Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The lotus eater.

Last time, during my school years, when learning the literature component there's one of the short story that I've been fond for, called The Lotus Eater. Reading the text though, I've never understand during that time what the title really resembles, as for me the story does not have any connection with eating lotus whatsoever.

Then as time follows, I've realized that the title itself actually resembles closer to me than I'd imagined. Actually not just me, but for most of the people around me, including whom are reading this post. In the end, all of us in some way consumed our own "lotus" at some point of our own lives. The lotus of indulging daydreaming.

I believe that just like me, everybody has their own dream once in a while. A dream of having a luxurious car, a dream of being the most powerful person on the planet, or just fantasizing of doing nothing except lying down beside a money tree where it blooms all year long. Things that were not just under the sun, but even beyond it.

Yet it can be agreed to a degree that in most of our dream, we definitely imagined something different from what we've experienced from our reality. In simpler words, we dreamt of doing changes in our lives - either in the form of improvements, or totally out of the routine. Meanwhile, some of us become the lotus eater just to escape the reality that we've faced; the more harsh condition we're into, the more lotus we consume.

In the end, we become the victim of our own imagination, and continuing to build (and renovating) our castle in the air. Worst, we often invite others into our castles too, and share with them our indulging fantasy, in which in the end gave them false hope and comfort. And if you understand what I'm saying, all of these were not meant literally at all.

So I might as well asked, is it wrong to be a lotus eater? Is it sinful to have dreams for our future and making plans to change our lives? Is the lotus that we've consumed everyday - whether we aware of it or not - is worthless and a waste of time?

The answer is - ladies and gentlemen - is not even close. Becoming a lotus eater is one of our own intrinsic necessities that drives our own intrinsic motivations towards achieving something. Inspirations is a gift from God; without it, Sir Isaac Newton would never had guessed the force that bind all existence altogether, nor will Bill Gates brought himself to his position today. They've once had become the lotus eaters at some stage of their lives, and from that point they progress and brought changes to this world.

Hence, it cannot be denied the fact that some great peoples amongst us were actually a lotus eater, just as me and you. But what make them succeed in achieving what they dreamt for, which some of us had yet to come? The truth itself most probably lies how we "eat" our own lotus all these years.

The lotus itself is a priceless gift of divine inspiration, as it gave self-uniqueness of each person existed and thus define them exclusively. But without the strong need and determination to achieve it, it is basically worthless. Thus, the lotus value depends on its consumer. A great achiever is not measured upon from what he had inspired in his mind, but how he transpires it into reality.

It is ironic that in this so-called moments which marks the height of human progress and development, one's success is defined through their ability of creating "lotuses" for others; literally attaining achievement by indulging the lives of others around them, making them preoccupied with trivial matters around them and therefore abandoning their own dreams. These could be seen in our own scenario, where the advancement of  media, showbiz, games, and other different kind of entertainments quickly surpasses other sectors and it is one of the most lucrative industry across the globe too.

The fact that most people are okay (and maybe even craving) to be indulged with these kind of addiction eventually ignite those who had the realization that these lotus eaters are beneficial to their own profit, and thus continuously creating lotuses for them - just as the British government provides opium to the Chinese in exchange for tea, which symbolizes wealth at that time.

Back to the point, being a lotus eater isn't bad if you realize the degree of your addiction towards it. And for once, don't just imagine the moments of triumph and indulgence when you're finally there, but also think about how to get there as well. It maybe not as beautiful as we've hoped for in reality but nevertheless in the process it would probably crisscrossed with something that we'd always yearn for - the turning point of our own lives. Who knows, right?


  1. taupown ko...its the last thing people would do.but when they did,it is simply because they are seeking for better options...planning!!!but then the soooo-not-understand-people just simply scolded n started to be judgmental n way very negative with them.they accused of someone been doing this as the one who was drowned in their little desire..if this thing is mistake...it was an honest mistake...but the reality is people is just doing some sort of thinking...planning.they didn't ask to fail in their exam n do something like this in the end, they for sure would never ask for the laptop to go missing n end-up doing whatsoever that actually would make him/her looked so stupid n idiotic...n waste one year without pursuing him/her studies...they don't ask for it...
    P/S:the moral is DO NOTTTTT SIMMMMPLYYY JUDGED, DO NOT SIMPLYYY SAY SOMETHING BAD...it may looked very good n seemed right for us but then to that particular person who experienced...its like neraka...DO NOTTTT SIMPLYYYYY...

  2. Enjoyed your take on lotus eating. I came across your post while hunting for an image to go with my blog post on lotus eating! Hope you wouldn't mind if I borrow the beautiful painting of the lady.