Friday, May 06, 2011

Of this and that..

Been a while since I've posted, as books and movies have come and gone, and I've just been lazing around. Life's reached a sort of auto pilot mode, where hardly anything seems to really matter any more, the laughter seems the usual, and so do the tears, and both seem almost facile. Anyway, the blog being about second chances, I'll attempt to pick up the pieces again.

The question for today, that I'm pondering over - Does brilliance at your job excuse you from the norms of civil behaviour? How about legal behaviour? If you are a music maestro, is it ok spit paan in public? When an average person looks at the stain, do they look at them through rose tinted glasses - ah but what lovely music he plays, lets overlook this, lets not antagonise him. And what when its not a paan stain, but someone's emotional life you play with, do you still get a bigger leeway?

I remember those arguments in rape cases, which said it doesn't matter if the victim was promiscuous, and it doesn't matter if the perpetrator was a respectable member of society ( probably good at doing whatever he did and thus making money). Justice has to be blind. You look at the facts, and you decide.

Thats good for movies, and thats good for aspiration, but in real life, we don't work that way, do we? We make excuses, both ways - heavily. Even when we aren't really going to benefit, one way or the other, from the brilliant fellow, who's obviously doing something thats not on par. Still, there's that inherent fascination with brilliance, perhaps somewhere we fill, it'll do more good to society as a whole. The poor person at the receiving end, they don't really matter.

Yes, there's the ethical / philosophical debate, on how we still need to strive towards being impartial. But I realised today, what an uphill task it really is.


quaintkal said...

hey! good to have you back 'picking up pieces'! :)
yeah impartiality / objectivity will always remain an uphill task for a majority of us! but in what context was this question being mulled over if i may ask?

Tess said...

@quintkal - good to know i still have some readers left :)

No momentous context, just heard of a Phaneesh Murthy type case. And the reaction from people around was typical, first think if the said Phanesh Murthy is 'good at his job' , 'happy go lucky' etc. What are the facts doesn't seem to be the primary question, the attributions that we can make to the motives seem more important.

Its human i guess, but better to be aware of the prejudices and try to fight them..