Let it be on fire.

In the age of never ending bitterness and grievances that are peddled to split society apart, demagogues have become as common as cigarettes. These whisperers of antipathy are found on both sides of the political aisle and all sides of the social divide, a system that thrives on dividing people makes it a priority to enrich pyromaniacs who light fires and walk away.

The people I’m talking about are the politicians and pundits who have perfected the art of insincerity in order to incite the public. Injustice hunting has become a lucrative sport to these establishment voices; they selectively push outrage not to ameliorate human suffering but to advance their financial self-interests. I used to think only ethno-fascists and neoliberal traitors antagonized their followers, once I shed my political blinders, I see that this incitement hustle has been monetized by all sides. Opinion leaders are given incentive to stir us into anger and shepherd us into the ghettos of antipathy in order to keep us perpetually divided.

These people are interlopers who pretend to be for us when they are really getting paid by the same excesses they supposedly speak against—they have no problem creating dissension in order to elevate their status. Sadly, too many of us take the bait and run with it as we hurl hatred to other people who struggle just like us. We have become crabs in a barrel who prefer to claw at each other instead of clawing at the barrels that imprison humanity. If the oppressed put aside our differences and demanded equity without bias to any, we would all be better for it. Instead, we expend the precious energy that we have and dissipate our collective power by insisting on fighting for just us and aborting justice in the process.

The status quo loves people who limit their indignation to political and ideological lanes, when was the last time you saw a pundit on TV speak against the policies of endless wars, wealth transference from many to a few and the influence of the corporate aristocracy?

It’s the time, we stop feeding into this game of grievance and bitterness. I’m not saying that we should ignore the injustices of the world and put on a happy face for the sake of manufactured unity. There are many wounds we must tend to as people, but healing cannot be arrived at by lighting each other on fire. Moreover, let us resolve to stop getting distracted by politics and issues, people who walk among us are feeling the heat too. If you want to take on injustice, stop aiming sideways because the source of our tribulation is coming from the top.

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The author is a freelance blogger. He usually comments on social issues, politics and defence related topics. His contributed articles are published by leading news outlets in Pakistan.

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