Sunday, February 20, 2011

The difficulty in being good

Shahrukh Khan says it in his movie 'Om Shanti Om'. . "agar sab kuch theek nahin hai, toh picture abhi baki hai mere dost" meaning that if all is not well, it's not the end yet.

A lot  has been said to this effect  'alls well  that ends well',' good things come to good people' and so on. In fact, we bring up generations based on this premise that 'good begets good' and everything will end well... When good people suffer, from illness, death, loss of security,we console ourselves with the thought that it will end and after all some downs are a part of every one's life.

But here is my problem... Wonderful things happen to the undeserving. Who says they are 'undeseving'? After all, I am no one to judge. But Going by  the same general yardsticks that define and govern  'goodnes', there are some expectations of behaviour. Something like the ten commandments... love your family, love your neighbours, do not lie ..you know... and then these very same people go on to be have things their way.. I know.. it's petty to feel upset and upset is probably a strong word. What I feel is a niggle at the injustice of it all. Doesn't anyone else?

I have lived long enough to know that  it is not envy. I know of wonderful people who have not got their due, who have lived whole lives with pain wholly undeserved. Like this nice 47 year old who has now spent about half his life gradually losing his sight, knowing it and yet laughing and making others laugh. Recently, someone died at age forty after ten years of illness thru which she rarely complained.. A very good publication devoted to investigative journalism got shut down because of lack of funds while yellow tabloids seem to have endless resources..

Why do good people have to suffer and those who are not, rewarded? Getting away from reality, even TV serials have the righteous being tested by adversity at all times, while the wicked get away with murder...

In public life, we see politicians and corrupt businessmen get away with scams that could set up economies of entire countries. There are stories galore of hosety taking a beating at the hands of the corrupt. RTI activists who have been hurt and killed, while the Goondas getting away with murder. Remember Manjunath, who lost his life to the oil mafia? Where is a happy ending there?

Am I whining too much? Maybe because even if good things come to bad people, terrible things should not happen to the good! (and here I feel more than a niggle, i feel very upset) Yes, I do know that we have to do our bit and keep trying. Tell that to the mother of the collector of Malkangiri who has been kidnapped by the Maoists..

All this is enough to put you off being 'good'!  Which is probably why Arthur freed said, "Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough"..

1 comment:

  1. I agree with the quote...and the way I look at it...all those undeserving people...we never know what might be going on in their personal lives....maybe they do suffer for what they've done...or would have a tough time...the only thing I don't get is why misfortune falls on the good people....

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