The Face within…

” For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone.”

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

The only things that crossed my mind when i read John’s quote were : My sketch, which i made at an age i did not completely understand, and my life on a daily basis, which compels me to put on a mask everyday i go out.

The Face Within...

Alternative Presentation is as much a part of our lives as breathing…

This sketch was nothing more than a re-created gaming poster which i drew because i was impressed with the concept of deceit and hypocrisy depicted in the original poster, being an sketch enthusiast , i put in a lot of effort to get it to perfection without truly understanding the complete meaning of my own work. Years have passed since then, and when i look down on it now, i realize that i am yet to understand its complete meaning.

When i drew it,  hypocrisy was just a concept i wanted to depict, but now i understand that this sketch also had an extra member to the intended audience, a member i did not, at that time, even remotely considered, Myself. As i mentioned earlier, When i read Milton’s quote, the first thing that came to my mind was the sketch, my first understanding of the act, the second was my life, and the lives of all the others in my life.

Hypocrisy is not a negativity, although generally not accepted as a good act, but Hypocrisy is a learning, a learning that life throws at us to better understand ourselves and others around us. It is a choice of presentation not a sin, but pretty much similar to a twin-headed  blade, used in a good conscience , it can help uncover one’s own limitations to one’s own self-acceptance, used otherwise, can be a dark weapon of deception and deceit. We can truly understand our limitations of good and righteousness when we fall into this act, the learning here is to try and expand our boundaries of good rather than crossing over to the dark. Also, to remember that this cannot be done without self-acceptance and an urge to become a better person. for me, my acceptance comes when i look at this sketch, look around, you might find an object of realization for yourself.

Now, i am not a negative man, neither do i try to be, but all this use of the word Hypocrisy might pollute our topic of discussion here, remember our scope is far more larger than limited meaning of Hypocrisy. Since the word Hypocrisy is well defined in the English language as a negative term, let us explore our idea here with euphemism , Alternative presentation. Please do remember that our euphemism has a larger scope than Hypocrisy as it  is not only a term for deceit but also through matters of harmless nature like acting pleasant in front of a loved one when we are angry.

Daily life puts us in a situation where an alternative form of expression becomes mandatory, although some might argue that this is might not be necessary, we are not talking about lies, nor deceit, but a simple fact of presenting ourselves and our ideas in an alternative form for it to cross the barriers we face, which in many cases are arrogance in the minds of the ones controlling the flow. Confused..??  Have you ever tried to get through an idea which beats your boss’s idea who happens to be arrogant not to see the reality of it..?? here we don’t control the flow, the boss does. Alternatively, have you ever tried scarring a child to sleep on time, even if you are not the scarring kind. This is the idea we are discussing.

Now, there is a thin line that divides a harmless alternate with hypocrisy, the moment we do this for gaining self -superiority and the act bearing no positive contribution to the general, then it’s hypocrisy. Beware of getting caught in the draft , seldom do we realize when we cross this line. Go ahead, take a look at the object of realization you have, being a better person will start looking like a better idea. All we need then is a bit more effort to make it happen.

So, overall, when i do look at this sketch of mine, i realize, even though i might be putting on a face when i’m at work in this enterprise called Life, it’s more like a clown face on a birthday party rather than one filled with malice, it kind off makes me happy.   Hope you do the same out there.

The Face within, need not always be a dark one, but one more brighter than what we might show… all we have to do is to understand ourselves and realize how better we can be…

 – Dilnawaz

If it’s Measurable, If it’s Repeatable, then it’s definitely Predictable…

There are many a things that life teaches one as one progresses through it, it doesn’t matter how you go through this, crawling or flying. I too follow the same pattern of this teachings of life, many of which have been really helpful for stages to come, (Provided i retain them in my head 🙂 ). Let me share one such thing that i have learned in my course till yet.

Since time ancient when man was pulling and pushing stones or even before that, when we dint even know what stones were, till the time we have seen where Man’s Curiosity has reached Mars and time yet to come, i have always seen man looking for a way. A way to quantify, qualify and set a process through, to ease up whatever it is that is to be done at hand. Now i have seen this craving in every aspect of life and society, from a teacher to a scientist and a labor to Banker, be it a sportsman or a hitchhiker, An actor to a mechanic, they all , since time immemorial, have followed the same craving of finding a way to ease up things that come often at hand, be it for their vocation or avocation.

What we are talking about here is the ability or the dedication of man to find a way to somehow relate and ease up tasks at hand. One such rule that we have created over the centuries is :-

” If it’s Measurable, If it’s Repeatable, Then it’s definitely Predictable”

Now, When the Egyptians saw that in a particular year when the Nile was flooded, there was a rich deposit of Silt on all the fields they had which gave them a heavy yield, this happened in the subsequent years, so what did the Smart Egyptian do?, kept an eye out for the water to rise in the Nile and just when it was confirmed that it will flood soon, he would hire cheap labor and fix future deals in terms of crop and grain, because he knew the quantified and qualified outcome of the Flood. He measured, he saw it is repeating , so he predicted and was rich without any blessings from above 🙂 .

The Mayans were a bit more into the stake holding business 🙂 , A wise Mayan once looked up at the sky and saw the stars , the very next day when he did the same, he saw a change, then a group of wise Mayans did the same, and made pillar calendars, and by what they saw, the change in the sky and the relative change in the world, and looking at their stakes, they made a pillar counting down till the year i’m writing this (Although i still don’t know if the world is going to end, if it does, Mayan stakes will be off the charts 🙂 ). They measured the positions of stars, they saw it was repeating and in the end they could predict a lot of the major astronomical occurences that took place, eased up a lot of their lives.

Well now, keeping the fun read aside, man has done this in all time, even today we might see this craving in our daily work,  at our homes. My point is to spread the awareness of this awesome habit that man has developed over the years, it is in us and i think we should exploit it and apply it to as many aspects of our lives as possible, this makes work,office,family fun etc a lot easier, makes life simpler for all of us, so that we can have more time in our lives for other things that awaits us.

Most of all, we should try and apply this to our mind , to our course of life itself. You meet a person who seems nice and caring at first and a little astray like the last person you met , as it progresses, its time you should discuss things with the person to take it forward or put an end to save both of you the bitterness, if we have done something wrong once and faced the consequences, bad consequences, and see ourselves repeating the steps we took, its time we should predict the future to follow and do something about it. If you have hurt someone once and lost the person, and if we see ourselves doing it again, predict where the person will be and act before it materializes. All in all, life is the best place to implement this and emotions are the best table to lay this upon, The beauty of humanity is that all though time is like a river that flows in a single direction, with the ability to predict we can act on it and make sure the one direction in which life flows is the one towards the light not in oblivious lonely darkness. I’m trying to row towards it…. are you.?

– Dilnawaz