Thank You for Accepting the Pariah to Starve the Piranha

Pariah: Outcast, persona non grata, undesirable, black sheep, unperson, nonperson

Piranha: A freshwater fish that typically lives in schools and has very sharp teeth that are used to tear flesh from prey.

It has a reputation as a fearsome predator.

Which came first, the Pariah or the Piranha?

In this society, when you banish a person from the social order, making  them a pariah, or outcast, you may be creating a survival machine, feeling alone, on it’s own, without community or emotional connection to others.

This could relegate them to becoming a piranha or predator of that social order to survive.

Social Pariah are not born.

They are created by us.

They are created with our intolerance, our judgmental opinions about different, and our ignorance and lack of acceptance in regard to others.

Piranha are born with razor sharp teeth but their mouths are generally very tiny.

They are often schooled by groups of other piranha because they are less likely to survive all alone.

Pariah frequently find Piranha to hang out with, because piranhas will hang out with anyone they might be able to eat, and pariahs get lonely, in need of friends, so they adapt to the piranha lifestyle and learn to survive.

The process of making a piranha out of a pariah is really obvious in this culture.

Look at the prison system, the division of social classes, and an educational system that leaves so many behind, to lose their way in the dark waters of ignorance, seeking a place to belong.

We all seek a place to belong.

So the next time you feel like excommunicating someone from your church, or disowning a person from your family, or kicking someone out of your neighborhood, or ignoring a plea for acceptance into your elitist clique by a person you consider undesirable, stop and think of this:

They may come back to bite you on the ass —or chew off your leg!


~ by leakelley on July 1, 2011.

5 Responses to “ Thank You for Accepting the Pariah to Starve the Piranha”

  1. Excellent observation, Lea. I am very impressed.

  2. Having at times been both of those things I’m grateful not to have to live like that anymore. ‘Joe – member of society’ is a good place to be.

    Thanks Lea for putting things so succinctly.

  3. This is the strangest thing. I’ve been thinking of those two words over the past week, how similar they are and how great it would be to write a poem with them.

    I’m amazed with what you’ve done here.

  4. Lea and everyone who is a part of LEA KELLEY movement of mind.
    So imparted with clever and classic images and symbolism, and i met her.
    Before in me.. i i i

    pariah’s write
    irony of perceptions
    ” you know he ate me”

  5. I could not have put this better myself #smilesandhugs

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