Should I be what YOU want me to be?


I am not what you want me to be. I am not the fire of activism, nor revolution. I am not the sweeping force that crushes your enemy. I am not your inevitable destiny, and I am not your hero. I am not part of your aggression, nor am I a part of peace. I am not the ideology that drives your world, I am not part of your establishment.

I am not you.

You are all that I am not – In that, I celebrate and embrace our diversity.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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