Monday, March 15, 2010

It's a sad time when you don't have much to write. In the middle of midsems, with much to read, I chose to write. (All my posts in 2009-10 have been laments of some sort; Law school does make you sad).

Recently, I read Brave New World once again. Beyond its Dystopian overtones and its idea of hope and its subsequent extinguishment, what I find really appealing in the book is the manner in which society is shaped. An extremely communal form of life, with privacy a shred of the embarassing past, the notion of family long forgotten, the notions of commitment and monogamy buried. The idea of humanity reverting to its most primitive form of existence, albeit with modern technology ensuring it, and its manifestation in the manner described, is rather disconcerting to anyone who espouses morality of a strict kind.
The idea of morality, in the sense of the permissible and the impermissible, is a very impragmatic idea. Human nature is of greed and indulgence and any fetters on it will only result in an organized facaded chaos, as is happening today. To quote Khuda Kay Liye, 'log haraam kaam ke baad halal ghosht ki dukaan dhoondte phirenge'. Every religion dictates that one should follow a certain path, and that the path is one that shall lead you to eternal salvation. If you divert, eternal damnation. The inherent paradox of the Abrahamanic religions is evident, in terms of having a vengeful yet merciful God. Religion, or any other form of collective morality, fails to take into account an individual's degree of resistance, or an individual's propensity to indulge. This ignorance, as many beef-eating Hindus and wine-gushing Muslims would propose, will lead to the subversion of religion, and its ultimate disappearance from civil society.

Break done. Shall continue. As stated 1.5 years back, this blog stands resurrected.

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