The Ugly and the Beautiful
|A path leads to the gate at front of author's home|
Our world has both, the beautiful and the ugly at different times and different places. While focusing on the ugly tends to dissipate us, the beautiful charges and inspires. Yet, it does become necessary to focus on the ugly whenever a desire arises to see it eradicated. It is from this point of view that this blog focuses time and again on it, as in the last post attention was drawn to severe income and wealth inequalities that exist in our world today causing severe distress for very many humans and an earlier one on the violence humans perpetuate even in acquisition of food. While talking about this in a group discussion, a friend, Aditya Thakur, said that these have always been around and even if the one percent of the world were removed, another one percent would come to replace them. My answer was that some such things did happen after the French revolution and the communist revolutions of bygone eras, yet mankind is not without hope because the Scandinavian countries have abolished income inequalities to a great extent and it is up to others to evolve up to those standards first and then go beyond.
|A snap from a back door of the author's home|
Yet, as said in the very first paragraph if we keep focusing on what is wrong with our world and what is ugly we shall only dissipate ourselves and it is necessary to return a focus to the beautiful. If we cannot find something beautiful in man’s doing charged with greed and lust, we shall certainly find that beauty in nature, in distant mountain lakes, villages and towns, and one can always bring a bit of that beauty home by planting some trees and bushes around one’s home as shown in the two photos of this blog, one snapped from the front door of my home and a the second from the back door. And every morning as we get up we can then enjoy the lovely song of birds that come to play amongst these trees while we greet the morning sun that rises from behind them heralding a new day and a new beginning, for every night one goes through a minor death as one goes to sleep and wakes up to a new life every morning, until comes that final call to take us to more distant morning in a new place and new body full of joy and music, provided we just take a little time off from our lust, greed and anger that rises from a dark bottomless pit and may draw us in there instead.