Wednesday, 31 October, 2007

Defending the Ostrich

Disclaimer: This post is not aimed at raising awareness about the endangered species.
Why are you in the habit of running away from facts? Y don’t you confront them? Closing your eyes wont make them go away……blah blah blah. I have lost the count of number of times I have got this gyaan in some form or another about this ostrich syndrome of mine.
While I have no trouble with listening to something good, I fail to understand this up-against-arms attitude people have towards this. First the basics: Ostrich syndrome basically refers to a state of mind where you refuse to accept a situation as real.
Your 1st reaction would be criticizing this thought process. Running away from reality after all isn’t a nice thing na..or so we preach.
My question is what if this so called reality is an impossible and terribly painful proposition? A situation or a truth that you cannot undo by any means and moreover, if you face it, it can hurt you big time. Now tell me, in such a case do u still advocate that one should face it and bear the pain it inflicts? Or simply avoid the confronting it and live in blissful ignorance.
I remember something I read in The Zahir by Paulo Coelho..It was something like If you ask yourself if you are happy is a trap..coz if the answer is no then you have to do something to make the situation better or you’ll be worse off then before (des wrnt the exact words but this is the crux of what he wrote). So in such a situation, I am not asking myself if I am happy with what I have or not coz in case I think im not, den I have to get what makes me happy and if I cannot..den Im doomedL So think what you may have to, preach what you do but for me…ostrich is a savior.


Neeraj said...

Sorry, I do not agree with your notion. This is wrong perception, absolutely is. Even if you run away from the reality because it gives you pain will not solve your purpose. And, if you accept the reality as it is, it will give you immense satisfaction and even if you fail you will grow. Remember, it is not the destination but the journey which is important and if you deny it, you are actually denying life. Happiness is a state of mind, it has nothing to do with the outside world, so the question of failing or winning will never arise.

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Anonymous said...

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Spectator said...

first, i didnt get what u r explaining exactly. 2nd, i dont care others r happy or not, everyone should care bout their own happiness. if everyone does this successfully, none will be unhappy !!!

bhavdeep said...

how does it matter? Ostrich are fools well so are many dumb humans. They should die in the name of humanity hahahhahahahaha

david santos said...

Supernova, Please!

Send an email to the Brazil embassj your country and repor the injustice that the brazilian courts are making with this girl
Release on Flavia’s accident and status of the process.

The resignation is to stop the evolution. (David Santos in times without end)

Thank you

Hershey Desai said...

sigh..and yet another syndrome to add to my list. Ostrich syndrome..what a funny name. I always though its my defiant attitude.

Avoid avoid.. its the best idea.Live in your happy world. But, sooner or later, you have to face your problems.. you can avoid them now if you know you can get stronger and tackle them later.

Supernova said...

Neeraj: Right or wrong is all abt ones perception n interpretation..varies from person to person.
Happiness is a state of mind...very true. So im simply tryin to salvage my happiness. Coz once i open my eyes to that fact dat im tryin to avoid..i know i wont be happy coz i dont know wat to do abt it.

Aart: I lk paulo's thoughts n ideas but dont intend to join any communities.

Spectator: Well i delibrately dint try to be very clear n explicit so if u dint get wat im saying den..mission accompolished:D

Bhavdeep: At times playing dumb helps.

Hershey: Wow! Even i thot im the only one..lolz:D
"Just let it be" dat used to be my mnatra...will i get stronger later to tackle it?? ummmmm lets see:)

Anonymous said...

Hey, can relate to this...
At times, even I act like this...
For example, if something dreadful is expected next day, I keep awake the whole night thinking the next day will not come... I know its funny, but each one of us are entitled to such insanities :)