Open People And Closed Minds

The picture of Indian Youth today is vibrantly filled with openness and acceptance.
It seems we are finally leaving our old ways behind and opening up to this new village the world has become.
We are becoming tolerant to religions, tolerant to race, accepting homosexuality and slowly, yet steadily we are leaving the third world. 

But this exact youth is also wrong on a very big part, the minds of almost all of them are sadly, closed. They cannot accept something new or they don’t try to evolve.
Becoming unorthodox in one phase and yet, orthodox in another.

Technology would be a great example. All Indian teenagers use social media and IMs yet for most of them Facebook and Whatsapp is the same thing.
Now to tell the difference between a social network and an instant messenger isn’t a very fair judgement of how closed their minds are but it’s a really good place to start.
Half the users have no idea about half the features in their iPhones yet they’ll buy them out of vanity and the urge to show-off how rich their dads are.

“Is that a C?” I asked a friend who owned a Sony Xperia C as I was kind of unsure and he replied, “No, it’s Xperia.”
That is what our youth is in a nutshell when it comes to technology.

Now, I tried to explain this guy that when I said C, I already knew it was an Xperia but he got offended because well, open people and closed minds.
This same person can chatter on and on about personality development, confidence and any social issue, you name it.

Awareness is yet another big issue. Every once in a while there is a video going viral about how Indian youth when stopped amidst their daily activities can’t tell basic answers to questions like ‘Who wrote the national song, Vande Mataram?” and they can’t answer.

For years, I’ve had this weird feeling that someday, the correct answers would be more than the wrong answers but my hope always gets crushed.
With every new video, there comes more disappointment.

It’s not all this. Look at people around you at school, college or work; if you aren’t dumb yourself you will be frustrated about the lack of interest and reluctance in people.
Most of them won’t learn how to do questions but will copy your assignment.
You’ll solve a problem in their computer, the solution to which was the first result from ehow in Google search but yet, they’ll be busy talking to someone on the phone while you do it.
There is this general reluctance to learn anything in people around me and yes, it makes me sad.

Half of my class can’t type a proper document with formatting on Microsoft Word but yes, they can use Whatsapp alright.
Oh well, they can’t even use that properly.

This is the present condition of the Indian youth, make them talk about sex, rape, gay marriage all day long and they’ll go all day long but they can’t do basic stuff college freshmen should be able to do.
It’s like zombies trained to babble on those topics but the lack of brain or lack of interest is still around.
At this rate, we can only hope that things will change for the better.

Memories > Photographs.

Stop taking pictures.

Please.

We must be living in the most thoroughly documented time ever.

People now are taking pictures and videos of everything they do.

We take selfies of ourselves in front of cool things (and in the mirror ofcourse).

Selfie was even the word of the year for 2013.

We then post our pictures on Facebook and Instagram and Whatsapp them. But has it ever occured to you that we’re ruining our memories by taking pictures?

People get so absorbed in recording and capturing every single happening of their life that they actually forget to LIVE through them. They miss the very essence of it.

Thanks to high resolution cameras on cell phones, people want to record all events, unnoticeable or magnificent.

The person who IS NOT constantly recording everything seems like the odd person out. If you haven’t yet seen the video, I Forgot My Phone, then check it out for an example of the odd person without a cell phone. The video may be a comic exaggeration of reality, but perhaps not so much of an ‘exaggeration’.

The amount of photos we click in today’s lifestyle are more than often for the sole purpose of uploading to social networking sites to garner popularity, likes and follows and share with your virtual friends.

All these photos, videos, and tweets might be nice for future historians trying to understand our times, but will anyone ever really look back on all the pictures and videos after the quick ‘likes’ on Facebook?

I’m no historian, but I really do not understand the requirement of taking a picture every second. Do those pictures actually help us remember our lives and experiences?

If we have an external memory, then we don’t need to devote the effort to creating our own memories? Computer, camera, or self?

I have a friend who always carries a cell phone, taking it out every second and pestering all others to have a selfie with him. Yes it really is highly annoying.

Such obsession in more prevalent with girls but people do not realise they are actually missing out on the moment while trying so hard to capture it.

Pictures can be lifeless if you don’t experience the same emotion while looking back at it 6 months later.

My life has been much eventful lately and it’s not that I absolutely not have any photos to remember all of it, but its just that those memories in your heart are a better form of preserving them than the digital counterpart.

Reviewing pictures may help memory, but may also replace memory. Maybe we’re changing our understanding of ourselves by constantly seeing ourselves as objects of pictures instead of experiencing ourselves as agents. Maybe we are changing our point of view in memories.

Instead of seeing our memories from our original perspective, we’ll be more likely to see our memories from the external perspective of the selfie we took. We’ll see eventually.

So put down the camera.

Experience your life.

And remember your experiences.

Because, memories > photographs.