March 12, 2018

The 'RUSH' life?

What is a developed nation? What is a well-settled life? What is the value of a high-pay job? What is the meaning of success? What is being techie? What is technology doing to us?
Are we moving closer to finding our purpose in life? or Are we totally lost in the tech world?

This is the age where every person aims to grab that high-paying tech job, where every household has at least two people(both parents) working outside the home in order to support the ever-rising cost of living that seems to be unending on the graph, where every child is either made to aim for engg/tech/medicine jobs that seem to pay more than other fields of work, where every child is made to study, understand and aim for the highest money that one can earn to make a living. But, is there a concrete figure for it? Does it stay the same for a period of time? Is it the same for all? What is all the rush for?

The world has become a business place, where, every person, right from those who run schools to those who run hospitals to those who run pharmacies, has a B-Plan behind what they do. And, the motive is, to earn as much money as possible from every client.

People who take up tech jobs are termed as skilled workers and the others like farmers, artists, potters are termed as unskilled workers and termed as being poor. What is the definition of rich and poor in the context of life? Is it only about earning money and living rich? What is this life for if we do not work towards the purpose of our living? How many of us take time to know the self and its purpose? What are the modern jobs doing to us? It has become easy(time-wise, effort-wise and cost-wise) to buy a new household item than repair the existing one. The modern tech job makes people earn so much that it makes them blind to even realise on what they are spending, yet, so poor that, hardly anything remains in the account after all the blind expenses. Yet, life goes on. We continue to slog over the job, we continue to earn, we continue to spend mindlessly, we continue to live mindlessly, we sleep for the night, we wake up to yet another day when we again continue to live mindlessly. Where is the modern life taking us to? What is the purpose of living a mindless life where we do not know why we do what we do. And, this same attitude is being passed on to the next generation.

What is life all about?

Spending time with loved ones
It is about spending time with loved ones. Spending time not just on weekends. Spending time not just by going to high-end malls. Spending time not just in cinema halls. Spending time not just while force-waking the children or force-feeding the children, Spending time not just while forcing the child to finish his homework.

But, it is about spending time, good amount of time, that spans across most part of the day. It is about spending time, good amount of time, that the daily chores like having meal, reading, writing, playing are done together, in peace, not by force. It is about spending time, good amount of time, in being together, sharing the curiosity of life together, discovering more to life together, sharing one's wisdom and learning from each other. Are we able to do any of these in the modern-day lifestyle where each one is in his own rat race, not knowing where the race is taking them to, in blind run for better-pay jobs.

Even young children are being forced to join this rat race. Schools talk so much about activities being conducted in school that even a 20 month old is asked to join the nursery in the school, saying, she would become sharper than the others. Are we sacrificing our own self-exploration time to this blind race? Are we also showing our children the same path where they have least opportunity to explore their self? Managing to get into the school bus by 7 AM or 7 30 AM is definitely a herculean task for young children. Their minds are more curious to learn by living the real life not just forced-waking up, going to school, mugging things up, putting them on the exam paper, get good grades, show them to parents, seeing parents happy and ultimately believing that 'parents are happy with good grades that lead to good jobs (where good means high-paying jobs)'. Where has the good wisdom gone? Do we even have some time to speak about real life experiences with our children? All their time is spent in gaining some bookish knowledge. And the time that parents spend with children mostly goes for tasks like 'complete your homework, do not play without finishing, I told you to finish and then play, do not do that, eat your food fast, sleep, force wake up, force dress up, rush the milk/breakfast, run to school bus'. Is this an ideal picture of life that we would like to pass on to the next generation?

Being happy
Being happy with what we have. Though we try to be so, we still draw comparison of our children to those of our neighbours'. Why so? What are we targeting for? Isn't every person unique and precious in his own way? Is there even a standard against which we can rate each individual, compare each of them and start to praise or shame them? Where is this competition leading to? May be, again, the same rat race where one does not know what the race is for.

Spending time to know the self
In the modern-day busy life, it is very common to see one so busy that there is absolutely no time to spend on one's well being or knowing the self. And, the same passes on to our children. If we wish our children to be mindful, we should be mindful of our living. If we wish our children to work on the purpose of their life, we should be doing that first. They learn from what we do. They learn to live life from the way we live ours'. As simple as it sounds. So, are we mindful of the time we spend? We are surrounded with so much of technology that at the end of the day, we do not know where all the time went it.

If the man who earns more is claimed to lead a better life than the farmer who earns just enough, I would disagree with it plainly because life is about living wisely, not just about earning more and more money. If the farmer has more wisdom, so be it, he deserves a salute. But, the point is, no one is ever interested in learning any from the farmer. Every person, every parent is always interested in learning about the man who is earning more, just so that, the parent can say the same to his child, to be like that man who is making more money. There is nothing wrong with money, but, are we even making a point in spending time with our children to talk about how mindful one can lead one's life?

Technology is said to over-power and take up most of the tech jobs in the IT industry. Whenever it happens, I have a thought that, when all the tech jobs are taken up by robots/AI, man would finally get some time to spend on one's own self. And, may be, that is when the true living begins, when man works towards helping his neighbours, helping the underprivileged, learning about alternative healing techniques, learning about human behaviour, learning about the mind, body and soul and learning about all the things that ACTUALLY matter to a man's life in order to fulfill his mission on earth.

Let us 'LIVE' life, not 'RUSH' life!!


------------Addition after receiving a comment:

If you have noticed what i wrote: But, the point is, no one is ever interested in learning any from the farmer. Every person, every parent is always interested in learning about the man who is earning more, just so that, the parent can say the same to his child, to be like that man who is making more money. There is nothing wrong with money, but, are we even making a point in spending time with our children to talk about how mindful one can lead one's life?

All I intend to say is, however one wishes to lead his life should be doing it so, but alongside, it is important to try to realise his actual purpose of birth/life.

Well, this is again relative. It depends on the level of awareness of each individual. If one thinks, there is no specific purpose in life other than being busy in order to make money, so be it. If one thinks, there is purpose in life and I would like to know mine, so be it.

The thing is, or the question to ask is, are we mindful of our thoughts, words and actions or are we living blindly?

If one is clear and happy with one's life. That should be it. That's all. Peace.

3 comments:

  1. I think its a person's personal perogative, to decide, whats is their expectations from their life and how far are they going to go achieve them.
    Probably the 'rush in life' is their way of life.
    We should not rush in judging people and their way of life.
    Anyway, we all are here for a very small amount of time, lets live how each of us want to live.

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    1. Absolutely true.

      If you have noticed what i wrote: But, the point is, no one is ever interested in learning any from the farmer. Every person, every parent is always interested in learning about the man who is earning more, just so that, the parent can say the same to his child, to be like that man who is making more money. There is nothing wrong with money, but, are we even making a point in spending time with our children to talk about how mindful one can lead one's life?

      All I intend to say is, however one wishes to lead his life should be doing it so, but alongside, it is important to try to realise his actual purpose of birth/life.

      Well, this is again relative. It depends on the level of awareness of each individual. If one thinks, there is no specific purpose in life other than being busy in order to make money, so be it. If one thinks, there is purpose in life and I would like to know mine, so be it.

      The thing is, or the question to ask is, are we mindful of our thoughts, words and actions or are we living blindly?

      If one is clear and happy with one's life. That should be it. That's all. Peace.

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    2. There was no judgement of one's life. It was just an invitation to know more about the self and work towards its purpose.

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