Imagine you are in a car, it’s evening, the sky is red, but a hazy red, partly because of the pollution. The city road, barely two lanes wide, sandy, choked with dust and a phalanx, of vehicles, like an overgrowth of mushrooms. Unhindered. Unabashed. Untenable. Ugly. Bikes crammed against the rickshaws crammed against the cars crammed against the buses. The blaring horns, the cacophonous songs, on the radio.
Snailing vehicles through snaking roads. The ambience, discombobulating.
Nauseating. Vexing. Agitating. Angering.
And your feeling of discomfort and discontentment here is even more profound if you have experienced such routine ordeals rarely, until now.
A couple more such experiences, and your righteous, angered, indignant self is humbled into submission. Rendered helpless before the circumstances, the realities we often avoid facing, compartmentalizing and tucking them away, far away.
The irated hollering demeanour is replaced by that of a calm discontentment, consternation is whittled down to just resignation, and in some cases, the sense of submission is so true that those people start finding fun in the ordeals, and looking at (actually squinting at and groping for) the rare positives.
But for others, it’s just ennui. Enthusiasm is further than the farthest cry. And it’s constant. That feeling of tiredness people often keep complaining about. That feeling of mediocrity. Those sporadic bouts of sadness, those pangs of failed dreams, which can strike anytime, and terrorize you, and then abandon you.
And this… is not just the traffic or the dust or the honking. It’s everything. Everything which relates to adult life.
The systems we created as we accelerated into the future, those constructs, rituals, those practices, attitudes, choke us now.
Kids, they are fresh, they look at things simply, call spade a spade, find happiness in simplest things, have very basic, simple emotions. Until. They start learning the ways of the world.
And boy! Are they good learners.
But in us adults, the emotions, the acquired traits, learnings, attitudes, make our personalities so complicated, facets struggling among themselves for precedence. A constant battle. And so, with time, and circumstances (which we and our predecessors were unable or not brave enough to change), everything changes.
And people learn to live with it, ennui, wade through it, smile through it, somehow. Maybe it’s our innate ability to fool ourselves and put our hands up in the air if things don’t go our way. Maybe it’s our fear to live on our own terms, or to challenge the existing conceptions, constrictions, constructs. Maybe, it’s the realest form of indifference.
We are accepting the modern ways, attitudes, fads, the future, so rapidly. Like an insatiable void. And we are not shunning those obsoletes as rapidly as we should. Just because they are too big. Just because they were actually applicable at a time, but now are just prevalent, and hurtful.
This… this complicates things. This creates a suffocating, marshy present that we live in. And we have more or less surrendered, accepted.
We are too indifferent to oppose, to resist, to rebel, to repel, to renounce, to repeal. Or maybe too submissive now (even if we care).
We look at these words above with such contempt, and fear. For these, to us, denote conflict, and such inconvenience, and pain.
But these are some of the very fundamental ideas and ideals of human existence and sustenance if looked back at from a neutral perspective.
But as we have seen, and been led to believe, resistance, and revolution and rebellion has brought in many sufferings, deaths and pain to this world.
And to avoid that we are ironically resisting our own human nature from blooming.
We are becoming mere slaves of the rusty reeking constructs we foolishly think to be true and absolutely firm.
And thus we smother the radical, the righteous, the rebellious, in a sea of inertia, insecurity, and submission.
Everyday a possible revolution is bedraggled and pummeled to just a feeling of discontentment, and a dream. Everyday.
Thus the ennui, then the indifference, and then acceptance.