Monday, February 26, 2007

A Magic Wand

My childhood has been happy. Really very happy. Never once did I want anything so badly that I had to wish for a magic wand. But as we grow older, our dreams get complex... involves uncertainties.. conflicts with other dreams (our own and those of others)... obscenely contradicts reality... Some times, dreams keep you awake... Sometimes wake the living hell out of you... In the midst of all these, for the fist time in my life, I want to wish that I had a magic wand...

But then again, a voice inside me reminds "Thou shalt not get what thou not deserve"... Yes indeed... A wand may give you what you wish. But will it bring happiness? I doubt so. Anything earned so easily can only fuel more greed. If I can guard myself against greed, how can I guard the wand from innate human stupidity.

There is another tiny but irritating (mosquito like) voice that keeps saying "Beware of what you wish, lest it come true". Life gets way too complicated if you wish for something... get it... and not know how do deal with it. Half of the cocaine addicted celebrities fall into this category.

I am ready to risk being not so happy... But at least my life will be honest and simpler. I will continue to fight the urge to wish for the "magic wand". After all didn't Gandhi say "Full effort is full victory". Where would be full effort, if I used a magic wand?

2 comments:

Aanu_Illi said...

Loved this statement - "Some times, dreams keep you awake..."
Wow..never thought of it that way.

I do agree with most of what you said..but would still welcome having a magic wand/wish , if given a chance.Would use it to make the world a better place..
try to get rid of poverty..corruption..(and what not), maybe in a easier way than one can possibly think of!

Prashanth Kota said...

@aanu
you need to define poverty before making the wish to eliminate it...

for you the beggar on MG road struggling to get one square meal a day is poor...

Some body else may say 'any body who would compromise for money is poor'.

I would say any body who has no love to offer is poor...

You can most definitely find a person who thinks that being the second richest man in the world is being poor...

Whose poverty are you going to get rid of ?

Remember Ben Parker's words (spiderman's uncle) "With great power comes great responsibility"