Drunk with Purpose

Atop the roof of a six story, old dilapidated building is the scene of our story. Its a shady bar, the kind where there are scribbles on the washroom door. Where the food is hardly visible because of the low lighting and no one cares what they are eating anyway. Alcohol is what any man here hungers for. Midst a cloud of smoke and muffled in the collective noise of inebriated conversation, two beings appear.

OLD MONK
..no I don’t think it’s just chaotic management anymore, this aversion to progress seems more like company policy.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
And that is why we drink. More manchurian?

OLD MONK
Nope.(Burps)

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Life’s good, this is good(looks around). Look at everyone here, the collective engineering exam entrance scores in this room could suffice at least one entire college.

OLD MONK
And yet after all our laboring, here we are.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Hmm but we could be worse off. I mean everyone here looks happy.

OLD MONK
Momentary upliftment.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Why? Parents are happy, the job pays well, not very but enough.

OLD MONK
Marriage?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
(seriously)Lets not go there.

OLD MONK
Hahahahaha, hmmm. You visually appear to be thinking.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Appearances are like that, visual. Although everyone looks happy (broods a little), do any of them have actual purpose?

OLD MONK
Purpose

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Yeah! Life’s purpose, the goal, meaning, without any of it all of us hurtling in some unkown direction.

OLD MONK
Life don’t need no purpose.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Excuse me?

OLD MONK
You heard it, no need.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Of course you need something, what do you mean? I mean why live? Why carry on doing our dreary duties.

OLD MONK
Why do you drink?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Cause it makes me feel good(empties glass) or at least less bad.

OLD MONK
So live for feeling good, you don’t live, you don’t feel.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
What the ?!

OLD MONK
Not everything needs a direction, survive; that’s enough for now.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
No that’s not enough! Thrive! Achieve! Truly live!

OLD MONK
Sure, if you want to sell motivational books that is.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
I can’t believe you are saying this shit. I mean, you are the last person I…

OLD MONK
So you want me to agree with you? Well even if I do and say so, what fun will that be?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
So this is for fun, you agree with me?

OLD MONK
Let’s say I’m considering my options.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
About whether life should have a purpose or not?

OLD MONK
Yeah, wait a minute, that could be my purpose. To figure out whether life should have one or not.(snickers)

ANTIQUITY BLUE
……

OLD MONK
Ok, I’ll call for a refill and then lets carry on.
(beckons the waiter)
So, do animals have purpose?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Err, yes they do. To eat, to sleep, hunt, swim, reproduce.

OLD MONK
All these my dear boy are what my Bengali highschool English master would call “Berbs”. I ask of the purpose.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Well, to sustain themselves, that is the primary purpose of most beasts. But we humans aren’t like them are we?

OLD MONK
If you say so.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
We have made time for other things, we have time to go beyond basic sustenance!

OLD MONK
Why do you and I work? For the money, the money we need for shelter and comestibles.(Gulps a large swig) And why oh why do we need these things?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
To survive, but that’s not all is it? You need art, culture, education and those other things which make life what it is.

OLD MONK
Yes, they make survival bearable. Without them you and I would be bored with our elongated existences. So they do help us survive!

ANTIQUITY BLUE
But

OLD MONK
Define purpose. What’s yours?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Well, I.. I want to learn new things, to create stuff.To make a difference God dammit!

OLD MONK
Good for you!(Raises his glass)

ANTIQUITY BLUE
I don’t get you, you aren’t this indifferent insufferable fool that you are posing as with all this rum in you.

OLD MONK
Well, it’s good to have purpose. For one’s existence to mean something. But look at us (waves his glass wildly, sloshing liquid clumsily and hastily putting the glass down) what are we but insignificant specks in this vast cosmos? We can do what we can to make our collective existence bearable even enjoyable. But to be arrogant enough to assume we, 20 thousand something light years away from the center of the Milky Way. Er..

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Yes?

OLD MONK
I forgot what I was saying.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Milky way

OLD MONK
What about it?

ANTIQUITY BLUE
You brought it up! Something to do about our insignificance.

OLD MONK
Aaah yes. You know how big this Universe is.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Yep

OLD MONK
And we are very small, in comparison that is.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
Tiny

OLD MONK
So what we do has very little impact doesn’t it? The entire planet could blow up and most of space wouldn’t know for millions and millions of years.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
True, but we would.

OLD MONK
So till then, we can do things but not claim superiority for having done them. From a long enough distance, some movement is equal to none.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
But what about from close up?

OLD MONK
Always look at the big picture

ANTIQUITY BLUE
From Mars or should we go to the Andromeda?

OLD MONK
Nobody likes a whiskey drinker.

ANTIQUITY BLUE
(rolls eyes)I need to pee.

OLD MONK
I seem to have already had the piss taken out of me.

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