Through the Looking Glass

By Arushi, age 20, India

Didn't we all read about Alice in Wonderland?? The place where everything was a wonder. And everything was good. Everything so inspiring. And everything so fun ... And then there was the looking glass.

A looking glass is a mirror. In a mirror the left seems right, and the right seems wrong. So here's some writing on how things would be, if they weren't how they are right now.

What if our society was void of terror and suffering, and instead was full of love? That would perhaps allow us to live in an environment which would encourage us to see the positivism in life, and in small things like the shining of the sun daily after a dark night, and the relief provided by the first drop of rain to a drought-stricken land. With the problems of terrorism, corruption, and crime seeping deep into our roots and making us comfortable about their bare existence, our lives are void of love and compassion. Had our society promoted harmony rather than conflict, maybe today the young wouldn't be robbed of their childhood, and would have the opportunity to live, love, and laugh.

And what if there were no God? Had God not been there, all humans would turn into selfish, mean beasts who would care about nothing, and would pay no heed to anybody, or consider the feelings of anyone. We would not give thanks, and would greedily take all the credit for everything. I would neither question nor support the validity of God, but the name and feeling of his existence creates a sense of gratitude towards a Lord Almighty who takes care of us, and helps us in times of need.

And after God, the same for Destiny and Fate. Had there not been Destiny to blame for all misfortune, and Fate to credit for everything which went wrong, maybe man would die either of guilt for his wrongdoings, or bloat and swell in his accomplishments. So maybe we should be thankful to God, Destiny, and Fate, because whether they exist or not isn't really the question. They are the answers to all our faults and can easily be held responsible for anything which goes wrong. Nobody would question the authenticity in our words when "God didn't want it to happen," "Destiny had its way," and "It's my fate that I'm here and not there."

The world would be a weird place, like a twisted and curled snake with its fangs spread. You know what it is, you have read about it, and heard people talking about it, but you are just too scared to look closely for yourself.

Maybe I do not make sense to many of you, but I believe that maybe the world isn't that bad a place after all, because the unknown may sound adventurous and exciting, but can very much be dangerous, and I do not mind living in the known dilemmas of the world with audacity.

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
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- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
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- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
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- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
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- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
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- The Anita Blake series (book review)
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Dear John
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