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
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Welcome to the Hotel California
If we didn’t have rules about things, wouldn’t we be a happier lot? If we could just be what we would like to be and not be judged by ‘common yardsticks’ or have to follow norms for the sake of conformance? Conformance to what and why? Why do we encourage ‘sameness’ as a society, especially our society? Isn’t it the pressure to conform to societal rules, be part of the crowd, meet common expectations, that bogs down the ‘individual’ in us? Do we ever get to find out what would make us truly happy? Aren’t we always chasing what society believes would make us happy? Is it surprising then that those who follow rules are happier because they are fooled into believing they are, and those who don’t are not, because they are made to feel they have no right to be? I don’t know if this harangue makes sense! More and more, I find myself revolted at how we are in effect not ‘free’—if we do not have the freedom to something that signifies the purpose of life itself—freedom to choose what makes us happy.