“I know there’s evil in this world, and there always has been. But you don’t need to believe in Satan or demons to explain it. Human beings are perfectly capable of evil all on their own.”
Humans have always been their own worst enemy. Look up any evidence of history, and you’ll find that humans are the worst kind of monsters out there. Talat Pasha, Heinrich Himmler, Maximilier Robespierre, Kim II Sung, Emperor Hirohito, Nero, Leopold II, Mao Zedong, Osama Bin Laden, Pol Pot, Vlad Dracula, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin, are just some of the names that come to mind when thinking about the worst of humanity. All these people were responsible for killing millions of people, individually. When you read about their role in history; disemboweled, impaled, raped, burned, boiled, burned alive, are just some of the words that are used to describe their worst deeds.
Adolf Hitler was responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people. Maximilier Robespierre guillotioned anyone who didn’t support the French Revolution. Emperor Hirohito ordered every Chinese war prisoner to be killed, forced men to rape their wives and daughters, and forced people into Slavery. Mao Zedong was responsible for the deaths of 70 million people. And Pol Pot ordered an official genocide against his whole country. Just reading about the lengths these people went for their beliefs, or simply to maintain their power can make even the strongest of people sick.
Time and again, such people have come into power. Time and again we have stood against them, and said “No more”. Time and again we have said we won’t allow anymore dictators to rule us. Time and again we have said we won’t let these kind of tragedies happen again. And time and time again we have been proven wrong. As long as things like race, religion, sex, sexuality, or even the colour of our skin keeps separating us, these type of things will continue to happen. Hate for anything that is different for us have always resulted in catastrophes. As can be seen in what happened in Syria.
Although compared to Hitler, Mao, Stalin, the Syrian death toll might just be blip in the radar for so many people, for the world; lives were still lost, people suffered, and this is still a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people (including women and children) were killed while so many women were raped and assaulted, and children were burned alive. Innocents slaughtered in cold blood.
And now, after five years of war, and five years of the Syrian people living in hell, this war comes to an end. The government and the rebels have reached an agreement. People are being evacuated from the epicenter of the Syrian war, Aleppo. The battle for Aleppo was a humanitarian crisis. And although the government has emerged victorious, the victory has been a brutal one.
The worst part is, while all this has been going on, so many of us have been blissfully unaware of it. Enjoying are lives, while so many people have been fighting for theirs. We are all getting ready to celebrate Christmas, while the people of Aleppo are just glad to be alive. We are celebrating births, while everyday they mourn the loss of their people. And now that this is almost over, we’ll write a few posts about it, post about it on social media and go back to living our lives. Myself included. This is what bother me the most about it. That somehow we have become so accustomed to the violence, that it really doesn’t phases us the way it should. This is the absolute worst that humanity has to offer. The magnitude of violence all around the world today is, quite frankly, baffling. We human beings are capable of some absolutely beautiful things, but at the same time we are also capable of the most horrendous things. And seeing all the hurt, all the suffering, all the deaths, happening before my eyes, breaks my heart. So, while Hitler and Stalin might have been worse, we didn’t witness it. We read about it. We learn about it as history. But what happened in Syria, happened before our eyes. Everyday, so many people just prayed, that they live to see another day, that their loved ones live to see another day. That somehow they escape that hell. And some even asked to be put out of their miseries. How are we supposed to be okay with that? The thing is, we aren’t. We are supposed to be pissed as hell. We are supposed to feel hurt as well, for them. We are supposed to be disgusted by this. We are supposed to be ashamed of this. And we are supposed to feel for them, for all they went through. And we might not have been there with them, but we are supposed to stand with them. So writing about it might just be a way for us to deal with our feelings. To ease our guilty conscience that we weren’t able to help them, even though we were in no position to do so. But even writing about it, talking about it, is a step in the right direction. Because it tells us we are not as unaffected as we thought. Because it tells us that there are still people out there who still believe in humanity. That we are still human. That there might be monsters among us, but monsters don’t always win. That we are willing to fight for all of us, all human beings. That this battle may be over, but we still have a long way to go. That we will not forgive this, and we will not forget this. That humanity may have fallen today, but it will rise again.
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