One is spoon fed food and values and sent to school to learn things that are deemed worthy by a Board of education. Pretty much, the formative years are spent choice-less. One wonders whether this is the reason forchildhood being the happiest time of one’s life! Yet, the fact is that one craves freedom.
Unfortunately though, the freedom we crave, revere and fight for, involves choosing between non-choices or for trivia. Should I buy a toothbrush bent 45 degrees or one with double coloured bristles or one with a differently shaped head? How about a neem stick?
In other cases, the choice is better termed as a dilemma. Should I bribe the employees at the local electricity office or pay the electrician who will manage the bribing part? This is rather amplified, come elections. Most choices are between the devil and the deep sea or between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Should I vote for the candidate who a massed Rs 100 crore in his last term or the one with 15 criminal cases?
Voter apathy is understandable and one certainly wants freedom from these choices. After all, if all roads lead to discontent, I cannot be happy about the freedom to choose my route to it. Rather, I want to be untangled from bondage masquerading as choices. I maythen have a chance to understand the depth of my slavery and look towards true freedom.
…shabab Khan |