Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Freedom Day

63 years and we are fast becoming a ‘too-independent’ nation. One by one we have been breaking the age old customs and taboos and enslaving ourselves to the chains of freedom.

Tell me your thoughts on the following subjects:

Have we become too free to choose the life and death of unborn babies? Because we are not ready enough or because life is young enough! Besides babies are uncool- diapers, feeding, baby fat, sleepless nights, missed parties…Don’t we call this freedom to live?

Have we become too free to fill our television, films and music with stuff that has no regard to moral and social ethos? Our kids are become a moving encyclopedia on sex even before they attain their puberty. Our actress show off all the god-given and surgeon implanted assets. We enjoy the jokes and lyrics with dual meaning (along with our children). We fill our screen with mindless violence and eulogize heroes with negative traits…. Don’t we call this freedom of expression?

We covet what rightfully belongs to others. It can be positions, wives, husbands, water, air, grades etc. Then we adorn it with a beautiful name- ‘Ambition’.

We cut down trees for road widening. We fill in the natural water bodies. We adorn even the most scenic places with vulgar concrete structures. A family of four will have four vehicles. We clog the traffic and waste the fuel. We call this- ‘development’.

We indulge in any form of sex- homo, hetero, bi. Moreover we proudly display our variety of tastes. We have removed the age, sex, relationship restrictions to copulate. Today porn is one of the thriving industries in India. This is freedom to enjoy.

And last but not the least our media is free to fill in anything they want. They no longer play any role in nation building. As long as it’s eye-catchy, anything is good to go. So the wrong people, the wrong ideologies attain the prime space. This is called freedom for media.

13 comments:

BK Chowla, said...

Very true.In the evolving situation,I would blame the parents and the media besides the technology.We seem to follow the west without even being bothered about the basic customs our parents followed.
Correction must begin at the parent's level.

Karan Agrawal said...

Lot of serious stuff... I agree to few of the mentioned topics... but yes with development we also need to deal with some ugly sides... with development comes responsibility and no one is blame for... eveyone owns it equally!

Jon said...

@BKC...u r very right sir

@Karan...yea, but we prefer being escapists!!!

Vencora said...

an uncommon and respectable stance. i like that you take the time to think about these things instead of just blindly going along with the current societle standards. in my opinion there isn't much difference between freedom and restriction. we are responsible for creating our own standards. and too many people lack that ability.

Jon said...

yea...we prefer playing along with the crowd..

Or if we don't play by the standards we are termed as an outcaste!

simply me said...

well well this is one amazing post and frankly the best one here...
this should have been in my times....

Rachna said...

In the examples that you have given, yes all are valid points. But, there are so many other freedoms that we enjoy which are good too.

Mingled Minds said...

okies...too serious topics...the thing that realy bother me Infanticide and abusing children... its sick and pathetic... a kid hardly knows wad to do and whome to look at for guidance and once in wrong guidance ..tz it...his fate is sealed... and he is on the wrong path forever.... nice pick buddy...important issues to be taken care of...

Jon said...

@sm
This is an inspired post... this was wirtten by someone else and I developed on that

Jon said...

@rachna
I dont think everything that we enjoy will be good for us in the long run
@MM
Thanx 4 reminding..I forgot to mention the abuse...I havent mentioned foeticide against girls. I have mentioned the prctice prevalent in well to do communities...which no one bothers to speak about

Purba said...

Thank god, we are free to express what we feel.

Tys on Ice said...

:)

what freedom? where is the freedom for you to express without being worried abt whose silly sentiments u mite hurt? or who mite come after u for speaking abt a wrong being done?

wht u spoke abt, apart from destroying nature is a moral issue...here the opinions are bound to vary...wht is nectar to one will be poison to another...accepting that too is ur freedom...the truth, jon, is that freedom is a very personal thing...some are happy with wht they have, some wants more...thats their freedom...

the only problem i have with the free india is this annoying trend to shove each persons individual idea of freedom down the masses throat...banning things, restricting thoughts, fixing moral sign boards on things that scares us...

be free...and allow free...therein , i think, perhaps, lies the answer

Jon said...

Perhaps...its a big PERHAPS

we are in search of a perfect society...which might not happen but atleast these dialogues will take us to near perfection!