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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Edition 004

Inside, is who we are
 By Paulina Alarcon

Being a ‘good’ person has become so relative. Something so simple, has become so complex . A human being can pray, believe in god, give, go to church, serve, and all those qualities that we “think” makes a human “good”. The question however isn't what you believe in or what method of living you follow but how you treat people and who you are, that reflects your true self.

People get so often confused about what makes a “good” person that they believe that the way you appear, dress, look,  will determine who you are. In these times we see the human race eating each other with criticism and basing a person’s integrity by their appearance. If we see a women in a short dress or shrill colors, we immediately believe she is a sinful, seductive woman, but what we ourselves fail to understand is that, in making that assumption, without the proper knowledge, talks more about ourselves than of that women. Society inundates us with expectations of how we should behave, how we should look, and even how we should live. Consequently, being different or acting in an alternate way is seen as an act of rebellion, a threat to human nature. Nowadays individuals are masquerading their true self, hiding who they are, or who they want to be, because of fear of rejection from society, because they are afraid if they do not act in such manner, or believe in such thought, then they will not “fit in” and thus they will be seen as an anomaly in a system of indistinguishability.

When people begin to prohibit new ideas, behaviors or concepts is when intolerance takes a stand and prejudice, racism, discrimination comes in the picture. Humans have been raised with a presented concept of what makes a good mundane life, involving these stages: Study, attend university, graduate, get a high paid job, marry, have children, grandchildren and eventually die. That is the idea of a life nowadays, we live by others expectations when really, what we should be doing is encouraging freedom and innovation. Close minded people will constantly limit our abilities by stating what we can or cannot achieve, making us believe that our own capability is less than what it actually is. Their own blindness makes them powerless, incapable, and many of us follow those kinds of people, infesting ourselves with their narrow beliefs.

For example, numerous religions state that homosexuality is immoral, they are often bombarded with looks of rejection and criticism, mostly in third world countries such as El Salvador; but what we should stop to think about is that homosexuas are common humans, with simply different likes. Who you like, or what you prefer does not define who you are as a person. Being different does not mean bad, through your life you encounter people with different perspectives, which will probably disagree completely in what you believe, still that does not make them worse, or better than you. Being “good”  is simply a word that defines your own personal morals, your beliefs, but mostly who you are as a person and how you treat others, that will be what ultimately reflects your true persona.

Youth live trapped in a sea of sameness, where if you are different, odd, you get criticized, excluded. But yet again, that is how society works, as the famous philosopher Plato said, “Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.” And that is one of the most severe problems here in this world, that ignorant people are full of confidence, while the smart, open ones are full of doubt. Most people lack character to choose their own journey, instead they settle for following the conventional, crowd and before you know it your essence has vanished and you have become yet another grain of sand in the monotonous infinite sea.

I realized that what truly matters is having the courage to be yourself, to be whatever you want to be, dress however you want to dress, do whatever you want to do, because at the very, very end, people will always talk,criticize, so you might as well be you. We should grow from the inside and try to be the best possible version of ourselves, because that is important. In this modern world we have become too concerned and too aware of how we project ourselves in the outside, and instead we have neglected our inside. Let what you do and who you are in the inside matter most than the exterior. Society is superficial, people will always stereotype and will define who you are by what you look, but the thing is, physical beauty is just a temporary decoration, that will deteriorate with time. How you think, how you love, and how you treat people will be the ultimate pull that will bring the right people into your life. If you are you, and do good, you will come to love and respect yourself. Therefore, you will attract people who respect and value you. Just be yourself, life is too short to be like everybody else :)

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