When it comes to something deadly, my mind stops at one point; wishes. They can either prove to be the happiness of life when reality does not hinder or the worst things that can ever happen to man when they encounter strong opposition from the reality.  Man never thinks about the realities and facts that may go against him as a result of a wish. There are very few people in this world that can stand against the realities, especially social norms and customs.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

Sometimes, wishes turn out to be goals and in many instances, unsatisfied wishes stays somewhere in the corner of our minds and keep on pinching us especially when we get disturbed. They may create spaces in our personality; the unoccupied spaces. The only difference between a wish and a prayer is that you’re at the mercy of the universe for the first, and you’ve got some help with the second.

Living in this physical world, we have certain limitations that cause us to limit our wishes. Social pressure, insufficient resources and limited access are some of the reasons. Death is a universal reality. It is an incurable disease that no one can ever avoid. It also limits the type and number of our wishes. Theoretically, man is free to live on his will. But practically, we are bound by the ties of societies, religion and relations. We have been devoid of the language and are asked to speak as we have a tongue. This is our freedom.

At the heart of the matter is a battle between wish and fear. Fear generally proves stronger than a wish, but it leaves a taste of disappointment on the tongue.

 George Packer


By: Amion Malghani