The world has let me down

Let me preface this by telling you a little bit about my life. I grew up in an extremely religious country where Islam is enforced by the constitution. It was, and still is, mandatory to be a muslim in order to be a citizen. There is absolutely nothing you can say or do against it.

Fortunately for me, my parents were not religious – this is extremely rare in my country as even the most open minded people were still somewhat religious on a fundamental level. This is the result of years and years of brainwashing.

Naturally, my parents home schooled me for as long as it was legally possible and within that time taught me how to make decisions for myself and to always question authority. Especially when it didn’t feel right or made little sense.

Skepticism was bred into me as a means of survival. It was a dangerous path since openly questioning the law will most certainly lead to punishment. However, I persevered in hopes that one day I could escape the cesspool that I lived in.

To give you some examples of how absurd our laws are here is a list of some things that are illegal in my country: – Dogs – Alcohol – Sleeveless tops and bathing suits for women (even though we live in the tropics) – Freedom of conscience

Sounds crazy right? But you’ll be surprised to know that everyone complies with these rules. That’s what happens when you give too much power to authority figures and government bodies.

I often looked to the Western, more developed world with admiration and wished for such liberation in my life.

So it goes without saying that in the beginning of (and throughout) this pandemic an all too familiar feeling of dread had crept up on me. Except this time it was a global phenomenon. Covid is starting to look very much like a power tool used in the same manner as religion.

The apocalypse or collapse doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process. They slowly hack away at our freedoms until we’re all rendered helpless. The state of the world right now has left me absolutely speechless. I expected better from educated world leaders. But instead I’m seeing the same level of corruption and authoritarianism as my own backwards government.

I am ever so grateful to have found communities such as this one online, and I urge all of you, my friends around the world – do not back down and let them control us like this. Most of you come from countries where your freedom was celebrated, you need to fight to keep it that way. And this time you’re also fighting for all of us who have no means of fighting our governments. The rules made in the West are trickling down to the developing world and we are suffering immensely.

The science is clear, the statistics are all there. Lockdowns cause more harm than good! Forced vaccination and segregation of those who don’t want it is detrimental to a healthy society! How much longer are we supposed to live like this? We’re depriving our children of basic needs and very possibly damaging their entire future.

This is not what it means to be human. All for the sake of a virus. A virus that isn’t nearly as dangerous as the measures taken against it. Humanity needs to come together and understand that we’ve been through much worse and still triumphed. We cannot continue to live such risk-averse lives! Are we not capable of making our own judgements anymore?

If there is light at the end of this 15 month long tunnel, then I don’t see it yet. Whatever hope I had left in the world is fleeting with every day spent in this lockdown.

Thank you for those who read my post in its entirety. And thank you for continuing to fight the good fight.

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