In twentieth century we were taught languages and literature that pushed us beyond our daily lives. We learned words that we hardy used in our day to day conversation. The stories, true, half true or imaginary, we read depicted things that never occurred in our lives. We needed teachers to explain what we were made to study. The content was historical, sometimes idealistic in nature or based on facts not much know to us.
No doubt, many of us considered it quite unnecessary and did not take much interest in it. It is also true that we were often fed with distorted history and were lured by modernity infusing unconsidered bias against what was traditional. It was the time when the common man and the younger generation were being exposed to the modern world that looked much promising. Perhaps it was the time when the thoughts of philosophers of one or two previous centuries had stated influencing the traditional world. However, the languages and literature we were, then, exposed to gave us many opportunities to think about the human life as such.
In the latter half of the twentieth century political, economic and technological changes acquired great momentum and language remained merely a medium of clearer and quicker communication disconnecting the man from his past and disabling him to imagine much beyond his day to day life. The modern man gradually but quickly distanced himself from his history, his past, the way his ancestors thought, the nature and the traditional ways of the nature.
To the best of his understanding each one of us tries to move in the right direction. But, whether he moves in the right direction depends on the opportunity he has to know which the right direction is. We still have our rich languages, our literature, histories and philosophies of our ancestors, the scriptures and the nature, as beautifully functional as ever to help us view our life more objectively and contemplate over it. This connection we are losing fast, we must admit.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]