By Wafaa Ateyah
Do you, empathy, still exist?
Do you still exist in a world where cruelty is trending;
Loyalty is a concept too complicated to grasp;
Honesty is unknown to many;
Attention is all people seek;
Strength is in the harsh words we use and the dry eyes we have;
Mental health becomes synonymous with mental instability;
Feelings are too dramatic;
Tears are a marker of weakness;
Close friends continue eating away at the flesh of one another;
Streets become safe havens;
Homes become war zones.
Killings become mainstream;
Shootings are expected;
Rights become privileges;
Privileges become bragging rights.
Racism is justified;
Sexism is unspoken.
So, empathy, do you exist in this world?
If so, where are you?
I need you.
We need you.