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Love like silence is sometimes too comforting, especially when you have been subject to chaotic wars in the past. And God knows that we have been subjected to countless wars throughout the course of history. Some of the wars for expansion, some wars for occupation, many wars have been fought to satisfy the insatiable human greed. But, each of these wars has caused discomfort and loss of human life that is immeasurable in any earthly proportions. How do you put an estimation on it I ask? Even if you do appropriate a number, do you also add to that the loss of life that comes in the aftermath.
Now if you study wars and their impacts not only on human beings but every living being, a sum total of the entire biosphere, you'll come to the conclusion that no amount of reparations can undone the harms and torments of any war. You see, everyone only ever talks about the tangible losses of catastrophic wars. Losses to life, losses to infrastructure and to economy, losses to rebuilding, so on and so forth. Loss of love and the ability to love, loss of mind and clinical insanity, loss of the will to continue, etc, all of these are treated as collateral or unimportant. What about loss of hope?
Human psyche has an incredible urge to pin everything on hope, even when everything around them is falling apart. Death row inmates who miraculously survived their executions were asked what were the final thoughts running through their minds when they were facing the gallows? Their reply? "I hope the strings holding the hangman's noose together snap at my weight and I fall free. As you might know, if someone sentenced to death survives his/her exectution, they are entitled to clemency and their execution becomes null and void. So, hope does not leave us even in the face of certain death.
There can be many things that inspire hope in an individual. Many believe humanity to be the ultimate trigger here, but there is one that is an even more powerful an emotion, a more powerful expression and that is Love. In the tenth piece or draft of the Latin poet Virgil's famous works titled 'Eclogues', there is a very popular phrase which goes as, "Amor Vincit Omnia", which means Love Conquers All. Here, Amor is the name of the Roman God of Love or otherwise celebrated as Cupid. It was love that drove Paris of Troy and Helen of Sparta to elopement, causing the Spartan king Menelaus to summon an army of Acaeans (Greeks) and charge at the city of Troy in vengeful rage.
Mid 1960s and early 1970s is a very interesting period in American history. This is the time when the American Civil Rights Mtovement was gaining a lot of traction, especially among the American youth. This was an all out anti-establishment and anti-capitalist drive which saw some remarkable changes happening across the length and breadth of America. It was also the time when the term popular culture or pop culture became synonymous because of the notable works of musical acts by the likes of Bob Dylan and The Beatles band. This entire movement has been termed as American counter-culture because it promoted a lifestyle called Bohemianism, which challenged the notion of a married life and instead advocated for free-living or an unconventional living style.
It is because of these sentiments that a slogan got incredible hype, so much so that it became an anti-war slogan used in many context across the world. According to American historian Ben Truwe, this slogan, "Make Love, Not War" was first coined in an article in the New York Times Magazine by their journalist Mitchel Levitas. It gave much boost to the already raging anti-war sentimentalities because of the direct intervention of America in Vietnam. What's interesting here is that this was not the only war that it was being contextualised against. As many would know, 1960s was a particularly repressive period for gay civil rights or the right of the LGBT community, owing to largescale homophobia.
It was in June 1969 that homophile organisations such as the Daughters of Bilitis took up the cudgles against a largely anti-pride regime and organised the first ever gay parades in New York City. It is there that this slogan also found a space as an expression of protest to conventional forms of love. 'Make Love' actually became a rebellion against the homophobic attitude and saw gay activists publically and boldly displaying affection in public spaces or parades. It was a vivid and clear display of choice and freedom to choose and thus became a benchmark for gay rights movements across the globe to follow.
Upon reading a bit of literature on sexuality around this movement, particularly the book by David Allyn titled "Make Love, Not War", I realised that for civil rights activists in general and gay rights activists in particular, this was actually an undeclared war that they were fighting, and through love they registered their protest which eventually led to a comforting silence and acknowledgement of their rights towards the principle of "pursuit of happiness". On June 28, 1969 everything changed after the Stonewell Riots. A watershed moment, when the LGBTQIA+ community representatives at the Stonewell Inn Bar, set their foot down and stopped letting other people dictate the terms of their lives.
I wanted to write about this on 28th June, to show support for friends and fellows from the LGBTQIA+ community celebrating the Pride Month, but I guess this served as a far better context, thanks to @miraquill. Also, I am sorry to have put you through this long read, and if you did read it all, thank you.
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Tell me, there's 2% difference genetically.. why conclude by yourself on others? Whether Black or White Whether Small or much with Height Whether Lean or Fat Whether with Luscious Locks or Baldness hidden with Hat And the most common, most hatred one.. why judging the soul? Whether Straight or Gay or PanSex..?
rayhannahereThank you mon ami @standbyme We all already are, beautiful. We should accept that first n should stop comparing ourselves with others on that. Accepting yourself is the first way to one's successful persona in their own life.. the path of one's enlightenment is you coz the whole journey of life is to see how great you can be or.. the worst..
anjani24_7Wow! Beautiful lines. Your words are magical.✨ You can publish your writeups in a book. I'm compiling an Anthology named, "Shattered words". Dm me on Instagram @think_or_feel ...if you want to be a co-author in this book and rewrite your own stars. You will get so many rewards. ❤️
odysseusYes...she was different...and most of us find it hard to accept it...
grotesque@odysseus that's why queer representation matters. It's just not about giving them rights but it's so deep rooted. We need to educate people that it's not a crime to love someone from the same gender. Love is love. Parents always get scared and force their children to get married with the opposite gender. Only if parents could understand the pain of their children.