Can we do something to reverse the trend?

“ਕਾਲੇ ਧਨ ਅਤੇ ਕਿਰਤ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਹੋਈ ਜੱਦੋ ਜਹਿਦ ਵਿਚ ਕਿਰਤ ਹਾਰ ਗਈ ਹੈ” ( ਪੰਨਾ 30 “ਜੀਵੇ ਜਵਾਨੀ ” :ਲੇਖਕ :ਗੁਰਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਤੂਰ).

And that has been the real tragedy for Punjab. The defeat of hard work at the hands of corruption and black money is the basic reason for drug addiction in Punjab. An important contributing factor has been political sort-sightedness , total lack of vision and abdication of responsibility at all levels of government machinery. Add to this the “what to me?” attitude of the general public and slumbering intellectuals ….The picture of Punjab’s misfortune is complete!It will take Herculean efforts the reverse the clock! Any body listening!

Love at first sight

Can we really have love at first sight ?ramona-crisstea-1The phrase has always been there or almost always. Somehow, I am not convinced. What is love anyway? Is it sitting together, holding hands, kissing and embracing at public places, having sex and/or abandoning each other? I don’t think anyone (except the possessed lover) will agree to this definition of love.

What one gets at first sight is gaining attention and getting/seeking attraction. And that attraction has different degrees—a simple liking to passion, leading to desire for possession! And, possession for what?  As, at first sight, we do not know the person, love cannot simply take roots! What emerges is the desire to come closer, touch, embrace, kiss and do what follows such intimacy! It is simply a physical attraction pushed by carnal desires! This may be a part of the love syndrome but this, per-se,  is NOT LOVE!

Most people professing Love at first sight want the ‘object’ (read man/woman) of their love at any cost! Even if that person does not want to be loved! And these lovers can go any distance to take possession of that object- threaten, throw acid and kill, if need be! They cannot tolerate that ‘object’ to dissent. How can love dictate death?  I have often wondered! LOVE GIVES LIFE AND DOES NOT TAKE IT.

No. Love, as it has been known and understood since ages, in all cultures and societies, has always professed to GIVE and not take! Deliver and NOT possess! One in love is always willing to suffer rather than enjoy at the cost of the beloved. He/she willingly makes sacrifices for, and not kills the beloved.

The principles of modern management seem to have overtaken modern life in every field where success is measured in terms of achievements and possessions, where success is measured by the indices of profit and loss. So in love also success stories in media only report the possessive lovers…and not the ones who worship their beloved silently!

But, throughout history success of love has always been measured by the suffering and sacrifices made by the beloved…the pangs of love have always been the desire of the lovers. There cannot be any love at first sight. Love needs time to develop, mature and take roots. This can happen only when the lovers know each other. And final results of all “love at first sight” cases have mostly been tragic, which goes on to show that the society needs to discover itself afresh-at least in the matters of heart!

There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.

Patrick Ness

The film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s 2011 children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls opens in the US today, December 23, 2016. The story follows Conor, a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer, and the monster –a giant, anthropomorphic yew tree – who starts to visit Conor at night, telling him stories and gradually guiding him towards an acceptance of the truth.

 

How true! But how easily we all forget it while judging people? Almost always a person is painted black or white…a demon or god! Shall we ever internalize this important lesson? I wish we are able to do so for the betterment of society and humanity.

There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.

Elizabeth Berg

Before she became a bestselling writer, Elizabeth Berg (born December 2, 1948) was a registered nurse, a profession that taught her much about human nature and relationships. The Chicago-based novelist, who won the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, is the author of 26 books including Open House, Talk Before Sleep, What We Keep and The Year of Pleasures.

Anger Management

Poesy plus Polemics

showgreetingcardpreview “Wizzlewump” by Frank Robert Dixon

(Regarding the plethora of hateful memes on social media)

which colophon appoints the page
of burning words and seething rage

the imprint of fair justice failed
or bitterness that can’t be veiled

the lines we publish tell of us
cool judgment or hot animus

our pens put forth two types of ink
one reasoned one that doesn’t think

which canon shall we leave behind
discordant rants or hymns of mind

persuasion comes a noble art
when diligence has played its part

convincing wrong of what is right
requires truth be brought to light

but outbursts of emotion die
on thoughtless pages where they lie

our book would best advance debate
when not compelled to denigrate

ad hominems will poorly brace
the argument that makes the case

last refuge of a mindless ire
paragraphs conceived in fire

rationale when laid down well
with facts will give…

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AFTER DEATH

What happens when a person dies?
The body remains and the soul flies.
Flies to where?
Nobody knows……
Guesses, surmises everyone throws!
Beliefs galore that it goes to God,
Where Almighty spares not the rod!
To hell he sends the corrupted ones
Heaven’s reserved for those chosen.
“Wicked” souls abound in hell
Scream, cry, in pain they yell.
Some are hung upside down
Roasted, till they turn brown.
Some are lynched with eyes blown
Others are boiled in oil cauldron!
Heaven bound souls enjoy the bounty
Liquor and fruits and milk plenty.
“Hoors”* shower with never ending love
Massage and bathe in perfumed tubs.

Scare of hell and hope for heaven
Provides the people with enough motivation.
To curb their selfish lustful desires
And be good Samaritans till they reach pyres.

Futile rituals with body remain
Out of which the souls nothing gain.
Elaborate procedures we have designed
Dead are buried or to flames consigned.
Some embalm the mortal remains
Others create a watery grave;
Oblivious to the truth that’s all in vain
Whatever we do the truth remains;
Dust we are and to dust return
Whether we burry or whether we burn.

*Hoors—beautiful girls.