Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oh dear, this is one messed up world!

We all live in a governed world. There are no exceptions. Even the most uncivilized tribes in the world have rules and customs, and a patriarch or matriarch to follow. Modern man, obviously, is even more encumbered. By standards, expectations, administrations, customs, conventions, dictates, traditions, and all the other nouns that stand for the very antonym of a free society. In other words, simply stated, Man today is not free. He lives in a world filled with rules, regulations, norms; self-imposed at times but to most part imposed by others in the name of governance. Of course, the logic is “Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.” And that exactly, my dear, that exactly is my peeve. What’s wrong with primitiveness? What’s harmful in being uncivilized? Why are these two immediately tagged as harmful and dangerous? Can’t an uncivilized world manage to live on its own? This world must be messed up in the head to think otherwise.

Let’s park that line of thought for a moment and move to another flea that is biting my head. I was in this conference the other day when someone asked me what I do. Instead of sticking to plain old truth, I decided to test future waters and slickly replied, “I am an independent consultant.” What do you think was the reaction? Mad cow disease. Yes, I am not exaggerating! The person who asked me that question suddenly seemed to have contracted an illness that has so far only been associated with a mad being, or perhaps someone who mistakenly inhaled nitrous oxide. He laughed like an idiot. And so did the others who were surrounding us, listening in shamelessly on what was supposed to be a private conversation. “You mean you are unemployed? Ha, ha, ha, am I clever or am I clever? Ha, ha, ha, that is what people who got laid off recently call themselves! So tell me what you actually do?” was the reply after entertaining me with three long minutes of non-stop mouth noises. Now you know why I called him an idiot. He simply could not comprehend the fact that someone could actually work for themselves, that some people do no mind being outside the walls of a corporate organization, that some people can be self-employed.

That got me thinking. One thing led to another, and soon I was ranting inside my own mind, not too dissimilar to that idiot (that illness must have been contagious or something). Do I like the rules you need to follow inside a corporate structure? Do I like the donkey (ahem!) licking patrons of bosses and super bosses? Do I like the false cheerfulness and dishonest opinions? Do I like the self-propagation by getting subordinates to do your work? Do I like living someone else’s dream? No sir, no. If there was a quiz on what is your second primary motivation to become an entrepreneur, I would definitely select option D. The option D being “being your own boss”. Being self-employed. Being Self-governed. Ya, sad quiz that will be giving three choices under one option but hey I am the kind to create such quizzes.

So, when one gets disenchanted with the magic world of being employed by somebody else, much less being employed in a huge conglomerate where the dream of the founder himself is no more, one can easily disengage. Despite the mass prevalence of idiots infected with mad cow disease, there is still hope for self-employment, still hope for entrepreneurs. All that I would need to do is convince the ruling lords that I don’t need them anymore for my survival and march out of the campus. As easy as that. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to return the dog tag, considered most sacred, also called employee identity card.

If only it was as easy to walk out of the modern civilized society. (Lost? Scroll up to the first paragraph. Sigh! short memory span is not so good…)

So if I want to be self-governed, don’t care for an elected representative, don’t care for a chief of tribe, don’t care for the head of the family, and don’t even care for a dominant mate, where the heck can I go in this world? Is there a place like that in this Earth where I can just be? I don’t need your protection, I don’t need your violence, and I don’t need you civilization, period.

I am so devastated to realize that there is absolutely, absolutely, not a single place on this Earth where I can be a self-governed being living in a place filled only with self-governed beings.

This world is indeed messed up big time.

And they are talking about privatizing the jungles. I wish my karmic cycle of birth and rebirth ends before civilization becomes even more civilized.


kp said...

excellent article VJ!!! true pain coming out from heart. I think everyone has this thought but we are born in a box, fed in a box, thought to live in a box. if you see why there are so many differences in this world, why there is war, hatred, unsatisfied life......... most of the people do what they are doing it gets some status in the society "Oh he is software engineer, he is a CEO Blah blah!!!" we are slaves of the system as we want to be part of the system. we think we cant survive with out the system. only few individuals have lived life out of system with their own rules. they are the legends in the history. But legends are very few. rest all are slaves of the system defined by someone long back!!! the mad cow desease is every where!!! ..... But few are immune to it!!! i wish you all the best for your future plans!!! :)

VJ said...

KP - wonderful :)

"the mad cow desease is every where!!!"?? Yay Yay :)

Nikhilesh said...

I liked the unfettered expression of the pain within. I've things to add:

You ask "What’s harmful in being uncivilized?", and I say nothing. But is that answer meaningful, without knowing what is harm or what is benefit?

Or, is it even necessary to think in terms of harms and benefits? Or in other words, isn't it possible that there might be no reason for things (like civilizations or organizations or families) to happen at all? Is giving "survival support" the primary significance of a family? Is creating value for the shareholder the purpose behind an enterprise? Isn't "Being able to just be (in your words)" more purposeful than having a purpose itself? Can't the civilization, or the organizations, or the families also exist without a purpose - just trying to be - is that the cause of their perceived inertia?

Being an entrepreneur since last 6 years, I've faced and discussed the above a lot. And yes, have searched for the place outside of the so called society too :) ... Here's my take on it so far:

Sleepless in Mumbai

Nice find your blog has been. I don't think I've ever written this long a comment :)