Hello friends, few days ago l came to know about the term ‘wokeness’ or ‘the great awokening’. The words were used in a column written by Amulya Gopalkrishnan in the esteemed daily ‘The Times of India’. It’s in fact, a subtle movement of people, sometimes by the own younger family members gently nudging the elder ones towards better behavior. It’s a hard truth that one tend to use crude language or profanity at the family gathering sometimes in in front of little kids, quite oblivious of the obscenity of the words, uttered at the heat of the moment.
In this context, I want to tell you about the admission made by famous Hollywood actor, Matt Damon. In his now – infamous interview, ” I understood”, he himself owned that he had used a homophobic slur at the dinner. The interesting part of the story is, his daughter silently went up to her room and wrote him a ‘beautiful treatise’ on why the word was dangerous. He added candidly,”I retire the f- slur”.
Friends, it’s so heartening to see the younger generation more conscious of misogynistic and other uncivilized language used by their elders, most of the times, inadvertently. The most impressive aspect is that the young one has shown greater maturity to awoke an adult as old as 50, like him!
The unearned and unwanted moralizing is certainly not welcome, yet the start of a healthy conversation to correct the errant one is the way forward. People waking each other up is how the world gets better, through persuasion as much as conflict.
We are already into the weekend, let’s enjoy tht journey called life with our near and dear ones in whatever way we find fit. The crux of the matter is , we must be all quite mindful of our behavior as well as language, however informal surrounding of friends and family it might be. If we are habituated to use some words in front of friends, they may come to our lips in a family settings too. So refraining from it altogether should be our priority.
What do you think about wokeness, do let me know in the comment section. I would very much like to read them.
Stay safe and healthy. Adieu for now.