Strange are the ways of people, weird are their tenets, silly, they look with the mask made for their social appearances. The contours of our social structure have such strict framework that the freedom of your soul is compromised and with time an independent persona starts suffocating. One day, he asks to himself bamboozled, “Is it really needed to always have that serious look when you sit in a business meeting”, “does it really hurt the direction of the thoughts of the other people involved if I crack a mild joke in the midst of a serious conversation so as to ease the environment?”, “why the mere mentioning of sex and/or death in general public make them raise a brow?" “Why can’t a rich person greet with a pleasing smile on his face when he confronts that poor lift man? and "why questioning their way such an egregious folly?”
The societies bristled with stagnated beliefs and rusted traditions have been raising the poison of hypocrisy and social blasphemies. The answers to the questions above could vary but what I feel is that anything which brings the situation to a level where the decision making is not skewed towards some specific people, must be good for the whole society. So, let’s talk about a paradigm shift here on “Why is it absurd to religiously follow the astringent rules and traditions of the society under any given circumstances?”
Society is a cluster of various individuals who come together and lay down the rules with which the group of people must adhere to. Generally, there would be a small pack of visionaries and thought leaders who would chalk out the path ahead. For the society, the thought process of that small pack matters the most since that defines their direction. With due course of time, a situation comes when once apt guidelines lie incongruous now and the very basic tenets have been transformed into the social stigmas. Unfortunately, those who are responsible to lead and change are now so attached to realize the stink and thus stick with the rotting faith. Soon, the fall of the society starts and disintegration happens.
If you try and see the magnitude of this problem; millions of different sets of people lead their groups to different directions, lay down different rules and set-up millions of different societies. Some of them might have some intersection with each other while many may not have. With time, the groups further disintegrate and we witness billions of those entities. Now the utopia and single home to Life, is an amalgam of millions of different worlds. Soon, those worlds are at war with other since each one of them feels that their way is the best way in their own cognitive minds. Finding the right path now becomes a onerous task for the berserk, attached and self-ordained leaders because they can’t think independently anymore as they are not free anymore. Finally comes the time of those sporadic eruptions of rebels from the disgruntled and seared souls who take the world into their hands and initiate the unending exercise of power struggle.
Somewhere, in the middle of the entire crisis, the people forget that what matters, is not the traditions lay down by their forefathers but what matters is the happiness. After all, the origin of the traditions was meant to attain the same objective. So why is it necessary to negate the required change when it’s needed the most?
A bullet can never hit its target till the time it doesn’t get detached from the gun barrel. To reach somewhere, one needs to leave a place otherwise the attachment will bring the learning life cycle to a halt. There is no match to the beauty of a flowing river, you hold the flow and even the water becomes undrinkable within no time. Movement is the essence of life; flowing with a perpetual process of unlearning and learning, is the way of life; a constant cycle of detachment and attachment brings the vigor to life. A vision, so high and so adaptable that all the thoughts, societies, traditions, tenets can come together and live & die convivially, is the approach to life. Life created us; it never has been the other way round. So respect the values of life, recognize the different faces of life, give space to different thoughts as they together can germinate the thought of right approach to life.
I dream of a world which has it’s smaller worlds enveloped in separate thin membranes. The worlds can feel each other and the juices of wisdom can flow into them freely filtering all the unwanted dirt of plagued and distorted thoughts. Such worlds touch each other but don’t disturb them like a bird flying over a water pond so close yet at a distance.
It’s indeed absurd to take your way of life so seriously that it blocks the breeze coming onto your face; question openly, be flexible to accept the change and try to penetrate into the volition behind every action. Remove all the mental inhibitions and then you see the world in it’s “Naked Glory”. The dilemmas will be solved; after all, when has the life taken you seriously….stop bothering so much.
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