Tretar 19, Colors of Life

[This post is the nineteenth in an ongoing series for Project Tretar. You can read previous posts here]

 In 1943, Abraham Maslow put forward this hierarchy of needs that says that human survival needs the fulfillment of basic needs (physiological) first and then only can he appreciate the others such as love, esteem, creativity etc. I agree with Mr. Maslow but my question is if one eliminated the ones higher in the pyramid – that is, if there was no sense of creating, innovating, love, intimacy, appreciation of arts and finer things in life – even though you could survive, would that survival be worth it?

So, while this pyramid may very well satisfy the academic need of survival, what makes life truly attain its purpose is the exact inverse of this pyramid. And those things that make life worth living is what I term as Colors of Life. This picture, taken at the crazy Garba fest in Ahmedabad during a recent trip, shows those colors. Amidst the cooking temperatures of Gujarati nights, people were happily dancing with beads of sweat turning into streams. The music made you oblivious to the otherwise awful weather and let you enjoy in a way comfort alone cannot do.

garba movements

I would quote this from Robin William’s heart wrenching movie-

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?”

Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?Dead Poet’s Society

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