In our society, why are only the well-educated and fluent English-speakers respected?
Why is it that I’m writing this today? It’s ironic how it is in English. But apparently, that’s the only language we seem to universally understand and respect. Anything in a regional dialect is considered less important or ignored entirely. Hence, we’re here!
My life hasn’t been the same since.
So, like always, I was taking the local train after my usual 9 to 5 job. So I get into the jam-packed train and see people fight over tiny 4th seats. So, I stand near the gates and see a woman sitting on the floor. Her appearance was not very appealing according to society’s standards. Her hair was messy, her clothes slightly torn and a strong stench coming off of her. Her smile showed off broken teeth. So, instead of pulling out my phone and plugging my headphones in, I decided to speak to her. And my life hasn’t been the same since.
The woman had been a resident in a far-off village and had been forced into child-marriage. After almost a decade later, she realized she was being raped by her husband. With absolutely no money or any kind of formal education, she ran off and came to the city. She now sold earrings and other tiny items in local trains and couldn’t have been any happier.
Holding a lavish degree does not validate wisdom.
In this world, where CEOs of influential online platforms allegedly harass their employees or instances where the government takes 5 years to give the verdict for an open-and-shut rape case that shook the nation, this illiterate woman stood for her own against the stereotypical society and managed to survive and remain happy. This uneducated woman understood what marital rape and self respect were. And if this doesn’t prove that holding a lavish degree does not validate wisdom, I don’t know what does!
So maybe a degree and a formal education stand for other validations in a pretentious world but wisdom can only be earned. And remain on the lookout; you never know which dark corner can bring you the light of inspiration and how illiteracy can teach you the value of wisdom!
A Literate Human.
Author: Zainab Haji