During Halloween, many people celebrate by dressing up as their favorite characters or monsters while some watch horror movies.
It wouldn't be wrong to assume that in many ways Halloween commemorates the horror genre and fandom.
So just imagine, there is a festival that celebrates horror.
I think the one thing that draws people to horror stories in movies and books is that just for that one moment, we are pulled into a world where the supernatural exists and where our deepest fears are given birth. But we find solace in the fact that once the movie is over and the credits roll in or when you read the last page of a horror tale, the nightmare you were brought into, willingly, is over. And whether or not the story ends on a happy note, we are given the opportunity to walk away.
For us readers and viewers, the horror is over.
However in real life, horror has many facets and all of them effect us in some way or the other. In real life, we cannot walk away or turn away from news items that we feel do not affect us.
The real horror is the bias people harbor in their hearts. It can be as much as a tad of jealousy at a person who has what you wants, or as terrible as someone transforming their bias into hatred for people.
We cannot look away from the fact that gender bias still exists in this world. Girls and women are subjected to prejudice and labelled as the weakest sex or the apex of all problems.
We can't turn away from the fact that people are still bullied for physical appearances- be it in school or the work place. A single flaw is seen as an opportunity by a bully to vent his frustrations on.
Living in this age, what is more troubling is the prejudice against race. We try to tell ourselves that a person of another race and cast doesn't matter to us, but unfortunately some people cannot turn a blind eye to skin color.
These are the people who with heightened feeling of hatred, are ready to hurt people in the worst possible way.
This is the real horror- the fact that we cannot escape the hatred some people have for others based on such superficiality.
Rather than judging a person by his behavior and attitude, importance is given to things that shouldn't even matter. A person with different ideals from yours doesn't make them a target for your hatred.
People can have different opinions and instead of respecting a differed outlook, why do we condemn them?
Being different and feeling different shouldn't be a crime in this world.
As evolved beings, we should be more accepting of change and different things that could help enlighten us.
Only then can we eliminate the horror that is haunting our world.