Couple of years back one of my church youth engraved tattoo on his shoulder. I asked him “What is this? Why have you engraved it?” He replied, “Bhai, you are man of formal clothing, you won’t understand what modernity is!”
It sounded me like “You are an outdated person”.
Famous Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar says,
“Modernity is the ability to be on time”.
He is literally correct; modernity is Being Relate – Being Relevant – Being Requisite to the time NOW. We the people of 21st century are a step ahead of Modernization; we are on the verge of Post-Modernism. We are post-modern in art; post-modern in fashion; post-modern in technology; post-modern in communication; post-modern in all means of transaction in daily life.
But in this pace of Post-modernism the questions that always haunt in between – What’s wrong being modern/post modern?
Why it is not accepted in many cultures?
Being Modern is never wrong but the idea of Modernism needs to be re-calibrated. For the fine re-calibration of the Philosophy of Modernism, let’s take a flashback of The Beginning.
“In the beginning God created Man and Woman in His own image and blessed them in the Garden of Eden to live – rule and multiply in number but He warned them not to eat the fruit of forbidden tree . One evening the craftiest of all, the serpent came and provoked the woman to eat the same fruit, so that she will become like God knowing Good and Evil and it is written that, the woman find the fruit Good for Food, Pleasing to the Eye and Desirable for gaining Wisdom, so she ate some and also gave her husband to eat some.”
This story has great analogy to the philosophy of modernism. We all strive to be modern because we want to BE SATISFIED – to BE CHARMING – to BE INTELLIGENT. Since the beginning we humans have tried to be different to gain something and get satisfaction of it and I think that’s the reason the famous Facebook update of our time is, “I wanna LOOK different, FEEL different and BE different.” Because all that matters to me is the “ME THING”!
In this modern time we have replaced our extended family to nuclear family –the growing tendency of “Me and My” has brought us to such a place that we have stop bothering about the separation of our cousin’s family. The age of Emoticons have replaced Emotions.
We have replaced land line telephones with smart phones, but still the havoc of allurement entices me of dissatisfaction of not having an iPhone.
The need of speedy communication replaced Telegrams to Email but still we fail to communicate message on time. Our courtesy moves aren’t resulting to influence our neighbor.
Our trendy wear has replaced our traditional wear and we look for more seductive appearance rather than being beautiful. 20th Century famous French fashion designer Christian Dior said, “No fashion is ever a success unless it is used as a form of seduction”.
To keep us more secure we have replaced our sharp edged swords to nuclear ammunition yet we struggle to keep our iPhones secure from terrorist hack. The more secure we feel the more insecure we are.
After doing this wide and remarkable scale of replacements in the mood of MODERNIZATION
….. yet we look for more Satisfaction, which is a Bottomless pit
….. yet we look to be more Charming, which is just as the lips of forbidden woman
….. yet we look for more Wisdom and Knowledge, which brings more sorrow and grief
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Don’t replace…just re-calibrate!