Ishaisms, Reflections

The Real and the Required

The world has taken to judging its members for too long now; trying to mould them into being someone ‘socially very acceptable’ while ironically preaching about ‘being yourself’’; deploring ‘herd mentality’, yet at the same time practicing ‘fitting in.’ One wonders at such hypocrisy.

It is time to start encouraging people to be what they want to be because each one is special and different, each one has a purpose in life, a unique one which only they can fulfill and execute in full earnest and to full effect. Trying to curb one’s natural behavior, desires and potential, is akin to going against nature (and that is definitely not pretty now, is it?)

Being judged is something every person today faces, be it in school, at work, at home… or even for decisions one makes in life, their choices, their mistakes… but one must remember that it needs to be ignored. There is a label for everything today, isn’t there? The quiet ones are labeled submissive, the dreamers are labeled unrealistic, and of course, the outspoken are labeled blunt and disrespectful only for speaking the bitter truth, but isn’t ‘honesty the best policy’, something we’ve been taught all our lives? History has constantly showed us that the different, strong, dynamic and honest personalities alone have changed the world, not the ones who have been running around trying to impersonate someone they have been fed into believing are the ‘right kind of people’. Don’t hide behind masks or pretences to regret later when you realize how beautiful your uniqueness is, how perfect you are.

Different people, uniqueness, path breakers scare the majority, simply because they’re not understood; they get raised eyebrows simply because the majority refuses to entertain possibilities. These ‘self-proclaimed deliberating bodies’ that everyone comes across in his or her life at some point of time are only a good for nothing set of people trying to bow down the one person who dares to raise a voice and stand for the right thing, dares to be themselves, even if it means standing alone. I wonder what has happened to the mighty ideal of unity in diversity… did we lose it on the way or did we, in fact, lose ourselves? If we start saying to ourselves, why bother if it doesn’t affect me, then we’re doomed as a species, we’re doomed as humans.

Let us love again, encourage again, believe again and bring the best out of the diverse personalities we come across. Uniqueness needs to be respected, encouraged and nurtured. Narrow mindedness needs to be done away with. We could all use a little kindness, acceptance and empowerment; so let us actually practice the beautiful ideal of ‘live and let live’ and not just preach it.

© Isha Garg

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45 thoughts on “The Real and the Required”

  1. This commentary, so well written and bursting to the brim with inclusiveness…is epic, sweet Isha!
    You are a woman of the world. You could be transplanted into any society and thus replanted, spread a gentle empathy that would infuse us all with warmth.
    You are very special 💗💗

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    1. What words to wake up to! Woman of the World – I love it 😁 ❤ And about being at home in any society, I could say the same for you my dear Poet of the West, what with all the Hindi you’ve been throwing around casually! 😛😉💜

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    1. Good morning, Rory!

      Thank you so much for selecting me for your fun game. Unfortunately, I am a little tied up with work today, so I won’t be able to do a post on it. But I leave you with one of my favourite quotes on the topic of family. I don’t think it strictly goes with the given topic, but anyway, here it is,

      “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”
      – Mario Puzo, The Godfather

      Thank you once again 😊

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  2. Oh so much angst in these lines, a case well made, crafted more with feelings though it seems.
    There is a counterpoint though, one that might sound acceptable to the biggest rebel(and here I am not saying you are any less 😛
    Ok so the theory is – safety in numbers, or the glory of average. Society, in its socialistic spree of thinking the best for the individuals tries to smooth the individuals so they fit in, the rebels do resist and some succeed in achieving something society didn’t foresee. But most of the rebels fail, we have this system which we can blame, or be cushioned against failures. It’s existence makes a lot of sense because most of us are indeed averages.

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  3. Well yes, it does seem acceptable when you put it that way. But is society really thinking the best for the individuals when trying to make them fit it? Perhaps it’s all in the name of peace, who knows… The way I see it, it is the sowing of the seed of war – only a matter of time when it will take root and start branching out.
    And about being a rebel though… Part of this post was penned about five years ago when I was an ‘angsty’ rebel lol, so much so that my father once gifted me a shirt that said ‘Rebel flower smells like me’. Terrible line, but the point was driven home – figuratively, and literally 😁

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    1. Haha rebel flower smells like me..did you take selfies?
      Btw I don’t think it is acceptable, but the reasoning about why society indulges in smoothing out the spikes. War and peace are more about economics these days, or maybe always were, but then I think of terrorism and what you say in this aspect starts making sense. The individual strives to excel given any situation, it’s rooted in the survival of the fittest theory of evolution. You check that urge and there would be repercussions..I think I am rambling, must stop 😁

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      1. Such profound ramblings! No wonder WordPress is directing its readers to your blog for philosophy! An esoteric marvel, you are. Your words on war and peace being more about economics really got me thinking. A Marxist analogy in many respects, although there will always be more reasons than one for both the scenarios.
        P.S. There is no need to stop rambling, if that’s what you call your words of wisdom!

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  4. Am blessed by this sweet post.What a good, inspirational and thoughtful post.You have interesting and wonderful content. I like reading works that are motivational, but realistic.

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      1. Thanks for replying me. This reply means alot to me.
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