To Be or Not To Be
A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!
~A Wise Man Said~
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
~When in Lancaster~
Life as PhD Student
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Sunday, June 20, 2004
It’s started raining here and I looooove it, as I always do!! There's something about the rains that puts one in a certain mood, and something about listening to good music in this mood. :) Rim Jhim Gire Saawan has been my all time favourite; this time I have also been humming to Zara Zara from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein.
Sometimes, when I just sit and reflect on nothing in particular, I wonder if we do not miss the really beautiful and enjoyable moments of life in the daily routine of work. Early morning when I wake up, I just want to sit at the window sill and enjoy the cool breeze blown by the rains outside, but instead have to rush to the gym, so that I can be back in good time, and then leave for work. It is as if even though we're free, we're really not free.
I'm definitely not saying that there shouldn't be a concept called 'work'; it is just that I wonder if we lose out on the very things that we aim to achieve by 'work', because of work (I do not include those for whom work is an end in itself).
Going a little further with the same argument, I also sometimes wonder about the emerging culture where the husband and wife both work. The couple do not see each other the entire day; possibly they get to spend some good time together only on weekends and that too would be a time when they rightfully need some rest after the exhaustion of the week. If there are children in the picture, they too are deprived of the parents' presence for most of the time.
I cannot think of a solution here, as I believe that a woman has as good reasons to follow a career path as a man does; but I do wonder if a healthy family could result from such a scenario.
Again if the two people, who work, work entirely for the satisfaction to be gained from work itself, it would be a different thing; but if they work so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labour in their personal life, do they achieve their objective by improving their material comforts, but at the same time, compromising on the emotional?
I guess not, but is there a way out of this circle...I don't know...life seems to be full of ironies...we spend our lives earning to buy a comb...and by the time we have it, we have lost our hair...