Month: April 2014

Obliterating the Walls of Perception


In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow you to get some entertainment out of it. But no matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.


Qualifications are prerequisites to introductions. Prepossession is a precondition to an establishment. A baptism of fire and travails is an exordium for a tenderfooted graduate who is seeking his/her first job. Wiping the grease off your elbows for what you get compensated for is not good enough and you need to go ‘beyond your call of duty’ to keep place at your office. Top lines and bottom lines are lauded and cash flow statements are neglected. Women who strive to make a name at a work-place are chastised at home by relatives. It seems the world has forgotten substance over form and these nuances appear to be the desiderata to get by.


I think it’s time to take off my cynical cap and put on a more rational one.
“It’s not what you are inside, but what you do that determines you”. Humans by nature tend to judge and classify. When you meet a person, you instinctively size them up irrespective of the purpose of the meeting. You don’t necessarily get what you see but ironically, we almost always tend to stick to the polar opposite of the wise old saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. It’s not merely lack of time that drives such decisions, it’s a change in the importance handed to such perceptions. A lot of people have realised the world is rapidly changing and there is a necessity for people to change and adapt to such changes. A large no.of people have put down perception issues are precipitated from the respective cultures.


“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”


A common assessment of cities like Dubai and Singapore is that once the initial shine wears off, there is a lot left to be desired. It’s normally put down to the nomadic and floating populous and the two cities not having an identifiable culture.


Culture is a word bandied about a lot these days. It’s important to preserve heritage as it saddles an identity and a story to the civilization. However, there seems to be a genuine misunderstanding between culture and principles. Cultural requirements are not principles. You cannot expect to ‘stand like a rock’ with regards to culture. If we did, more widows would be throwing themselves into fire (Sathi), more children would be getting married at the age of 6 and Kings and Queens would still be the dominant decision makers as opposed to parties elected through democratic processes. It’s strange how selective people can be with regards to culture. The culture issue is incriminating in India due to the vast heritage and melting pot of different traditions prevelant in the country. While a small part of the country is adopting a more contemporary thought process, a large part of the country neglects it in fear of losing control.


It’s important to afford freedom to people to make decisions that relate to them; only then will they have confidence to take decisions that relate to a larger group of stake holders. Forget forsaken culture in favour of forward thinking. Judge but don’t be judgemental. No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.