Ramzan brings different joys for different people. For some its an opportunity to get closer to their Maker. For others it's downtime to catch up on whatever they’ve been lagging at; TV, books, chores. Yet others view it as decrease of productivity. For me Ramzan puts everything in a slow-mo. The office hours are shorter, energies lower, days proper and taste buds stronger. This combination of free time coupled with low energy gives birth to many many many useless thoughts. And I thoroughly enjoy them. I thought I will document the randomness of those thoughts today because:
· May be I am able to complete the thought if it gets documented. And then I can actually decide which box of my brain to put it into; forget about it or think more before I forget about it.
· Haven't published a blog post in a while and want to keep my thirty-five people fan base intact, also don't want Google to declare my blog dormant.
Useless thought # 1:
First of all; its none of your business whether I fast or not. Second of all, it is absolutely none of your business ‘WHY’. Matlab, seriously why do I have to give this worldly accountability, and that too to you (no offense), when there is a grand one planned? Also Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan says ‘agay chal ker hisab huna hai tu be-hisab party kerien’.
Third of all, why is it that eating in public during fast is frowned upon or eating in front of someone who is fasting? Especially in a country where over half the population lives below the poverty line; people could be hungry and its not fair to make them have to hide eating in public, when they may not have a roof to hide under. They could be sick or old; those are not mandated to fast. They may not be Muslims; there is a minority residing in Pakistan that practices other faiths. Even if they don't feel like fasting, it should not matter. Point is that there are a million legit reasons for people not to fast. And the other point is that one of the basic ideas of fasting is to feel the hunger and thirst of hungry and thirsty when others enjoy food and water in front of them. But when the elite decides to fast, you shun eating in front of them? How is the fast serving its purpose? Its such a mind boggler!
Finally, ideally, IDEALLY, people shouldn’t be fasting to show off their Muslim-ness to others. To each their own. Secret, no one cares regardless of whatever it may seem. Sure, its meaty to talk about but meh, everyone has real s*** to deal with.
Useless thought # 2:
‘Perception is reality’ is the new ‘Knowledge is power’. It should be the logo of 21st century schools. Kids should be taught how it works; we can intentionally manipulate the perception around us as well as others do it for us also. Much fun! And is it so important; serves different purposes for different hearts.
May be because it helps achieve goals while juggling with reality or because it delusionalizes reality to be perceived as fantasy? But basically because our low self esteem pushes us to create a perception that feeds into our self worthiness. After all we live in a world where wealth is god and we worship its keepers. For example, your favorite genre ‘Naseebo laal’ is not going to get you close with the in-crowd. But if you think ‘Maroon 5’ is rad, your chances are much better. So something as small as your choice of eatery will have to go through the quest where you’ll have to declare a winner; reality or perception. This allows for the perpetual battle between self esteem and self actualization, desires and necessities, happiness and success to continue. Such is cycle of life until you reach retirement age. My thoughts say things radically change close to that age.
Interestingly, research suggests that a person is more likely to help someone get up after a (literal) fall (from walk or something) if they are alone rather than in a group. We want to be complaint and liked by groups, don't want to be stray. This is a sub thought of the above one but because of my lack of clear effort to make it cohesive, also its three in the morning, I will just let this para be. A strong, independent para.
Useless thought # 3:
In this day and age of technology where everyone has so much screen time and their thoughts are consistently being developed and moods modified and ideas planted and opinions formed. I think intellectual property lawyers are going to have the toughest time. Who thought it first? What if their decisions and thoughts are also shaped through their screen time? That’d be an interesting spiral. But wait, what if, AI replaces intellectual property lawyers? They’d already know the decision before the case would come in. LOL!
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