It’s weird how the human brain can make connections between two totally different ideas at the spur of the moment. A few days back I was taking my biophysics class when the professor started talking about a really basic physical concept- inertia. “A body continues to be in its state (of motion or rest) unless acted upon by an external force…”
From here, my mind had veered off to another turn. I had always wondered why is it that people continue to do what they do without the fear of accountability. I’ve often asked myself the same question everytime I deliberately do a wrong. This law of inertia kinds of explains it. Evil is tempting. And the inner-self is inclined towards temptations. Unless and until conscience hits strong enough to disbalance this state of stupor. And I have good reasons to draw an analogy between an external force and conscience, for a sound conscience is a blessing from the Almighty, and not something a human can generate on his own admist a pandemonium of distractions.
Prophet Yousuf’s insight would complete the connection here:
وَمَآ أُبَرِّىءُ نَفْسِى إِنَّ النَّفْسَ لأَمَّارَةٌ بِالسُّوءِ إِلاَّ مَا رَحِمَ رَبِّى إِنَّ رَبِّى غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“And I free not myself (from the blame). Verily, the self is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows His mercy (upon whom He wills). Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Lord’s Mercy is that “nagging small voice” here. Attraction for evil is ingrained. But at the same time this counter force- ‘the conscience’ is also acting. Even if it is the faintest of murmurs, it’s always there. And this, I guess, is another difference between inanimate objects and humans. We have the power to choose, even between these forces. Listen to the tiny voice inside your head, and you’ll feel the temptations dimming however so gradually, but they will dim. Side with the wrong, and you will smother your own defense mechanism, opening the gates for infiltration. So the balance is in your hands really. You get to decide. And it is sad that even though we rate life high on the scale of unpredictibility, we have given ourselves up to this inertia. We have let our guard down.
P.S: “Guarded Gates” is inspired from the picture I used as a feature image for this post.