Monday, January 07, 2008

Nethi Nethi....

This Saturday I watched the movie "tara zameen par". I liked the movie very much. Some portions of the movie elicited a lot of empathy from the audiences. When i look at the people around me during the movie, a lot of ppl were obviously moved with sympathy. As much as I know this could get me unpopular, I could not help myself from thinking on these lines: Where did this love for some fictional character come from? One moment people were all normal and then suddenly their eyes well up in the pity for a disabled boy. I was wondering if this love will be sustained in the same intensity as it is at this moment even if the boy becomes completely free of disability. If in fact love for a subject recedes at the moment the subject becomes a peer or superior in every way, then is this love or is it an emotional expression of condescension. Whether they have this kind of love for the person sitting in the next seat is questionable. In fact it stuns me when i see people who burst forth in emotion for some figment of imagination live in the utmost disregard for the person sitting next to him. Is this love? Or is this the ego expressing in the most subtle way?
Nethi Nethi...The Buddha said it right.

4 comments:

Deepak said...

I don't think this is ego. In a way, loving someone is a lot of responsibility - you have to do something for him/her. In movies, you're relieved of that situation. It is much easier to sympathize / appreciate a fictional character, because when it comes to the person next to you, the whole context is changed. Things are very real now.

nandan said...

Anto,
Accidentally I came to this blog. Nice thoughts. Somewhere somebody rightly said "it is easy to love the world but it is very difficult to love your neighbour"

BTW, "neti neti' is not first used by Buddha. It is available in Brahadharanya Upanishad which is written long before Buddha's period.

Prasanna S said...

"a subtle expression of ego" ...
Indeed! For that matter, any virtue is. Any value is.

Anonymous said...

It is called compassion. For that matter, love too is an emotion.

Read - http://harmanjit.blogspot.com/2008/01/taare-zameen-par-by-aamir-khan.html