The Monster Within

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The Monster Within
By Ramsha Tofique

"We stopped looking for monsters under the bed, when we realized they were inside us." The much famous quote of The Joker, who is considered to be one of the most spine-chilling villain of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Night."  Looking under the bed seems to be the most petrifying action for most of the part of our childhood. The different stories told by our parents in order to make us sleep, made us believe that something might hold our legs, pull us towards it and take us to some far away Dark Land. As we grew up, it all faded away. The monsters that they told us were real never existed. It was indeed a relief to know that; although, sometimes later I used to wish that had I known all this back then, I probably would have been the hero among my age fellows, famous by the name of 'the fearless kid.' However, the concept was there. It had always been there while growing up and leaving the innocence behind. The monster had not yet gone away. It had stayed. Inside each one of us. Starting from the daily stories of theft, murders and to the bigger stories of war; one starts questioning the sanity of the entire human race. Even if our actions do not convey our feelings, our thoughts jam up our brains. The current war-like times that we are living in, make us do things that one would not have imagined doing in any other peaceful part of their lives. We may applaud a villain for cleverly carrying out his evil plans in the movies, but realistically, our morals and sanity does not allow us to cheer for the real villains of the world we live in. Man is a sociopath. He is aware that he possesses freedom i.e. freedom to choose the right or wrong. He knows the difference between them, but instead chooses not to care. We see examples of the works of the bigger villains being carried out every day out in Palestine, in Afghanistan and in Pakistan as well. The monsters for the children of the war countries never intend to go away. They...
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