Dear, the Man Whom I Was Not Into…
Dear, the Man Whom I Was Not Into…
I vividly remember how you came into my life as a total stranger. It was not the kind of moment normal people would experience, I might say. It was not those series of shaking hands, saying names, and closing it with a warm smile. It was not.
I was super nervous at the panel seat, hoping that people would not stay any longer and decided to go home soon. But, none of these choices I could make: either leaving the stage elegantly without feeling guilty and taking risk of no more job offers as I was acting unprofessional or running out like a kid in a singing competition, bursting into tears since calmness did not arrive until she took the microphone.
Yes, I was in that kind of situation when your shoes stepped in the auditorium, breaking the silence with your phone’s ringtone, distracting people’s focus who were listening to me carefully. You should have realized that public speaking is not everyone’s thing—and in my case, it is not my thing, but I was encouraging myself to be good at it so that’s why I was there. Hence, I did not tolerate any interruption when I was in the middle of my slides, presenting my thoughts for the very first time to the audiences in a public space.
And you know what, “Rethinking Human Rights: Past and Present” seminar was a gold occasion that I wanted it to be well-done—and unless I unintentionally made a mistake, I should have made it perfectly, no matter what. It was a big deal for me as a fresh graduate. I put a huge effort in order to pass the Call-for-Papers selection. But, you… you started ruining it by coming late and also making some noise! (Oh yes, I am a self-proclaimed drama queen—if you are currently thinking, “Holy moly! Chill, darling, chill.”)
What agitated me more and more is that you did not stop there. It continued to the Q & A session. You asked why I see human rights as a universal concept, just like the liberals, rather than a contextual one like the communitarian. Speaking of reconstruction the concept of universal justice in human rights, you “accused” the Liberals that they put human being as “a mere individual” who wants to securing their individual right only, without thinking values in his/her community.
I made a winning smirk before answering your very basic question. I had explained that point in my early slides, Sweetheart. Let me enlighten your mind. When it comes to individual right, what the liberals have in mind is not about upholding egoism and neglecting others’ rights. By mentioning individual right, it refers to the importance of securing the minority rights and those who are still sub-ordinates in the society—to make it clearer, workers, women and children, for example. The idea of liberals point of view is every person has their own rights and it is our responsibility as a fellow human being to ensuring that the rights of every person are not violated by state or those who corrupt their powers. It’s a sign of solidarity, instead.
Perhaps, that (quite) thought-provoking answer was the reason why you asked my email address to the committee—as I only gave it to them—and wrote: Hi! I am the one who raised the last question in the human rights seminar, asking why you go with the Liberals. Fancy a meet-up? Nearest coffee shop to your place, maybe?
Which sapiosexual can resist that kind of offer—a ‘heavy’ talk over a coffee? I just can’t, people.
I. Just. Can’t.
(Read the other #LoveLetterSeries initiated by @afutami here: rakcerita.wordpress.com)