It is interesting how the presence of a person fades away soon after the production of an idea, when the idea itself is deemed fallible. It is only when the concept gains clarity that the creator or thinker is summoned to further elaborate on the nuances. Nonetheless, every discarded idea is significant in shaping accepted and perfected theories. The most valued ideas can often be traced back to unintended, feral outgrowths that have thrived amidst the stares of unsettling, sceptical and sometimes ignorant eyes.
“It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is easy to forget such words, but the impact is felt, and often manifold, when experiences hit hard and penning down emotions, expressing thoughts, become the only reliable recluse.
Half a year of restricted physical mobility has proven surprisingly beneficial for mental lubrication and sharpening of the intellect. People have taken up special hobbies to brush up their perceptions. They have started engaging in exercises for cerebral stimulation (and solving crossword puzzles is not the only way to go when it comes to juicing the brain up). People now have the time to think twice over important things. However, they also have the time to discard certain concepts, simply falling prey to overthinking. Copious servings of irrelevant information (mostly online) may be appropriately identified here as the catalyst. Although the use or abuse of such technological bounty decides the outcome of consequent actions, responsible handling of free information is rarely practised and the unrestricted cultivation of slanted opinions floods online social platforms every day. More opinions should ideally lead to more solutions, rather better solutions. But that isn’t always the case. If one decides to bathe in a sea of unpruned interpretations every morning, the individual is bound to start the day with a cup of energising distraction. This energy will now force him into ignorantly taking sides, resulting in his participation in futile discussions, debates and arguments. Sadly, such unprepared verbal or non-verbal exchanges rarely bring any good to the society, let alone fetching solutions to problems. Rather, such discussions are often tiresome; draining what good is left of the mind.
Humans, being social beings, function better among other humans. But times are changing; so are conventions. Unchecked exposure to random thoughts can prove to be severely damaging for the human mind, which is undesirable. Intrusive ideas are growing in profusion, with increase in population. It is unfortunate that issues concerning emotions and mental health rank way below those related to material lack. Fortunately, the magazine’s second issue has discovered a rogue ingredient in the cauldron, floating atop the harmonious preparation of dreaminess, and arrangements have been made to brew purposeful cognition out of it – with a fresh perspective, interesting revelations, deeper intellectual incisions and a thorough study of the matter at hand.
Golden Cauldron Literary Magazine is honoured to feature the interview of Dr. Tirthankar Guha Thakurta (KPC Medical College) on the topic “Awareness and Acceptance of Mental Health Issues and LGBTQ Community”. Both these areas are easily overlooked even in the 21st century. No matter how hard and how often such topics are brought up and discussed, the ever-present mist of ignorance regarding them remains unlifted. Nevertheless, such sensitive issues demand careful consideration and elaborate discussions in a safe environment, with a sophisticated and civilized approach. Readers are encouraged to have a peek into the enriching conversation between Ms. Adrija Basu and Dr. Guha Thakurta, where they discuss various issues relating to mental health and public and self-acceptance, at the current societal level.
The past few months have seen unimaginable socio-political unravelling, but connections have remained severed at the mental and emotional level. Conventional assumptions have not changed with swiftly changing times and a swifter change in circumstances and human temperament. Students’ complaints about newer trends and technology are not healthily reciprocated by parents. Adults facing hardships dealing with the dynamic doom are receiving similar treatment from the government and industrial heads. Most campaigns promoting LGBTQ rights are exploited for publicity by people calling themselves “straights”, while the “queer” community is still afraid to come out of the cocoon. By naming, grouping and highlighting the very normalcies of life, the society has created an angent that slyly erodes the unity and harmony in humans. Such circumstances need to be dealt with efficacy and self-acceptance, and this realization is the centrepiece that has remained unattended to for ages. A seemingly general advice for an absolutely grim situation, accepting oneself and one's challenges, is a head start that humans have been missing out on.
The magazine adapts appropriately with changing social scenarios and readers are insisted to read through with an open mind, while also paying attention to details, to get the most out of every issue.