Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Thank You God...

A couple of days back I was sitting in the bus waiting to come home... The bus had stopped right in front of a shop selling liquor for sometime...

I saw an old man, about 60+ atleast, really tired, poor, probably a daily labourer walk up and buy some stuff from the shop...It was a small bottle of colourless liquid..... Now he came out and set his belongings(a rackety old torn bag) on the pavement, slowly removed his slippers, very slowly, as if his feet were really killing him, then equally slowly, leant back and sat down...

Then he brought out a couple of things from his bag.....
  1. An empty bottle bigger than the liquor bottle.
  2. A plastic bottle having some water.
He slowly opened the liquor bottle and emptied the contents into the empty big bottle... Then for good measure, to get every drop of nectar in, he kept dipping it...After this, he opened the water bottle and mixed water with the liquor...Then he carefully closed the (now) empty liquor bottle and placed it so it wouldnt hurt anyone who walked by, brought out some savoury from a torn packet to have with the drink, and took a swig...While I looked on...It got me thinking...

We all know alcohol is nothing but toxins(please dont start with red wine, I havent seen anyone drink it yet)...yet many of us dont mind having a few pegs to

  1. "relieve the tension in our lives"
  2. "coz our peer group does it"
  3. "social commitments"

Now I started wondering, should this man be knowing about the reasons of people like you and me to drink?

We are educated, well-off, lucky people born in nice homes, with loving parents, having the best of things in this world. We are incredibly lucky to have been born into places through which we were able to get so many opportunities in life... Prime being a good education...which enables us to stand on our feet any day... In contrast that labourer would most certainly have not gotten any such basic privileges in life that you and I consider ordinary...

Ethan Rasiel writes in The McKinsey Way about the rabbi Hilel who taught a man who wanted all the knowledge in the world taught to him while he stood on one leg...

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. The rest derives from that. Go and learn."

I find it incredibly difficult to understand how educated, strong, confident people in todays world get swayed by what people say and do... Are we so weak that we need a spirit to solve our problems... Are we so easily swayed by people around us that we dont know how to stand up for ourselves... And who exactly defines my "social commitments"? No one but myself... I am who I am... Stand with me or walk away...

I guess I dont mind people drinking, smoking or doing drugs(trust me... I know people doing all three)... But let them do it because they CHOOSE to... Not because they have to...

Have we as a society become so used to being in groups that we do not know how to stand up for what we believe in individually? We are becoming a nation of clones, where one person is a reflection of another...Very few people actually "break the mould"... And yet "we are different" is the illusion we all live under...

It used to be a popular topic in school debates: "Indian Culture"... And invariably there was this point about guys piercing their ears coming up... And the response was "It was a part of Indian Culture... Westerners learnt from us..."

Point noted...

Now can u follow the same culture and find some time to take care of your parents instead of putting them in old age homes where they die a death every day...(I WILL come back to this some day) after they have invested their lives to get u where you are...

Can u please treat people as people and not opportunities to be used to get ahead?

Can u please learn good things from the West..... the same people whose fashions whom u love to ape and the accents u pick up without even living abroad... For one, basic manners...( In the west, no matter how senior a person is, the one who reaches the door first holds it open till the others pass through... Here we know what the scene is...)

Well all this started with my observation of that old man having a drink... Is it the same for someone who labours physically and drinks to forget his real pain and someone who gets sloshed in a club?

I dont know... Drink still is toxin for both...

But there is difference... We have our opportunities, our friends, our families.... And above all.... our education... Value it people... It opens up doors for you in ways you can never imagine... Above all... be thankful for what we have... Be very thankful... Some of us lose out on promotions, friendships, individuality, love...

But remember this too shall pass...

Song for tonight

Imagine - John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possesions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,

And the world will live as one.

Have a great evening all...

Last Note: This post is dedicated to a part of me that came back two nights back... @>--

4 comments:

Pritz said...

FIRST OF ALL..
iam flabbergasted,that u actually have NOW read that talent within u,which i wrote abt in my previous comment.......
It isnt too pretentious on my part to write that way either,but am glad that u r now posting on a regular basis!
Now regd the blog of the day....
well,u see,as u had said,that there are clones out here...yes,this is spot on.If u notice one thing,foreigners drinking,smoking and taking drugs is no big surprise..but in India,there seems to be a Pusche factor...its a revolution that emerged quite a while ago,but things are getting worse these days....i can call these clones as clowns!Some are so apathetic with respect to life...now isnt all this related to spirituality?..karma etc?...just wrote what i felt!

Antariksha said...

Very well written indeed.. All I can say is ... =D> =D> ...
Guess you can forget your post titled "Why can't i write!".. :) We have had this discussion many times now.. Guess you have an idea what i feel about this. Good Post!!

shru said...

Nice one, champ! n the words of that song are awesome too :)

rd_hi said...

very well said n written. i think it'll be worth it even if a single person actually takes a learning from it. It makes me sad that educated people have to be told about these things every now and then so that they could take steps towards a better future.