System Change and a little more

No system exists in isolation, it is a complex interconnectedness, one which is so deep-rooted and minutely as well as contextually branched out that it’s almost improbable that one sees it as it is.

When we speak of change, what exactly is the change we envision? Are we able to have such detailed farsightedness that justifies the reality of the intertwined systems? Generally No.

One particular aspect ignites a particular thought which is seconded by a certain percentage and they then profess the desire to bring change in alignment with their newly founded community’s core values and beliefs. As if they are no more a part of the world where thought b and c and so on live in co-existence and but naturally influence and in fact give shape to a itself.

There is no in and out, with or without. Whether we are self-centred or too eager to “save” the world, each one of us is living in it and affecting its course, what makes us different is our levels of awareness and understanding of what our actions are leading to.

Today, in the age of social media and repressed emotions steaming out, we need to be careful, Careful of what we demand, how we demand, why we demand. It’s easy to feel angry and jump into movements, but its wiser to strive for a better understanding, because that will last longer.

I do not know what to comment on change…what is change? Is it evolution? Is it striving to be different?  My aim is not to justify what it currently is, but the point is how would one see a desired result in a certain system if they leave the system? That is indeed superficial because one doesn’t really ever leave a system. That is a mythical state. Is it really necessary to complicate things? its more important to simplify what there already is than to pile on one mess after another, one unsuccessful, ill-informed and frustrating spark after another.

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The Caged Dilemma- Animals in Zoo

A visit to Dharmshala’s Wild Life Sanctuary was thought-provoking and unfortunately disturbing.

As we all stood awestruck with the magnificence and opulence of the peacock, the reality was far from majestic. It was indeed a pitiable sight, one that lacked the grandeur of freedom.

We heard noise coming from the Leopards’ section and saw a man taking immense pleasure in irritating two cubs. He would beat at the cage and as they would shoot at him, he would back off. This idiosyncratic activity confirmed a clearer view of the cubs to the man’s family, who stood behind as a dumb audience waiting to applaud each time the poor Leopard would hit against the cage with all its might. Little did they care about the mental and physical harassment they were causing to the little ones.

I shouted at him “Hey! Don’t Do This!”

In India, sadly if nothing works, usage of English Language does (years of insecurity and pseudo existence). The man was apparently intimidated.

However he mustered all his courage and said, “I won’t get hurt, I move back every time he jumps.”

I was flaring with anger, “Who is even talking about you? I am concerned about the cubs, they are getting hurt. You better stop right now. I am a Wildlife activist, from PETA.”

For a moment I thought I gave enough clues to being a fake, but his ignorance proved useful and he obliged as well as his family, who said “Yes, yes don’t do this, she is right.”

While I felt relieved to watch them go, I felt ashamed of my own self as well. I had clicked pictures of some of them and was wondering how different was I from him? Wasn’t that camera irritating those poor caged selves? Wasn’t I being hypocritical in alleging only that man of ignorance? Where was my conscience while capturing those pictures?

But if they are not kept in such sanctuaries, are they safe? Can’t these sanctuaries be made better, more hygienic and friendlier? But then they become tourist destinations, with Chipps wrappers and loud music a hindrance in their already turbulent lives.

I felt sorry, not just for them, but also for myself, I am not finding any solution to this dilemma, and am watching others suffer. I hope we do find one, before it’s too late. 

Zoo- Captivity or Safety? - Poornima Sardana

 We have all nurtured fantasies of happy world as children, perhaps some of those dreams come true.