This post is dedicated to all the people out there who feel like they are caught up in some mouse trap that keeps clenching the life out of them, as if they are trapped, and they need an escape from it.
I am aware how that feels.
We have come a very long way, from apeheads to humans. There was a time when we used to roam around with no idea of what we could do, now we are very aware and we keep pushing it. However, we never make time to take a pause and reflect how far we have actually come and how far we plan to go. We just keep pushing for betterment, but we have no direction. The better we get, the more we push for it, but have you looked at what it is doing to us?
People nowadays are stressed more than ever because the pace at which we are supposed to get better is way too fast, it demands us to cast away our peace for making a living. We give up on things we actually want and settle for things that this world wants us to have. This is wreaking us from the inside but we can’t do anything about it because the world is beyond our control, there is nothing we can do to make things right, we are supposed to just accept it as it is and live away; this has become a common thinking.
I am not the one to tell you what to do, what not to do, I just want you to understand there is no need to play this game by the rules set by people who knew no better about this world but ended up making the rules because they thought they began to understand it. They are not ahead of you. They are as lost as you. They won because they decided to take action based on how they felt about the world and how they wanted it to be. Just like them, if you feel in a certain way, you should have enough wisdom and courage to mould the world your own way, or at least learn how to be at peace within the chaos.
It is easier said than done, but if you pick up our history and see, you will find how well it was organised, and how peaceful it was back then. Surely cruelty was a part, yes, but people had a sense of peace in them, we don’t even have that. What went wrong?
The thing I blame for losing our inner peace is population. Our population right now is around 8 billion and it is estimated to keep growing. I am not some villain who wants to wipe people out, but population sure is a big problem.
In old times, there were hardly a few people who were the extraordinary ones, who came up with something that revolutionized the world, but nowadays, being extraordinary is encouraged so much that people keep revolutionizing the world one moment after another. This brings so many changes in our world in such a short period of time that we don’t even get the chance to fully live a moment. We keep going ‘what’s next?’, ‘what’s next?’.
This fast pace has made us come up with so many dangerous things that we are not even taking seriously:
- The social media that was supposed to bring people closer is pushing people away and making them feel lonelier instead but we think it is a normal thing.
- The desire to make everyone’s life easy is making people lose their ability to handle inconveniences and a tough life but we still push it.
- The pressure to innovate and revolutionize is so high that people come up with this and that, the things that we don’t actually need, but are created under the pressure.
- And in this pressure to excel, we give so much value to intelligence that we neglect how emotional wellbeing is also a matter of concern. It makes people even more miserable.
All these things that we think we are doing for good is actually backfiring, but we intentionally overlook them. We don’t care about the big picture anymore, we live for ourselves only and pretend like we do it for others. This was not the case in older times. In older times, success was not a big deal, inner peace was, but it is the opposite in the modern world. And we can see the reason very clearly; in older times, the world we lived in was a simple one, but it got complicated as our knowledge of ourselves expanded. The thing wrong with the modern world is that we refuse to expand our minds with expansion of knowledge, instead, we become stupidly comfortable with an easy and a chaotic life. This sure is peaceful, but for a short period only.
If we really want peace to last within us for a long period, we need to understand that we know more than we have ever known, and therefore, given that we have the ability to process a limited amount of informations, we need to develop enough wisdom to be able to figure out what to omit and what to accept. Maybe not being able to utilize our learnings at the human level is what keeping us at unease. And this unease, according to me, can be overcome if we give up trying to fit in and go at our own pace, meditate if need be, become calmer, become more compassionate, not feel bad about missing an opportunity, don’t pretend to be happy, learn to handle ups and downs, be genuine as much as possible, become an observer, understand the game, learn how to use our abilities to live a fulfilling life, and then jump into it. There is no need to hurry. We can achieve whatever we desire in our lives even if we do things only our own way. In this rush, we should not forget that sometimes doing nothing is a good thing to do, passing out on good ideas for a long future is good, not doing something that we can do but is not good for us is good, living to understand than living to live is good.