Very recently somebody posted this video in a WhatsApp group.
” A group of teenagers were celebrating one of their friend’s birthday. They bought 2 cakes. As soon as the boy cut one of the cakes, his friends smashed his face against the other cake. When they left, 80 per cent of the cake was on the floor, rest being on their face, hands and dresses. A poor guy appeared and started eating the cake straight from the floor. After this the video had some statistics of how much of the world population die everyday from starvation and so on. ”
I forgot to use my headphones while watching the video. The emotional background music was troubling my roommate. So I stopped the video as soon as I realised it. The core message of the story is nothing new to me. I come across this kind of stuffs very often and they have least impact on my life. As long as I have a stomach full of food why would I be bothered about this? I can’t share the video saying “so relatable”.
Needless to say, I spend a lot of time in social networking sites and YouTube. So I get to see a hell lot of viral videos, insane trends and crazy stuffs. The day before yesterday, I came across a video that made me think about it even after it finished.
The content was a guy putting random things in his microwave to see what happens. Probably it was supposed to be one of the oddly satisfying things to do. The person already got a list of things that are not recommended to put in a microwave and some of them are not even foods. The 10 minute long video was all about a guy burning stuffs in his microwave. He had fruits, CD, color pencils, barbie and so on.
I was fine until he put the barbie and the color pencils in the microwave. I was bottled up with anguish when the video ended. Why? Am I overreacting to something funny? I don’t know! The thing is as a kid I always longed for a barbie but I never had one. My parents couldn’t afford to buy me a barbie. Although I had plenty of cheap toys but I always wanted to own a barbie. I could never realise the harsh truth that that’s too expensive for me to play with and I eventually forgot about it. The other thing is color pencil. I loved painting a lot. I always had 12 colors or maximum 24 colors pastel box. I wished to have the complete set containing water colors, pastels, pencils, and so on with in 50 different shades. Maybe I wanted too much. I never told my mom about this because if she knew this she would buy that compromising one of her own needs( which is obviously more important). With time, those childhood demands got dumped in the dust. But when I saw a 40 year old guy had bought a huge set of colors just to burn in his microwave for fun, I didn’t find it entertaining or satisfying in any way.
Somehow this incident has a resemblance to the previous video.
I know I don’t have rights to dictate people what people should with their money but sometimes it’s heartbreaking to see. A kid inside me cried a little when I saw the barbie to catch fire inside the microwave. Still it’s a luxury item I would say. I had no problem in growing up without a barbie or a huge set of color pencils. But food is one of the basic needs of living. If you really have the capacity to buy to food to play with and waste please consider it for once because feeding a starving person too is “oddly satisfying “.