Like cholera, typhoid and more recently, chicken flu, schizophrenia is another plague endemic to this world. Rather left to me, I would say it is an ailment plaguing ALL the peoples of this world and only a peculiarly few are aloof from it. Schizophrenia, as the Oxford dictionary (edition 7th, 1984) defines it is â€œa mental disorder marked by disconnection between thoughts, feelings and actions.â€ However, in view of the current tide of times, I would say it is more of a mental order of things of the state wherein the disconnectivity, the disenchantment, disbalance and the disillusionment has become an ordinary, rather an expected affair.
Disconnectivity from the world and the self has become the norm. Gandhiji tried to establish the relation between the head and the heart. But alas! He failed. And the irony of it is that his idea fell promptly not only on the national soil, but internationally as well.
These days one thinks something, does something else. Infact, the people suffering from this disease (if I may call it so) are the sanest of them all.
The heart dictates and affirms that there is an Eldorado that exists, that Byzantium is no more than a dream away,. But then, truly like a dream it is beyond the grasp, a mrigmarichika , it eludes you even when you have just about touched it in flesh and blood
But then again isnâ€™t it so for all? Probably not, there are some fortunate few who have eluded the grasp. These are the lucky, the braveheart , the few for whom reality coexists with their fantasies. Call it luck, destiny, or karma, these, fortuitous ones have it all..dreams and life â€¦
This brings one to the question as to why real life does not appeal to one and sundry. Is living that difficult that only by disconnecting with it, disassociating with, looking at it as somebody elseâ€™s life, do we have the courage to brave it? Is anyone happy with life? If one is unhappy why is she so? Do happy people also suffer from schizophrenia? Is there a cure? I wonder.
The only cure I can imagine is developing an immunity- an immunity towards fate, distress, heartbreak, misery etc. etc. etc.. Guess it would take us eons to develop an armor (refer survival of the fittest â€“ Charles Darwin)
BETTER BE SCHIZOPHRENIC!!!!
By- Gunjan Matreja