Free! When you buy 3

It is incredible how the meaning of ‘freedom’ has almost completely become ‘choice’. We have choices between Apple and Samsung, Suzuki and Enfield, Reebok and Nike and so on. But we have lost the freedom to talk, to explore, to wander. In the quest of owning means, we have forgotten or made to forget the abstract things of which they were means of. We are mindwashed into believing that owning the means of communication is what we really want. It doesn’t matter if you are really feel comfortable in communicating.

Probably I am wrong and having the choices is indeed more important than the old-fashioned freedom for which people gave their lives. Probably all they wanted was free markets and foreign investments when they hoisted the national flag for the first time. Probably they wished somewhere deep in their hearts that right winged leaders take up the mission of displacing and eradicating minorities in the name of development when they walked shoulder to shoulder without noticing the beard, the hairstyle, the turban, or the cross.

We are today flooded with ideas (and one of them is this). Ideas that tell us what we really want, what will really make us happy, what is really the right thing to do in some random situation in which you will probably never be in. But all these ideas really have one thing in common. They all come with a huge amount of self pity and regret. They talk about things that you should have done earlier, things you should do but can’t, things you never thought about doing but now you know you will never be able to either. But thank God you have your smartphone so you open social media so that the cycle of ideas and self pity can start again.

But if I am against right wing politics, free markets, foreign investments and choices, I should be prepared to be called as anti-national, communist, maoist, terrorist, sexist, dentist and other ists. Is it a co-incidence that the poorest societies in the world contain the most dangerous anti social elements while the most powerful ones are the rightful protectors of justice? How does every act of ‘humanity’ done by every government of the world somehow directly brings fortunes to the corporate world?

Who cares! Where is my smartphone? I need to be awake and google ‘how to fall asleep’.


4 thoughts on “Free! When you buy 3

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature June 5, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    What a great piece, Prateek! Really heartfelt, humorous and serious at the same time. I totally agree with everything you said. I guess our main choice is to be in the moment and make it meaningful. Every moment is a choice to be happy no matter what your circumstance. There are so many things in this modern world that are so completely disturbing. Some things we can change. Others… I don’t know.
    There is a song by Jackson Browne from way back in the early 70s called I Am a Patriot. It is still as relevant today as it was then. Funny, he didn’t mention not being a dentist!
    Anyway, thank you for the thoughtful post.
    There are a lot of ways in which we can stand up. Other times it is better to be in the world but not of it. Or be internally and outwardly in a place of Love.
    Have a wonderful day today, Prateek.

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    • Prateek Kohli June 11, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Hi Mary! First things first, apologies for replying so late to such a wonderful comment of yours. As most of the people, I fail to follow what I believe and get caught up in things that probably should not matter.
      “Every moment is a choice to be happy no matter what your circumstance” – Could you please remind me to read these words of yours the next time I need them! These words answers so many questions we all face so many times in life. The most common one being, “Why me?”.
      It is kind of a relief to hear from you that there are indeed things that we probably cannot change. And it is OK. Sometimes I feel very pessimistic and helpless when bizarre things happen around us.
      I loved the song! The fact that it is relevant today is both funny and scary. It means we have the same problems we had decades back – only their intensity has increased.
      Thank you so much for sharing your lovely thoughts on the post, Mary. Have a beautiful weekend 🙂


  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature June 5, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Oh, and I meant to say, technology has left me in the dust. I don’t even have a smart phone. But I do feel that here in blogland, some really good communicating happens, even if your equipment is really old and about to fall apart. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Prateek Kohli June 11, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      When the heart is young, age of equipment never matters. 😉 Cheers to blogland and the people here 😀


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