Would you describe yourself as an optimist, a pessimist, or both? We often hear people complaining about the escalation of immorality in society, coupled by numerous euphemisms describing their inability to affect the situation. Personally, I believe these complaints are a result of pessimism brimming within us, which leads us to believe that we are helpless in changing our circumstances; vices are simply a by-product. What we do not note, however, is when we fail to take the initiative others plan our doom and act on their instincts, while we allow ourselves to become a part of their schemes.
In today’s world calling ourselves optimistic has become the new in, while what we fail to observe is the over-powering darkness within us. Fail to complete an assignment and we exclaim, “Oh we are so dead today!” Hundred dead in a bomb blast and all we wonder is how they managed to count the dead so quickly. We may feel highly humorous while expressing such thoughts, yet these are minute changes taking place within us which are slowly transform our souls from Dr Jekyll’s to Mr. Hyde’s.
I believe that small changes can indeed alter our lives so comprehensively, so as to become the cause of hope amidst difficult times. A small voice, a short note, or even a peace walk might not instantly affect governments, but they do have an everlasting affect. As W. Clement quotes, “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
The day even one of us decides to act for the right cause, no matter how difficult the decision, will be the day we shall truly come into our own. That will be the day we observe the pathway to change and truly realize our potential. After all it was the murder of one corrupt policeman that induced Galliano to adopt the life of an outlaw and forever alter Sicily.
Yes, even I admit to being a victim of this contagious negativity; as my quoting a bandit is testament of an innate propensity towards violence. However, writing this has also made me realize how much I can change if only I wish to. Hence, I shall now do my share in preventing corruption by refraining from under-age driving, avoiding bribery and truly observing laws before denouncing them to all and sundry for their ineffectiveness.
These steps may be rightly argued as ineffective, but we must also realize that such attempts come together to create a positive change in society; strong enough to be feared. In the beginning we shall all be standing alone, but examples of revolutions over a single act such as the Arab Spring go a long way for motivation.
Some may let their fates be decided by their superiors because it is the most convenient option available; yet it is dangerous. In order to preserve our interests, and those of humanity as a whole, we cannot allow such decision-making. We must remember the League of Shadow’s cure for Gotham to decipher the scenario. To conclude, there cannot be more inspiring words than Batman’s: “in times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”