Feb 13, 2013

Decent Everything

The article below was triggered by a recent conversation I had with a friend lately. Those few lines were enough to surface a large amount of hatred, anger and despair as well, that were all hidden for as far as my parents' divorce 10 years ago.

Here's part of what he had to say upon me asking him what he would do in times he felt down:

- I get very irritated and feel like breaking down or curl against a corner and just sleep on it (dysthymia). Its nothing new but i've been coping for years and recent events were a catalyst for more depressive episodes.
- Do you ever tell anyone about this? Or at least do you have anyone by your side?
- I only have a therapist to work with. Besides that, i have no familial or social support. They just don't understand.
- what do you think would've prevented this phase? what do you wish of having around that you'll be sure would help you out?
- A decent family. A decent society. A decent everything
There is no doubt this person is a victim, a victim of the nuisance we caused in our communities. Yes we, you, I and everyone else. Ever noticed when you point a finger at someone, the other four would be pointing at you?

Social extremism has taken its toll in the last few decades, young people are having the hardest time trying to fit in, trying to prove a point, to find a goal for their life. They try as hard as possible to never waste any moment in life without offering help, the kind of help that would fix what others have ruined.

Have you ever personally felt the need to make someone happy? Ever wanted to offer someone a rose with absolutely no reason at all? Did you ever feel you wanted to help somebody without expectations at all? Well then, how about spending a life doing exactly that?

The following video went viral on youtube, for it dug deep into the kindness we were all born with, the free will we dream of, and the absolute absence of prejudices and cultural blockades. Despite my disapproval for the product at hand, the video is nevertheless one of most successful and cheerful Ads I've seen in a while:

The video clearly showcases a few people whose goal in life was simply to share happiness, to live the simple life and to spread smiles. One of the characters has decided to photograph children for free, the other one is a girl who decided her role in life was to giveaway free balloons. Here's a little test you can try on yourself: Did you tear up during the advertisement? Did you at least feel a long lost feeling moving inside? Is a growing urge to change the world building up inside? A few months ago a strange occasion came to my doorsteps: Free Huggers was born and people in numbers are amazed by what we do, that is without mentioning the interviews and the media attention we are getting. The people at the free hugs are no ordinary people, yet you are no different from any of them. We sat on the asphalt and shared our stories, we hugged total strangers, we witnessed people crying of joy, we enjoyed every praise and learned from every invective. We hugged the rich and the poor, we smiled with the children and the teenagers. We shared ideas with the adults and the oldest. We enjoyed every second of it, and I, personally, felt my life found its meaning ever since free hugs community was born. Now the free hugs has grown like I never thought it would. I'm not only talking about the free hugs flashmobs, I am specifically speaking of the members themselves, and how the flashmobs have affected them. I will elaborate more on the personal side for every hugger in another post, but for now, I will tell you a bit of what you will be seeing in Beirut streets in the next few days.
Making Friends was never easier. Courtesy of FreeHuggers
The above idea is an initiative started by an anonymous and found its way to my twitter timeline. Minutes afterwards, the design was finished and the news were spread among the free huggers: We will be pasting these papers soon so that people can actually have a chance to have a new friend, out of nowhere. Excitement leaves me with no more words to say. All I say is I hope we're helping enough to change everything into becoming decent. This is for you my friend..

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