Friday, August 14, 2015

What Happens When You Ban Something?

We must always bear in mind that we are not going to be free, but are free already.  Every idea that we are bound is a delusion.
Swami Vivekananda

What would you do if right now I told you drinking cola, the fizzy kind; the one that is enjoyed chilled with burgers and pizzas is going to be banned in the next thirty minutes? From now you can’t get cola anywhere, neither in super markets, neither in restaurants, nor at the movies. After thirty minutes, it will be illegal to drink a cola – if anyone is found drinking or selling it, risks being arrested. It is being banned because it is not good for you.

What do you feel like doing right now? Do you have a strong urge to do something? Is your mouth watering, can you smell and hear a fizzy sound? Suddenly are you tempted to rush to the nearest supermarket or restaurant and grab a can or bottle of chilled cola?

What happens after your initial urge is satisfied? What will you do once thirty minutes are over and cola is banned? Do you think your urge for cola will reduce or increase?

Do you think people will start smuggling in colas illegally from other countries? Do you think there will be a market for illegally smuggled cola, where people are willing to pay several times more to get their hands on some chilled forbidden cola? Some of the cola might also be expired or tampered with, but do you think people might still end up drinking it because of their strong urge and a lack of availability?

Maybe a few creative and shady characters, might end up manufacturing cola illegally in underground basements and remote sheds, do you think people who can’t afford the smuggled colas, will try and make do with this ‘spurious’ cola?  Maybe, the water used in this cola is impure and can be a health risk; will people still give in to urges and temptation for the ‘forbidden cola’?

I am sure by now you might have answers to all the questions, as we all have intelligence within us. Replace ‘cola’ with anything else and the answer remains the same. Once you ban something is becomes even more valuable for human beings. It becomes scarce, it becomes attractive, it becomes desirable – the forbidden fruit is always more tempting than what is allowed.

I have lived in countries where porn was banned; people consumed much more of it and found all sorts of means and ways to access it – through DVDs being sold on the streets and in shady alleys. I already know of people having bought Maggie in “black” and we all know what happens with alcohol in states such as Gujarat.

We as human beings love all that is banned and forbidden!

I am thinking I should get the government to ban a few of my books, that way sales will shoot up in a big way!

Yogesh Chabria 
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#IndependenceOfThought

This is an initiative by the members of The Writer's Club and Varsha Kharidaha to promote the Freedom and Independence of Thought. There are many quotes and thoughts I agree with as under and many I don't agree with, but that does not mean I will stop them from being expressed. 

There’s no greater freedom than the freedom of thought. On the occasion of Independence Day, The Writers’ Club urges you stand up for freedom by sharing a single line from a banned book on your twitter feed. Pick a quote from the list below and post it with #IndependenceOfThought. Because if there’s one thing more threatening than a provocative book, it’s the people that ban it. 

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1 comment:

Ashok said...

Excellent views on Freedom and Happy Independence Day to all!