Lost Love [7DTH]

As she whispered sweet nothings in my ear, I realised that’s exactly what it was. Nothing. There was no love, no commit, no lust. Just a couple, lost in transition.

From loneliness to false romance, her insecurities were wrapped in empty promises and pain-filled yesterday’s. Anxiety being her only friend, and depression her father; there was no messiah for this fallen angel.

As we had a discussion on a past she no longer remembered, where overthinking was a way to pass time, till time passed us, and soon it was too late – too late for the future she dreamt of as a child, she realised she was living in the shadow of her wishes.

I wish we didn’t live in should’ve beens and could’ve beens. Alas, those lost words fell on deaf ears. But maybe these words can save you. Pick up the rose young child, and keep dreaming. It’s not over.

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A conversation on the meaning of freedom

Recently I had a conversation with a friend about the meaning freedom and what it means to be free. To be more exact, I was asked the question, “what does it mean to be free?”

This is how the conversation went:

Friend: “So i’m reading this book by Osho and it was talking about how nobody wants to be free, quite deep I know. But you’re into philosophy and [I] was wondering what you thought.”

Me: “We want freedom but we’re scared of what it means to be free. Being free has the same “power” or “essence” as God…it’s unlimited. Many people think they’re free but subconsciously they know they’re not since they have to abide by the system. Freedom is a scary concept. Same way people want to know God but fear God is the same way people want freedom but fear freedom. Want me to continue?”

Friend: “Yeah, continue if you have more to say. This is interesting.”  Continue reading

“White privilege doesn’t exist.”

“White privilege doesn’t exist.” The biggest lie I have heard in quite a while. First, let us define white privilege. White privilege is the “right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common adverting of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.” For those who were born with access to power, it is difficult for them to see, or even acknowledge white privilege. In addition, many white people do not feel as though they have privileges others do not, making white privilege even more difficult to accept.

As a young black male, I have had to constrain myself and behave in a manner that would prevent the reinforcement of stereotypical views of my race. Before, when around white people who have limited knowledge of the culture I grew up with, subconsciously I became a victim of Continue reading