I had a voice, loud and strong I had an opinion, proud and sound Then, they started appearing The trolls, with words so wrong I gave it a fight until I could not I didn’t have it in me – to commit To belligerent, infinite explaining To shove for a place in the medley I muted myself, all thoughts shelved I had nothing more to perceive No more breaking news to see It didn’t matter to me who prevailed Or whose entire world derailed For no one cared enough to listen To what the sane had to convey
Suppress them not
Let them ebb and flow
Opinions, notions, emotions
Break the shackles
That bind you to silence
With anchored inhibitions;
In thoughts, voices, words
Our world is made, unmade
In never-ending cycles
A constant alchemy of change.
Last year, I blocked a few people on social media and exited WhatsApp groups due to differences in opinions. Well, not exactly that because different thoughts are enlightening, but due to trolling. Harsh words, bigotry, and bias were the hallmark of these discussions.
Needless to say, even these people must be relieved to have me exit from the group because now no one could challenge their point of view. We all love to believe we are right and our ideology is the best. Fair enough, but then why troll and abuse diverse ideologies. At that point in time, I wrote Trolled into Silence.
Over time, the situation has only worsened. Polarization, in almost all aspects of life, has manifested in crude ways. It is a global phenomenon. Innocent banter and sarcasm are also frowned upon because everyone is oversensitive. The cherry on the top is fear of the repercussions of speaking out.
Let me now observe Ongoings of our world Has it gone insane Or sloshed with disdain? How has it replaced All the love with hate! When friends are foes For opinions they spoke Do we bury the voices Or risk being trolled? When men are up in arms Do we cower or take a chance, To make amends, to call out The lies and cover ups The slyness and mess ups!