Moktaavya, my son. He has in his possession the small edition of almost everything that an adult person may need to live in a house, i.e.; his own vehicles, chair, reading table and chair, separate chambers in the wardrobe for his clothes, a big wooden box to keep his toys, and things that are not worth mentioning. He doesn't have a separate room yet, as he’s just crossed five years. He will have a room for himself soon. Now, I know you must be wondering why on earth I am listing what my son has! This is because, like all other children, he considers that whatever there is in our home belongs to him. He will scream and fight when he is told that not all in the house are his.
So what? Yeah, nothing. Just that it reminds me of the fact that ignorance is bliss! We fondly remember our childhood…what was so good about childhood? It was the ignorance of the harsh realities of life. As we grow up, the worldly knowledge let us understand mainly about what is not mine, then what is mine. We crave to get things, people, position, property which/whom we can consider as ours… ‘mine’. ‘My’, ‘mine’…then ‘our’, ‘ours’…
I->My family->My personal/professional circle->My caste->My community->My religion->My land->My planet
The selfishness associated with ‘I’ keeps losing its intensity as we broaden the perimeter and include more people and concerns. We fight and struggle to keep the individuality of the set of perimeters. The intensity of struggle in a particular perimeter is equivalent to the percentage of ‘I' in it.
But I wonder, why do we call it knowledge? Is there any major difference between the child and the grown up? Don’t we realize that every damn ‘I’ on earth, no matter how much it’s surrounded by near and dear ones, is actually walking with many till the time it’s fulfilling some set criteria or terms and conditions of the given system? Yes we do.
At the back of our minds, we know and life makes sure that we know. But still we are afraid of being left alone with the ‘I’. So, we spend our lives, trying to fulfil the terms and conditions that will secure our lives with more of ‘My’ and to some extent ‘our’.
To secure that ‘My’ and ‘our’, we have created countries, religion, caste, and so on, whereas Mother Nature, or God…whatever you name it, had created only male and female in every living being. Didn't we invite pain and suffering by dividing whatever we had? Isn't that ignorance? Then how can we say that ignorance is bliss?
Now, a thought to ponder on: Why are we afraid of walking alone? Don’t we love this ‘I’ the most?