The Mumbai rain pelted down on the Mumbai streets as I the rickshaw that seated me wobbled awkwardly along the poorly paved roads, promising to stay unperturbed yet dangerously close to adopting the attitude of every lying Indian politician.
However, what disturbed me greatly was not the unstable state of the rickshaw or the government, but the state of the minds that form our society today; for as I stared out of the meter long gap in the rickshaw’s aluminum body – both its door and its window – I saw a man step out of his Audi A8 – the daunting structure that seconds ago came dangerously close to running over a beggar as he walked across the road, presumably in a state of delirious hunger – and spit on that same man whose life he had consumed in an attempt to cope with the rat race of the metropolitan mind.
The poor man didn’t say a word – how could he? The ‘Audi monster’s’ money gave him this power; this unstated right over those of a lower economic status. And the sad part is, about 99% of the world today lives within the confined walls of that mentality.
But what if we could be like the monkey and the dog? What if the rich man and the beggar could sit together arm in arm and just talk? What if sworn enemies could could sit, arm in arm, and just talk? What if Mr. Putin and Barrack Obama could sit on the front porch of a small wooden house, bask in nature’s serenity and discuss Syria without the animosity that currently characterizes their very existence?
They say that the future is in the hands of the youth and I agree. Maybe if the youth of today could get rid of the iPhone that has become synonymous with his hand, and free it to hold another human being – like the monkey and the dog – in a visibly wildly intellectual conversation, maybe we would live in a better world today.