I have always been drawn into reading controversial books, and it is not only controversial books which attract my attention, but everything and anything which raises controversy.
Lewis Carroll's classic book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is certainly a book one cannot pass by without raising a curios discussion. Many deem the book as a children story solely created for entertainment. While many others see quite the contrary, as it is often associated with darker themes like drug abuse, insanity and hallucination.
I took time to read the book and I find absolute wonders in it. I read it quite thoughtfully, and carefully and here is what I learnt from it ...
|Alice in Wonderland cover by Charles Robbinson|
The truth is, you see, I see a great deal of Alice in me. I grew up in a society of restrictions, rules, being told about the things you must do and things you must not do, and all of it bored me to death. A life of 'dull history lessons' is not something I make for myself, or ever will wish to make for myself. If it is a wonderland which I must create, then wonderland it is.
Alice's imagination took her to places she never thought she would go to, regardless whether she liked the outcome or not. It's a learning process, and I absolutely hate dull and boring history lessons.
This restriction issue of following rules and a dull lifestyle brings me to my following point: freedom.
Yes Wonderland was a mad place, but it was a world of endless possibilities. Nothing's impossible, which is something I often correlate with the definition of freedom. Freedom to me is being able to do whatever you want to do, and be happy doing it. In a world where you are told your dreams are impossible, that's a world lacking freedom.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
This - to me - summarizes how we evolve as individuals. One can never be the same person they were yesterday, and that is something one must learn to accept. If I look back to how I felt last week I would see a completely different woman. Sometimes we change for the better, and sometimes for the worst. In the end, it is our choice how we evolve.
Last but not least, I learnt that it is absolutely okay to be madly crazy.
You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.