The statue of the charging bull has long been symbol of the confidence of investors in the stock market. In fact, we have seen it more as a symbol than as a work of art. With the recent addition of the “Fearless Girl”, who seems to be staring the bull down, however, there has been quite a controversy, and that changes the meaning of these statues altogether.
Together, they create a different story, a different scenario. What do we interpret from that? What if we approach what they, together, symbolize, from a different perspective?
The bull is aggressive and about to charge. This is quite similar to the modern day aggression of the leaders of different nations; and not only them, but also the belligerents of the Syrian Civil War, those who thoughtlessly bombed Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine, and, the most formidable of all- terrorist groups who are trying to take over everything. The fearless girl is only a child, yet, she faces the bull bravely, unafraid. Today, in this chaos created by politics, children suffer the most, yet we seldom see them giving up on the world. They feel hurt and lost, angry sometimes, but for them, blind aggression is never the key. Many an incidence of a small child standing up to an adult’s wrongdoing has been talked of – Severn Suzuki moved everyone with her speech when she was twelve, Malala caused a stir by not giving up, even after the Taliban tried to kill her when she was fifteen. Of the refugees who died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea, many were children.
There have been countless times when children have had to see war, something that not every adult can withstand, yet they have shown bravery with silence. It is they, who with their simplicity and love, faith and hope can defeat aggression. Children never need weapons to bring adults to their knees.
Anne Frank wrote a diary that contained the accounts of her family in hiding during the Holocaust, one of the most horrifying chapters in history. She died when she was only fifteen, in a concentration camp in Germany, and those who read her diary today, moved by her innocence, find their eyes welling with tears.
Of the children who became innocent victims of war, Sadako Sasaki’s one thousand origami cranes haunt even the hardest of hearts. She was only two when the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima by the U.S. Sadako developed leukaemia later. According to Japanese legend, if a person makes one thousand origami cranes, he will get a wish from the Gods and that is what Sadako did, hoping to recover. She was able to fold 644 cranes and died when she was only twelve.
Tanya Savicheva was the only member of her family left during the siege of Leningrad. She also kept a diary. Tanya wrote the most haunting lines after her mother’s death.
“The Savichevs are dead.
Everyone is dead.
Only Tanya is left. ”
Tanya died of intestinal tuberculosis after having been rescued.
If we have seen so many children die to our thoughtless hate for one another, just because we want to prove that our nation is stronger, or our religion is stronger, why don’t we stop? Why do we continue to fight, to hate? Children, as said by a famous poet, are “life’s longing for itself” and if we harm them, this is simply despicable.
Over time, we have become thoughtless, crazy in our greed for status, money and proving our superiority over others that we forget to see the world through the eyes of innocent children. They have faded into the background; they see, they learn, they face our irrational aggression like silent soldiers face war, like the sand faces the violent sea, like the Fearless Girl faces the Charging Bull. They know neither the boundaries of race nor religion, they do not hate; they know the language of love, the only possible language that can calm the bull down and put off the raging fire of aggression. The Fearless Girl does not necessarily symbolize defiance, but rather love, which does not fear anyone, even if they are about to attack. It is children who can bravely confront dangers and difficulties, be they in the form of aggression, violence, or a charging bull. Let us protect and love the children, our only hope to a strong and stable future. It is their innocence which will safeguard the world and give humanity a chance of existence.