Ask anyone today what are they doing or where are they going, the common answer is ‘nothing’ and ‘nowhere’. Ask for just one of their minutes and they say in an almost bursting tone, “I am too busy, I have no time.” Everybody seems to be angry and impatient. They don’t want to be disturbed. Just ‘no questions, please’ is their attitude. But are people happy and contented… at least with whatever they are doing? We all know the answer.
Today we are passing through a period of such an uncertainty almost in all spheres of life that man is more or less frustrated not just with the society, not just with the administration, not just with the nature and not just with his/her own attainments, but he is frustrated with everything and everybody and even with himself. Perhaps it may seem to be an exaggeration of the scenario but what would you term as the cause of tragic killing of the hundreds of small school children in Peshawar in Pakistan last month and violent killing of people in a magazine office in Paris (France) just the other day? Can we term the frustration as a North or South and East or West problem or the Asian or European issue?
No, the whole working of human mind stands vitiated and corrupted. The vices created through the material attainments and their application have crept so deep in human psyche that no simple solution or even intellectual and spiritual surgery would be able to root out the problem for good. Accusation and counter-accusation not just between the socio-cultural and religious groups but between the developed and the developing and undeveloped countries and between the haves and have-nots within a society is at its peak. Man has learnt the art of blaming others and passing the buck for every petty thing, so much so that he blames others for his not being able to sleep comfortably.
The incidents of violation of human dignity and the loss of human life during the recent past have been so many and so varied that even generalization may not be as easy.