Manners of the World

Isn’t it funny how kismet devices obscure methods to prod humans to contemplate over the more subtle subjects that life weaves around? Take boredom as one of those methods, for example. Or even dispiritedness. Whatever the cause, prophets and astrologers will probably hold the opinion that it was destiny that lead us to experience the thoughts that we do. While people nurtured in an atmosphere of science will believe it’s all to do with the biochemical reactions in the thinking centres of our brains. Either way, an uneventful day has led me to mull over the vague topic of the irony of human life.

I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

If people looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realise that there more important things than what people do all day.  

It is overwhelming to notice the number of people who are completely encapsulated in the mythical bubble of freedom. We are all victims of it. The constraints that compromise the concept of freedom have disguised themselves so well, that it’s almost impossible to actually notice the imperfections and limitations that it possesses, unless we strive to delve deep into its roots, which is when we realise how strongly imprisoned we all are.

Our own intelligence – the extraordinary power that humans have – which drives the significant forces of this massive world is instrumental in bringing us to our current position. The human race is so engrossed in materialistically advancing its own status (and it is very good at that) that it has forgotten the very basic values that humanity is based on. We are so blinded by the apparent wonders our hands have managed to unravel, that it has transformed us into mindless robots running towards this vague concept of success.

People from all walks of life and levels of hierarchy blandly follow the well-established frameworks and schedules that have come to define their lives. We all think we are free to act according to our own whims and fancies and that may be true to a certain extent, but if we take the effort to step back and take a look at the bigger picture, the reality will hit us hard.

We are going to receive blasts of monotony whichever direction we peek into. Most of us go through schooling all through our childhood and well into our adulthood to get equipped to survive the cold wide world that we are usually protected from until the longest time. As students, we fall into the timetable of waking up everyday to head to schooling institutes, learn for a fixed amount of time, return home to do homework and then have the remaining time to ourselves. Then comes the time to seek our careers and choose a particular field that will probably define the majority of our remaining lives; again following a work schedule that will govern the way we live. Countries fight wars to please their own purposes and intentions and keep themselves established. People maintain their own religions and ideologies and go to war with people with different beliefs, all because they believe they are better than the other masses. Do you notice the pattern that I’m trying to illustrate here? It is in this patten, that all of us have lost our freedom. Because other than a little flexibility in choosing our careers and maybe holding some room for manoeuvring from one field to another, we don’t exactly hold the power to decide our lives. And this isn’t fate that is at play here; that is another topic in itself altogether. This is all down to the actions of humans themselves. We have set up institutes and devised ways to make life easier, and these are what now govern our lives. In doing all of this, we have become entangled in a big pile of mess, but even there, somewhere in all of this, we yet find the audacity to believe in freedom.

It is very easy to get lost in this storm of materialism that has come to grip the whole of human population. People place their own principles at such a higher level compared to others, that the difference of opinions drives them to resort to all forms of deceit. There are seven billion people, yet we have a  hundred billion faces. 

It may perhaps appear that, considering there’s so much happening simultaneously, the reason for it is something vastly complicated. We tend to get caught up in the frivolous entities that actually besiege the singular most powerful ideology that fuels the working of the whole world. Fluctuating currencies, rise and fall of oil prices and GDP rates of countries, the increment in land rates…basically everything that is related to the world economy, all of it boils down to one single philosophy – satisfaction.

Everything that is taking place around has its roots embedded in the simple concept of satisfaction.  It is the only thing that breeds a sense of happiness in us. Humans have been chasing satisfaction ever since ancient times in the hope to someday achieve it, and yet, very few can boast they have experienced satiation in its truest form. Great philosophers since ancient time like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have their own respective visions on life. More modern theories like Marxism (based on which communism later evolved), egalitarianism, totalitarianism and utilitarianism were created in an effort of various philosophers to try and understand the human psychology and explain to the world their take on the correct way the society should exist.

Paradise can be perceived as a state of infinite satisfaction.We work hard towards realising satisfaction, and when we do achieve it for a fleeting moment, its pleasures introduce so much of joy into our lives, that our attention is completely captured by it when it leaves us. And satisfaction vanishes really swiftly, leaving a huge void in its wake. After which we follow it like lambs, slipping back into our same old robotic scheduled lives in an effort to attain satisfaction again.



2 thoughts on “Manners of the World”

  1. Hi,
    I saw your request for feedback. Your photos are gorgeous. Whose artwork (the tree with quote at the bottom)? Is it yours? Beautiful.

    A stylistic thing that I found myself desiring but may not be a fit for your person style: Your article is deep and insightful. Especially when reading online I find the switch from glancing and skimming to deep philosophy a tough switch to make. After you’ve gotten words on paper, it might be interesting to make the body more magazine style, like a quote from your words blown up in bigger font or subheadings in the text so at a glance I have a sense for the flow of the article.

    Good luck!

    1. That totally makes sense! I often find myself reading simply skimming through other peoples’ posts. I never realised other people would be doing the same thing with mine as well. I’ll keep this in mind, thanks!

      Also, no, the artwork is not mine. I found it on the internet.

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