Human Race

Hatred Breeds More Hatred

I live in a country where the current political standpoint of most politically-inclined citizens is extreme. I believe that this could be a very hysterical state to be in. On one side there is a community of people who go lashing all out at “Bhakts”, a word that is associated with anybody who is pro-Narendra Modi/ BJP/ Hindutva/ “nationalism” (quoting nationalism since I believe that the word nationalism has been tarnished and misused by many people). The word “Bhakts” also has been chosen by the same Anti-Modi community. On the other side, there is a pro-Modi community who keep ranting against” pseudo-secular” groups, leftist, extremists and separatists belonging majorly to the minority or Muslim community.

We need to rise above our own ego to look at a situation more objectively. The problem with this rising hatred and this kind of extreme outlook is that it all piles up at the end. The threshold of all this pent-up anger could be disastrous for any country’s future. Both communities are at fault and have been the reason behind many controversies and communal riots. But there is no point in digging graves and rubbing salt in each other’s wounds. Hating each other will only amount to more hatred.

We need to take a fresh start by erasing our memories like we format hard-discs. Having said that, it won’t be easy for those who have lost their dear ones in riots like these! But I don’t see any other way ahead either. Brotherhood is our saving grace. Only if these fire-breathing dragons with rigid ideologies could understand! And like they say, an ideal state can seldom be a realistic expectation. But nobody can stop us from dreaming at least. Just four days ahead of India’s Independence Day, 15th August, this thought seems to be worthy to ponder about maybe. Don’t you think? Give it a thought!

Jai Hind.

 

Is Consumerism Consuming Mankind?

How much of more is enough? Looks like a question whose answers will be very relative, depending on how much of more is more for you. We live in a world where there is something for everything and everyone. The latest trend has been fidget spinners. Everyone wants them. Everyone wants to pay a few bucks and buy these toys. Mobile phones with an added feature become the sensation for a month. Another sensational model is launched the very next month by another brand to become a bigger sensation. A wardrobe with week-old clothes becomes old enough to be revamped. Things to eat, things to wear, things to get entertained, things to communicate! Basically, there is a thing for anyone and everyone that can be bought to do anything and everything. If there is no such thing, then a demand for such a thing is created by masters of consumerism. There are a million billion-dollar multinational companies in this world which thrive by churning out these things that you supposedly “need”. The big question though here is, do you really need them? Back to the first question – how much of more is enough? A minimalistic lifestyle can make this world a better place. How? When people become self-sufficient with what they have easily, there would be lesser electronic waste, there would be lesser industries, lesser vehicles. They might start innovating to make this world greener and happier. Money would be diverted for the poor and the needy. This would be the beginning of the building of a sustainable society. Maybe. Not really sure.

Words of Solicitude

Hello, beautiful. Hope you smiled. I want you to. Please do. If you did, then imagine me smiling too. Smiles are what we are here for. Let them grow like wild flowers. Without worrying about how ugly or good you look while doing that. Easy boy. Nobody is keeping a count on you. Grief is momentary and is also a part of life. Yes, sometimes weeping is the only way out. Missing someone who is no more or someone who has abandoned you for some reason? I know you love him/her like crazy and you can’t really help it. There is no escaping sorrow, suffering or death. Let me wash that pain away for you. For now, just smile. Cos then, I will feel better too. All those dreams you were dreaming about may seem to be too distant. That’s okay. At least you are trying. Good things will happen when they have to if they have to. So take it easy. Smile for my sake or for the sake of someone you love. Unload all that weight from your shoulders for a moment. Relax your eyebrows, smile just for the sake of smiling, without expecting even the least in return. Hate and anger are not going to take you anywhere; it’s like a furnace that keeps gathering more heat with time. Spread the warmth of love not the flames of hate. We exist to live our lives happily. It is our right to be happy and nobody, not even yourself can take that right away from you. So live, smile and make someone else smile too. Wished everyone thought this way. I am here for you. Let’s see this thing through! Hope my words made you smile 🙂

How worthy is our obsession for knowledge?

It’s never-ending. Every scroll, every click makes you consume another fascinating story, another interesting article. Even this very post, is probably a part of this information overload. You learn something from everything you see around you. If someone wishes to, he or she can opt to activate their brain cells for every second of their life, till they reach a point when the brain tires out naturally and starts ageing. Brains would die, but the web world will keep churning out content exponentially and endlessly. It is all up to you, how much of this information do you want to intake? How much of this information needs to be consumed by us? Yes, they do stimulate our emotions and senses. But, is there a need for this constant stimulation? Our intuitive nature makes us want to know more. But shouldn’t there be a limit for this quest? How much of this worldly wisdom is necessary? Being aware of who you are, your people and your surroundings is just enough maybe. Being aware of what is logically right or wrong is also just fine. Find some time for inner peace. You will certainly be more self-content. Nobody is judging your intelligence really. And even if they do, why should you care? You can opt to be dumber yet more satisfied and happy.

AREN’T WE ALL NATURALLY COMMUNISTS?

Greed. That’s one word that has affected humanity at different levels. As it’s very natural for humans to be greedy, we can’t really put the blame on that one particular emotion. We consider ourselves to be the most intelligent creatures on earth. But does that really matter? Do you really think that other beings really care about our existence even? Does a star that’s millions of light years apart, really care how much your intelligence is worth? Not really. It is our own intelligence that is making us believe that we are superior to everything else in this universe. So do you think other creations would be experiencing an inferiority complex because we think we are superior to them? The answer to that is again a big NO.

As we all know, humans have always been a social animal. We like to live in communities and herds. We took care of each other’s needs, a group of humans in a herd hunted and the other took care of the family. We were probably content with what we had til a point when Greed seeped in and we thought of encroaching other communities to fulfil something that we lacked. The concept of rulers and emperors emerged who were constantly looking at ways to expand their kingdoms through battles and wars. Kings wanted to capture prospering regions which could yield good agricultural revenues or land that was rich in mines or a fort that would be useful for military operations. It is said that the kings worked for the people of their kingdom, but they were very rich and had their vested interests in becoming richer through taxation and other such administrative tools.

Times started changing quickly as we started devaluing the power of community. We are so engulfed in our own greedy personal motives that we are becoming less compassionate day by day. No matter what kind of system your country is governed by today, you were instinctively a communist by heart. Our greedy motives are affecting this very basic instinct that we possess naturally. To put it simply, what’s wrong with helping out someone in need? You might not know that person personally, but what’s wrong in being compassionate? What’s wrong in being a bit more selfless and finding happiness in someone else’s happiness? What’s wrong in motivating and encouraging someone who is feeling low? What’s wrong in making someone smile by maybe just hearing them out? What’s wrong in being one with nature and loving it for all those things that nature has given at absolutely no cost at all!

We somehow have a feeling that none of this going to be profitable in any way. It is not going to fulfil our personal greed. That I feel is completely wrong. Now imagine a world where each one of us trying to be more compassionate. A world where each one of us believes that we belong to one big community called humanity. Won’t we be indirectly making our own lives better? The answer to that, for a change this time is, YES! A happier world; also means a happier you. This, I think is a too idealistic to be true, but at least we can start somewhere.

PS: By communism, I don’t mean that I am talking about its extremely adulterated version that is being practised in some parts of the world.

Of fearlessness and fears

Not sure if even the greatest warriors or saints would ever be fearless totally. Maybe they are. But is being fearless a good virtue truly? In fact, I believe human psychology would not allow one to be completely fearless. For example, you cannot be absolutely fearless when a bus is fast approaching you or when you are about to accidentally touch boiling water. I think fear is essential in many ways. It is fear that stimulates our impulses and makes us take quick and radical decisions. It is very natural to have fear of losing someone you love. Complete fearlessness can be catastrophic many times. The way human beings are marching ahead fearlessly in the name of development, globalisation and urbanisation, one needs to sit back and analyse where we are going wrong. And that would happen only if you have fear about the power of mother nature. Fearlessness can be ruthless sometimes as well. A man wanting to chase his dreams might keep aside all the emotional aspects of life in that rage. Fear makes you humble from within and makes you realise that you are not the best out there but just a tiny dot in this universe. Yes, when you have nothing to lose, you are definitely more confident. But I think fear and fearlessness is related in some way. It is the fear of losing freedom that makes warriors fearless. It is the fear of losing national security that makes our soldiers fearless. All said and done, there is one kind of fear that is absolutely worthless to have, fear of failure. Once you purge out that fear from your mind, you have a sense of contentment and a raised level of confidence!

Are we really time-bound?

Who declared that time ticks away all the time? The ticking hand of the clock? But wasn’t all that a man-made concept? So what if we were to consider that time never ticked ahead and that the occurrence of day and night was just a natural phenomenon; and so was the case with ageing? Think. You would be where you are now, you wouldn’t have lived the years you thought you have, you just observed the days following the nights and then finally died one fine day. Is this thought making you feel better or worse? I feel better. The feeling that you are not bound by time, you are beyond time, you are not chasing something just because you think you are falling short of time. So when you assume that there is not concept called time, there is probably all the time in the world! Relax; things will happen, when they have to. But, this is just a thought; don’t consider it to be your licence to not be punctual heheh. It is your mind, think whatever suits you best!