Retrospecting Privileges & Gratitude.
I started reading Sapiens, A Brief History Of Humankind a months back & I haven’t finished it. I’m still at the very early chapters still. But, those very early chapters focus on the origins of humans, which gives an in-depth look into the transition from animals to humans. You could connect a lot of traits we exhibit today, even deep-rooted back then.
One of them happens to be distinction of people on the basis of color & tribes. Even back then, our ancestors would show reluctancy & unwelcomeness to people from other tribes, colors & cultures even though they’re the same species. This is pretty common across the animal kingdom. I believe that we’ve evolved this way to protect ourselves from superior species. But, over the years as humans evolved more & more, this started taking a very dangerous shape.
The world today is far more open-minded than it was a century ago. At least voices are being raised in morality. The intensity of discrimination people had to go through across different cultures & continents across the world in terms of patriarchy, monarchy, color, caste, race, age, height & disability is countless. Compared to the fascist & communist ideologies, which’re far more ruthless, I’m grateful that the world adapted to an liberalistic & capitalistic ideology — not denying the fact that they don’t have flaws, they definitely do. But, atleast equality irrespective of any elements is being considered the norm.
As a result of capitalism, as money became the catalyst of survival, social privileges started taking shape over time in different variations in different cultures. Some in terms of color, some in caste, some in sexuality, some in race & the list goes on & on. I do have immense grief & empathy for the intensity of hardships people have to go through because of this privilege-gap we created ourselves as a product of a capitalistic economy.
I’m neither an extreme-supporter nor an opposer of capitalism. I believe that as capitalism is what drives innovation & growth in today’s world for a better tomorrow — with all of it’s flaws, but at the same time, being in a liberal world, people have the opportunity to bridge this privilege-gap with equal access to sources, from education to health to anything. But, these ideologies are existent in the form of a constitution. At the very ground level, if the people who’re to execute this fair & share, don’t do it, people still suffer.
There’s judiciary to act as the decision-maker for this. But, how effective has it been to provide justice to every case out there? Don’t people still find loopholes in this system for their personal leverage? The world isn’t an all good-place. We’re all still animals, evolved a bit better by pure genetic accident. We still would to any measures for materialistic possessions. This is the unfortunate reality. At the same time, there are good people. But, they’re very small, in numbers.
All of these reflections made myself look into the intensity of privileges I was sitting upon compared to a lot of others. I still consider myself grateful for having basic amenities from fresh water, healthy food, caring parents, english-medium education, college-opportunity, internet-access & a peaceful childhood. I’m not telling there weren’t adversities, but compared to so many others whose past is even darker, I could categorize myself into the way more privileged ones.
I’m grateful for all the privileges I’d built up for myself, which I wasn’t gold-plated with, friendships, love, care & happiness. I do take pride in this, at the same time won’t let it reach the far ends of narcissism or arrogance.
Closing this with a thought of mine:
actyally ഒരു satisfied life ജീവിക്കാൻ valya ചെലവ് onnula, പക്ഷെ നമ്മൾ ബാക്കി ഉള്ളവരെപോലെ, അവരെ ബോധിപ്പിക്കാൻ വേണ്ടി നോക്കുമ്പോഴാ unwanted ചെലവ്. chasing rat-race & status-driven culture’s are zero-sum games. mentally നമ്മുക്ക് ഇത് mitigate ചെയ്യാൻ പറ്റിയാൽ, life will be all about peace, pure peace.
ജീവിതത്തിൽ എന്തെകിലും ഒകെ interesting കാര്യങ്ങൾ ബാക്കി ആരും yet try cheyathathu experiment ചെയുന്നത് normalize ചെയ്യണം, especially society / ആർകെങ്കിലും value-adding anel even more അടിപൊളി. കുറച്ചു risks എടുത്താലും, yet another monotonous ജീവിതം ആവുല്ലലോ!
Once & Last.