Now, as most of you would already know, I tend to be a bit of a loner.
Most hours of my day are spent in the musty interiors of my room, furiously staring into a screen.
Even when I do go out, unless I am with a close friend, I will probably just sit in a corner and mind my own business. Striking up a conversation with a middle-aged man sitting at the table next to mine is usually the last thing I would do.
And yet, oddly enough, that is exactly what I did today… And, I came out of it with a few interesting thoughts.
You see, some people are just, as the kids these days call it, ‘woke’. They are conscientious enough to question this world of ours, and intelligent enough to glean some answers.
Now, to quote eden ahbez,
While we spoke of many things,
Fools and Kings,
This he said to me:
Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
— Anatole France
Of course, I am not quoting him verbatim, but when do I ever do that?
Essentially, his argument was quite simple. Our society has an extremely unhealthy outlook towards sex, and that needs to be changed.
Now, obviously, nobody can quite deny that, but his candid ideas were unexpectedly refreshing.
I think I will quote him verbatim, this time:
“Is it unfair for the youth of our country to expect the freedom to cherish a candid moment with their beloved in a public place that is maintained by their own tax payments?”
Well, it is fair, right?
He was of the belief that what India needs is a more sexual revolution, presumably similar to the one that originated in America in the ’60s.
Me? I am more of a moderate. I believe society will change as we, the parents of the future, choose to mould it to our liking.
Of course, having seen this glacial change come to a halt through his lifetime, he probably thought I was naive to think things what change unless we force them.
Well, even Newton’s First and Second Laws of Mechanics seem to support him. But, on the other hand, I must cite the Third Law: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
Nonetheless, things cannot be allowed to stand the way they currently do. Right now, far too many people have a warped understanding of sex.
As long as we keep viewing sex as something one person gives and another gets, instead of it being seen as an experience to be shared by two (or perhaps more, but let us stick with the basics for now) persons, there is no way forward.
And, as the gentleman paid his bill and rose to leave, he leaned over one last time to leave me with his parting words, “By the way, I am a big follower of Osho.”
“Ah,” I responded, as realisation dawned on me. “I see.”