Opening Song:Beethoven – Pastoral Symophony
Opening Mood: Reflective
Dreams and reality, Romantics and the Realists,Foolish and the Practical – Such has been the distinction made between men since ages. Take any field you want – Art, music, science,sports ; There have been people who have followed the norms and there have been people who have broken them to create new ones… Did you ever wonder why? Why is such a distinction required at all?
I’ve been thinking about this since quite sometime now… I’ve been wanting to voice out my opinion since a long time now… I guess, I found my voice in “October Sky”.. However this post is not about the movie, its about the distinction that our “society” chooses to make.
The world is subjective, lets face it. There is no point in trying to beat around the bush , trying to find out a perfect equation that will model the whole thing and tell you “objectively” whats right and wrong, good and bad. Judgement,prerequires you to possess some standard by which you can judge. Do we have any objective standards?? I guess philosophers and scientists have been trying to figure out an answer to this riddle since quite sometime now. Only difference being that, philosophers were sitting on their armchairs and playing around with words, and Scientists sitting in their laboratories playing around with their equations.. Good and Bad, are nothing but “subjective” interpretations of the underlying reality.. So should anyone tell us what is good for us and bad for us?
Take an example of your own life… Think about those instances, where you get a great idea, a brilliant one, and want to try it out, but you don’t… Why? You are afraid of being termed as a fool by the society. You are afraid of being judged. You are more worried about how you’ll live in people’s minds rather than your actual living.. You could have tried and tested the validity of that thing yourself. But fear of failure stopped you. Fear, that if it fails, you won’t have the courage to think “new” again.
Look around you,and you’ll find people looking for security in life. Parents want their kids to go to the best schools, score high grades, get a good job which offers a fat paycheck, get a good life partner, and “settle down”. Settle down, into a loop – a secure loop,which will guarentee you a secure life. But ask yourself, what would that secure life consist of? What about your dreams, your thoughts , your ideas? What about these intimate things which were yours and only yours, which define you, the reason for why you are the way you are? Let go of them? Let go,to live a life?
Whose life are you living? Your own or the one society has chalked out for you? When the society is talking about high grades, does it say anything about understanding the subject and loving it?
When it talks of a great job with a fat check , does it mention anything about job satisfaction?
When it talks about getting a life partner, does it consider something called “love”? Na.. Why should it? Or rather, how should it? You see, understanding, satisfaction, love cannot be quantified? They are subjective terminologies which can be understood by each person independently. On things like these, you cannot impose standards, can you?
The great things that exist in the world today, which inspire millions to live, were not created within the security loop. They were created due to man’s passion for his work. Due to his patience to test nature, and the patience to endure. Due to his ability to enjoy and appreciate the beauty in all things.
You see, a good design has to be creative. And creativity cannot be instilled through injections, or formulae. It is inherent, inborn. Comes out of careful observation and passion. Implementation on the other hand, can be considered a science. After all, all science is nothing but the documentation of things that have successfully worked till now ( and also of those which haven’t).
There are people in this world, who just live a life in the secure loop. They treat it as a punishment, some sort of a unwanted mundane routine they have to go through, inorder to remain alive.. Then there are others, who are so impressed with their thought process, that they keep on thinking without bothering to check their thoughts with reality. Mankind needs a combination of both. If you try and look back in your own lives, you’ll probably find that some of the happiest moments came when you lived your thoughts.. When you realized them.
Thinking is one thing, and taking appropriate action is completely another. Do both, and you’ll see life the way it was never before.. Stick to only one of them, and you’ll miss out on the other..
To be happy, you need both O Brother…
Closing Song: Nocturne for Piano no 9 – Chopin.