Requiem To The Sea

Written by Ambreen Ishrat

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so hasrepparttar snake charmer,repparttar 132404 camel wala orrepparttar 132405 photographer with his camera. Necessity has forced these people, who used to depend upon you for their livelihood to go elsewhere. The picnickers that used to throng at your side every evening and night are all gone now. They have abandoned you for some other dazzling joint, where city lights outlastrepparttar 132406 night andrepparttar 132407 party ever carries on. Did they ever care about you at all, I wonder. Yet there are a few faithful ones who still choose to come here: sparse joggers, some couples deeply engrossed in private conversations and in each others. And there are a few scavengers like me. The blanched moon beckons andrepparttar 132408 angry waves ebb and flow in their ancient rhythm. This ancient rhythm that has been here, sincerepparttar 132409 beginning of creation, even before man was here. To every pattern and to every beginning, there is an end. And mankind, is always trying to orchestraterepparttar 132410 end of his own beginning, trying to haste onrepparttar 132411 nemesis. Almost a century back, Matthew Arnold looked atrepparttar 132412 dark sea and contemplated uponrepparttar 132413 man's faith and his fate. How far have man progressed since then? So much intelligence and so much of advancement and yet there remains disdain, pompousness and a criminal neglect towardsrepparttar 132414 environment that sustains him. So many months have passed sincerepparttar 132415 oil spill tragedy has taken place,repparttar 132416 effects on which still linger on. The toxic wastage lies inrepparttar 132417 bottom ofrepparttar 132418 sea, hidden from our discerning eyes. It is still seeping inrepparttar 132419 unfathomable depths, poisoningrepparttar 132420 very core,repparttar 132421 roots and essence. Water being our integral constituent, this toxic wastage is poisoning our souls as well.

The Karachi beach, as we have known it never hadrepparttar 132422 crystalline clearness ofrepparttar 132423 Bahamas, of Florida, Miami or Hawaii, The polluted and trash strewn coastline stretch used to speak volumes about our civic sense, but it still was something better than having nothing. It used to offer usrepparttar 132424 luxury of watching infinity. The Sea is what defines our status as a coastal city. It is and would always be a prominent element of our landscape and geography. As for karachittees social life and cultural milieu,repparttar 132425 cooperate food chains, restaurants and food outlets would keep on opening, butrepparttar 132426 damage done torepparttar 132427 sea would linger on. These cramped spaces are meant for a blessed few and speak volumes about our empty souls and excess desires, over brimming indulgences and depraved values. In spite ofrepparttar 132428 hoodwinking claims made aboutrepparttar 132429 amount of damage being minimal, inrepparttar 132430 heart of our heart, we ought to know better that an irreparable damage has been done andrepparttar 132431 sea has been blemished. We ought to know now thatrepparttar 132432 price is to be paid, by us and by our future generations. Scared I am to bring my children into this world, and to think aboutrepparttar 132433 kind of future they will have.

The author is a 26 years old single female, hailing from Karachi, Pakistan. She has earned her masters degree in English Literature from the University of Karachi. Currently working as a content and creative writer at an IT firm, she dreams of pursuing a M. Phil degree in literature some day. Her hobbies include reading and writing. For feedback, comments or critique she can be reached at

It's Not My Job to Free Tibet

Written by Skye Thomas

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What if I do a little bit for each and every one? They say, "Every little bit counts!" You know if all I was giving was my money, then I'd say yes. Donate money to all of those causes. But, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about actually rolling up my sleeves and getting to work helping makerepparttar world a better place. I personally cannot fly all overrepparttar 132402 planet adding just a touch of my energy here and there. To truly createrepparttar 132403 huge changes needed to fix those problems, I would have to really give my undivided attention and focus. One hundred people giving a moment of their time is not as effective and powerful as just two or three people giving it all of their time and focus. If I am going to make a difference, then I will have to narrowrepparttar 132404 list down.

One by one, I had to scratch offrepparttar 132405 list those things that I personally could not do. That's not to say that I won't someday be able to help finance them. For now, I have to look at what I can actually roll my sleeves up and do with my own two hands. What are my talents best used for? What is my job? I picked fromrepparttar 132406 list those things that were truly deeply mine. They are all areas that I also happen to feel a personal calling to be involved in. Everything else, I have to let go and trust that someone else will recognize that they haverepparttar 132407 talents and resources to become part ofrepparttar 132408 solutions. I have to trust that whoever is meant to take on those jobs will feel a calling deep in their soul and that they'll heed that calling.

Another hard part for me is not knowingrepparttar 132409 divine plan. When bad things happen, we can sort of take comfort in knowing that there must be some divine reason. Somehowrepparttar 132410 challenges and dramas of life always lead to enlightenment, joy, new self esteem, or some other cosmic gift. Some things are meant to be. Some things are not meant to be. So, when I take that deep breath and trust that someone else is going to pick up that particular problem and give their life to solving it, I have to also make peace withrepparttar 132411 idea that it may not happenrepparttar 132412 way I would like to see it happen, or alongrepparttar 132413 timeline that I'd like to see it happen. Who will free Tibet while I'm busy working on fixing these other things? Will they be saved in a timely manner? Will our government dive in to save themrepparttar 132414 way that they felt called to save other people? I can only pray that someone else picks uprepparttar 132415 baton because I cannot. Is it your job? Will you free Tibet?

Copyright 2004, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow's Edge

Skye Thomas began writing books and articles with an everyday practical approach to life in 1999 after twenty years of studying spirituality, metaphysics, astrology, personal growth, motivation, and parenting. After years of high heels and business clothes, she is currently enjoying working from home in her pajamas. Go to to read more of her articles and to get a free preview of one of her books.

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