Festival of Lights

Coughing my way to sleep (Diwali being the worst festival for asthmatics), I started pondering over the so called “Festival of Lights” and what it truly means to today’s youth.

Fair to say it’s become more about the ear splitting, mind numbing, cough inducing and noise polluting crackers than LIGHTS themselves. Pondering on, I’m sure many of the kids bursting crackers must’ve been acquainted with mythology of course (if their moms have done a good job in story telling) did they ever think why they’re bursting them? I don’t think so. They just do it for the fun of it. But what fun really? I’m sorry but I just can’t fathom what FUN do you really get out of creating more chaos in an already chaotic world? Okay agreed some are pretty to look at in the night sky like the rockets for example but apart from that they’re just plain old noise. Why would you buy tons of them and then burn them. Why not burn your money directly? You’re essentially doing the same thing plus you’ll be doing everyone else a huge favour by letting them sleep and breathe normally. And the worst are those metre long plethoras of endless shambles that just never seem to end and personally, they look more like belonging to a Taliban tribe then a simple firework for a festive occasion.

As many of you might not know (I didn’t either, just looked it up) the mythological reason for bursting firecrackers is that they’re supposed to drive away evil spirits. Glad we still respect our traditions to be bursting them away to glory (ahem, sarcasm). Too many evil spirits to be driven away or what? I bet most of the youth wouldn’t even know this fact. And it’s not like we’re following every single tradition written in the Vedas. So why not skip this one and actually be doing something good for the environment, saving it from further damage.

And really, why are we bursting them anyway? Because you see, everything has an inherent definite reason. Even the things we don’t understand on the outside. Everything has it’s reasons, whether they’re social, psychosocial, plain psychological, traditional, religious, impulsive, driven by desire, motivation, you name it. For example all the traditions, superstitions are bound to mythology, historical experiences, etc. The apparent things, for example, say sports have a definite psychological reason. Whether the desire to beat someone in a game like chess indirectly means mental superiority and hence an ego boost or knocking someone down in a game of boxing lays it’s roots in the basic desire of man to be considered physically superior and therefore capable of mating. Simple things boil down to even simpler things and most often down to our very strong sense of survival.

From that perspective burning crackers is a complete wastage of time and of course money. We grieve at the news about killings by the various bombers and call for their arrest and subsequent hanging so that the family of the victims find some solace but rejoice on just having seen a mini bomb explode itself as the fuse we lighted reaches its end. How are we any different from the bombers when we’re instilling the same desire in ourselves. Just because we’re not motivated by the desire to kill doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge the fact that something’s wrong in our society to be wanting to see a bomb burst.

I guess that does sum up the state of the society that we find ourselves in. We just want to watch the world burn…
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