By Fareeha Qayoom
Haven’t seen you in quite a while
I was down the hold just passing time
Last time we met was a low-lit room
We were as close together as a bride and groom
We ate the food, we drank the wine
Everybody having a good time
You were talking about the end of the world
I took the money
I spiked your drink
You miss too much these days if you stop to think
You lead me on with those innocent eyes
You know I love the element of surprise
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You…you were acting like it was
The end of the world
In my dream I was drowning my sorrows
But my sorrows, they learned to swim
Surrounding me, going down on me
Spilling over the brim
Waves of regret and waves of joy
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
You…you said you’d wait
’til the end of the world
Until the End of the World, from Achtung Baby 1991, U2
The other day I realized, I pretty much live a very insular life.
I am self absorbed, doing my own thing, going to work, coming home, watching TV, reading a book, playing with the kids (my nephew and niece) talking to my family (but only on superficial level), going out (shopping, eating out, meeting friends), you know, all normal, everyday kind of hedonistic activities that other normal people are doing too while people around me are dying – on TV, in the news, in real life – every day. The reality is pretty gruesome.
How do you block that out? You do that by not watching TV, not reading the news, surrounding yourself with all things superficial; living your life on the surface – you know, playing Ostrich. Believe me, it works.
My point, getting serious is not an option. Things are already very serious. And the fact that reading the news, watching news shows on TV, surrounding myself with intellectuals (in real life, on TV or on the news) talking things to death actually doesn’t change that reality one whit anyway.
It doesn’t matter. Nothing matters. It’s all much ado about nothing. (Besides, what really matters is what you think matters. After all, its all about you. Your life, your ideas, your philosophy, your accountability,or your lack of it, your legacy).
Why get influenced by others? Free your mind and do your own thing. Be yourself. Be free. Forge your own path. “To thine own self be true.”