Beauty and the Beast

June 2, 2010

They say that it is human nature to incline towards that which is beautiful! And once you start to incline towards ugly, there’s something wrong! From classical music to death metal! From calligraphy to graffiti! From suites and dresses to jeans and t-shirts! What has the world come to? Are we losing touch with ourselves? What are we becoming?

The more and more we start drifting away from nature, the more we start losing the nature in ourselves. We are stuck in a concrete jungle, with cars, mobile phones, TVs, computers and everything that keeps us from our natural selves. Not long ago, people would go down to the river near they’re town. Have a picnic, and enjoy the fresh air. Just to keep in touch with nature. Listening to the birds sing their songs, watching the sun rise, watching the sun set! Picking flowers and climbing trees. Letting the sun and breeze soak their skin! Till then, everything still had its charm and beauty.

All of that has gone, and now a time to enjoy is, going to a restaurant, watching a movie at the cinema, or just sitting at home in front of the TV or the Monitor. It might seem like nothing is wrong. But that’s not true. It’s frightening how we are getting so dependent on things like the internet, cable TV, cars, and mobile phones. Yes, all these thing have done a great deal in making the world a better place to live in but they’ve also done the exact opposite. Thats because we have not been able to maintain the balance. Racing towards all sorts of advancements, we’ve lost track of the contribution nature has in our lives. Thus, leading to unhealthy and short lives.

I keep recalling movies about the past. I’m really intrigued by the way people use to dress, eat, greet and value the valuable.I missed out a point in my previous post, about the importance of teachers. A long time ago, before the invention of books, people use to memorize everything they heard and then passed that on to the next generation. Once books came along, memorizing was not necessary anymore. However, a book is nothing without a teacher who understands that book. A lot of things became clear to me after hearing this. A teacher is a key to the books. A guide, who can help us understand what the writer meant when he wrote what he did. The magnitude of importance of a teacher has becomes clear to me. And hence a school, a place where there are teachers. A lot of people think that religion is something that should be taught by the parents and that’s where it should remain, at home! I detest this approach. We did study Islamiat in our school, but that was just a formality. Why is it that we send our children to become engineers and doctors, to universities. And when it comes to studying about something as important as our religion and the Prophet (SAW) who brought it to us, we think home schooling is great. I’m not saying that our parents didn’t do a great job, they did, but there is a difference between a scholar and a parent. The way, we can not fully understand the concepts of Physics and Chemistry without a proper professor and equipment, the same way, we cannot understand the concepts of Islam without the proper teachers and environment.

Sorry for deviating from the main point. We need to bring back the intricate details in our lives, which will bring finesse to it. And revive the actual meaning of beauty! The beauty our nature desires! We shall return, from death metal to classical music! From graffiti to calligraphy! From jeans and t-shirts, to suits and dresses! This is what we need because this is what we’ve lost!

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6 Responses to “Beauty and the Beast”

  1. kdee Says:

    The essence of classical music,lake side picnics and all you’ve mentioned cant be replaced by how we all tend to keep ourselves busy these days.These are the things that make us miss childhood days the most 🙂

    • ghaziaitizaz Says:

      so sorry for the late reply…this is the third time im trying to….i wrote replies twice before but it wasnt working uss waqt! We need these little things to come back in our meaningless lives to bring life to it!

  2. Tammy McLeod Says:

    I like what you say here. On the point of nature, it’s profound that often we fail to appreciate and experience it until some sort of crisis causes us to slow down. There is much to be gained by spending time in nature. On your point about a teacher, I couldn’t agree more. I think it’s important to experience different teachers who will stretch our thoughts in different ways so that, in the end, we develop more of our own. Thank you for your post.

    • ghaziaitizaz Says:

      I’m really sorry I wasn’t able to reply earlier, because of some internet issues. I just hope that the things I think about and feel are important, I can apply to my children and my life. May we all be able to live our lives to the fullest!
      And thank you for your support and appreciation! 🙂

  3. Myra Kamal Says:

    I liked how u percieve nature and the world as a whole. But dont you believe in tastes and preferences? Your oservation classifies not the bad and the good but the elegant (maybe graceful) and the happy (maybe wild) One may like checks or swirls. It depends on the persons liking. I feel that you’ve mixed fondness with spirituailty.

    • ghaziaitizaz Says:

      The thing that confused me is how the world has changed so much in the way people live, how life and the things in life seems so insignificant! And the conclusion i came up with was this, the fact that we’ve started doing things differently, thinking its a better way but in fact we’ve lost parts which kept things from deteriorating. It’s an opinion of mine, maybe I’m wrong. Perceptions have changed, and the tilt seems to be in the wrong way. I really don’t think you can call death metal, music. Think about it, what was music meant to do, give peace and tranquility. It’s been researched that death metal and similar genres have a negative effect on people, and even plants for that matter! There are a lot of good things the world use to have before, which no longer remain due to this change in perspective. What do u think?

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