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the Man and the Machine

When I was at first grade I had a friend, we were best buddies, he had a great enthu about Cars be that a dodge charger or a toyota. So whenever anyone asked him – what he wants to be when he grow up, his answer was always – a driver. People usually got a mini-shock but nevertheless he had a good-short explanation for them…

I can hit the streets whenever I want and I don’t have to waste time on anything else other than cars.

It absolutely mirrored his wild passion about automobiles…Let’s leave the story there (but I assure you I will take you there again at the end of a little discussion on the Man and the Machine.

When we were kids we used to dream things that sound out-worldish now. People usually gave a look which perfectly stated- you’ll grow out of it. At the age which we like to label as immature, I don’t know whether you will agree or not, but to me at that time we spoke our Heart. Complex rules of the society hadn’t entered our brains yet; at that time heart was our head. Then we went through institutionalised education, learnt how the world runs, and most significantly we were taught – what the society wants you to be. Things like “social status” riddled our head, and then we- EVOLVED. Time and again we neglected our heart, dismissed what it wanted to say. We chased things which the society projected as valuable and worthy and eventually we buried things which were closer to our heart. We buried our Passions.

The scenerio is different in the west, but in this side of the world kids are taught (as early as possible) about ‘social status’ , it might have turned out to be something good unless the whole purpose of education pointed towards it. Another thing is that here some particular sector of profession is considered to bear what most people call “respect and status”. Sad but true that fields of creativity is sorted out of that list.Here creativity is not inspired nor given it’s place of respect. People consider it as something that would end in vain and passion is something none chase here. Then there are the great educational institutions which moulds the students in such a way that they tend to consider being ‘doctors’, ‘engineers’ , ‘govt. official’, as their only way to get that status. This might be good profession, but aren’t all services supposed to be equally important to society??…well if your passion lies with medicine then its going to be the best way you can give the world and if your passion is all about drawing cartoons then nothing can be a better You  than a cartoonist .

People who pursue in the sectors of creativity have to bear the scars of being the inferior part of the society. This is really pathetic. But there are signs of change, but it is slow. It might take two or more generations to get rid of this kind of (rubbish and primitive)outlook.

I don’t want to be an ipad nor do I want to be a super-fast calculator. I want to be a Human, not a machine. Where can I have the best answer, if its not in the heart??…  In this enslaved world I better be a slave to Passion..

Let’s go back to my buddy’s story. I met him a few days back and guess what I found- currently he has chosen a subject having good market demand. I asked him whether he had laid his passion for cars to rest. He answered with a tone of sadness and despair which echoed the bitter reality in our society (and it made me write this piece)…the same society which wants us to chase our pension but not our passion..

 

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