Fall of the enthusiast…

It’s that time of the year again. As I write this article, millions of Indian students are grappling with the decision of where they should be headed. Ideally, it should be a fascinating time – seeing so many talented specialists take form. But, it’s so not that. I see these millions get swayed by the power of notes in their hands – not the power of ideas in their head. I see them try hard to win the society over by doing what they think the society deems right – not what they themselves feel pulled towards. In the backdrop of this disheartening event chain – I read about minds who’ve won the society over – and ironically – what they started out with was never something that the society would have approved of vehemently. The enthusiasts of the Indian society – who once dreamed of splicing genes, studying neurons, blasting off in space ships, building massive particle reactors, travelling at luminal speeds, discovering new worlds, even making them with their own bare hands – now feel lost, as they do something they were never wired to do. No field is bad or devoid of opportunities – but this once poor nation still drags along its outdated ideologies – and teaches its kids to worship bank balances – constructs that will have no legacy once these kids go nature’s way. Passion is flickering – about to go out. It’s the fall of the enthusiast – few still brave prejudice in order to do what they feel is right. Something needs to be done – or we just won’t have progress – only minds which get pressed in order to oil corporate machinery…