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“Remember to love thy neighbors and not anger the gods”
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“Remember to love thy neighbors and not anger the gods”

Mehzabin Ahmed, 28, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Dhaka, Bangladesh, offers a light-hearted tale about human history, with a serious message about the environment.

Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, lived an unusual breed of intelligent species called the human race.

They walked on two legs and used their thumbs to rule the earth for thousands of years.

There was once a time when the humans lived with the rest of the animals of the kingdom. But their greed and power led them astray.

They cut down the trees and built roads and houses where the deer and the buffaloes once grazed. They worked all day, and bred all night, and expanded their empire to the poles.

Engulfed with a conquest of their own, these humans forgot about the rulers above and beyond. Words were sent to Olympus that these humans were killing their beloved Gaia. Her body was covered with tumors of deserts and storms, while elsewhere Poseidon was suffering a similar fate of meltdown.

Angered, Zeus sent down Ares for revenge. Ares came down with bows of fear and hatred, sparing no one that stood on his way. So, the humans fought on, killing each other with their own weapons, till there was none left to repent.

So, my dear child, your birth is the gift of a forgiven sin, a wound that took a long time to heal. Remember to love thy neighbors and not to anger the gods, ’cause from dust you were made, and to dust you shall return.

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About me:

“I come from Bangladesh, home to the Royal Bengal tigers and the longest natural beach in the world. I am passionate about working for sustainable solutions to development. I currently work as a Programme Officer at the Community Empowerment Programme of BRAC, Bangladesh, the largest development organisation in the world right now.

“I am also a freelance journalist and a novice debater. I am bilingual in Bangla and English. I love learning new languages, and am a keen but elementary student of French. What I have learnt from wise words and life experiences is that, “If you want others to change, you have to be willing to change yourself as well”. Feel free to call me Simi.”

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?

To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/

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