One of the world’s strangest truths is that life may be complex, but you can still choose to live your own reality
Is the glass half full… or half empty?
I bet that each one of us have heard this extremely “cliched” phrase more than once in our life. That’s because this one line has been quoted over several years, just to put across one message. This question has no answer, your full glass may look empty to me
Humans were fortunate enough to have been gifted this uniqueness of thought, which can analyse a situation from a million angles. People have always had their queer ways of living since times immemorial,which is why, we are at the top of the food chain today.
Every society has it’s own labels for every thing. This is good, and that is bad. This is right and that is wrong. The world bombards our young minds with such compulsions ever since the day we come into being, forcing us to believe that the gospel truth can be nothing else. This is exactly where the biggest asset of the human mind, the ability to perceive sets us apart from the other species.
Having the power to differ from what the world calls ‘reality’, gives you the capability of creating your own realm around your beliefs. Perceptions are nothing but, the illusions of an ever changing human mind. There is no absolute truth, only relative truth. There is nothing that has to be followed. There is nothing that will always be followed Regardless, there will always be a new mind thinking differently.
Different environments have conditioned different minds in various ways. Being fair skinned and skinny in India makes you attractive, but being exactly the opposite of that gives you the same response in Africa.
Perception is abstract. It is fluid. It’s a feral concept. Each of the 7 billion people in this world have a different perception. 7 billion people, following their own beliefs and living their own realities would be a problem, wouldn’t it?
Living your own reality and following what you believe in is acceptable, in fact it is a sign of strength and confidence. But there is a fine line between following what you think is right and harming other beings physically or emotionally, vandalizing their freedom. To coexist in a civil society, we must learn to alter our thinking, to promote harmony and peace. Good and bad does not exist, but there definitely is a moral code of conduct to be followed across a certain limit. Something like “Should that wall be painted red or yellow”, is up to your perception but heinous doings like rape and murder, cannot be justified as the result of a personal perception. The acts of a terrorist who kills indiscriminately, are not justified.
Perception, which is a unique gift to the human mind can be respected only when coming from a sane mind that means no harm to the human race.
In the end I would like to quote the movie Spiderman, when I say, “With greater power, comes great responsibility.” The power of perception is such that, we need to be responsible when we let our thinking rule our actions. Think, but think selflessly. Think of everyone, and not just of yourself. This is where the concept of “good and bad” meets perception. And this is where a line needs to be drawn.
By Shamshir Malik