In the great run of our beautiful life, everything we achieve, are so wonderful; but at what cost?
So many generations have passed since our great grand-parents’ and so many things have been left out in terms of knowledge and culture! We think we know so much more than any of our ancestors; but how far is that true? We may be living in an advanced generation, but is our base really strong? Think about it…
How many of us really know the stories and actual processes, behind each of our festivals or ceremonies (for instance)? As a kid, I had experienced so many treats in each of our festivals (I am a Bengali, and our treats are numerous). But my mother always kept saying, that the rituals (for every occasion) were way more than what she’s able to do – “Our mother used to make us do so many other things; and it was so much more fun. I don’t even know how to prepare few of the dishes, that are a-must for this festival.” – is what she used to say!
Now, as I grew older and moved out of home, I started thinking too much into practicality. So if my mom ever asked me to follow certain things, around any of the festivals, I’d be like “Ya, whatever”.
But one fine day, I realized, this is how the chain is getting broken. Come to think of it:
Our ancestors were so happy and healthy, despite living with every individual they knew or not knew, following every ritual as they were meant to be. We today, believe in the concept of living by ourselves; not even family and let alone strangers. Even if we live with strangers for some time, is it ever, without any expectation of benefit? Absolutely not… and let’s just not get started on following any sort of culture step-by-step; for us, the shorter the better…
The amount of intelligence that thrived in our forefather’s minds, is way beyond the concept of advancement that we believe to be brilliance, in us. We may discover some unimaginable things, but we can never imagine what our ancestors had discovered! And did they not have questions in their minds like we do today? But their questions may have been more towards the knack of knowing more, unlike us, who question to challenge someone! And gradually, the true meaning or reason behind anything, has been lost…
We may have evolved drastically, but have we really? We are so dependent on machines, that we have lost the concept of “trying hard” to achieve something… even if it’s someone’s birthday; we have the Calendar to remind us!
Today, if you ask a simple question as “what do we call rigged gourd in <any> regional language” to any of your friends, who belong from that region; more than 90% chances are, they won’t know… So what the heck? We go to Google! But don’t you at all feel it’s sad? You trust a machine more than humans. The conversations between people, are subsiding because of all these system based intelligence… and how happy are we, with all the wealth and easy-going technology we have in place today? If you compare with the happiness of even our grand-parents, may be 10% (give or take) of that, is what we have!
But of course, it’s all a perspective 🙂