21st Century and the Self-Imposed Slavery


There is big debate between society and individual now – who conquers who is only that time will decide but people who stand tall in every circumstance will always refuse to give up, and fight for their liberty and self-freedom.

By Rashid Ali Chandio

Undoubtedly, man is born superior and has the great place before the eyes of God. Unfortunately, today, man has forgotten that superior designation and has completely lost in the business of worldly life. As Rousseau says, “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in the chain of slavery”. It is not the slavery, which is imposed on man by others, rather it is the slavery accepted by man himself just because of disregarding his/her role in the universe.

The 21st century is the age of digitization where everything is done, acted, shown, performed, presented, and offered with the help of media. This thing has fueled more complexity for man to restore or regain his/her prior position. As French philosopher Jean Baudrillard outlines the concept in his theory of hyper-reality and describes, “We live in a world dominated by simulated experiences and feelings and has lost the capacity to comprehend reality as it exists in true sense. We experience only prepared realities, edited war recording, meaningless acts of terrorism, and the destruction of cultural values and the substitution of referendum”.

The very first thing that catches my attention to choose this topic for writing is this that when I search in my surrounding some amazing facts about man. Those facts are, poor people suffer poverty, rich people suffer their wealth, adults get involved in some bad activities and children suffer condition of their environment and so on. I did not find anybody relaxed, safe, sound, happy and satisfied, with what they have currently in their pockets and in their life. This situation compels me to recall the words of Siren Kierkegaard: “When man loses his/her balloon, he/she begins to search that. But when he/she loses himself/herself, they never bother to go for searching”. The point here is, I look everybody in some sort of unconditional trouble in which interestingly man is unknown.

Now what to do in this state of uncertainty? To me, man must think of his/her creation, creator, soul, and body by keeping a physical world aside for time being. Especially focus on soul which is most important part of human nature. However, centuries have been passed nobody exactly defines the place of soul and its function. If this is the case then still we cannot deny the existence of soul because it is not necessary that everything must have physical shape, rather there are so many things in the universe which are mysterious and shapeless or we are unable to see them. Yet these things vibrate within us. As Emerson says, “Soul that it has power to hear and absorb everything and then presents the result either the deed is objectionable or worth doing. Another thing, which is important, is our sentiment because sentiment has great concern than anything else in human nature. One who nourishes and controls his or her sentiments correctly then it becomes easy job for that person to avail and face any situation in life.

Man is complete and perfect in himself/herself because a single man can be an age, a century, a book, a tradition, a culture, great writer and thinker like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Milton and list goes on. Because what they thought, they never cared about other’s opinion and were complete in their every sphere of life. Today, these geniuses have taken the broader and wider place in hearts of thousands of millions of people. The big thing they did was absolute belongingness with their soul and sentiment. What today’s man do, they either imitate someone or envy others and during that course, man disconnects from himself/herself. Envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide; man must take himself/herself for better, for worse, as his/her portion.

In the end, man must be there in his or her every action, no matter what the situation is set or before him/her. They never give away his/her own taste and choice because there is an absolute power residing in them which will ever never let them fall unless they decide to separate or distance from themselves. Whatever decision is taken, it must be self-motivated, self-centered in sense which pursue positive law and order. Trust thyself is the first condition for getting things in hand because every heart vibrates before its death, before death of tongue and body etc. There is big debate between society and individual now – who conquers who is only that time will decide but people who stand tall in every circumstance will always refuse to give up, and fight for their liberty and self-freedom.


Writer is the Teaching Assistant at the Department of English, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sindh.

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