Tuesday, November 29, 2011

రచయితలకి శలవు ఇవ్వబడదు

రాయగలిగినవాళ్ళు రాయాలి. రాస్తూనే ఉండాలి.
అందరూ రాయలేరు.
అందుకని రాయగలిగిన వాళ్ళు రాయడం మానకూడదు, రాస్తూనే ఉండాలి.

రాయగలిగిన వాళ్ళల్లోనయినా లోతుల్ని తడిమి చూసే నిశితమైన చూపు అందరికీ ఉండదు. ఆ లోతుల్లోంచి తవ్వి తీసిన విషయాన్ని చెమర్చిన మనసుతో తడిపి ఆరవేసే శక్తి ఇంకా కొద్ది మందికే ఉంటుంది.

రాసింది ఎక్కడ ప్రచురించాలి? రాసింది ఎవరన్నా చదువుతారా, చదివి మెచ్చుతారా? ఇవన్నీ తరవాత.
ముందు రాయండి.
రాస్తూనే ఉండండి.
రాయడం ఆపొద్దు, ప్లీజ్!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The cost of silence and the cost of inaction

How the mighty fall!

And when the mighty fall, it is not a pretty sight.

Forty seven years of illustrious career and it all boils down to this.
Joe Paterno - an iconic name - not just in college football, but for the entire field of American sports.
Few can dream of such success and still fewer achieve it.

All gone - gone with a bang - for the cost of not speaking up when he should have.

It all comes down to integrity. Personal integrity in particular.
Can you sleep at night with a free conscience - in the knowledge that you have done the right thing?
Can you wake up in the morning and face the reflection in the bathroom mirror as you pick up your toothbrush?

I can't even really congratulate the board of directors of Penn State. I don't think it is witch hunt. I don't even think it is punishment - just or otherwise. It's just something they got to do. There are no winners in this. Only losers. And Joe is not even the biggest one of the losers - just the most famous one.

And there are some lessons here - for families, for Catholic Church, for businesses, for governments - for anyone acting to protect someone as heinous as a child molester.

If you are in a position of power, and you don't raise your arm or voice to protect the weak and the vulnerable from predators, that power vested in you sounds hollow. You are only a shell of power, with no real core inside.

And children are the most vulnerable of all.
Save the children.
Don't be silent against child abuse.