Being a Woman
Science fiction movies of yester years were quite corny but now I find them more and more scary. Scary not because of the effects but because they mirror todays reality. What set us apart as humans is steadily being erased and removed and that too of our own volition.
Physically, we are trying to replace all body parts with a vengeance ! Perfect teeth, perfectly sculpted body, perfect hair, perfect skin, the list of modifications is endless. But in this mad rush to perfect the form , the one part which can truly make a person wonderful, the mind, is ignored and kicked to the sidelines. Who needs a mind when so much of what you are doing is mindless ! Today we are so uncomfortable when asked to interact with another person. In public places, a lot of effort goes into shying away from eye contact, in case that leads to a conversation ! On the other hand give us a machine and we are bang in the middle of our comfort zone. At home, it’s either the TV or a computer or an iPad or what have you and at work it’s the same of course minus the TV.
Nowadays everybody is constantly on the move , yet all of us are short of one thing, and that is Time. We work overtime at the office and fail to spend minimum time with family. We do not have time to talk to our parents,we do not have time to share a quiet moment with our spouse, we do not have time to spend with our children and enjoy their company, we do not have time to look after ourselves. Why are we not stopping? Isn’t it ironic that we are doing all this apparently to better our lives ! We are moving away from the concept of commitment to family and community to the commitment only to oneself.
The Mayans managed to give us quite a scare with their doomsday prediction. But were they really that wrong ? Aren’t we slowly losing our humanity, our
compassion ? Not a day passes without a shocking example of man’s depravity in the newspapers. Maybe the Mayans were warning us that the path we are on would lead to the death of the qualities which makes us human and hence a death of humanity itself. How long will we continue to take from the Earth without giving much in return?
However, I’d like to believe that we still have some time to make amends. In fact we owe it to ourselves and to our children to make the world a better place. If each of us can teach our near and dear ones to value another person, to do something to help the community, to look beyond the self, we can save ourselves and the world. Let each child learn to respect and love his/her parents, grandparents and others around them; let each man learn to value and cherish women; let each woman learn to stand up for herself and her children, and let all of us contribute to enriching the environment and what a beautiful world it would be.