Saturday, January 31, 2009

Confusion Unlimited

Interviewer: Describe yourself in brief.
Me: "Confused"

A briefest answer and enough to mess up a job interview. Confused - yeah that's what I am. I don't mind admitting being confused in life (for job interviews I have learned some smarter and standard replies though). I have read many times that "being confused" is a normal behaviour in early adolescence. I am twenty four years now (and supposed to be grown up), but I feel being more confused now than I did when I was a teenager. Now, I expect I always will be.

But I am subject to wanting answers, and I want them now. When life gets cloudy, we immediately want it to be clear. I am confused with so many events happening around me every single day. And that's why somehow... I am attracted to famous quotes from some wise people, hoping to climb a little higher to that "higher plane" which they are on. How cool this guys must be feeling- being wiser than the rest, with those smart and witty one-liners. I am reading a little now-a-days, but have ended up being more confused. And crap... it's such a blow to one's self-confidence and self-esteem. Like this one says, "Ignorance is the root of all evil." Boy... such a serious accusation... While I thought, ignorance was a sign of innocence. May be these guys take pride in projecting themselves as being intellectually superior.

There are some relieving ones too.. Like "I think, that's why, I am confused" (This one is my favorite). To my further relief.. I am not the only one who is confused. There are a lot of other confused people around as well. And may be that's why a whole lot of industries run, making business out of the state of mind of these poor fellows. From astrologers, mind readers, philosophers, agony aunts, yoga centres, ashrams to religious godmen every one gets their pie for having an opinion about something, that others are confused about.

The Bhagvad Gita too has an opinion about it,
“When your intellect, that is confused by the conflicting opinions and the ritualistic doctrine of the Vedas, shall stay steady and firm with the Self, then you shall attain Self-realization.”
-Bhagavad Gita

Are we the cause of all the confusion or is it really that complicated? (Well.. Probably in my case, both hold true..)