Sunday, January 01, 2006


Is it essential to be in touch with reality? Well, it is a seemingly absurd question since the entire modicum of our existance is dependant on the true understanding of every moment, but then again how many of us actually do. Most of us, including yours truly, are happy not to have acknowledged and taken the time to appreciate what 'is real' as opposed to what 'feels real'. Being bound by the flexibility of perspective and effectively having to rely on our own judgement, how can we be sure of what is real? What if our senses are lying to us? Who am 'I'?
One can say that most people are nothing but a mirror of other people's opinions ( was it Oscar Wilde who said that?) When we are young submitting to the directions given by others is a necessary trait for our own survival and yes, with time it is absolutely imperative to test the validity of those conjectures. But how many of us do that? Faith in God is accepted without an iota of it's basis in our lives but we will check the freshness of a loaf of bread by all possible parameters.
I don't mean to undermine the importance of belief in our times, but for a paranoid populace, where trust is scanty in proportion, we sure do take the values that define the crux of our existance for granted. We are always in a quest to try and forget our banal, mundane reality and with technology constantly competing for our minimal attention span, it is so much easier to forget our own thoughts, beleifs and notions than actually try to find ourselves. It's a perpetual purgatory where one is compelled to do what is required to do just because it needs to be done, follow the norms to solicit an excuse for life while making a vain attempt to try and assimilate ourselves into the views of the multitude just so as to be accepted amongst the herd. We constantly depend on our parents, elders, leaders, media, icons to form and justify our causes and aspirations which are otherwise stifled by rudimentary, regurgitated and conflicted ideas complexed with a inability to translate them into actuality.
(to be continued)

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