VibzContentCart is all about celebrating life, our golden times, and charting promising future ahead. There could not have been a better reason than this, to publish the únfiltered thoughts of my school batchmate Shwetha Srivathshan. A mother, an entrepreneur, and a writer. What adds to all this is her ability to reach us to levels of introspection through her on-point conversations. I welcome her and thank her to be one of the esteemed contributor panel for vibzcontentcart.com
Monday, 2 November 2020
Unfiltered Thoughts ON Filtered Society By Shwetha Srivathshan
People say that it takes a village to raise a child. Never before was it so relevant than the present time? We, humans, are 'social animals' and have always surrounded ourselves with people, living and growing in communities and being together. However, today we are in our very own silos even when we are surrounded by people.
Earlier, when the world was a simpler place, with people having simple needs, where it wasn't necessary for both parents to work to either earn/follow a passion, where the family came first and where consumerism had not caught up with people's lifestyles, people chose to spend free time with friends and family and neighbors, just helping sometimes, just caring, just listening or just plain sharing. But, today, even though we are all well-connected, with smartphones, emails, social media, and fast transportation, we still aren't as close as we used to be.
I remember as a kid, apart from my school and TV, my favorite entertainment used to be hanging out playing with my friends and in later years, chatting with my friends and neighbors. I have spent many an hour talking with the aunty living behind our house while my mom and she finished their respective chores of washing utensils or clothes, etc.
Those conversations may not have been as informative as the educational videos or National Geographic of today but taught us many soft skills and helped us express ourselves. We shared opinions and gossip, laughter and recipes, dreams, and frustrations. Not only that but in case of emergencies, your neighbors and friends could be trusted to look out for you/kids and you never felt stuck alone. I remember visiting a lot of our neighbors and friends during Diwali and Christmas and the like, wishing them the seasons' greetings and eating home-made savories and sweets and them visiting us in return but nowadays, the maximum I see is fancy wishes and stickers on Whatsapp/via phone calls and doing the same.
But, today many of us are in a situation where both parents are working and a lot of kids are either in after-school/daycare programs or very preoccupied with their school work, activity classes, or plain net-surfing/online games/video watching; so much so that many of us are unaware of the beauty of having a supportive neighborhood that will stand by us in our time of need, sometimes even more than our relatives.
Today, I sadly notice that a lot of our neighbors keep their doors shut at all times (not that I wish to pry on their private lives but a warm genuine smile, a little wave never hurt anyone), never visiting you/your other neighbors without a need (while the few that do are pretty much of the nosy-neighbor kind), and being judgmental more often than not.
I am not generalizing with an intent to offend but fondly reminiscing the benefits of the good-old-days.
I do miss the good-old-days. I am all for growing modernization and technology and medical achievements but aren't human beings supposed to be more than just material beings? I am not being a cynic or pessimist, but I see that it does take a village to raise a child and more (no human being can claim to have done 'everything' he/she ever did without anybody's help), but, the world we live in, needs more effort from us, to give us that loving, caring village surrounding us. Is it too much to expect friendships and random kindness from people that surround you?
Have we, in pursuit of our freedom and privacy, become more and more solitary instead of the 'social animals' we are supposed to be? Our society has become polished, filtered and an unrealistic dome of disconnected arrangements. Thoughts???
I am Swetha and I live in Chennai. I, with my husband, co-founded our company, Leadengine, through which we help other companies 'Sell better'! I have done my Masters in Chemistry with a gold medal to my name and have made a career in Marketing and Content Writing. I am a voracious reader and I love writing too. However, if I am not doing either, then I am busy being a wife and a mother to my two lovely daughters.
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