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Can We Re-Evaluate the Popular Narrative to Assign Responsibility?

The risks are greater than ever**

Dr. Fatima Imam
3 min readFeb 21, 2024

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How does one add a voice to the mayhem? Why is there a need for such an endeavour? Who would care for self-reflection, self-assessment, and self-blame?

In this polarized world, we can go back as far as possible to check if we want to see the division between the right side and the wrong side of the triumph of the good over the evil.

Do we pay attention to the fact that the winners write the script by changing rules, erasing the achievements of the losers to start anew?

How do we know all the bad guys/gals are headed for purgatory and are one hundred percent sure that the good guys/gals are pious, honest, and brave individuals? What is the origin of such certainty?

Even fictional narratives create binary worlds, where the villains are depicted as the worst incarnations of the human spirit who can only be defeated by an angelic hero to save humanity.

The antagonists are presented in such a negative light to make them immortal evil and stand out as an anomaly, an abomination, and appalling in front of the mighty, majestic, and mythical hero.

Glory is automatically assigned to the perceived winner who is always following the right path, and doom is applauded for the devilish loser who is always on the wrong side of the fence. Less attention is paid to the whys and the hows that led to the development of such a perversive environment.

In reality, there’s more to the epic story of good versus evil. Those who want to simplify the complexities do that. Those who want to hide their role in enabling the dire situation do that. Those who are cowards, liars, and propagandists perpetuate theories that implicate someone to spread fear, hate, and abnormality in society.

It’s a misconception that everyone has to take sides, incite victimhood, and evade the responsibility of asking the hard questions.

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Dr. Fatima Imam

Poet, writer, artist, historian, educator, advocate of underrepresented voices, and cat lover.