Religion: boundary or bond?

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

I begin this piece with a quote from Karl Marx, the Father of communism.

Religion is without a doubt a subjective, controversial, and complicated topic. Yet, I seem to enjoy writing about hard-to-write subjects.  I am not going to associate myself with any religion today. I am writing from the view of an observer and nothing more. 

When I say it is subjective, I bring light upon how every person experiences and views religion from different eyes. I have always been surrounded by people who didn’t mind my strong opinions but that doesn’t mean I am not told to follow the religious path that society has set. 

Personally, I would prefer to not be associated with any religion because I have seen it create a terrible divide. I cannot stand by and ignore all the hate that bubbles up due to religious boundaries. You must be thinking “She is just a 17-year-old kid, what is she even talking about?” Well, even though I am not an adult, I have seen people around me disgracing other religions. Sometimes, it is unconsciously but the rest of the time, they consciously pass hate comments and that just makes me sad. I am not penning down the tens of hate crimes that take place due to religion because I am sure that you have all come across them at some point in your life.

Religion is something so man-made and that is a fact, so do not tell me that religion was always an earthly possession. So imagine the amount of faith it takes to believe that religion is the creator’s wish. I have asked my elders time and time again why religion is such an essential and apparently indisposable part of life. Their thoughts seem to be colored by generations of stories and influences. I can see their minds struggling to form an answer which I cannot debate.

The only reason I have added that quote to the beginning is that I find it interesting how Marx thinks religion is a good factor in life. He feels it provides solace and numbs the pain of everyday life. In his words ‘Religion is the opium of people’ and for a very long time, I wondered how it could be. So, after an eye-opening session, I realized that if it causes divide, it brings those on one side closer. I am still not in favour of religious barriers but I can see why it can be the drug that numbs loneliness and creates a bond that lasts. It is highly addictive and influencing, just like a drug, because it gives one an identity, support, and peace of mind (in not-extreme cases)

So, in conclusion, overdosing on religion can lead to death too but knowing the boundaries can lead to no harm.

Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!


Movies v/s series 🎬

*Cinema fans have entered the chat*

Welcome to this movie-loving, random, and hopefully funny blog. I was recently asked ‘Do you prefer movies or TV series?’ and my first thought was ‘Ooof! This is a nice topic to write about!’

And then I went through a minute wherein I questioned life and thought about which one I prefer. I am a book person, yes but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy cinema. Let me just put forth some points that have popped up in my head. 

When it comes to movies, they are shorter (why am I mentioning that? It is so obvious) so it prevents a lot of sleepless nights and late-night ‘Just one more episode!’ I mostly end up watching the movie in one or two sittings so that is a plus point. 

However, when it comes to TV series, it just has a different vibe! Since they are so in-depth, I feel highly connected to the characters and the plotline. Do I weirdly find myself pondering about the plot at 3 am instead of pondering about the assignment I have due the next day? YES. When I finish a series, I just feel as if I sat through a grand ride because I spent so much time watching and caring about those characters. There is a void in my life that just can’t be filled anymore…until I start a new series an hour later! Ooof such dramatic feelings!

When it comes to overthinking about the endings and characters, movies lose a point because movies are too short to have a great impact on a person (There are a lot of exceptions though!) I am speaking from experience here, people! 

However, when you have nothing better to do and you decide to rewatch something, movies are usually the way to go! Cause you can watch the moments and feel good but with a series, you might have to remember which episodes are your favorites… blah blah blah.

Unless you have some kind of superhuman memory and you remember the exact time and episode, movies are leading. 

Ahhh I hope these are enough arguments from both sides and my verdict is ‘I can’t choose’ but I hope you can. Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!


Do Instagram and Facebook change the way we perceive our lives?

Found a great question, noting down a not-so-great answer.

I could begin by saying how the world today revolves around social media but doesn’t everyone know that already? So instead, let me say that the answer to this question is ‘Definitely’!

I could honestly spend words pretending that it isn’t true but I am not going to do that. How can I do that when I know for a fact that people are highly affected by the way lives are led on Instagram and Facebook?

I have always tried to remain unaffected by the glamour and fakeness of social lives and to some extent, I have succeeded but that doesn’t mean I have never once thought of my life as mundane or myself as ugly. However, I am not alone in this. I have seen some more than amazing people thirst after a life that is as happening as the life models are raving about on their official handles. Every day I heard my friends talking about how some model was donning the latest collection of luxury items and how they wanted to do that too. I honestly feel that social media has the power to make you feel not just boring and poor but also ugly. I can’t count the number of times I hear peers complimenting a model and praying to get his or her body. Teens who just open an account and start walking through that social fakeness assume that is how a successful life looks like. Isn’t it sad that we think that is actually how models and actors look? Isn’t it sad that we seem to forget about how they must have spent hundreds of dollars on make-up, editing, cameras, and professionals? 

Having talked about the bad side, let’s focus on the good side. I think Instagram and Facebook have also become a sweet home for people struggling with mental issues. These sites have connected them to other people who need help and of course, to some people who provide that help. These apps have helped so many small businesses take off and thus given love and support to many. Instagram and Facebook have handed artists a chance to put forth their talent and start a new life. They have made donating and spreading awareness so much easier. The lives of several have been saved and improved thanks to that. 

One more thing, these people who are regarded as influencers, truly do seem to capture the attention of the masses, be it for a good cause or a bad one.

Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!