Sheikh Javaid Ayub

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence
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In this write-up, Sheikh Javaid Ayub deduces the philosophy of life by drawing the analogy of egg and hatching with human life and education.

When the eggs hatch, life is born. The birth of life has never been an easy task, but a difficult journey indeed. Life, in order to exist, has to break the chains that keep it submissive, subdued, confined, fossilised and hence dead. These shells have always been the guardians of the status quo. Birth cannot take place if the new life falls in love with the chains and the umbilical cords. Therefore, for the sake of its own existence, bonds have to be broken and eggshells razed to the ground. The eggshells and the membranes have often, in the name of defence and security, kept life hostage.

Is not ‘security’ a camouflage term that hides the real intentions of those perpetuating it? Do ‘security forces’ always provide security to the human species? Are not they the ones who communicate in no language other than that of brute force? Are not they the ones who, in agreement with their masters, engage themselves in the most savage hostility and the most furious hatred against the manufactured ‘other’? The more they acquire power the more they stand above the society and get separated from it. They never feel the pain and the sufferings they unleash on the ‘other’. They, by their economic and military might, control the entire society, its base as well as its super-structure.

Haven’t they, in agreement with their masters, carried a ruthless campaign of lies and slanders, sometimes in the name of weapons of mass destruction and other times in the name of democracy, humanism, the war against terrorism and even of peace? Now humanitarian interventions are carried out for fulfilling the agendas. We have seen millions of people butchered in the name of security, no? Is it rational and worth accepting that security can be provided to humans by simply killing other humans? This is nothing but a rational fantasy, a flight of imagination. Liberation brings peace and security; subjugation, conflict and violence.

Do ‘security forces’ always provide security to the human species? Are not they the ones who communicate in no language other than that of brute force? Are not they the ones who, in agreement with their masters, engage themselves in the most savage hostility and the most furious hatred against the manufactured ‘other’?

Life cannot be made hostage to boundaries and whims of those who have erected them. No doubt some traces of life exist within these boundary walls but they remain in dormancy, confinement and subjugation. Subjugated life is a curse, a shame, more painful than any known pain of the world. These walls block liberation and force silence on life itself. Silence is death; unheard, unnoticed and unmourned. Life manifests with a bang, a cry, a crack and dissociation. So let cracks occur in the eggshells, let the membranes be torn into pieces and let the life sprout from these cracks and holes. Preventing eggs from hatching is to stop life from coming into existence.

Those who are always in search of a pretext to kill are the ones who snatch all the favourable conditions for the existence of life. This habit of snatching takes life from life itself and what remains is a ‘living’, a mere biological existence, a carcass. These walls keep life devoid of all the worth. Liberation is sucked from it. Life may appear in the form but will never come to existence. Mere ‘being’ is not enough. What matters is the ‘existence’ – the very essence of life.

Life is born when liberation takes place when the eggshell is broken and all the membranes that hold life hostage are torn to pieces. Life is, thus, a movement from inside to outside, a journey from the inner world of consciousness to the outer world of existence. Neither the consciousness nor the existence alone can suffice for life, as life is consciousness plus existence. Debar consciousness and humans turn to be animals; snatch existence from them and consciousness has no place to dwell in. The eggshell and the membrane is a barrier between existence (life) and nonexistence (signs of life); it is a barrier between liberation and subjugation; it is a barrier between two different worlds.

One is the world of utmost solitude, seclusion and confinement; confined and walled to the extent that life itself goes into a deep slumber, and we know that sleep is akin to death. It is the world where there is no liberty and only servitude, subjugation and oppression. The other word is a world of all possibilities and freedom; it is a world where life manifests itself with all consciousness and existence – post-revolution world indeed. But this transformation does not and cannot happen on its own. Eggshells do not break by themselves; a systematic procedure of hatching is indeed required. If they break by themselves, new life cannot be born and even remnants of life, if any, are lost too. Hatching demands patience, sacrifice, determination, energy and support. Hatching brings life into existence.

What hatching is for eggs; education is for the exploited, the underdogs, the deprived and the subjugated. It brings their traces of life to life itself. Once they are fully conscious, revolutions are not far. Education must not aim to teach them any revolutionary thought but should revolutionize the thought itself.

It is, however, known that consciousness cannot be gained by the people themselves, as eggshells are not broken by themselves, but a complete procedure is required. Favourable conditions have to be brought in, that too in a free and natural manner. Any artificiality may impact the quality of life itself. Artificial hatching means compromising not only the quality of life but the purpose of life as well. When new life is born, it is born in freedom. The past was bondage, the present is freedom. Let the past not superimpose itself on the present.

The writer is Assistant Professor in Political Science. He can be reached at

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