It has been quite a while since I last wrote something. There has always been an urge to write but the ideas weren’t settling. After a few weeks of reading, contemplating and organising, I am hopeful of putting them in place.
“Kim vs Donald!”, said many headlines recently after the two of them, the contemporary leaders in this modern era of madness, exchanged words provoking each other. Like ‘Tom and Jerry’ which came together and entertained people, ‘Kim and Donald’ would have rather made a fitting title than ‘Kim vs Donald’ as they come together to destroy world peace. However, there are major differences, not in their personalities, but in the countries they lead. There is a reason why Trump has got haters all over the place while you wouldn’t find a single person in the country, at least alive, hating Kim or even Putin in that case. This difference between submitting ourselves to someone, directly or indirectly, in the east and having a high self-esteem in the west lies deeper in our cultures. It exists because of the fundamental fact that we have heroes whom we pray while they have protagonists who just do their job.
A hero vs a protagonist; this contrast, very evident from our movies, affects us more than what we are aware of. The west act. We wait for our heroes to come and subsequently cash in every opportunity to turn them – the heroes – into our gods by putting them on a pedestal. We have become inferior as we brand all the natural calamities as a work of nature’s wrath and call all our failures as a work of stars or fate. But it has been ages since I last heard someone crediting his fate for his good fortune.
Can it be true that we worship nature because of a low self-esteem and pray the gods because of our own inferiority complex? What would be the case if it was just the god’s duty to make the world a better place? Would we still pray him? Like any parent who is held responsible for taking care of his child, it is the god’s responsibility to take care of his creation. We express our gratitude but should we pray him for that? We don’t pray our military, do we? We only respect them. We, not being satisfied with the god’s work of our fate put it in the hands of these ‘heroes turned gods’ as well. Be it eastern or western, every philosophy believes in the fact that ‘We are what we think!’ More we think of being controlled by fate, more are we actually controlled by them.
In spite of all this, we celebrate the victory of these heroes – the heroes who caged us with their own mark on our destiny- over the evil, the evil which would have brought the much-needed protagonists out of us. We would have better revolted the evil and become the gods of our destiny rather than becoming the slaves of god and god’s great piece of work. The problem with the gods and the heroes is that they control us more than what we think and this has hampered and, in many cases, killed the protagonists in us. With this, a new epiphany dawned upon me: We always become the scumbags of our own work.
So, who is god today, the present day evil whom we should kill or the one whom we should celebrate? After all, what is once divine need not remain as such. A happy Dussehra, hopefully for the last time.