Perspectives and Perceptions

Hackneyed as it may sound, this post is about my irritation with the way people think of themselves. Many a teenager must have ranted about how they’re frustrated about the way the world works, raised questions like “Why can’t everyone just be like me and think the way I do?” or ended up writing posts the way I am writing, ostensibly as a personal blog but wanting to seek attention from across the world, in hopes of becoming popular. Naah, just kidding. I write these posts just to relieve my brain of storing too much data. But that’s not the point. Nothing is the point. We are all nothing here. We all have this conception of our “self” which dictates everything, right from when you take a dump to when you pick your nose, whether publicly or privately, whether inadvertently or consciously, and the “self” does it in a smooth way. It always ends up convincing you that “you”, I mean the “self,” did the right thing. Cheeky, aren’t you?

We are all yearning for something. Always. When in a crowd, we want solitude. When alone, we want company. Our “self” always makes us feel that we lack in something, and at times – or most of the times – that we’re superior to everyone around us. Both these views are detrimental to us in that we start developing a false version of reality around us and attach to things easily. But put it in a cold light – what do you get? The world doesn’t care about anyone in particular. It isn’t angry at you, it isn’t there to please you, and it certainly doesn’t have any feelings for you. Your personification of the universe won’t yield you any benefit, so it’s better to just take it “as is” and move on in life. Had a rough childhood? Going through tough times? Not finding a job? Well, it makes me sad since I could probably sympathize, or empathize in some cases. But does it affect the universe? As cold as it may sound, it doesn’t. Your problems are only yours, and probably shared by a few human beings around you. Suddenly finding the world very bright after you got that promotion? It’s not so bright to everyone around you. Again, your mind just playing around with you.

So through this post, do I intend to say that we must all let go of our emotions and be completely cold-hearted? Should I just be apathetic to your getting sacked during a layoff period? Should I just not give a damn that you created a supposedly marvelous painting out of leftover paint? Of course, just like the answer that cries itself out loud to any generic rhetorical question, it’s a strong “No” to the above questions and other such related arguments. We are all human (no Siri or Cortana, neither of you. “OK, Google!”), and we all have pangs of accumulated emotions bursting out and some corner of the brain indulging in creativity while existing on this planet (maybe on Mars too, in a few years). It’s absolutely normal to attach to certain objects, events, people or even surroundings. But taking it a notch overboard doesn’t help. We obviously can’t be “cold” to everything around us, but we must ensure that we reduce our tendency to be emotional about any damn thing we can think of. I agree that every human being is unique (well, to an extent); some more emotional than others, and some not at all. But I believe letting emotions grip us never did us any “good.” All the wars that have been fought, all the cross-border tensions that exist, and even all the sadness that we feel daily has got something to do with our emotions.

We can’t simply let emotions keep on getting the better of us. We must realize that we live in a world that’s defined by our five senses and each one of us thinks of things that we probably can’t think of. That’s where this post’s title also features – perspectives and perceptions. Everyone has a different perspective of the world, and everyone perceives things in their own way. There is no “absolute” world out there – it’s just a product of what our senses interpret. For all you Star Wars fans out there:

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

And human beings certainly aren’t Siths. It is no wonder that so many people become existential and start hunting for the “meaning of life.” We can never know if it’s all here as a matter of chance, if there’s a creator out there, or if we even exist. Everyone has their own set of beliefs, experiences, and reasoning. It is best if we all just agreed that each one of us is different in our own way and sees the world from our own perspective. It is as simple as that. Every problem in the “world” is a manifestation of a very fundamental issue that bothers us – be it in the form of mistrust, arrogance, emotions, or whatever. Since man is a social animal and can’t live on his own, it’s implicit that he behave such that he keeps himself and the community in a way that favours coexistence. Since we’ve proceeded in time to a world which has so many issues, it’d be best if we all turned to our personal sides and hunted for the problems that have arisen due to personal issues. You’d be surprised.

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could’ve Been Any Clearer
“If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change”

Cheesy as it may sound, the message is very clear. I’m going to involve pop culture references in each post henceforth. And no, I haven’t been randomly influenced by popular culture around me so as to write this post based on what I’ve seen or read. It is the outcome of thinking and wondering why things are the way they are. It is just that people don’t think much about things.

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