“Why wouldn’t you think with your heart?” Asked a dear friend, during the recent Lokpal bill controversy, because I told her that I did not write anything as it would be based on emotion and passion, which in my opinion, does not hold much water in a debate. “If everyone were to be rational and detached, what would happen to heartfelt thoughts?” argued she. I listened to her all right, but my “heart” told me I was right. But then again, am I?
Hence this post. Do think with your heart? I can tell you when I do.
I think with my heart most of the times actually! As I was telling her my opinion about the bill and some of my observations, I also talked about how passionate I feel when I see wastage of resources like water, electricity, manpower all over the place, be it airconditioned private offices, government offices or homes. How enraged I feel when I see children being abused on the road and at home by adults and sometimes even by the so called “gentries” on any pretext. How reactive I feel when I see queues at any place not being maintained by people who would otherwise be waxing eloquent about the State’s mismanagement and corruption, simply because they are in a hurry. How angry I feel about seeing people blatantly flout all norms while driving – by switching lanes rampantly, by talking on their mobile or worse texting, because they believe “they are in control” albeit not only of their own safety but also of other people! How unhappy I feel when I see people scramble for their “dues” all over the place, be it quotas, be it based on class, colour and money, irrespective of who else may need that benefit more. How discouraged I feel when people effortlessly reach for one more plastic bag despite its harmfull impact on our earth! I can go on and on ….
And this is precisely why these thoughts thus expressed can easily be taken in as ranting by an irate person. I also feel disempowered and frustrated – what is the point of expressing? Everyone knows of all these things, these are nothing new, and yet we continue to do the same thing.
To just raise our voices against corruption is not enough, unless we are willing to redefine the word “corruption” and include all that we do.
But then, like I said, these are raving and ranting of an irate person.
What about you? Do you think from your heart? If yes, what are they? Care to share?