this era of immediate self-gratification, can be a hard thing to attain. The intent to reply is the ego’s hand in the air

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All Men Are Created Equal

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, in writing the Declaration of Independence, wrote “All men are created equal”. The equality of all men stems from birth, all individuals are created with the same basic structure; the normal anatomy of us all remains the same. As would be agreed,

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Education: To Know Good Is To Do Good

From the annals of history, evidences abound to show that education is one concept that the world can never do without; it is incontrovertible that education has been able to convey the world from the darkness of obscurity to the limelight of development. Sight is never recorded with closed eyes, this is exactly what it

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The Lost Boat

Gentle autumn breeze and scarlet leaves never fail to bring a smile on my face. With a cup of coffee in my hand, I gazed at the newspaper, only to find on the front page that a sunken boat from 1942 in WW2, was found and brought back to the surface, from the deepest depths

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Justice – the great flower in the garden of our world

Cicero once defined “aequita”, the Latin concept of justice as “tripartite”, where three different parts belonged to different beings: the first, “pietas” or piety to be more exact was related to the gods, the second was “sanctus” or sacred, which belonged to the souls, spirits, and the third, related to human beings was “iustitia” justice.

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Alone

Alone – it doesn’t matter where, the word keeps cropping up. Sea of people at the shops, alone. In class picking partners, an odd number, the one left alone. Or where I am now, surrounded by fog in the Breacon Beacons – alone. Does it really matter if I’m not with others? It shouldn’t, but

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