Hey there! So, I’m going to be going totally off branding; I’m not going be talking about a fandom that I’m a part of, or obsessed with (Yeah, surprising, I know), instead, I’ll be talking about what the theme of this issue means, along with a bunch of other stuff.

‘The Social Conscience’ reminded me of Jiminy Cricket. Get it? In reality, this entire essay was going to be about the different portrayals of Jiminy all across the animation and folklore, but I settled for something slightly more relevant and meaningful.

Another thing that popped into my mind, was an artist called Qinni. She’s amazing, and her work is equally amazing. Now, why did I get reminded of her? Well, Qinni is a four-time open-heart surgery survivor. I didn’t know anything about that. I just saw her work, the way she worked with colours and textures, and I loved it. So, here’s the thing. In order to support Qinni, you can buy her coffee…online. Just reminded me about how important it was to give back to people to show our support and appreciation. If you want to check out her work, I’ve put her link at the bottom of the article. Let’s proceed to stuff about the theme, shall we?

An illustration by Qinni

Do you ever look around and wonder ‘Hey, our society is pretty screwed.’ And you realise that you have been brought up in this society. Where does that leave you? Not everyone’s opinion is correct, then why do people follow things just because it’s convenient for the majority of the population? They think ‘why stir up trouble where there is none?’ But it’s time when we agree that there is a problem and that we need to deal with it.

This society has shaped us, our perspectives and personalities. If it continues down the path to hellfire, the generations to come are doomed. Is it not our responsibility to take action, to ensure that this doesn’t happen? Is this not the world we all live in? Shouldn’t we raise our voices?

Something I’ve realised is that all of us have our own ways of ‘challenging the social norms’ and ‘questioning mob mentality’. Writing is mine. (In fact, this piece was originally titled ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’) And, as I look back at our past issues, I realise that a lot of Reflection’s themes (#spon) have raised topics that we needed to address: Mental Health, Pride and Prejudice, to name a few. I like that about us.

One of these days, you’re going to wake up and realise that things don’t need to be the way they are, that you can make a difference. When you realise that, you’re going to look at things differently and start working towards it. To make things better for others than what they were for you.





~ Rimjhim Sayana, Amity International School, Noida 


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