THE TWO NARRATIVES!

I was taking the time to think and reflect upon previous events. The COVID-19 and the surge of social movements associated with the Black Lives matter. These are two separate social concerns, two narratives that have caused discussion, disruption and an influence upon social / public behaviour. We can see that the narrative of COVID-19 is disruptive of the interior – where humans should stay within their habitats to slow / stop the spread. And the protests to that of the exterior. Where massive rallies / protests were organized, for the public to come out and become a part of the social movements. Two very different public concerns, that have stemmed from two social narratives.

Two very different public concerns, that have stemmed from two social narratives. #ShaziaBlog #Quote

Each as important. Depending upon what one values, especially when there are health impediments and risks involved. Because to stand up, voice, or to act for a concern also requires health. But to think upon a deeper level, we are left to wonder: how the protests such as Black Lives Matter are socially constructed to formulate the constructionism of race? For this we can take the examples of murders / killings, to assume the orchestration that purposely induce hate. Hate of the other. But should this be the case? On the flip side we can think about the narratives of COVID-19 and events. Individuals are asked to socially distance, however; there is the idea of care that is stemming from this. Such as caring for each others health.

I thought about the social movements of the Black Lives Matter and thought, do we really need protests as such? We could argue, yes, because societies need to become aware of equity and equitable issues. Or are we just going around in cycles? Reinventing the wheel. With the same public outcry over and over again? I think that the answer is dependant upon one’s consciousness. Level of awareness. We have to also remember that culture creates consciousness. The very acts and behaviour of humans are induced by immediate surroundings. Culture is a powerful source. One sometimes does not truly understand the effect of culture upon ones acts / thoughts / actions. But as with the argument for technology / technological revolutions and generational behaviour – we are called to ask: how present generation attitudes towards races are different, if so or not to previous generations. Have attitudes shifted, changed and developed with the much work that has been does to build inclusive communities? Or does the re-invention of the wheel create more hurt and damage society?

does the re-invention of the wheel create more hurt and damage society? #ShaziaBlog #Quote

Further we can think about the progression of research, studies and findings. Quite often research progresses faster than the pace of the actual integration within society; if one is lucky enough to gain research attention. For instance: Studies may prove that the genetic markers of humans are related to ancestry / DNA, rather than skin color. However, the mass implementation of this idea does not happen or take place, because it is not popularized to have a mass effect.

Which is why even as we hear news media reports / channels and feel the sways of public portals, quite often we have to turn to our own knowledge, common sense, or seek our own information. Which is why as I have written in previous thoughts – the greatest impact that one can have upon another is how we treat our fellow human being. Which sometimes includes not following the crowds.

the greatest impact that one can have upon another is how we treat our fellow human being. #ShaziaBlog #Quote

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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on June 27th 2020.

My Thoughts To Share With Love & Kindness! 🙂

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