If you’ve watched the movie ‘Into the wild’ you know what the above title is all about. Undoubtedly it’s one of my favourite movie and Eddie Vedder’s lyrics & music are unforgettable guaranteed to make you rethink life strategies.
Jiddu Krishnamurthi says in his book ‘Freedom from the Known’ the following – “For centuries we have been spoon-fed by our teachers, by our authorities, by our books, our saints. We say, ‘Tell me all about it – what lies beyond the hills and the mountains and the earth?’ and we are satisfied with their descriptions, which means that we live on words and our life is shallow and empty. We are secondhand people. We have lived on what we have been told, either guided by our inclinations, our tendencies, or compelled to accept by circumstances and environment. We are the result of all kinds of influences and there is nothing new in us, nothing that we have discovered for ourselves; nothing original, pristine, clear.”
This thing about secondhand people! Can anything else hit you hard on the head? That’s just spot on. We’ve always been told what to do. Society has tuned us right from the beginning and we just act according to its will. Do we realise that the society that we live in very ignorant? There is so much hypocrisy and double standards among politicians, lawmakers, religious scholars, teachers and eventually the common man. We are conditioned to live our lives in a certain way.
Agreed we need a code of conduct in the society, we set certain norms and follow all that. But has it gone to an extent where everything has become so mechanical? We need to go to school, educate ourselves in a certain way where grades and marks speak more. Creativity and certain special skill sets are ignored. We are taught to think in a certain way and with this we are asked to find a career that suits us so that we contribute to industrialisation and churn money from our sweat (or sometimes from AC rooms) to live the so called comfortable lives. Aren’t we all happy with that?
Whatever happened to the true spirit of human nature? Am I wrong to think that the joy and excitement in a man’s life comes from the enthusiasm to experience new things? Is it wrong to have a passion for adventure and exploration? How did we get so stagnant? There’s so much to do in a small amount of time. A brand new day is what we need in our lives.
We do need to go out, question things around us and most importantly learn about ourselves. Forget all philosophies of life. Just chuck them. Let’s kill the concept of society for a moment. What is it that you would like to do? Can you go ahead and do it? Don’t block yourself by saying ‘it’s not meant for me’, there’s always a way and it’s never too late. We humans have a tendency to seek pleasures outwardly. Start looking inside and find what you need.
Going against the society induced ideology about success is brave. Success again is subjective. I can have a decent job, a reasonable bank balance, a car, a house, a family and I will be called successful. Fair enough if you’re content with that but don’t be fooled because you were trained to believe that it is the only thing that will give you happiness. If you’re ready to question the whole thing and feel there’s something more, then it’s time for you to come out of that rut and experience new horizons. Supreme joy lies in executing your passion for adventure.