Sometimes he is very disturbed, keeps crying, shouting and running about. There are tears in his eyes and he cannot express the turmoil in his mind through words. And others cannot understand what is going on in his mind. He is a small boy who had been in the care of his grandparents but now they are too old to look after him. His parents did not really want him. They come rarely to see him and he does not recognize him. Maybe a little bit of love would have made a real difference. But it was not to be. In a way it is good that he is where he is, he is looked after well and is not ignored and neglected.

Why do such things happen? Not only to him but everywhere, to all living beings . There is so much violence and turmoil all over the world. Some come to our notice, but most of it is hidden and away from public eye. People suffer in their own private hell. Places bombed, planes being shot down, people tortured and killed through no fault of theirs, people suffering indignities at the hands of other people. Not only human beings but all other animals too. Only human beings are cruel for the sake of being cruel, for their own enjoyment. There is turmoil everywhere and there is this sick, helpless feeling in the pit of the stomach.

This has been happening for ages and will continue to happen. Human nature never changes . I suppose that is the only constant thing in this world.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. Oh how true, Lakshmi! Humans do not seem willing to care for their own kind, and the natural world seems to come a long way down in the priorities of too many people. Human society is much too focused on money and gaining power over others. We see too much needless suffering in our world – it is quite overwhelming. I think we can only try and make our own small contributions by helping others in whatever ways we can and by doing our bit to care for the natural world on which we are all dependent.


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