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How to: annoy people you hate

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on how to annoy people that hate you. I still get traffic from people asking for a quick fix to their hater problems but sometimes I get this question instead: How to annoy people you hate.

Oh boy! Let’s do this! 😀

mwahahahahaaa!

How to annoy people you hate:

Growing up as a tom boy, I had a lot of issues with people around. I grew up in a family club surrounded by all sorts of kids from all sorts of backgrounds. You would imagine that going through high school is the toughest thing a teenager can go through but believe me: nothing beats a family club where even the parents of those teens pitch in to give you a lesson while they clearly need help for having ill behaved kids. I used to have a couple of good friends who preferred to be on the quiet side of “the party” just like myself and kept things low profile. I used to wear the weirdest shit and have the weirdest haircuts. Either listening to my walkman/discman (RIP/RIP) or trying to drop a ball through the hoops of our basketball court. I never thought I fit in with those “Didi” dancing girls in their skimpy outfits. I’d stand there and watch the 5 chicks dance to that shit with their moms standing there all proud of their little girls representing the darkest tragedy of humanity: teenagers and hormones. And while they used to relate to booty shakin’, I used to relate to the likes of Alanis Morissette, BjorkMissy ElliotShaquille O’Neal, 2Pac and many more. I used to dress like that as well (forgive me, God!). I wrote all about that shit in my previous post if you’d care to read some extra nonsense.

Well, I did hate a lot of people. And it was not out of jealousy.. well maybe a little bit.. but, for most of them, I used to be bullied by a lot for being different. Dressing up like a boy when most girls were doing their fancy dancing and competing to become the next Alpha Female in a small community had its price. The girls were usually in groups picking their boyfriends and marking their territories while the boys just played basketball and hung around the court with some of those cool chicks. I was always with the boys trying to compete. Who would score more hoops and get the Chicago Bulls jersey first. I used to hate it when the jerseys looked better on the guys because they had less curves 😦 but it was all good when we sat there and had our rap battles. Some guys never appreciated the fact that a female can sometimes do male stuff and they also used to give me a hard time.

I managed to find a few good female friends who were not that judgmental and they made things a lot easier. They all went to mixed schools and that’s why they were probably less susceptible to the common bullshit those other kids believed. They were loud, crazy and outspoken. They had their own character and no one could bully them and get away with it. They taught me how to have a backbone and stand up for myself.

I used to pick a lot of fights with those I hated. I would pass by giving them dirty looks and sometimes instigate fights just to give them a piece of my mind. But most of the time, I avoided being around them because that would only remind me of all the bullying. Not to mention, cause more bullying. I also learned to stand up for others and I became known for being the female vigilante of the bullied kids. I would be sitting there singing alone in a corner and a kid runs up to me telling me that this asshole picked on them and they want me to kick their ass. No problem!

Yo. Say that again?!

Yo. Say that again?!

The longer I stayed away, the better I felt about myself. See, when you allow hate to consume you, it effects you in a way. You start hating yourself for being different. Then for not being able to make these people understand who you really are. You become aggressive and defensive. You become paranoid and expect everyone to pick on you. You stop enjoying who you are while allowing others to pick on you. You don’t want to change yourself yet you hate yourself. So when you hate someone, you don’t hate them for what they are, you hate them for what you think they think you are. You’re consuming yourself with their thoughts and opinions about you rather than enjoying yourself and celebrating your independence from the norms of society and what it dictates. I failed to hold on and I started dressing up like a “female”. Managed to put on some eyeliner and tone it down with the boy stuff. The minute I decided to follow the herd, I got accepted. Some of those people I hated so much managed to accept me as well. It felt weird, to be honest. That same guy that gave you shit is now calling you “pretty” and saying hi to you. Was it really that important for people to see me as what society thought was normal to be accepted and welcome among them?

I stopped doing the things I wanted and started doing the things THEY wanted. And I am going to tell you that at times it was worth it but most of the time, totally not.

Before the transformation, the more I enjoyed what I did, the less those people meant to me. I would even walk by and hear their nasty comments and continue without giving them any attention. After the transformation, I automatically craved their acceptance and felt bad the minute they stopped showing me that I fit in. Hate consumed me and changed me into being someone that I was not. I used to enjoy doing all sorts of things but I stopped. I used to sing and play basketball, try rollerskating and fail miserably and publicly as well, I used to not give a fuck about anything or anyone and I was happy until hate took over.

I regret letting hate take over because it made me compromise a lot for people who meant nothing to me. People that I was better off ignoring than trying to please. Hate lets you become what you actually hate. You want to annoy people you hate? Start by loving yourself and accepting that no one is the same, no one will ever be like anyone else and those you hate for any kind of reason might be having a worse day than you. And most importantly: you will never please everyone.

People who bully others wouldn’t need to do that unless they have deep issues. If you find yourself giving someone a hard time, think about why you are doing so. Hating a bully is only natural but craving their acceptance is not. Letting your hate turn you into a bully is not. Letting your hate change you into something else to stop the bullying is not. You want to annoy people you hate? Go up to them and tell them off.

After realizing what I’ve become and how unhappy I was, I did that. I couldn’t manage to go back to my old self but I managed to stay a “boy” at heart. I love the fact that I’m a female and love all sorts of sparkly and colorful shit but I also love the fact that I don’t necessarily have to fit in the normal definition of a female to be welcome by our lovely society. The problem is society taught us that a female shouldn’t be outspoken and shouldn’t attempt to be near anything that ruins her image as a female. Dressing up like a boy deems you less feminine. Hanging out with boys deems you a slut or at least craving their attention if not less feminine. Swearing deems you inappropriate and vulgar while boys can swear at any given time for any given reason! Why? I choose to express myself that way. As long as I am not abusing that right and insulting someone personally, I don’t think you have the right to judge me for using foul language. I don’t think you have the right to judge any female for doing anything a male can do anytime and get away with. I am a man who looks like a woman. I do whatever I want as long as I believe that it is not shameful or harmful and I don’t give a fuck.

How to annoy people you hate? Start by understanding why you hate them and you will be surprised to know that hate is just an imaginary feeling that covers tons of personal issues. Love yourself the most and you will not find a reason to hate to begin with. And if you have legitimate reasons to hate someone, tell them why you hate them and get it over with. You don’t need to fix things, just let it out of your system and move on. That would at least make you feel better and give them a thing to think about while you do that. If you’ve been bullied by someone, just go up to them and say: “I don’t know why you’re doing this but if you have a valid reason for being an asshole, let me know so that we can work on it and stop this shit forever.” they will probably not take you seriously but you will walk away the bigger person since you chose to confront them and give them a piece of your mind. And forget about them while you’re at it. Once you say that shit, forget they ever existed.

I used to have a bully who turned out to be one of my closest friends. I loved how she didn’t give a fuck about anyone but she would sometimes be so mean to me. One day, I went on a trip and got everyone a gift. She refused to take my gift and left me painfully wondering what I did to deserve this harsh treatment. I went up to her and told her that I didn’t understand why she had to be an asshole to me when I was just being nice and offering her a souvenir from my latest trip. She ended up apologizing and told me that she’s sorry for being an asshole and that she really appreciated it and she even began treating me much better. I knew she had issues with people and that she doesn’t trust anyone which causes her to be a bully sometimes. I understood that even before getting her that gift and I managed to deal with her with caution during our first couple of years. I hated her at times but respected her most of the time. And telling her off changed everything. She’s not into bullying now but she’s still very direct and sometimes harsh with people. And she’s one of the few people who managed to be by my side during the worst times.

How to annoy people you hate? Start by loving yourself and being true to yourself. That is more than enough to annoy anyone you hate since you won’t give them any reasons to make you hate them even more. People you hate are people you couldn’t please at the first place. They made you hate them for some kind of reason and it’s mostly because you’re not like them or at least not what they consider “OK”. On any scale. Work on pleasing them less and hating them less but most importantly, work on loving yourself more and that is more than enough to annoy anyone who doesn’t approve of your ways. I’m not claiming that I’m perfect and that occasionally I don’t hate people for any sort of reason. I still sometimes find myself hating someone just a little bit. But I do my best to turn that hate into loving myself even more. And I avoid annoying them for those same reasons. Hating someone won’t help you. If they’ve managed to inflict physical or emotional harm on you, you have a point. But instead of hating them, love yourself for being strong enough to go through the pain without turning into one of them. You’re strong enough to do that and consider them less fortunate for having to hurt someone to be pleased with themselves. Stop the hate. 🙂

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LinkedIn problems..

When I first joined LinkedIn, I didn’t really understand how things went there. Just thought of it as a “professional Facebook” account. Nothing wrong with signing up to another social media platform. Who knows?

Throughout the past couple of years, I have managed to land good jobs through LinkedIn. Reconnected with some of my colleagues and old college buddies and got a few interviews as well. LinkedIn has proved it’s success to me and I don’t think anyone who is career oriented missed out on it.

But lately, there has been a growing trend that I really dislike. Just like any social media platform, LinkedIn is gathering far too many ignorant users. I’m sorry, yes. Ignorant.

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When Facebook started becoming popular around here, we were some of those few who signed up not knowing what it was but still encouraging people to join for the sake of it. Back in 2006, only those who knew their way around the Internet managed to sign up and Facebook was kicking My Space and Hi5 in the butt! It was more private, less glittery and people on Facebook were less likely to stalk you and offer their “services” (to be more correct: ask you for them).

Oh thank GOD!

It was finally there for the clean people to interact and you didn’t have to bother about making your profile colorful and that kind of crap. It was and still is your digital identity. The best, so far. We’ve had issues with the new design, the new timeline, the Facebook chat, the privacy settings, and mostly anything Facebook decided to bully us with but no one ever opted out because of those issues.

With LinkedIn, you didn’t really bother with all that since the purpose is to have your CV digitally available for future employers and fellow colleagues to go through. All you had to do is pop your info in, add a presentable picture and you’re done. If you’re really meticulous like myself, you will try your best to get your profile strength to hit the top!

ALMOST.. THERE..

ALMOST.. THERE..

Getting endorsements is not my thing. I can’t “beg” for one and I hate those who send me this:

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Do I really have to endorse you? How about you endorse me first!?

My previous employer asked me to endorse his skills on LinkedIn and I did. And he never endorsed me back. So I thought: “fuck it. No more of this shit.” Any other message with that subject went straight to trash. I still get endorsement requests from people I have never even met in person let alone worked with and sometimes I wish I could just reply: “Dude, do I even know you?!” but then I respect the fact that this platform is a professional platform and refrain from letting myself act “unprofessional”. But they sure as hell aren’t helping!

Now to the reason why I wrote this post. Those are some of the minor “problems” of LinkedIn. The major ones that I’ve come across the past few months are the following:

Dude. We don't even live in the same country!!

Dude. We don’t even live in the same country!!

Dude!! We don't even live on the same CONTINENT!!

Dude!! We don’t even live on the same CONTINENT!!

This one is a charmer..

First message ignored..

First message ignored..

A couple of days later:

Just in case I wanted to Skype him..

Just in case I wanted to Skype him..

Really? I even wrote a status asking people to refrain from acting unprofessional and treating LinkedIn as Facebook but then I got that message from the Sudanese dude. How dense can one be?

You might think: “Well, why do you jump to conclusions? They might be trying to connect on a professional level?!”. No, sir. They’re not. And here’s why:

A- Sending a message with “Hellooo” as the subject is NOT professional.

B- Sending me your personal contact details for me to contact you without specifying the reason is NOT professional.

C- I don’t take compliments from complete strangers at work lightly. Especially men. I’m here for business and how I look like has nothing to do with why we’re here unless I’m a model. And I’m not. And although it is good to compliment people, I find it offensive to tell a woman how “pretty” she is or such crap when we’re in a professional setting. I don’t walk up to men saying: “Gee, Mr.! You’re handsome!” and expect things to go “professional” from now on.

D- Asking me where I’m from and where I live when my details are OBVIOUSLY out there for LinkedIn nation to read is a sign of either stupidity or lack of attention. It is also an indicator that you are trying to open an unprofessional subject since you didn’t even bother to check my profile which simply means: you’re not here for business.

Needless to say, I don’t answer those people. It is plain stupid to reply to such idiots who are either too old to get what LinkedIn is all about or way too lonely to realize the fact that if a female adds you on LinkedIn, that does not necessarily mean that she welcomes complete strangers into her life. I don’t even add strangers on Facebook unless I was 100% sure they would not pause a threat on my mental health. But this shit on LinkedIn is damn straight bat shit crazy.

Another thing I’ve noticed is the shit Arab people do on LinkedIn. I was going through my timeline and I saw this (please note the red is a connection and the blue are people I don’t know):

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The above to the non Arabic speakers are political rants and such from some Egyptian LinkedIn users.

The annoying part is that I don’t get why anyone would want to discuss politics in a professional setting.

Unless you’re a freakin’ politician, reporter or a political activist, I seriously don’t want to see you bitching and moaning about shit on my feed. Even those who are entitled to say their political views on such a platform must be professional while they do so. What Arabs fail to understand is that LinkedIn is NOT Facebook and if you decide to display your political views on such a platform, you must bear the consequences of such a stupid decision especially when you’re whining like a baby as opposed to conveying those views professionally.

I looked that motherfucker up and decided to delete him but since that was the first time I decided to actually remove a connection (or more), I clicked on his profile and he received a notification. And then this happened:

Good morning and good riddance, buttwipe!

Good morning and good riddance, buttwipe!

Here’s what I did -> CLICK ME!

And the bitches were gone!

Hallelujah!

Dear world UNIVERSE:

  1. LinkedIn is NOT Facebook!!!!!!
  2. Getting personal with females on LinkedIn is NOT professional.
  3. Females on LinkedIn don’t add random strangers to chat and make friends or get a husband/boyfriend. (at least I don’t)
  4. Sending anything but interview requests, recommendations or job hunts is NOT professional or acceptable.
  5. If you want a goddamn recommendation, work for it.
  6. If you want a goddamn recommendation, make sure you ask the RIGHT person AKA someone who AT LEAST knows you AND/OR worked with you.
  7. Expressing your political views is NOT professional unless you’re a politician, a reporter or a political activist and those views should be expressed in an unbiased and professional manner. As unbiased as can be.
  8. Unless you’re being pleasant and spreading your greetings for a religious occasion, pipe it. Your prayers should be between you and God. LinkedIn is not the Holy Electronic Mosque/Church.
  9. If you fail to understand the above and still insist on conducting yourself as a social dickwad, refrain from using LinkedIn because I’m telling you: your career will be screwed. And go to this link instead: CLICK ME, DICKWAD.
  10. AND STAY THERE.

I also came across this petition through the below article. Make sure to sign it if you have any similar LinkedIn issues..

Related articles http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinesharrock/linkedin-has-a-stalker-problem

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الكمال

 

إن كنت عدماً، فالعدم غير معدوم
العدم هو مقابل الوجود
كالظلام في مواجهة النور
و كالقاتل في مواجهة الفاعل
والمرآة في مواجهة الشمس
أنا الغضب اللي معرفتش أحكم عليه
أنا الجهل اللي بفتي وبتنطط بيه
أنا اللي متأمرك.. متفزلك.. متلعبك.. مربوط عينيه
أنا اللي واقف و اللي ماسك، اللي قاعد و اللي سايق
أنا المفكر الحيوان، أنا اللي كنت في يوم، فكل شئ كان
أنا حكومة رؤوس الأموال، يابني
أنا المعوق، أنا اللي صوتي عالي
أنا اللي بطلب الديموقراطية وحقي دايماً أجيبه بدراعي
أنا تزاوج السلطة والمال
أنا الإستسهال، ابن عم الإستغفال
أنا المشروع المزيف و إهدار المال العام
أنا العبد و الأجير، المالك الفقير
أنا الكلام الكبير للمعاني الواضحة
وأنا اللي لما اترميت، ضعفت.. وافقت بالمصالحة
أنا العالم الواحد، أنا العمار، أنا ثروة البلد وسط طاولة القمار
طب أنا العيل اللي شايل السلاح
و أنا الطلقة اللي بتحرم المباح
و أنا كياس الدم الفاسدة اللي بتعدي السليم
يا عم أنا الشهادة والتعليم اللي مهما تعلى بيه ميأكلش عيش
أنا عينيهم على جيبك وأنا جيبك المعدوم
وأنا النافورة اللي بتنقط وأنا السقف المخروم
أنا العالم الثالث، خلاص اتعرى.. متسلطة عليه اوسخ عيون
أنا الدرج المفتوح، العملة الصعبة والجنيه
أنا ابن الإبتذال الإعلامي والرقابة على الجنس والسماح بيه
أنا التدين الشكلي وتكييف الشريعة ليه
أنا كره الغير لمجرد عدم العلم بيه
إفهم
أنا السكر اللي مهما تزود فيه، ميحليش
أنا الحجر اللي مهما تبني بيه، ميكفيش
أنا البحر اللي مهما تشرب منه، ميرويش
أنا هدوء الدوشة
أنا سكون الزحمة
أنا إزدواج غير عقلاني
أنا كائن تافهه، الشهوة اللي سيقاني
أنا أول نقطة مطر، وآخر بوء شاي
أنا جاهل، نائب البرلمان، قولي ازاي
أنا.. نعل الجزمة اللي اتهرى من غباوة النظام
أنا الديك اللي باض، وأنا الثور اللي اتحلب
القانون اللي اتركن، والدستور اللي إتكتب
أنا القاضي والمحامي، المتهم والقتيل
أنا الراجل اللي بشنب، بالل نفسه على السرير
يا رئيس الجمهورية، سلطتك منتهية
أنا كارتك اللي إتحرق وأنا ريحتك اللي فاحت
وأنا اللي كنت زيك فاسد لما كنت ساكت
أنا الشحات، العدمان، الفقران، الشمتان
أنا الزاهد الكادح العالم السارح
أنا اللامبالاه، مادة الدنيا والحياة
أنا الإستبداد، حب التملك والهوى
أنا ماضيك المريض، مستقبلك اللي اتهان
أنا المصطلح الجديد اللي إتعلمته عشان تبان
أنا اللي قتلت عشان أعيش يوم ميتقالك مفيش
أنا العامل اللي جاع
أنا الوقت اقوى سلاح
أنا العبد اللي أستحل، أستغل، بالتالي فل
أنا الضمير، أنا العيون، أنا المُقيد المغلول
أنا الشعب، أنا حواري النظام، أنا الرأسمالية
أنا الشيوعي اللي جيوبه متدفية
أنا الإستقرار
يسقط الإستقرار، أنا الحوار والسلام
أنا وهم الرأى الأمثل
أنا منظومة الكبت والإعدام
أنا الواو فى أمن الدولة، حرف الجيم فى التعتيم
وأنا الدال على النور بالرغم من جهلي بيه
أنا العدم
أنا الفضاء
أنا أهم وأصغر فصل فى الرواية
أنا بداية النهاية
أنا الشباك اللي اتقفل
أنا نكتة بايخة بيتضّحك عليها بملل
أنا قانون الطوارىء وثواني حظر التجوال
أنا واقع عالم إنفتاح الإنحلال
أنا السياسة الشرعية
أنا تقي الدين أحمد بن تيمية
أنا الفراغ وتعدد الهوية
أنا
كلب من كلاب الحزب الحاكم المغلوب
إفهم
أنا مش فرن العيش، أنا الدقيق المضروب
أنا ساعة التسلية
أنا الإلهاء
وأنا القبر اللي بيتحرق لما يعلن إكتفاء
أنا العالم الجديد
أنا الدهب.. الأرخص من الحديد
أنا اللي بيقولك الفقير فقير بضعفه
وأنا اللي مفهمك إن القوي يستحيل تستغنى عنه
أنا إبتسامتك.. ابتسامة خوف بدون صوت
أنا إحساسك بالأمان لحظة قبل الموت
أنا السر، أنا العادة
أنا مش فنجان القهوة السادة
أنا السكر اللي مهما تزود فيه، ميحليش
أنا الحجر اللي مهما تبنى بيه، ميكفيش
وأنا التوب اللي مهما تشدي وتنزلي فيه، ميغطيش
أنا صفحات العاصي فى كتابه اللي مخبيه
أنا ابن الشيطان اللي مقويه
أنا الحبر اللي خلص، وأنا الريق اللي نشف
أنا الصبر اللي زال، وأنا البدن اللي ضعف
أنا.. أضواء شوارع القاهرة، جذابة ساهرة، ساحرة.. كاذبة
إفهم
أصل أنا الليل اللي مفنجل، مش عيون الناس اللي بتنام زي ضميرك
أنا مش موجود بس وجودي ليه مكان
أنا العدم
أنا الفضاء
أنا العزل والإحتواء
أنا مش فكرة حلوة
أنا الكابوس
أنا الابتلاء
أنا الابتلاء
أنا الابتلاء
أنا الابتلاء
أنا الابتلاء
بكره بكدب، بظلم بعبد، باخد بعدم، بندم وأسجد
بكره
بكدب
بظلم
بعبد
باخد
بعدم
بندم
وأسجد
أنا
أنا الموت
ولكن
في أعماق التراب كان يسمع و يرى
وهذه المرة، لم ينزلق الى قبر الغرور الذي إنزلق اليه
لم يخرج بتفسير مألووف بأنه حبيب الله المختار إنما
إعترف بينه و بين نفسه بجهله
بجهلي
من هذه الدنيا لا أدري شيئاً
من هذه الدنيا لا أدري شيئاً
من هذه الدنيا لا أدري شيئاً

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My first ever “food review”: @ButtercupCafe

Almost a month ago, I wrote a post about restaurant reviews and how people tend to feel pressured when expressing their real thoughts about restaurants here in Kuwait.

It’s MY turn now..

This will always be my “food review” meme..

I’ll make it short and to the point. No extra blabber. Less pain.

I ordered a Ginduja Chocolate Cheese Cake from a place called Buttercup. To sum it up: I paid 7KD (including delivery charges) for an under baked dessert that was too heavy and arrived after two hours and 15 minutes.

2 days later, half the cake which could have been finished in 5 seconds (due to its micro measurements) had it been AT LEAST baked properly is still sitting there in my fridge. What a waste of food and money.

Never again. 🙂

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Beautiful evil..

As a huge fan of mythology, I really wish I invested my college years in studying such beautiful endless stories. I do read from time to time but lately I have been consumed with Pandora’s story. Here’s a small post in honor of Pandora and the gods of Ancient Greece.

According to Greek mythology, Pandora was created as a punishment for mankind.

She was the first woman. We might want to consider comparing her creation to Eve’s. I do believe that most of the religious beliefs are similar to each other only the names of the “heroes” differ and there’s a slight change to their role in each religion. Nonetheless, Pandora was the beautiful, temptress evil created to redeem mankind for their sins. Or perhaps; the sins of Prometheus.

Prometheus was a trickster who disobeyed Zeus and only stirred trouble. He was also the divine savior of humankind as he defied Zeus by stealing fire and providing it to humanity which has enabled humanity to progress

Prometheus stealing fire

Zeus

The divine gods were displeased and the battle was on between Prometheus and Zeus:

Prometheus tricks Zeus both into accepting the inferior portion of animal sacrifices (bones covered by fat), and reserving the edible parts (the meat) for human consumption. Zeus counteracts by depriving humankind of fire. Prometheus then outwits Zeus by stealing fire from heaven, in a fennel stalk, to give it again to mortals. The possession of fire is equated then with all its cultural benefits: the ability to cook the food, to forge weapons and tools, etc. To balance Prometheus’ forbidden good gift to men, Zeus finally decides to present humans with his own gift, a gift of evil, meant to spoil Prometheus’ enlightenment.

And there was Pandora. Created from clay and dressed up to be a beautiful temptation to men and gods alike.

Pandora’s creation

The stories differ regarding the evilness of Pandora.  One simply states that her creation deprived men of comfort as they had to deal with the hardships of life while she consumed their outcome. In addition to that, the fact that women bear children meant that if a man chooses to refrain from marriage, he cannot have a child of his own to carry his name for generations to come. However, if a man chooses to marry, he either is lucky enough to have a woman who will help him balance the good and evil of life or simply have a woman who will make his life miserable.

The other version we all know is that of the box; Pandora’s box. The box in question was actually a jar cover with a lid. That large jar contained a mix of good in addition to evils that never existed on earth before Pandora’s creation. Those evils were trapped in that jar for good and mankind never suffered of anything other than what they’ve brought upon themselves by disobeying the gods. Pandora was given that jar and instructed not to open the lid but her curiosity got to her and she broke that rule causing all the evil to escape and spread inflicting its harm on both innocent and guilty of mankind. Realizing her mistake, she quickly managed to close the lid saving one last yet crucial component from being lost forever. That last component was hope.

Both versions of the story symbolize a lot of meaningful concepts of life as it is today.

Women are beautiful creatures. Both powerful and delicate. Capable of making or breaking nations. The cunningness of women is definitely one trait that gives women that power. Their soft nature is what makes men strive to do their best to impress. Women can endure pain better than men. Their emotional nature complements the logical and more practical approach of men to matters of life. Their intuition is mainly the engine that keeps those emotions running and without both logic and emotions, life wouldn’t be as vibrant as it is. How Greek Mythology chooses to portray Pandora as the source of evil may not suit feminists, but it does have a special charm. Women back then were usually dependent and mostly capable of inflicting far worse harm than us women nowadays. The mere thought of a single woman causing a great war might seem outlandish now but back then, the abduction of Helen was enough to wage war against Troy in what we all know as the Trojan War.

Nowadays, men are not as “unlucky” as they were back in the days of Ancient Greece. The fact that women are mostly interdependent if not independent changed the whole myth. Chances are that you -as a man- have less pressure to deal with while your significant other shares the pressures and burdens of life with you. Pandora is no longer a punishment. Pandora was in the right place at the wrong time. She was just underestimated and misunderstood. And most probably mistreated.

There is no doubt that if a woman decides to make your life a living hell, it will be one. But if you choose to have her by your side and cherish her presence, you have your own little heaven on earth. After all, Pandora managed to save hope from escaping that jar giving humanity a second chance to happiness that is much pursued.

The great sins of our species haunt us,
The ghosts of history taunt us.
Yet while I breathe, while I live,
I cling to Pandora’s final gift.
The lid was not tightly closed
It whispers in our ears and dwells in our hearts.
Against all the evils that plague us,
It lets us taste redemption.
Its voice rings clear in the dark –
Words of encouragement,
Words of empowerment,
Words of unyielding optimism:
Let laughter dry the tears we’ve shed,
Let mercy heal the wounds we’ve bled,
Let love give birth to new life,
Let hope be the refutation of our sins.
Unless darkness consumes us all,
Unless light cannot penetrate the shadows,
I will cling to Pandora’s final gift:
I cling to Hope.

Also read: Pandora – a poem