What a world we live in

A submission by Prof. Nimsay.

What a world we live in.

We’ve got civil wars, nuclear bombs, racism, sexism, discrimination, greed and selfishness. Not to mention immense, irreversible pollution, global warming, wrecked environments, shattered ecosystems and innumerable extinct and endangered species. No, seriously, this is some planet we’re living on.

I got an Instagram account recently and discovered this account called @hotvocals. The profile says ‘singing and inspirational videos’. So I went to go look through them.

There were videos on kids in Syria. On kids who’d been sent to foster care because their parents are being deported. On refugee children who lived lives full of suffering and were separated from their families.

How can you do this to them? How can you make claims that we’re a civilised planet, that we’ve accomplished so much, that we can do so much, but yet we have rotten cores? We tear apart cities, but we build them again in advertisements. Everything seems so superficial.

We consider ourselves a comprehensive, advanced society, do we not? I mean, there are people who do so many things, and are successful and achieve so much. We have motivational speakers who jet around the world giving speeches about unity and peace and so on. We have presidents who make grandiose statements about what they promise to do.

And we have a five year old child in Syria, begging for a little water to drink.

Everywhere, people face so much difficulty. And there are so many who do nothing about it. Half the rich people in the world don’t bother about the staff they have. Why should they care? They aren’t expected to worry about the millions of starving refugees. But if they did, wouldn’t they be able to help so much? If they extended even a pinky finger of help, they’d be able to provide for so many people.

So why don’t they?

Unfortunately, this world is way too full of greed and selfishness. That’s why the whole thing started, didn’t it? Because people were too greedy to be content, and too selfish to settle things on their own. One of my favourite Calvin strips is this one where Calvin asks his dad how soldiers killing each other was supposed to solve the world’s problems. His dad doesn’t answer, just stares at Calvin for a while. In the last panel, Calvin says, “I think grownups just act like they know what they’re doing.” Now if that isn’t accuracy, what is?

What do we still have to fight for? What do we still have to blow up cities for? What do we still have to gun down women and children for? People just give obscure answers. Everyone has been so blinded, so manipulated that they don’t even question anymore. Why do soldiers need to fight and kill each other and lose their lives while taking away others? Why? Does anyone even have an answer anymore? Why can’t the leaders of armies, or world leaders, or anyone who is in conflict just hash it out with each other? Why must you involve so many people, make innocents suffer, throw an entire country into chaos and bear so many losses? Why are you doing that? It’s not the only way. And it’s not like charging at each other and blowing up everything and everyone is getting you anywhere, is it?

So many wars that are going on now are a result of people being selfish and stubborn and letting things get out of hand. And it’s ended up in constant riots and protests and deaths. For all the world leaders who propagated peace and unity, rubbish. You think sending ten year olds off to war and storming an innocent woman’s home is peace?

All the people who were unwillingly dragged into war do not deserve to live their lives in terror and suffering. They do not deserve to struggle for basic necessities. They do not deserve to lose their child when a boat capsizes. They do not deserve to lose everything they have. They don’t deserve to be put into this kind of situation. And this is why I think governments and world leaders are selfish, because they continue pulverising and destroying without caring for their citizens. They just go on bombing and blasting without a shred of concern for the consequences. And in the end, it’s the innocent people whirled into the fray who get hurt and lose the most.

What happened to humanity?

It takes a really heartless person to cause suffering to a child. Won’t it weigh on their conscience? Apparently not.

Give the children a chance. Give them the life they deserve. Don’t take it away.


The Song That Led to Creation

By Swathika.

It is this song, “The Kill” by 30 Seconds to Mars that created a love for rock music in me. It was the first song by 30STM that I listened to, and it instilled not only a new love for rock music and the band in me, but also led to the thought of starting a new band of my own.

Yes, the idea of starting a band dawned on me then! And that was how Change The Formula was started by us, thanks to my band mate and my dear friend Sanjana, who was the first one to tell me about this song: it all started with her. “The Kill” still remains one of my favourite songs and one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. I dedicate this short piece of writing to Sanjana and of course, Jared Leto, the lead singer of this mind-blowing rock band. Thank you all!

The Iron Lady and her changing voice

By Swathika.

Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, who is well-known as the “Iron Lady”, is also known for changing her voice throughout her service as the Prime Minister of Britain. She was coached to lower her pitch to sound more masculine. This was used by the media to write articles about her varying voices with headlines like “From ‘Shrill’ Housewife to Downing Street”her voice was described as powerful and persuasive, soft and cajoling, distinctive, and was said to be one of her most potent political weapons. The lowered pitch was not only to sound more masculine but also to develop a calm and authoritative tone, revealing the extent to which power changes the way people speak.

Below is a video in which people talk about how certain kinds of voices are better suited for certain activities than others.

A British Sitcom: Yes Minister

This political satire British sitcom was broadcasted on BBC Television from 1986 to 1988, and was written by Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. It was also the favourite television program of the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who is well known as the “Iron Lady” and is also known for changing her voice, for lowering her pitch to sound more masculine!

In this clip we can see how the Prime Minister describes the British newspapers; it is a must-watch to all those who read British newspapers online.

Here is the transcript:

Sir Humphrey: The only way to understand the Press is to remember that they pander to their readers’ prejudices.

Jim Hacker: Don’t tell me about the Press. I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by the people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country. The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who own the country. The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

Bernard Woolley: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country—as long as she’s got big tits.