One of the many reasons why I started to blog (or more specifically, post the articles in the section [ABANDONED] or [POTENTIAL]) was my desire to put my words out into this digital landscape. Ideas are lost because they remain unspoken and I have no doubt that many others have made posts similar to this on this vast Internet. Perhaps people even stumble upon them occasionally but mostly these end up forgotten. But if it exists, then there’s hope – no matter how small – that someday it might get notice.
It is with these intentions of making this a reminder and to put this out for someone to notice, I begin this series of posts.
The title ‘Indian Herd’ sounds strange but look closely at the mindset of the masses and you’ll see that it is a herd mentality. What one preaches, others follow. The society preaches that only certain career routes are admirable, there’s little or no hesitation in following others. The society calls that a certain practices or beliefs are holy – even if they might go against the concept of kindness and understanding – and there’s little doubt.
Few rise amidst the masses and these have fought against the herd mentality. These people are either received as an ‘inspiration for a generation’ or threatened and humiliated for their thoughts. Personal opinion is personal opinion and though it is ideal to debate and argue, violence erupts more often than not. This too is a herd mentality. Look at the records, both large scale and small, and there are many people – though only a small fraction – who stirred the pot. It gives hope. But it is also a lie. A particular thought is as likely to breed extremists as any other. And often, a large number of the people who caused a stir were just that… Extremists in their own way. Some are even worse, causing ripples for the sake of their own 15 minutes of fame. And all this has breed something far worse in the population than just simple herd mentality. Indian population is more like an indifferent herd.
There are people vying for change. Some have even been successful, to various extent. But most of us don’t care anymore. We are too used to seeing a new person take up the spotlight that we dismiss even those who matter because we believe they’re simply looking for their own moment of glory. Tell me, does waving a hand at the camera as a part of the crowd really that worthy of bragging about in front of neighbors for weeks? No one cares, at least not past the initial second of awe and jealousy.
I have ranted so much but what does it matter? Because the truth is that no solution appears to be good enough. Every person we see as a potential revolutionary gets lost under the schemes of corrupt and their politics (not the political system’s politics but the scheming and deception and backstabbing in general). The only one that seems to hold merit is for the rich to step in with absolute seriousness. Money is power and power talks. Power opens doors for the changemakers to bring about a revolution.
What I say is not that change cannot be brought without the intervention of the rich. That’s a lie. It would be difficult but it’s still possible. But with the support of the rich, there won’t be people who give up due to lack of resources. There will be a reason to not worry at the sight of obstacles. With the help of rich, it will just be easier. And in a complicated cycle, this ranting turns back to the core issue that holds everyone, rich and poor, back from being involved. Nobody seems to care anymore. We are all just too indifferent now.
So what I want to say to anyone listening is to take a chance. History is the witness that the masses can bring about greatest of changes. All we need is a person who stays visible as a visionary under whom people can unite. One who cannot be pulled down by the schemes of the wicked. And one who makes everyone care about this world we live in.
And that’s the rub, ain’t it? Because the people of the world are like a herd. And we just don’t care anymore. (Plus what I called for above is perfection. A kind of it actually that is only just an illusion.)