Can The Righteous be Neutral?

“There is no black and white. Everyone is a different shade of grey”.

The above sentence was sent out as a tweet by yours’ truly (@himanshuchsharma) some months ago, after a fight where I was replaying the fight in my head and realized we were both incorrect & hence, “grey”. So, in that moment of needing an out, to talk to someone, to understand my anguish, and with a selfish ulterior motive, to side with me and for what I felt was injustice on me, I wrote that tweet. & as Twitter has proven time again to be the toughest social media to get engagements on, it received ZERO responses, and one pity “heart” by my mother, to whom of course, I would never share the context of the tweet.

Now, a few months removed, with the whole mechanism of coping with the person I fought with not being there in my life anymore & the rest behind me, going through the emotions of justifying myself, hating the world, hating the other person, doing a solo bike ride with David Bowie songs(which is a must), hating myself, rebounding and texting random crushes and eventually (thank goodness) moving on, I go back to the tweet in regards to a more important context: Is there a clear black & white differentiation when it comes to morality? Can the righteous at this point of time afford to be neutral? At this time where the world is more divided than ever before, with the political, healthcare and social turmoil we find ourselves in, is there a higher moral stand where we can look at a person’s opinion objectively? For every right thing that Mr Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi stood for, there are certain “views” that Mr Gandhi conformed to that are ‘questionable’ at best. When the Country could have done away with the biggest infirmity of our society, the Caste System, Mr Gandhi went out of his way to defend it; taking an eyebrow raising “soft hindutva” (by today’s standards) stand on it. Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar used his voice to speak against Mr Gandhi and yet, it can be argued, that for the just moral stand that Dr Ambedkar had for the rights of Schedule Castes, even Dr Ambedkar fell short of doing the same justice for the Schedule Tribes; going on record to state his displeasure to provide them with the right to ballot votes, finding them “inadequate” to do so for their “lack of education”.

Every political or social leader in history and today, has one or more blots of questionable views and opinions. It can be argued that that is the natural essence of the human embodiment, given we can’t always be right, for that is reserved for “God” (whoever she/he is). And using ‘God’ as an instrument to further personal and violent scores has been the essence of Human Civilization. There has never been a utopia. No generation has ever passed without their share of violence, injustice and chaos. & yet, after all of this, we read articles, op-eds, and news, to form opinions and views; segregate people, stratify their opinions, to create a sense of balance for ourselves & our minds. The only black & white differentiation that we can make is only on ourselves. The only way to mold our “social and moral righteousness” is by education & having a dialogue with people. The question in the title has no definite answer. There can never be an objective answer to a subjective question. & for everyone else that views us with their moral compass, we will always be “grey”. & so will they be to us.

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