The Dormant Beasts That We Are


EVERYTIME I SIT AND I WONDER, WHY THE HELL ARE WE HUMANS CALLED SOCIAL ANIMALS? MAYBE BECAUSE WE ARE ANIMALS THEMSELVES WHO HAVE LEARNT HOW TO WEAR CLOTHES AND REPRODUCE IN ANY SEASON. MAYBE BECAUSE WE EAT ACCORDING TO HABIT AND NOT ACCORDING TO HUNGER. MAYBE BECAUSE WE DRINK OUT OF SOCIAL CUSTOM AND NOT ACCORDING TO THIRST. MAYBE BECAUSE WE THINK THAT WE POSSESS THE FREEDOM OF MIND AND STILL LIVE THE SLAVES OF MORTAL PLEASURES.

IT WOULD BE A REAL TIME KILLING EXPERIENCE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MAN THINKS OF HIMSELF AND WHAT HE REALLY IS. WE LIVE IN HOUSES, NOT IN CAVES. BUT WE AS OBEDIENT LEARNERS HAVE STILL RETAINED SOME QUALITIES OF OUR HAIRY ANCESTORS.

IT SHOCKS ME HOW WE BEHAVE WHEN IT COMES TO SURVIVAL. OUR ISSUES OF SURVIVAL MAY HAVE MOULDED BUT THE REAL CHALLENGES REMAIN THE SAME. THE STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE IS EQUALLY FELT AT OUR WORKPLACES AS IT IS FELT IN OUR DWELLINGS. EVERYWHERE IT IS THE ISSUE OF SUPERIORITY. EVERYWHERE IT IS THE ISSUE OF BEING THE LARGER, BETTER AND BEST. YOU CAN SEE MEN STILL WORRYING ABOUT THE SIZE OF THEIR PENIS OR WOMEN JEALOUS OF ANOTHER WOMAN’S BIG BREASTS. WHAT DO THEY THINK? IS IT SOMETHING THAT CAN FETCH THEM A BETTER JOB, A BETTER HOUSE, BETTER FOOD OR A SECURE FUTURE? CERTAINLY NOT. BUT AN AVERAGE MAN WOULD STILL DONATE A FRACTION OF HIS TIME IN LOOKING AT HIS “IMPERFECTIONS” AND TRYING TO FIND OUT USELESS AND OBVIOUSLY EXPENSIVE SOLUTIONS TO GET RID OF IT. WHAT A MAD WORLD. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD AN INNOCENT PIMPLE KILLING ANY GIRL?

WE ARE BEASTS… REAL BEASTS IN DISGUISE. WHY DO WE KILL ANIMALS? WHY DO WE CUT DOWN TREES? WHY DO WE KILL OUR OWN BRETHEREN WHEN WE KNOW THAT THE RESULT IS FUTILE TO OUR OWN SELVES? WE ARE BEASTS… REAL BEASTS…

IT’S A MATTER OF ASTONISHMENT THAT ON ONE HAND WE STAND AGAINST TERRORISM AND CALL ALL TERRORISTS INHUMANE. WHILE ON THE OTHER, WE LEAVE NO STONES UNTURNED TO SABOTAGE OR TO EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TORTURE SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, OR EVEN AT OUR OWN PLACE. WE HAVE SMALL HEARTS, WITH NO ROOMS FOR ANYONE BUT OURSELVES. AND EVERY SINGLE DAY WE CONTRACT THE SPACE, COMPRESS OUR HEART, ONLY TO FIND THAT ONE DAY IT BECOMES A BLACK HOLE. IT EATS ANYTHING THAT COMES ITS WAY. AND IN THE END WHEN EVERYTHING IS FINISHED IT STARTS EASTING ITSELF. DESTRUCTION IS THEN INEVITABLE.

WE ARE ROLLED Up IN INSECURITIES. WE BEASTS… AND DO YOU REALIZE WHAT PATH WE CHOOSE, WE START TORMENTING OUR BODY AND SOUL. THEN WE TORMENT THE OTHERS. JUST AS A THIEF WOULD DO ANYTHING TO TAKE THE FOCUS OF INVESTIGATION OFF HIMSELF, WE START POINTING OUT THE FAULTS IN OTHERS. MAYBE, WE THINK THAT WE ARE THEN ABLE TO TAKE THE FOCUS OFF OUR OWN WEAKNESSES. THE POINT IS VERY CLEAR. IT IS ONE THAT I READ LONG AGO IN AB AKBAR-BIRBAL TALE. IT SAID THAT IF YOU WOULD WANT TO SHORTEN A LINE WITHOUT ERASING IT, BETTER DRAW A PARALLEL LINE THAT IS BIGGER THAN THE FIRST. HOCUS POCUS! AND THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

THAT’S WHY I PITY THE PEOPLE FOND OF SHOWING OFF. I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS MISSING IN THEIR LIVES THAT THEY WANT TO REPLACE WITH A FALSE EGO. OR MAYBE THEY ARE JUST TOO FOND OF DEVELOPING AN EGO WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE ABSENT. IT LITERALLY THROWS A SCARE DOWN MY SPINE. ARE WE ALL IN NEED OF SOME SERIOUS MENTAL CONDITIONING? ARE WE NOT IN NEED OF PSYCHIATRIC PHILOSOPHERS WHO WOULD UNDERSTAND HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND TELL THEM CREATURES THAT THEY NEED HELP. IT IS SO EASY TO COMPREHEND. YET SO DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT IN A SOCIETY THAT WORSHIPS KRISHNA ANS HIS LOVER RADHA CITES EXAMPLES OF THE SPIRITUALLY ROMANTIC LOVE OF MEERA AND THEN LOOK DOWN UPON THEIR OWN CHILDREN FOR HAVING LOVED ANYONE. HYPO CRITIC AND COMPARABLE TO MERE DUAL MENTALITY. BUT THEY, ACCORDING TO THEMSELVES ARE VERY RIGHT; LOVE EXISTS ONLY IN BOOKS AND STORIES AND NOT IN REALITY.
WE ARE BEASTS… REAL BEASTS…

I READ A HUNDRED NEWS STORIES EACH DAY. MANY OF THEM TELLING TALES OF HOW THE WORD HUMANITY WAS PUT TO SHAME AND SO MANY OTHERS, WHERE HUMANITY WAS COMPLETELY ABSENT. I THINK THAT THE HUMAN INTEREST STORIES I WANTED TO WRITE AS A MEDIA PERSON, IS A category THAT BECAME EXTINCT A LONG TIME AGO. I DON’T REALLY FIND ANY HAPPY STORIES, SUCCESS STORIES, STORIES OF PEOPLE COMING OVER CIRCUMSTANCES AND REGAINING THEIR CONTROL OVER LIFE. IF ALL GOOD THAT CAN BE PUBLISHED, THAT PLEASES THE EYES AND THE EAR IS THE NEWS OF THE PREGNANCY OF A BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, I WONDER WHERE THIS COUNTRY IS HEADED TOWARDS.

I JUST SAW THE ‘DADAJI-TO-BE’ INTERVIEW ON TELEVISION. HE SAID THAT HE WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE NUMBER OF LETTERS AND GREETINGS THAT HE HAD RECEIVED FROM PEOPLE FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER. DO NOT WORRY SIR; I AM MORE OVERWHELMED OVER HERE. IF ONLY A FRACTION OF THESE PEOPLE HAD CONTRIBUTED A SINGLE RUPEE, OR HAD PAID THEIR INCOME TAX OR WOULD HAVE AT LEAST PRACTISED THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE, MAYBE WE WOULD HAVE SEEN A BETTER INDIA. WHY DON’T WE WRITE A LETTER TO OUR AUTHORITIES ABOUT CORRUPTION, ABOUT A BROKEN ROAD, ABOUT ANYTHING THAT REALLY BOTHERS US?

WE ARE BEASTS… REAL BEASTS… BUT MOST OF US ARE SHEEPS…. THOSE SHEEP THAT WORSHIP THE DISTANT SUN GOD, THE STARS AND THE MOON, HOPING THAT THEY WILL DO GOOD TO THEM ONE DAY. HOWEVER, THEY WOULD NOT DO A SINGLE THING TO MAKE A PROTECTIVE FENCE AGAINST THE BIG BAD WOLF THAT SCARES THEM AND PARTIES ON THE MEMBERS OF THEIR TRIBE.

BEGANI SHADI MAIN ABDULLAH DEEWANA. I WONDER FOR HOW LONG WE WOULD KEEP ON DOING THIS. BUT ANYWAYS, A GROOM IS NEVER SO HAPPY ON HIS OWN WEDDING AS HE IS ON HIS BEST FRIEND’S. STRANGE ENOUGH, DO THE SHEEPS REALLY DERIVE PLEASURE OUT OF THE RUTHLESS KILLING OF THEIR LOVED ONES…? HAHAH… QUESTION TO BE ANSWERED WHEN THE NEXT DINOSAURS APPEAR ON EARTH.
WE ARE ALWAYS LIKE THIS, AREN’T WE? WE ARE BEASTS… REAL BEASTS….

I ALSO TRY MY BEST IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN BEHAVIOR. THE WAY WE CAN DO ANYTHING TO KEEP OUR HEART BEATING. WE BECOME MAD AND GO INSANE AT THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION. LEAVE ALONE THE BIG CRIMES, EVEN SMALL HOUSEHOLD QUARRELS ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX AND THE WILL TO SURVIVE. SO MUCH THAT WE CANNOT EVEN PAY BACK THE DUES IN AN ENTIRE LIFETIME. WHAT DO WE DO BUT LET THE DEVIL INSIDE US DO WHATEVER HE WISHES.

IN MANY OF THE OLD ANIMATIONS, WE ALL HAVE SEEN THAT WHENEVER THE CHARACTER IS IN A STATE OF INDECISION, THERE IS ALWAYS THE FIGURE OF AN ANGEL AND A DEVIL, ON EITHER SIDE OF HIS HEAD, TELLING HIM THEIR OWN DIFFERENT WAYS OF TACKING AN ISSUE. ALL THE PREACHERS OF ANCIENT TIME AND NEW TELL US THAT WE HAVE GOOD AND EVIL RESIDING INSIDE US.

REMEMBER, GOOD AND EVIL ARE ON THE EITHER SIDE OF THE HEAD AND IN BETWEEN LIES THE HUMAN INTELLECT. A MAN IS BOUND TO MAKE MISTAKES. HE IS PROGRAMMED TO HAVE ONE FLAW OR THE OTHER THAT WOULD STOP HIM FROM BEING AN ANGEL. ON THE CONTRARY, HE HAS ONE OR THE OTHER GOOD QUALITY THAT STOPS HIM FROM BECOMING A DEVIL. THE HUMAN IS STUCK BETWEEN THE TWO EXTREMITIES IN HIS STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE. WE ARE HABITUAL OF SEEING THE DEVIL ENJOY THE NICETIES AND THEN GO ON THE PATH OF ETERNAL DOOM. I WISH I COULD SEE ONE GOOD SOUL, ONE PERSON WHO HE FREE OF ALL FLAWS, DOING ALL GOOD DEEDS AND THEN GOING TO HEAVEN. IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE?

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO LIVE LIKE THAT? AND WHO DECIDES WHAT IS WRONG AND WHAT IS RIGHT? IT IS NOT THE DEED ITSELF I BELIEVE. IT IS THE PURPOSE BEHIND A DEED THAT SHOULD MAKE IT GOOD OR BAD IN THE EYES OF THE SOCIETY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE SOLDIERS OF SOME OTHER COUNTRY KILL OUR SOLDIERS, WE CALL IT MURDER, MASSACRE AND INHUMANE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF OUR SOLDIERS KILL SOME OTHER NATION’S SOLDIERS, IT IS A MATTER OF PRIDE. HAVE A CLOSE LOOK AT IT. IN BOTH THE CASES, IT IS THE END OF HUMAN LIFE AND NOT MERE SOLDIERS.

LETS HAVE A LOOK AT YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE, MARIJUANA IS SUPPOSED TO BE A KILLER. ADDICTS OF MARIJUANA ARE NO LESS IN NUMBER. IT IS BANNED IN MANY COUNTRIES. BUT IF WE STUDY WHAT SCIENCE SAYS, THERE EXIST CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPERIMENTAL THERAPIES THAT MAKE THE PATIENT TAKE CONTROLLED AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA AT REGULAR INTERVALS, SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A COMFORTABLE EXISTENCE.

PURPOSE IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT AT TIMES. “I KILLED SOMEONE BECAUSE I HATED HIM” IS A DIFFERENT STORY THAN “I KILLED SOMEONE BECAUSE HE HATED ME AND CAME TO KILL ME”. I WOULD NOT LIKE TO JUSTIFY ANYONE’S RAGE, BUT IN THE END I COULD ONLY FIND TWO COMMON WORDS ‘HATE’ AND ‘KILL’.

WE ARE ALL BEASTS…. REALLY BEASTS…

WE HAVE THAT ANIMAL INSTINCT LIVING INSIDE US THAT COMES OUT EITHER IN FEAR OR FURY. WHATEVER THE PURPOSE BE, WHATEVER THE MOTIVE BE, WHATEVER THE SITUATION BE AND WHOEVER THE PERSON BE, LEAVE ALL BEHIND. JUST ANALYSE THE FACT THAT THE BEAST IS THERE AND HE WOULD COME OUT AT ANY POINT OF TIME. SOMETIMES WITH A WARNING AND SOMETIMES WITHOUT. HE WOULD COME OUT MAKING YOU EITHER A COLD BLOODED MURDERER OR A HERO, BUT HE WOULD COME.

HE LIVES INSIDE YOU; HE THRIVES ON YOUR THOUGHTS. HE NOURISHES HIMSELF ON YOUR DECISIONS, UNTILL THAT MOMENT ARRIVES WHEN HE ALL SET TO SHOW. HE MAY SCARE YOU OR LEAVE YOU OVERWHELMED. SOMETIMES, HE WOULD EVEN KEEP ON CONTROLLING YOUR MIND ALL THROUGH YOUR LIFE AND YOU MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE. HE MAY KEEP MAKING YOU DO THINGS WHICH YOUR HEART DOESN’T WANT TO, AND ALL DECISIONS WILL BE JUSTIFIED.

IT MAY SOUND SCARY AND MAY GIVE YOU, THE READER, GOOSEBUMPS. YOU MAY EVEN THINK THAT I AM A LUNATIC WHO IS SICK OF HER LIFE AND HALLUCINATES ALL THE TIME. BUT DON’T BE SCARED. AS I TOLD YOU, THIS BEAST IS NOT NECESSARILY BAD. HE MAY BE GOOD. HE MAY HAVE IMMENSE POWER AND AT THE MOST CRUCIAL TIMES, HE MAY LET YOU EXCEL. LETS SAY IN A RACE WHEN YOU ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE FINISH LINE WITH YOUR OPPONENT RUNNING PARALLEL TO YOU, THE EXTRA ENERGY THAT RUNS THROUGH YOUR BODY IN THE SPLIT OF THE SECOND WHILE YOU ARE NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD, THAT MAKES YOU WIN THE RACE, IS THAT ANIMAL, THAT BEAST.

IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU TAME IT, OR IF YOU TAME IT AT ALL…..

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