I wonder…

May 5, 2010

I wonder what it’s like
To believe
Not question
Not think
Be a machine
Live in a box
Go with the flow
Do the easy thing

I wonder what it would be like
To go a day
Or a week
Without contemplating
Or challenging
The norm
Becoming part of a group
Give in
To social pressures

I wonder if
Not rebelling
Or questioning
Could lead
To contentment
Eternal happiness
Everlasting peace.

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10 Responses to I wonder…

  1. Vyankatesh on May 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Impressive thoughts Mansi!!

    I think, if we do the things that you mentioned, we would not be doing enough justice to ourselves, to our skills, talents et all.

    But finally, achieving happiness either by doing this stuff or not doing this stuff is a question which can’t be answered - because happiness is like the winning post, and to reach the winning post - you need to travel the distance.

    And as they say, it doesn’t matter where you have reached - but how you have reached!!

    Keep it up.

    • Mansi on May 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Vyankatesh. A lot of people say ignorance is bliss…but I wonder what the point of an ignorant existence is.

  2. Judith van Praag on May 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    The questions you pose often go through my mind when I drive through a certain part of town where I know people live according to the laws and rules of their group. The thought that such life could be bliss is very short lived. I know I am and was too far gone already at a very young age to make life in a restrictive community work.
    Still, I’ll argue with myself, what if I could, how would it be? After reading Paradise Park, a book by Allegra Goodman in which a young Jewish woman tries to fit in with an astounding number of different lifestyles, I have an idea how “trying out” would work out for me, like the protagonist, I’d wind up where I started, with myself.

    • Mansi on May 7, 2010 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Judith, for providing this clarity. At the end of the day I wouldn’t be me if I tried to be someone else.

  3. Bill on May 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Enjoyable as always. I’m fortunate because I’m at a place in my life where I can be the person I want to be. I have bad days on occasion like everyone else but I always look at each day anew & therefore believe in the process that is life. I believe in people & I believe in love!!



    • Mansi on May 7, 2010 at 7:15 am

      The only two things that matter, right? :-)
      You are right, as always, Bill — it is indeed a process and all of us go through it differently. I do believe I am privileged to have the ability, the time, and the means to think…so many people are simply in survival mode all the time…

  4. Marie Rhoades on May 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Thought provoking! I often wonder these same things. I look around and see so many that don’t question anything…it boggles my mind.


    • Mansi on May 7, 2010 at 7:12 am

      To each his/her own, Marie :-)

  5. Anahid on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I can’t even picture living this way. To not think & to just conform…no thank you! I wrote a post regarding not thinking for yourself a few weeks ago called “Thoughcrimes.” This kind of reminds me of the perfect utopia depicted in the book The Giver. Not sure if you’re familiar with it but it’s a great read! Btw, I absolutely LOVE that picture you put at the end! :)

    • Anahid on May 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      *Thoughtcrimes (oops lol).

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