Some thoughts…

Again, as is the case with my writings, this was also spurred by a rather angry exchange between two sisters…

So much for the prelude…my case is this: Too much of ‘modern’ thinking is makes people extremely individualistic, inward looking, and absolutely averse to any kind of collective work. Obviously, the next question is, how does one define modernism…

At the risk being ridiculed by many clear-thinking people, I attempt to construct my ideas here. I do believe and understand the idea of space and independent thinking and ideas, but at what cost? Who calls the shots about whose space can be taken and whose cannot be. Where is mutual aid? Where are the responsibilities that come with living together?

I have always been a proponent of people over the age of 18 having their own home and that policies need to be lobbied for a change that will enable young people support themselves financially and socially. However, given the ‘development’ that our country has seen in the last 60 years, I guess this type of living is out of bounds for the majority in our country. In that case what does one do? Wait till you are 25 or 30 when you are financially independent to make your move? But, by then the social fabric of family catches up, and familial obligations rule the roost with the need to create families without really going into hows and whys reigning supreme in one’s mind.

Given this scenario, do we even have the concept of space? Of individuality? Of the realization of one’s dreams? Of the collective failure that we as a family, community, and country are facing? Is it possible that the whole nature of space is either eulogized or ridiculed? Have we failed to balance? Have we failed to understand the other because each one of us is so busy looking only at ourselves? That too only through the eyes of the other, in which case we fail by default!

Then, the question about balancing…is there a real balance? Many a young people have untold problems about their parents, which incidentally is healthy especially considering catastrophic effects of being in the my-parents-are-god state. The point is when the situation is such that one has live with one’s family and there’s no way out, how does one make it work without threatening the basic fabric of life? This is where problems with too much knowledge and no application comes. When we understand too much about patriarchy and its hold on people and how it has destroyed women’s and chidren’s lives, isn’t it more important for young people to change this world order sensitively?

Comments

rovinroustabout said…
Isn’t man by nature a social animal, and all of his accomplishments are collective. Collectively fire and wheel were discovered and then developed, then came language which enabled the exchange of information and then after civilizations were made and destroyed. So if modernism means going back to stone age and then wandering naked like nomads to rediscover everything then one should argue against it. and the social values take ages to change. There are various factors which influence them. Insure two meals to all Indians and see how we start changing……..Well I do not understand much of literature……full space to argue against me….
Happy heart said…
Absoultely...humans are social beings, but with need for personal space. When this balance is disturbed...things go awry!
rovinroustabout said…
by d way i liked the name of yr blog....may i ask a personal question....if u dnt mind
Happy heart said…
sure! shoot, buddy.
rovinroustabout said…
yr blog intro reads like ...only by a certain accident of birth, i am where i am...but, still, i have made some concious choices as well, which might be of interest to you……wat kind of accident u are talking about………hope everything is fine with you…..we can chat if u want my ID is thakuratul@gmail.com
rovinroustabout said…
I hope it wasn’t too personal

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