What is that method? One, that can ensure, if not partial acceptance, a grudging inclusion in category of rational animals? One, which a Hamlet can display while his mind moves independent of routine consciousness? Well, it is often this quest, which may ensure one’s departure from the coterie. Excessive display of emotion may attract attention of ‘normal’ people as much as lack of any. And undue pondering over this or other idée fixe, is likely to play with common-sense.
As civilization progressed, human beings garnered means of evaluating others. This ability to read others has been held in high esteem. You must have come across such a sentence at least a dozen times: ‘ The guilty would often wilt under the scrutiny / gaze of a king/ judge.’ Even though the great book commands one not to judge, ordinary men conduct everyday business only by evaluating others. It takes a lot of practice to switch off this mental process, at least from being discernible.
Today it takes a well-funded, full-fledged research to find reason why people belonging to different backgrounds, react differently to same situation. Ones growing up in lesser protected environment tend to take more risks while others get more cautious. Communities have laid down norms for individual behavior based on synthesis of thousand such observations, preserving these ‘truths’ in idioms and phrases.
Such a finding was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “The Influence of Mortality and Socioeconomic Status on Risk and Delayed Rewards: A Life History Approach”. Assistant professor of marketing at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Vladas Griskevicius found that people respond to feeling threatened differently depending on whether they grew up in relatively resource-scarce or resource-plentiful environments. The study, it may be noted, dealt with their behavior regarding money (not love, friendliness, creativity or any human quality at all).
Bonnie Friedman wisely observes, “An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” Yet for most, life has come to represent a hurried sense of time. The world is not so much with you, as you have to be with it. It is only when you get caught up in an intense activity – creative stupor or frenzy, or adrenaline pumping bout of wealth or power – that you lose track of time. And why not; we are trained to be exhibitive than intuitive. Show, don’t feel. The other might just have time enough to notice, but never enough to comprehend or empathize.
Creativity is like flower. It enriches, beautifies and propagates life. Conflict is the initial spark, but mute acceptance is what allows it to burgeon. While caution may allow us greater time to enjoy its fruits than to engage in the activity, it is the driven ones that take risk individually to benefit the masses.
True, the instinct to ‘win all, loose all’ appears crazy; life has existed by this awful daring of momentary surrender. Joshua Walters assures his audience that it is fear that keeps us from giving reign to our mind. Of fainting like Arjun on being shown the cosmic truth by Krishna. We stifle our creative urges and wonder how others discover, invent and perform – are they crazy? Quite like the queen who is angered by how the mirror points to someone else.
For so long we have depended on action – the real and the material – that we are out of sync with our minds. We have been trained to derogate individual instincts before the collective principles. The material order takes toll on mind; it result in inner chaos. In the event when mind is allowed to exert itself, it is only as a pawn or tool of collective – to be pushed in a direction tirelessly till it fails. Conformity displaces joy and health, and mind like an over-worked engine breaks down. It is time to look within – with confidence and placid inquiry – and define one’s own creativity. Success is evaluative, fulfillment is subjective and personal. When mind rests on contentment and moves in harmony, it serves both, man and universe.