Compare means: to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences: to compare two pieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations.
Comparison is defined as:
1. the act of comparing.
2. the state of being compared.
3. a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement.
4. Rhetoric . the considering of two things with regard to some characteristic that is common to both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
5. capability of being compared or likened.
Now if two objects are before us e.g. two products in a shopping mall, the above definition will squarely apply but what happens when only one product or person is before us? Is that not comparison?
Comparison has become compulsive habit. Every time we encounter an object or a person, the mind rushes to the memory to find something to compare with. Why is it so?
Of course in this world where money has been propagated as means of survival and resources are used as means of self propagation, right price can only be determined by comparison. But do we need to analyse every object or person on comparative scale?
The problem of comparison is two-fold:
First there is no model or ideal object to compare with. Objectivity is relative from place to place, person to person, weather to weather. More so, the experience of comparing two products, can not be successfully applied in analyzing a person, a relationship or something similarly ethereal.
Secondly by comparison we miss, what is unique or not so common. We are struck in superficial and result is sorrow.
Comparison is founded on expectation of a vague objective. That vagueness is ever-increasing. Every new data for comparison only adds to vagueness.
Restless disappointment if not sorrow is the only result that emanates from comparison. The most unfortunate part is that it is not based on any sound foundation but merely a notion which may change very next day if not hour.
The noise of comparison hounds us day and night. It becomes not a compulsion but we becomes the comparison. Bench marking everything we see and meet with or without any ostensible purpose.
So who is alive? Comparison or the one who compares?