By Promod Puri
All our thoughts and actions are influenced and regulated by the consciousness of the “landscape of reality” around us. In this landscape one makes a selection of his or her own space in life’s play field.
And the game starts. It is a collective game, a team game. There is no absolute independence. Our individual likes and dislikes, thoughts and behaviors, actions and reactions, morals and rules, all are parts of the game. Social and environmental structures around us are the team’s norms shaping and steering the game.
Stamina, discipline and coordination in these environments help in scoring our goals. Individual performance determines the scale of awards. Ronaldo and Messi based on their skills, hardworking and some luck collect millions while others make less.
Environmental selection is limited. There is seldom a level play. Speeding race toward the goal is unexpectedly blocked. We are tripped by those who get yellow and red cards. We fall and are bruised. New strategies kick in. Still challenges are a constant. We keep on running toward the goal while being pushed back and forth. And the participation goes on.
The Referee blows the final whistle. And the game is over.