March 6, 2009
The Invisible Labyrinth
Everything and everyone around me tells me that we live in the best of times..There was an article in this month's Readers's Digest about it giving reasons for it like reduced work hours, technological developments, and even a more peaceful society (...?).
But I always fantasied about being born long ago.. probably in the middle ages,I think that was the time we had more freedom.. as an individual.
Stories about ambitious men following their passion or dream had always caught my admiration. It is true that we have had large scale technological development after that period, but at the same time we have created an invisible labyrinth around ourself, doing just what we are supposed to do..
No more following your dreams, just following the crowd.
Most of us walk within these allowed paths right from childhood till our ends..
From as long as I can remember, I have been doing the same thing... waking up in the morning and going to school and coming back in the evening..almost all days of the year. I thought it would change after I get into college..but No..College was no different.
What about after college?
The only thing I can see is the same old invisible labyrinth that is restricting me from being who I really want to be. After college I would probably be placed in some company.. again doing the same thing I all these years.. going out in the morning and coming back at night. The same labyrinth but with a different pattern.
How can anyone enjoy life inside such a cocoon? We celebrate after freedom every year, but forgets the numerous ways by which we are encapsulated.
Unfortunately, I along with all around me are forced to followed path prescribed by the well oiled machinery.
May be this is what they refer to as developed civilization.. but i would call it prison service!