psychology

Why Artists Need Your Love

When you know you are here to do something more than simply normal things in life, it’s a strange kind of a feeling. And when you are surrounded by people who expect you to do normal things in life, it is even worse.

Depression is a part of every artist’s life I guess. He or she feels lost every once in a while, especially when he or she is forced into a normal situation. This very state of mind then transforms into a driving force for many. It is this very state of mind that urges an artist to take that courageous step to express something special. No matter what the world thinks about his or her form of expression, a true artist will keep on going on. After spending too much time in a stable state of normalcy, an artist starts feeling the pain inside.

Artists are good at heart. Some are pure and naive, timid at times. So, this is a shout out to every Normal Person on earth. Please encourage artists. Talk to them, appreciate their work, even if it is not that great. Tell them how they can get better. They need your motivation, not your strange looks, pre-assumptions and heartless criticism.

Some artists are spearheaded; they know exactly what they want to do and how they want to do it. They don’t care what the world thinks about them or their work. They are basically not at all afraid of failure.

Not all are that way though. Many are confused, trying to find their own path. Some are depressed because of normalcy. Some are going through a rough patch financially; some are trying to find their confidence back. Some are going through a transition phase from being confused to becoming spearheaded again.

Don’t neglect them. They are human beings too. They need your love and positive energy. Because art is beautiful. The world needs it.

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Finding the “me” in “us”

It’s been a while since I wrote for my personal blog. More than being busy with other writing projects and professional assignments, it’s because it was becoming more about me, my views, my opinions, experiences. Almost like a reckless monster that cared less. I wanted to observe other people, meet them, talk to them and know them better so that I could think beyond myself. The “other people” whom I am talking about are the ones dearest to me. Not sure how far I could excel in that attempt, but it has been a truly rewarding experience nevertheless. Now I know I am flawed in more ways than I thought I was. I have changed a lot. I think I am more opinionated than ever before which sometimes offends or hurts others as well.

The time you don’t spend with the ones who need your time the most won’t really come back. So, I think it is much better to offload that baggage of “me” and explore the “me” in “us”. Human minds are much more complex than we think it is. Understanding it in one lifetime is impossible. But understanding how you behave in certain situations, how you respond to someone is a process of self-analysis that could help you become a better person.

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!

A Man Minus his Dream

A man minus his dream

Is like free-falling in a black hole’s realm

 

A sleepless night catching up on sleep

An irky feeling, he never wants to keep

 

A sighted man who just can’t see

Stranded in strange reality

 

Like the one who Has to Live at any cost

With a Love that’s lost

 

Like a lost tune

He once always knew

 

A search he can’t avoid

Finding nothing but void

 

He calls out to his Dream

Not a whisper, but a scream

 

Some Day He Will find

Repose of another kind!

 

A man minus his dream

Is like free-falling in a black hole’s realm