Saturday, May 21, 2005

Unrest Unjustified?

Its one of those days when you pause and think if you are going where you wanted to go.Coming back to that favorite movie of mine in which Jack Nicholson playing Col. Nathan Jessop menacingly declares :
"Son, we follow orders or people die.Its that simple. " leads me to think what will happen if I don't follow orders ,don't study and don't complete my assignments . Instead? And if I do all of that where do I land finally?Doing what?

Friends around me are talking about company and sector preferences and so am I and compared to most here I have set my priorities (read electives,sectors,specialization et al) right just like everyone else would like to believe! So lets say another year down the line all of us join the company that we want to . And work 9-5 or 5-9 as the case may be and watch movies on weekends or party the hell out and come back to work on Monday. And along the way build a home, buy durables , get a life partner and live your life thinking you have made the most of it and have been successful at that.

I can picture myself doing all of the above and it scares me.

To live my life in anonymity like millions others who save,invest,dine out,sleep,have kids and rot in their living mired by the trappings of a society that encourages survival instincts more than pursuit of excellence is not what I would ever be proud of in my grave.

So what do I do or what does anyone else who is not excited by all of this do ?

I thought of it and the answer unsurprisingly is zip. There must be many who would have thought of this before and been in a similar jam as to what would they should have done. As this is post is already replete with conjectures here's another one. My bet is there would have been two reactions from different sets of people.

One group would have laughed it off. They would have told themselves it is an output of the devil's workshop and that they would be of course happy with their lives post placements.They would be getting a plum post, plummer salaries, travel oppurtunities, plush accomodation and all of that would easily offset anything else that they sacrifice and that all of this would be an excellent ROI on their education thus far.

And what would the other group do?
Slip into oblivion?
Can't hazard a guess on this one because most of the people you get to speak to with belong to the first group .

You should not have free days in B-Schools. Am reminded of a song that was penned by the timeless Dire Straits in 1979 and all I needed to do was to substitute 'girl' in that song with 'life' to sum up what's going on over my mind right now...

"Where do you think you're going
Don't you know it's dark outside
Where do you think you're going
Don't you care about my pride
Where do you think you're going
I think you don't know
You got no way of knowing
You got no place to go
I understand your changes
How long before you reach the door
I know where you think you're going
I know what you came here for
And now I'm sick of joking
You know I like you to be free
Where do you think you're going
I think you'd better go with me, life "

If you ain't with me, life, you're gonna be without me!


Soundarya said...

wonderful thoughts, Issac.. straight from the heart, as always!!
could not have agreed more with all of them...
my fav (being a Fin Major is) is definitely... "you should not have free days in B-Schools"... :)

Vikram said...

Brilliant post!! with every passing sentence, i was left to wonder-hey, isnt he speakign my words? my own thoughts, articulated so well, in a manner which i possibly couldnt have! the drive to leave our footprints on the sands of time has perhaps been one as old as mankind itself...but what we do of it,how we channelize it is what differentiates! For me personally, anonymity might be scary, but then the point among whom do u wanna be famous! If my job and the so-called 'plum salaries' helps me to touch the lives of a few human beings in a positive way, if i get some kind of financial empowerment to perhaps run a small school in a village or an old age home or orphanage or soemthing to that effect--i guess for me, that would be a sufficient enough defeat of anonymity...else, no use being famous just for the sake of being famous; after all Lalu Yadav is perhaps India's most famous politician:-))
anyway great goign! keep writing!!

IssacMJ said...

@Soundz: Thanks sis. At the risk of being accused of generalizing I know for a fact that Fin Majors are more driven than my marketing pals for those post placement fringe benefits ; ).

@Vikram:Thanks Vikram.Those were very encouraging words.: )

Would agree with your point of channelizing anonymity for a larger good.But dont you think Vikram that at the end of the day something like that would only act as a soothing balm?
There's something about fame and my theory is that everyone gives it a shot at some point of time or other. And there comes a time when that person realizes that its an unending chase and pursues something less exhausting and settles for the mundane.
I dunno if I will ever do the latter but its scary ; )

Jason said...

I am not a B-schooler as yet, and i dont know Isaac but i must say that this post strikes a resonating chord. The second category (the unspoken few and often looked down upon and overshadowed) has me in it who would rather pursue their dream than seek materialistic appeasement.

You spoke my mind Isaac. So many times, something says... Whats the point of it all?

I wud prefer doing something i love and making a positive difference rather than working at a plum post with all the perks and anonymity to boot!

Different people feel differently, and thank God for that...