By Pooja Bhatt - Why Do People Cheat - Wonderful article to share !

By Pooja Bhatt


Why do people stray in relationships or look elsewhere? Why do they cheat? Is it boredom, greed, delusion that the next person will fulfill them in
ways the last person could not or just mother nature's coaxing methods
coming into play to ensure you spread the bounty of your DNA? Whatever
the reasons, the end result ends up being the same. It's like stuffing
your face with candy when you're hypoglycemic. The "rush" of the sugar
gives you a temporary feeling of well-being but creates havoc
internally. "I cheat because I can," said a friend rather flippantly.
"Who wouldn't if they had the chance? Do I feel regret? Never! I still
love my wife and treat her like a queen." While most women in the room
rolled up their shirtsleeves, eager to pin him down in a fight, some of
the men gaped at him with open-mouthed admiration.

The truth is, most people would cheat if they could get away with it and do cheat even when the risk of being caught looms large. Statistics show that the
prescribed moral code handed down to us by our forefathers does not seem
to be operative in the world as we truly know and experience it on a
daily basis. Conduct suggested and exhibited over cups of tea in
supposedly decent and functional homes is as realistic as the plots
displayed in the tawdry soaps that provide the background score to most
average lives.

We are, as my father says, what we hide. The lives we lead and the lives we preach are sometimes two contrasting realities. We promise, cheat, lie, reap. Storing away truths in mothball-lined
closets where sunlight can't reach. Yet we overlook the minor but vital
detail that the only person we are eventually lying to is ourselves. Can
you live with the consequences of your actions, your conscience for a
second be damned? If the answer is a resounding yes, then consider this:
love and lust are as different from each other as red wine and blue
cheese. But because they can also complement one another splendidly,
they get confused and combined with amazing dumbfounded regularity. Does
being an adult mean seeking a constant source of candy? Or does it mean
seeking self-restraint? Does less equal more in every area of life,
except for matters of the heart or, pardon my French, matters of the
crotch? The answers are varied and the questions more so but one thing
is for certain-there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The
rainbow itself is you. Nothing or no one is going to fulfill you if you
are not inherently fulfilled yourself. We can stray as much as we please
but we'll be kidding ourselves if we believe we are doing anything more
than putting out fire with gasoline.


The writer is a filmmaker

Reproduced From India Today. © 2010. LMIL. All rights reserved.





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