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.
How long, do we think, can we allow such a functioning of the human society to go on? At least, not infinitely. So what do we intend to do? Even before that, the question is who is going to take the initiative? The situation is volatile so much that it may burst any moment and encompass the whole human race. Its complexity, social, intellectual, economic and cultural, is also quite grave and would require caution at every step of the move towards a tangible solution. 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.
Any interpretation of the intention of the people across the counter and the idea of fixing the same is most likely to be ambiguous and misinterpreted. We have pushed ourselves (the human race) into such a groove of thinking where every other ideology or the stream of thought is irrational and illogical if not a crime. First we have to come out of that frame of our mind and for this we do not need any external help but just a change in the self. We must learn to cleanse our own mind of the dirt that has accumulated over the years. It is the individual mind that influences the social and collective mind which ultimately tends to destroy all that is good in human society and the individual. Call it ‘brainwash’ if you like, but that is what each one of us has allowed on ourselves.
We need to go deep into our own selves and find out what we are and what are we here for on this globe of earth. Let us shed the snobbery that makes me talk of ‘spiritualism’ with gloves on and treating it as something below my dignity and intellectual status or a matter befitting the semi-clad sadhus and grumbling people who have formed their own groups of ‘similar-minded and uncared for by their family’ people. It is a problem that has been caused by spiritual negligence and over-indulgence in the so-called luxuries and comforts of life. Naturally, this must be cured only by going deep into ‘the self’ through spiritual and collective social efforts. Let us visit our mind regularly and maintain its socio-spiritual health, if we wish the world to be a place worth-living.