Monday, March 21, 2011

All that is bright and beautiful...

When did we become so cynical? When did we stop believing in good endings and happily-ever-afters? When did our first reaction become a sarcastic snort and a sharp toss of the head instead of a smile and a twinkle in the eye? When did we stop wincing upon hearing about massive devastation or a minor loss?
Is it just me or has everybody around become a little tougher, a little harder and a lot less sensitive? We seem to take even major disasters in our stride, as if it is all but natural! Gory details do not seem to disturb us, nor do the sight of atrocities. We just casually flip the newspaper sheet aside or change channels or move on. We voice opinions volubly and knowledgeably and yet never seem to be really touched by the pain that is somebody else's life.
I do not know whether this is a kind of defense mechanism. Perhaps if we let everything affect us, we shall never be able to get on with the daily business of living. So letting it all flow over may seem like a good idea. It is when this becomes a habit and not just a temporary reaction, that it frightens me. Not letting something disturb you and being obviously nonchalant and flippant about it are completely different reactions. But does this mean that we have stopped believing in the good and the beautiful? Have we grown accustomed to everything being gray and dingy and dull and soulless? Or do we at least sometimes wish to see fresh colour around every corner and  look forward to warmth and brightness and life?
I so want to believe in goodness and beauty and justice and all things wise and wonderful. At times I just long for the strength to believe. All else shall fall in to place then. Or so I hope.

6 comments:

Onkar Bhardwaj said...

Agreed to every breath of it!
Agreed to every breath of it!!
Agreed to every breath of it!!!

vishal said...

malapan patala !
mast mandla ahes !

aadi said...

Nice one. Makes one stop and reassess his or her own attitude...

Smrithi said...

Even I was wondering about that..all those Japan videos forwarded..I couldn't bear to watch one without a catch in my throat.(I mean, we'd cry if the data in our laptop was lost. They've to reinvent their whole identities)..Guess you're right about the 'show must go on' bit...visiting your blog after a looong time. You've got a real nice one here, Mukta!

vinay said...

Inevitability

Bastet said...

very very true. When the mumbai blasts happened, I called all my near and dear ones to affirm that they are safe, to confirm that they or their near and dear were not among the mutilated bodies being shown in the news. My friend's mom said - we are busy calling our family and feeling relieved that they are fine; but, there is some family out there who lost their mother/brother/son/husband... and for no fault of theirs. How true. Now, barely a month after the incident, we are back to our usual lives and we barely spare a thought for those whose lives were irreparably marred by the blasts.