Art of expression

- Radheshyam Malla

Nov 18, 2015-

Along with the emergence of shortages of fuel and commodities, which is said to have been caused by the ongoing protests by disgruntled Madhes-based political parties at different points along the Nepal-India border, expressions of dissatisfaction and resentment of people and leaders of political parties can be read and heard on social and public media. We come across tweets, posts and opinions that are aimed at annihilating the character and prestige of the targeted persons. Some read and sound more provocative than others. It is quite true that people have become frustrated and tired due to a pyramid of hurdles caused by lack of fuel and other commodities, unexpected price hikes on foods and other essential things, difficulties in reaching one’s destination on time, snaking lines to get cooking gas and petrol, black marketing and many other hassles.

It is also true that an empty stomach does not chant mantras. In such a miserable situation, one articulates what comes to one’s mind. Social psychology says that if we let our feelings come out, that gives a sense of relief. The repression or suppression of feelings appears to be more violent and devastating. However, it is quite important to think twice if the tweets, posts and opinions we deliver affect social, religious and cultural harmony before they are made public. Moreover, the opinions and provocative statements that are expressed to increase the number of likes and shares on Facebook, augment retweets and attain fleeting compliments can be fatal in bilateral and multilateral relations between countries.

We never know how hasty and uncensored language can sometimes affect our existing fraternity, harmony and relationship. We never know how exasperating words can also invite animosity, hostility and unwanted human crisis that no one dreams they come true. Since we always aspire to enjoy peace, prosperity, harmony and fraternity, we better censor our thoughts, posts, tweets and opinions before they are made public. Having been born as humans, we have the facility of words and language. We also have abundant ways to express our feelings and frustration without being rude and vulgar. We feel proud at being citizens of a country where the Buddha was born, but we do not practice his principles. Is this a true tribute to the lord? Of course not.

In conclusion, it is a well acknowledged fact that the hindrances created by disgruntled Madhes-based political parties at the transit points have crippled the livelihoods of the people, and the unofficial economic blockade has further  adversely affected people of all walks of life in Nepal. However, we should be quite aware before publicly articulating anything. When we fail to do so, the agitation, dissatisfaction, frustration and rage can turn into violence our country cannot afford.

So, it’s high time we contemplated and acted with respect for others. It’s high time we understood our limitations and learned to respect others. Let’s learn the art of expression.

Published: 18-11-2015 09:02

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