How many creatures in the world can match the intellectual abilities of humans? Although we are physically much weaker than most of the animals, we largely control them. We can even tame a lion. We have reached outer space, created sophisticated instruments to cure disease. This is a fact, and it must be for reason.
Those who believe in spirituality and the existence of God can relate this to the creator, and those who are unbelievers put it differently and try to explain it through other means. But all of us largely agree that the quest to gain wisdom and knowledge about the universe is a persistent thirst that humans have not quenched yet, and perhaps will never do. Our curiosity to explore the universe will never die and if one dives deeper to know why, and what makes us to do this, we may turn our pages of wisdom within us and start exploring life differently. This is a normal cycle for any conscious human being, and this is exactly what Zaira Wasim might have been going through when she decided to quit Bollywood.
I think the growth of humans on earth is not merely to survive and increase in size but to think and act wisely. Zaira Wasim had this quest to discover herself. Her life seems to have distracted this very purpose, which can happen to anyone and in any field, not just in the film industry. Why would any conscious soul get offended by such a choice? It is our life and we have the right to explore it, and discover and rediscover it.
I think, Zaira, while working in Bollywood, understood that the direction and script that was given to her to act on is the reflection of a larger picture of what this universe is all about. She perhaps glimpsed into that infinite world where God is the director, and we all are actors. The scripts, our holy scriptures, are just instructions to follow to make our stay in the world one of the best experiences. Think of a movie where an actor refused to follow a given script and direction, the outcome might be disastrous. Zaira has explored the world where God is the director, and started to follow those instruction, any sensible actor would do the same. How can such a decision be controversial? And this makes sense to anyone who understands that humans are a part of a project that God has planned a long time back, and there everyone will be accountable to what he/she has done in life. So death is the final destination and God will reward or punish people based on what they have achieved in life.
A major problem that humans face in the present world is the existence of extreme hatred amongst ourselves (including intra-and inter-religious problems) and between religious and non-religious people. And, ironically, these groups have maintained a long distance to explore each others worlds. How are we going to solve a problem if we do not understand that very problem.
How many people, who are offended by Zaira Wasims decision, have opened a chapter in Quran (the religious scriptture of Muslims), and explored it to map and understand what she has decided to follow. At least this would have made the criticism worthy of a discussion.
Academic and research criticism on old and new findings/beliefs is a world that one loves to explore. Because such discussions, if done professionally, would enrich you with a wealth of information and the reader would enjoy every moment of it. But unfortunately, such criticism is rare these days, and the problem is that people read less, explore less, but comment a lot. And this gets ignited further with false nationalism, and the supremacist attitude of people who believe in such ideas which are basically worth nothing; if we just turn a few pages of human history on the planet Earth.
So, I feel the thirst to explore the world of knowledge, the treasure of information amongst and between believers and non-believers has to be shared. We must work on our tolerance to discover the beauty of this planet that we call home. There is no harm in reading about religious or non-religious texts with a motivation to fully comprehend the bigger picture of why, what, and how. Why do Muslims believe in one God, and what does that mean? Why do polytheists believe in many Gods, and what does it signify?
There is so much beauty in diversity, only if it enriches you. Your love to climb mountains will take you to the highest point on the planets and your love to explore the worlds will have absolutely no end. So let us be explorers of this universe, and set stage for all of us to reach the zenith of humanity, where we love to help people to make them live in peace and prosperity.