Seeking Empathy

Art Description: In this painting by Lina A. (signed on lower left) a woman's face in black and white, with a tinge of blue in the eyes, looks down with a forlorn emotion.  The left side of the painting has a black stripe with textured red and black above. Below the stripe some green texture overlaid with black branches, a chain, and some red texture.     Lina Abojaradeh Art- https://www.facebook.com/linaabojaradehart

Art Description: In this painting by Lina A. (signed on lower left) a woman's face in black and white, with a tinge of blue in the eyes, looks down with a forlorn emotion.  The left side of the painting has a black stripe with textured red and black above. Below the stripe some green texture overlaid with black branches, a chain, and some red texture.     Lina Abojaradeh Art- https://www.facebook.com/linaabojaradehart

We are ALL equal. We are all exquisite individuals that walk through the world, each paving their own path, finding love, compassion and light along the way. Of course, along the way some forget the love, compassion and light they were born with, and forget that our paths are our own and every once in a while they will jump into someone elses path, setting road blocks and dangers, going as far as taking the path as their own, leaving trauma and disaster in their wake. And once all that you are is gone, they jump onto another path to do the same, seeking that same love, compassion and light that no longer guides them. 

We are All created equal, theoretically. Because today, in 2016, we are not all equal. We see this time and again, with race, gender, orientation, our perceived abilities and a million other ways. And today, we see it because lives around the world are not worth the same. Our lives are weighed by the privilege we carry, and all we can do about it is beg for empathy from the same systems that have placed us lower on the scales of privilege. 

If only we had scales of empathy instead of privilege.

I have dealt with enough anxiety about post-mortem oppression to last a lifetime. Worst part though, the worst part is that we are not allowed to raise our voices against this injustice to our identities because then we're called heartless and narcissistic because we're 'exploiting' tragedies. As if the use of fear to tighten your grip on the world is okay, but our mentioning of the forgotten souls is exploitative and selfish. It's the same way when you chant 'All lives Matter' when a Black individual is murdered, and call us cowards and hypocrites for not chanting the same when one of your own is murdered by the same system that you resisted resisting against. 

Art Description: A black and white sketch - inking of snow falling over a mother-figure with arms around a young girl, they are both wrapped in a blanket and the word "Faith" is over laid. To the left, a hand is pulling the blanket off the girl with the overlaid word "Indifference".  Lina Abojaradeh has signed on the lower left.       Lina Abojaradeh Art- https://www.facebook.com/linaabojaradehart

Art Description: A black and white sketch - inking of snow falling over a mother-figure with arms around a young girl, they are both wrapped in a blanket and the word "Faith" is over laid. To the left, a hand is pulling the blanket off the girl with the overlaid word "Indifference".  Lina Abojaradeh has signed on the lower left.       Lina Abojaradeh Art- https://www.facebook.com/linaabojaradehart

So call us hypocrites, cowards, narcissists and heartless, but the only thing standing between us and All lives Matter is the system you protect with your All Lives Matter Signs. 

We were Charlie, We were Paris, but we're not Ankara, we're not Kenya, we're not Lebanon or Syria, we're not Palestine. And then you have the audacity to say All Lives Matter? Perhaps you live in a world where it does, if so I ask kindly that you share this world of yours with the rest of us. Because the majority of us have NEVER even visited.   


Ahmad Abojaradeh is the co-founder and Director of Mental Health for MCL, An Engineer, a world traveler, a Peer Support Specialist, a Novelist and the founder and editor of Life in My Days. He hopes to spread awareness of living a life of wellness wherever he is through his writing, workshops and speaker events.

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