Change comes from an insider; An outsider can only inspire

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sometimes our excuses to endorse stagnation crosses all limits of sanity. We say that we want change, yet we don’t change ourselves. We wait for ‘that’ outsider to bring forth the change. He could be a man, he could be God, he could be anyone but ourselves. Our reliance on outsiders never allow us to change ourselves, our society and the systems that we unhappily compromise with.

I have always believed that human beings are, by nature, reluctant to change. Most people disagree when I say so. But it’s a proven fact in my belief system. If a change happens in our society, it happens so smoothly that it fools the people to perceive it as a mere modification of the existing, and not a complete change or an alteration. A sudden change causes disruption, and people hate to be disrupted. Take a basic example. If you go home today and enter your room to see that your mother has changed the orientation of furniture and objects in the room, the first thing that happens to you is a shocking exclamation of “Why did it change?”. The judgment of whether the change was for better or worse, comes later. It takes some time. The suddenness is not welcome. But a lover of change would always welcome the suddenness. Therefore, I say, we are naturally against change. The irony is, yet we evolve. Change is inevitable.

It is uncertain whether God created man, but it is certain that man created the concept of God. It is a beautiful concept, but what has often gone wrong is the way the concept has been interpreted. Over-reliance and over-dependence on God has solved no purpose. In fact, it has made man more rigid, more intolerant and eventually given rise to the politics of religion. Ultimately, change didn’t come from the outsider. He inspired, as he is well capable of. But changes have been brought about by the people, the insiders, just like you and me. The same has been the case with knowledge. Knowledge inspires, but knowledge cannot perform an action. The action has to be performed by the possessor of knowledge. Knowledge, here, is the outsider and the knowledgeable, the insider.

We love to wait for change to come. We love to wait for that outsider who will come and change the settings of our rooms. But we are so dumb that we will not change the settings ourselves, though we are in the best positions to drive the change. People have peculiar excuses for being indifferent. They throw litters on the streets with the excuse that the street is already dirty. Again, ‘that someone’ will come and clean it for us. ‘That someone’ will bring the change. But we will not.

An agent of change is there in each one of us, who hopes for a change. But for change to happen, we need to leverage that agent of change, that agent of non–conformation. That spirit in us which defies our dumb selves. Whether we want to become active change-makers or a passive face of a grumbling species, is indeed our choice. But ‘that outsider’, that poor outsider, is not just strong enough!

As I write these lines, I’m itching to switch to poetry. But I know you won’t be interested in my poetic sighs. Since I’ve resorted to prose so far, for your easy comprehension, I do demand your attention to two lines of my poetic expression:

O lazy souls, you created God, for your benefits and celebrations,
But your God says – “Oh God, spare me from your expectations!”

-Amartya Bhattacharyya

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