Recreate Your Values.

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Gone But Never Known

Gone But Never Known

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Gone But Never Known

Osama Aslam

The story is a monologue, which explores a number of values including: equality, a world at peace as well as social justice. These values are revealed to the reader through a central character with no name, no gender, no ethnicity or race. All we know is that the character is a suffering child. This child dwells on an experience where everything and everyone around them is decimated because of what is assumed to be a nuclear bomb being dropped on the place they know as home.

The reader is given an insight to not only the horrifying physical effects this has on the narrator but also the much deeper emotional and mental shock that is endured, leading them to question the morals and principles of the human race, more specifically those at the heart of so called ‘democracy’.  

That narrator continues by explaining that people around the world know of the tragedies that are taking place, yet would show little concern as it had no impact on them, however by revealing that the narrator themself followed this practice allows the reader to understand that it is this exact ideology which causes the divide between the weak and powerful and will cause the destruction of humanity.

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State of Mind

State of Mind

Down The Line

Down The Line