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Ordinary: A Strange Creature on the City’s Smog

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on January 12, 2019 19:18

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Whether fiction or not I found this diary entry of an enlightened character who does not know if he was a human being at all a profound description of why the sky was gray and his surroundings colorless.

Night has its way of letting itself in by coming late, exactly right after the sun is down. And today is a usual day except that the rain hasn’t stopped since morning until mid-afternoon. On a day like this, you do not see any other color when you look up the sky. All you see is gray, a mixture of black and white, unlike the sunny days when you can bask in the sun, gaze at the blue skies, and watch the changing sunset hues.

Outside, it was colorless, like an old photograph, like an image of a pale, dying man penciled on a canvas, like the existence of a being or of something odd and out of the ordinary, or of less than what is common. Normally, when you are beyond ordinary, you’re a genius, a role model. But if you’re less than common, you’re either an idiot or a fool. I’ve seen it many times. In fact, I pictured myself as such -- a fool on the hill. It was a long time ago; today is (or I am) a different beast.

I used to be a common creature, one who didn’t know the difference between left and right. I would fall for whatever the “in” thing there was -- be it political correctness or stereotypical feminism. It was monotonous, and a perfect recipe for boredom. As I’ve said earlier, today is a different beast, well, I’m a different animal. Not the political animal Aristotle was philosophizing about, an animal nevertheless. I’m only using our latest preoccupation as an example of the monotony of earthly life, especially when caught in the ordinariness of things.

What is dangerous is not necessarily different from what is common. It can be the most ordinary of things we do every day. The colorless sky was a result of the daily commute of millions of ordinary people using fossil fuel-powered means of transportation. The air pollution car exhausts and emissions from factories caused contributed to the worsening of the climate and weather patterns.

See, it was dangerous to be trapped in the basic need to commute to work or school. Why not work in a place near your home where you can just walk? I might appear silly but I still prefer the old way of traveling – on foot. No emission, only exhaustion. Definitely an amateurish understanding of the issue. The causes of the smog outside are much more complicated than that. Ask me again why the sky was gray, I would answer the smog, which made the city colorless. Also, I would say it is the people who made the world and their lives lacking living hues.

Am I a prophet of doom to the world? I cannot answer that with a straight face, but maybe with a straight tail pointing at the one who made me this way. By the way, did I say I was human?

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on January 12, 2019 19:18

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