The monsters are us



The monsters live within us,they are us

look inside and you will find them
they live in us,they are us

Sleeping with the lights out.Taking a walk in a shadowy area.Seeing a shape that may or may not be a person in the dark.These were all fears of ours as children.I didn’t want to be alone in the house lest monsters from unknown worlds creep up on me.They took different forms in our minds.My young subconscious perceived them to be very tall creatures.Ones with missing members and pointy teeth.Stories were told of monsters who sucked the happiness from one’s life.Stealing sweet dreams to replace them with nightmares.Only now do I realize that these monsters are not otherworldly,the monsters are us!

The real monsters have no sharp talons and pointy teeth.They do not lie in wait in the dark.Instead they live within us.We are the monsters we have long been hearing of.The terror not only in the night but in the daylight.We are greed,we are hate,we are the thieves.

We take from the poor, and give to the rich.The vulnerable are abused by  appointed protectors.The tears of children soak the earth,children exploited by their own fathers.Stories of authorities violating the innocent are all over the news.Brother killing fellow brother.While malnutrition is rampant in one continent, over consumption is a culture in another.Words spoken in  love turn out to be as empty as the soul of the one who speaks them.Honesty dwells in our hearts no more.Each seeking gain from the other.In this dog eat dog world,what is the fate of the puppies?

It would be much safer to stay hidden from it all.Lest the monster finds you and devours you.It is much easier to point fingers.To blame another for all the suffering in the world.It could be the economy you blame or the circumstances of your birth.They can seem to be the monsters you are running away from.But what happens when you are the monster?Each time you turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.A deaf ear to the cries of the innocent.When you withhold a service which you could freely provide to assist another.The monster in you grows.

Slaying the monsters

To save ourselves and our children,these monsters must be slain.The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 800 000 people died from suicide in 2015.Some of these deaths could have be avoided if we treated each other better.If we saw ourselves in others.Empathy,sympathy and love.These are the secret weapons we must all yield to destroy these monsters before they destroy us. I try to slay the monster in me daily.It is not a battle I always win,but one that must be fought.Perhaps if you put an effort to slay that which dwells in you,the world would be a much safer,serene place.