Follow The Mind

by Tahira Rifath

Sometimes I sit with people and I hear them converse about the good ones they’ve met in their lifetime and it makes me pleased to listen to the endless stories of how strangers have done them good. However, there would always be a but. “But he drinks” “but he doesn’t believe in God” “but he’s Muslim” “but he’s Christian” “but he’s on drugs” “but he’s tattooed” “but she’s a stripper” “but he’s a policeman” “but he’s black” “but he’s white” and it would feel like someone who had just given me a new iPhone 6S took it back and smashed it on the floor till the damaged screen shows the world how broken we are. I think the problem here is that we believe morality is irrelative and that it is more of a golden wire than an elastic band. That you can’t meddle with morals. That being good is white and being bad is black and that grey only exists to the lost. In a way or another, we are governed by religion, culture, politics and education but we must also be dominated by our minds. Go astray and let your mind guide you the way, if you are a good person, whether black, white, muslim, a drunk, a druggie, you will do good to people period. There is no ‘buts’ in a grey world. Everyone would say “follow your heart” but in a movie, that has somehow changed my life, I heard a rebuttal to that “have you seen a human heart? It looks like a fist wrapped in blood.” The human heart does not have the capacity the human mind does. It does not have a synapse and it does not have the capability of digesting and interpreting and recreating the information that flow in. So follow your mind. Your mind that has been storing all the books you’ve read, all the conversations you’ve had, all the scenery you’ve seen and all the thoughts that keep you up at night. Follow the mind that can be a paradox of good and bad, of hell and heaven and of sin and deeds.

Follow the mind.