inside and outside

On the outside.
Why do we care so much how we seem on the inside?
We live beyond our means, we dream beyond our dreams to look Normal. What is normal anyway?
Who made the definition of normal?
Does it mean being without feeling, living without passion, singing without soul, praying without hope?
What is normal, really?
Are we to abide by societies’ rules so that we are accepted?
Who creates society?
Do we, being social animals, require ourselves to be inherently social?
And if somebody isn’t, does that make him an outcast?
Who are we to decide who is an outcast when we are always on the verge of being one?
Are we bound to be the very element that society despises yet struggle to conceal it because of our survival instincts?
And, Survival of the fittest is still the law that rules humanity, be it the tribal forests, concrete jungles or in the comfort of each home.
We are happy securing the trust of majority, but what is majority when minorities are down-trodden and neglected?
On the inside.
Are we only as shallow as we seem on the outside?
Do we stress so much on the outside that we forget what we are on the inside?
We contort and conform to fit society’s description of an ideal person, yet we make no effort to fit it’s deeper meaning of an individual.
Is greed for personal gain the only objective we aim for?
In a state claiming 100% 80% Christianity, is this the example we are willing to set?
We spend so much money and resources on sending missionaries outside the state, but are we spending enough on the spiritual health of our own?
Spirituality. Do we stress a little too much on it while neglecting morality and humility?
We mix politics with religion, yet we look down upon the RSS, Shiv Sena, etc.. Do we think we are better off than them?
When we can’t control and understand the feelings of our youth, how are we to secure our future as a race?
Are we so self-righteous to the point that anyone we deem lesser requires spiritual cleansing?
Are we protestants to the Roman Catholic Church, or have we started forming our Churches more orthodox than what Martin Luther.Jr had stood and died for to abolish?
Why are petty addictions more evil than not having self-control?
Are small individual and personal sacrifices lesser in magnitude than attending regular services?
Isn’t the whole idea of “giving” be out of compassion rather than compulsion?
Etc etc…

12 Responses to “inside and outside”

  1. August 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    i can see that [trying?]quitting smoking is making you think and write something worth thinking about at last πŸ˜€ he hee just kidding… or was this written with a cigarette in mouth.. im writing this while sipping mizo grape ‘juice’… it’s very tasty you know?..

    my nonsense aside ..nice chain of thoughts written down..

  2. August 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Soon you will sit under a banyan tree, draped in robes with a halo around your head and a bunch of disciples sitting around you, waiting for you to speak and ask those very same questions and then go back into deep meditation again πŸ™‚

  3. 3 Maisek
    August 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    How philosophical can one get! πŸ™‚

  4. 4 NotGood
    August 28, 2010 at 2:28 am

    @Blind: Maybe thats it. Smoking squeezes all the thought outta me.. heh.. Mizo Grape juice, nice to have cuppa, but any more than one screws my bowels up, its too sweet. Htw, heard they were gonna produce something a little bit more potent, like more than 14% v/v.. πŸ˜› I like to think out loud, and these has been on my mind for a couple o’ months now.

    @Kima: Yup.. If I ever find the answers to these questions, I guess they may be worth sittin’ under a banyan tree for, now all I need is to find a Banyan tree back home… and a steady supply of bhang to go with it! Heh.

    @Maisek: Welcome back. These are more mumblings than philosophies, empty questions that everyone knows the answer to, but like to think they don’t. Hmm..

  5. 5 Shuakshuali
    August 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Confucious says “Man who think too much go bananas, wanders desert, sits under tree, founds religion, becomes bachelor for life” πŸ˜›

  6. 6 Dean
    August 30, 2010 at 1:49 am

    The most successful of ideologies are what we seem to think of as ‘normal’ but which are in fact imprinted and then nurtured in our thought processes through social conditioning… so says the Marxist critics and I say aye…

  7. August 30, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Chuan thil dang leh.. a va danglam bik ve i blog hi… not that I want to delete the comment that I’ve just posted but I can’t find any delete button. And also.. my name and email address just continues to appear even after I’ve scratched it out.

  8. August 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Robin Sharma in the making?

  9. September 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    The things you said about the church struck a chord. Protestantism basically evolved out of a need to protest against the Catholic church’s obsession with pomp, funds and power. And funnily enough the same things happening here. Ritualistic, fund-obsessed, and all too powerful. No wonder we have our own Protestants in this largely Protestant community.
    And another thing- maybe Im mistaken but is it specifically mentioned that 1/10th should go to the Church? Id rather give to the destitute. The Church is self-sufficient enough, I think.

  10. 10 NotGood
    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

    @Shuaki: Confucious also said “You go to jail, Bad boy!”.. hehe, take these with a pinch of salt and a pitcher o’ beer. Consider them rampant mumblings of a balding middle-aged male.

    @Dean or edbellscullen (heh): Welcome and thanks for visiting. New readers are always in large demand. And these ‘successful’ ideologies remain simply ideas and thoughts, unless we try to use them to make a change. But in our deeply-rooted superficially idealistic society, I guess that is everyone’s challenge.

    @Aduhi: If I were a monk, I would never sell my Ferrari. So no-te-zatauri.. hehe.

    @Vabelle: Welcome. Thanks for taking the time.
    “No wonder we have our own Protestants in this largely Protestant community…” That’s pretty true. I know a group who organized their own Praise and Worship sessions cos’ they simply wanted to break free from the mundane services in Church, not that they don’t don’t attend regular services, but their act soon raised eyebrows in the community and I think was eventually shut down. Pretty sad state there.
    1/10th or Tithe is supposed to go somewhere, but I’d like to believe it goes towards God, not specifically the Church. That way, you can give to the destitute. πŸ™‚

  11. 12 NotGood
    September 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    @mama: meLike that uLike. Thanks for visitin and Please come again.

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