শনিবার, সেপ্টেম্বর ১৯, ২০২০
কোভিড১৯ ডেস্ক
২২ আগস্ট ২০২০
৩:৪৭ অপরাহ্ণ
The Half-Full Half-Empty Glass Syndrome!
The Half-Full Half-Empty Glass Syndrome!

২২ আগস্ট ২০২০ ৩:৪৭ অপরাহ্ণ

Some people always start with a 'no' to anything uttered or addressed to; in fact, many of them don't really mean 'no', it's being somewhat a habit of claiming so. However, for others a 'no means no' always to all or any matters under the sun, albeit the foremost correct piece of stories or development is reported to them for the primary time. this is often the germ of negativity that, if unchecked, eventually takes full control of the hapless human mind. Such negative vibes are often infectious, affecting all around adversely, let its homes or offices or public places. This writer has experienced this syndrome in his various train journeys: yes, in India most of the people are woeful won't too late be running of the trains, but when a train actually is doing great, running on time or ever before time, those souls still emit the negative vibes 'no, it's running late already or getting to run late or will finally arrive three-four hours late' then on; and this writer has seen on many occasions how these negative vibes actually cause the train losing on time thanks to a string of unforeseen goof-ups, and eventually running late irrecoverably. we do not get to submit scientific proofs on the negative-vibe-infection syndrome, because most of the items within the human mind cannot actually be proved.

For a previous couple of months, the waves of negative vibes are rising as worryingly because of the COVID virus. Reasons for this aren't far to hunt. within the wake of the 'new normal' forced upon humanity by the killer virus people are becoming bereft of things they always loved to do: they're unable to combine with friends or relatives even within the domestic environs; they're bereft of all parties, all social-cultural-religious events; they will not visit the movie houses or their most favorite restaurants; in some regions, they can't even take their morning or evening walks or jogs or strolls; all the ladies are becoming uninterested in being within the kitchen continuously with no outings or outside food coming in, and albeit the lads try to help them in cooking the 'casualties' end up to be quite benefits; people living in congested or compressed spaces, particularly within the Indian slums and low-middle class homes, are becoming suffocated and impatient; and no shopping ecstasies are often indulged in apart from the tedious and repetitive online choices.

The negativity surge has been emerging as a socialistic phenomenon too sans class bias with even the celebrities of varied fields in their spacious flats getting angry, frustrated, and impatient. The movie industry, particularly in India, seems to be affected the foremost, from the celebs to the junior artists, technicians, and small-time operators, the previous being suffocated thanks to forced idleness and depression while the latter suffering thanks to lack of employment and financial difficulties. for instance, the Bollywood (Hindi movie industry in India) has been twisting and seething with suffocation such a lot in order that this possibly led to at least one rising star, Sushant Singh Rajput, committing an alleged suicide which successively has threatened to divide the industry into two, one side alleging mafia-rule and nepotism while the opposite side defending itself and facing a grilling by the police.

Many have questioned the role of the media too in spreading negativity. 'Why do they always highlight the negative stories' has been the constant query on the minds of individuals. Videos of varied stray incidents like keeping dead bodies for an extended time alongside recuperating patients in COVID treatment wards or patients dying thanks to alleged hospital denial to admit or total lack of dignified cremation for dead patients are actually being given repeated airtime within the Indian television channels at various times. The media, within the unusual crisis-laden cut-throat throes of competition, must be catering to the negativity that has mushroomed within the last few months. Of course, good-news stories also are being shown, but in some cases, even good-news stories get the negative tinge; for instance, some channels tend to use somewhat negative words like 'slump' or 'dip' while dispensing a most positive story that new COVID cases are coming down in certain cities, and while showing COVID hospitals with many empty beds the impression that comes out from the structure of the story is that the hospitals should really be blamed for under-utilizing the beds. Such is the power of negativity.

As strong because the Corona surge, the negativity surge is finding a clear outlet within social media too. rather than inspiring the users with positivity, most of the posts/videos are aimed toward only terrorizing/misinforming/misleading them. The emotions expressed are always either ridicule or disdain or rumor-mongering or satire at the best. With the digital existence becoming a reality now, constant exposure to such negative hammerings is sure to impact the human mind in an undesirable way, strengthening the negative surge further.

Like the COVID surge, the negativity surge too must be contained with positive measures. Unfortunately, the authorities cannot do much on this front. The people must consider, reconsider, and arm themselves with a robust positivity in everything they are doing, from even eating to watching, talking, listening or working, applying moderation and discretion everywhere. they need to tune only to genuine and confirmed sources of information; they need to not blindly keep it up forwarding posts/videos within the social media; and briefly, they need to learn to differentiate a half-full glass of water from a half-empty one. they need to counter the word 'no' during a very practical way unless it is a matter of life and death. Good positive stories are indeed unfolding everywhere around the globe, you simply got to behold these. As we talked of individuals living in congested slums, Asia's biggest slum, Dharavi in Mumbai, has created a hit story in containing the virus most effectively which got international praise and commendation. the desire in people is all-powerful if they only plan to win against an epidemic of negativity, they're going to surely win. regardless of being Corona negative or Corona positive, you want to always be positive in life, against any challenge. No better time to accomplish positivity than this.

Chinmay Chakravarty may be a professional specialized within the creative field with over 20 years of experience in journalistic writing, media co-ordination, film scriptwriting, film dubbing, film & video making, management of international film festivals and editing of books & journals. Proficient in providing professional services in these related fields. Was a politician of Indian Information Service and superannuated from the post of Director, Press Information Bureau, Kolkata in November 2019. Published his first solo book 'Laugh and Let Laugh' in 2017.

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