By | October 27, 2022

I believe it was Ayn Rand who said that contradictions do not exist. It was an ‘a-ha’ moment for me when I first read this quote. This was also the principle behind my R-Quadrant. More recently, I have been pondering over the contradictions and the conflicted life we all live. Why is it that we do not see our conflicted selves and continue to live in denial?

We want to lose weight, but then we stock up our refrigerator and the pantry so that we do not die of hunger between meals

We want to have a purpose driven life but then spend all our free time scrolling on the small screen or binge watching something on the big screen

We read and listen to inspirational and motivational stuff but fail to get inspired to take the first step forward

We preach love but only express our hatred and anger all the time

We want freedom but continue to tie ourselves up with expectations, desires, and benchmarks set by others

We appease the ones we hate and make miserable the ones we love

The list can go on and on, but I hope you get the gist. This conflict is beautifully captured in this ghazal by Daag. I tried to capture the same in this couplet.

ख़ुशियों के पीछे भागते हो,
ग़म का दामन छोड़ते नहीं ।
You chase happiness,
Never let go of misery!

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