Philiosophy

How worthy is our obsession for knowledge?

It’s never-ending. Every scroll, every click makes you consume another fascinating story, another interesting article. Even this very post, is probably a part of this information overload. You learn something from everything you see around you. If someone wishes to, he or she can opt to activate their brain cells for every second of their life, till they reach a point when the brain tires out naturally and starts ageing. Brains would die, but the web world will keep churning out content exponentially and endlessly. It is all up to you, how much of this information do you want to intake? How much of this information needs to be consumed by us? Yes, they do stimulate our emotions and senses. But, is there a need for this constant stimulation? Our intuitive nature makes us want to know more. But shouldn’t there be a limit for this quest? How much of this worldly wisdom is necessary? Being aware of who you are, your people and your surroundings is just enough maybe. Being aware of what is logically right or wrong is also just fine. Find some time for inner peace. You will certainly be more self-content. Nobody is judging your intelligence really. And even if they do, why should you care? You can opt to be dumber yet more satisfied and happy.

AREN’T WE ALL NATURALLY COMMUNISTS?

Greed. That’s one word that has affected humanity at different levels. As it’s very natural for humans to be greedy, we can’t really put the blame on that one particular emotion. We consider ourselves to be the most intelligent creatures on earth. But does that really matter? Do you really think that other beings really care about our existence even? Does a star that’s millions of light years apart, really care how much your intelligence is worth? Not really. It is our own intelligence that is making us believe that we are superior to everything else in this universe. So do you think other creations would be experiencing an inferiority complex because we think we are superior to them? The answer to that is again a big NO.

As we all know, humans have always been a social animal. We like to live in communities and herds. We took care of each other’s needs, a group of humans in a herd hunted and the other took care of the family. We were probably content with what we had til a point when Greed seeped in and we thought of encroaching other communities to fulfil something that we lacked. The concept of rulers and emperors emerged who were constantly looking at ways to expand their kingdoms through battles and wars. Kings wanted to capture prospering regions which could yield good agricultural revenues or land that was rich in mines or a fort that would be useful for military operations. It is said that the kings worked for the people of their kingdom, but they were very rich and had their vested interests in becoming richer through taxation and other such administrative tools.

Times started changing quickly as we started devaluing the power of community. We are so engulfed in our own greedy personal motives that we are becoming less compassionate day by day. No matter what kind of system your country is governed by today, you were instinctively a communist by heart. Our greedy motives are affecting this very basic instinct that we possess naturally. To put it simply, what’s wrong with helping out someone in need? You might not know that person personally, but what’s wrong in being compassionate? What’s wrong in being a bit more selfless and finding happiness in someone else’s happiness? What’s wrong in motivating and encouraging someone who is feeling low? What’s wrong in making someone smile by maybe just hearing them out? What’s wrong in being one with nature and loving it for all those things that nature has given at absolutely no cost at all!

We somehow have a feeling that none of this going to be profitable in any way. It is not going to fulfil our personal greed. That I feel is completely wrong. Now imagine a world where each one of us trying to be more compassionate. A world where each one of us believes that we belong to one big community called humanity. Won’t we be indirectly making our own lives better? The answer to that, for a change this time is, YES! A happier world; also means a happier you. This, I think is a too idealistic to be true, but at least we can start somewhere.

PS: By communism, I don’t mean that I am talking about its extremely adulterated version that is being practised in some parts of the world.

Of fearlessness and fears

Not sure if even the greatest warriors or saints would ever be fearless totally. Maybe they are. But is being fearless a good virtue truly? In fact, I believe human psychology would not allow one to be completely fearless. For example, you cannot be absolutely fearless when a bus is fast approaching you or when you are about to accidentally touch boiling water. I think fear is essential in many ways. It is fear that stimulates our impulses and makes us take quick and radical decisions. It is very natural to have fear of losing someone you love. Complete fearlessness can be catastrophic many times. The way human beings are marching ahead fearlessly in the name of development, globalisation and urbanisation, one needs to sit back and analyse where we are going wrong. And that would happen only if you have fear about the power of mother nature. Fearlessness can be ruthless sometimes as well. A man wanting to chase his dreams might keep aside all the emotional aspects of life in that rage. Fear makes you humble from within and makes you realise that you are not the best out there but just a tiny dot in this universe. Yes, when you have nothing to lose, you are definitely more confident. But I think fear and fearlessness is related in some way. It is the fear of losing freedom that makes warriors fearless. It is the fear of losing national security that makes our soldiers fearless. All said and done, there is one kind of fear that is absolutely worthless to have, fear of failure. Once you purge out that fear from your mind, you have a sense of contentment and a raised level of confidence!

Artist ka Keeda (An Artist’s Bug)

Imagine nails placed vertically upside down on your seat. The moment you sit, you feel like getting up, but then, the floor is burning hot as well. You don’t really know what to do and try identifying what is making you so restless. Finally, you arrive at the fact that it is the usual keeda (bug) that keeps biting every artist once in a while. That bug could be termed as anything – an expression, an idea, a thought, an inspiration or anything you want to call it. Even that keeda does not know what it really is. It is as restless as you are and keeps biting you to find its own identity. You then have no other option but to try and find out its real form, the real form of that expression, that idea or whatever name you want to give it. The keeda then pushes you to find the medium through which you can give a definite form to that expression. Each artist channelizes his or her energy through a medium he or she is comfortable with. A painter would start painting, a singer starts singing, a filmmaker starts making films. By the end of this process, that expression is out. The artist tries his or her best to best match the keeda’s expectations. He or she might fall short of them in some cases but then the keeda is mostly happy for the fact that you devoted your love towards giving it a form, an identity which it always craved for. The keeda retrieves back, stops biting, and the artist feels at ease.

Not for long though. Keeda sooner or later starts biting again, seeking a new identity!

A Man Minus his Dream

A man minus his dream

Is like free-falling in a black hole’s realm

 

A sleepless night catching up on sleep

An irky feeling, he never wants to keep

 

A sighted man who just can’t see

Stranded in strange reality

 

Like the one who Has to Live at any cost

With a Love that’s lost

 

Like a lost tune

He once always knew

 

A search he can’t avoid

Finding nothing but void

 

He calls out to his Dream

Not a whisper, but a scream

 

Some Day He Will find

Repose of another kind!

 

A man minus his dream

Is like free-falling in a black hole’s realm

Are Being Knowledgeable, Being Well-read and Being Educated Mutually Exclusive?

A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would simply kill it at that. Let’s give it a thought, like the usual ‘bakchodi’- the way Indians  term it as heheh. I think that though there is some co-relation between all these things, you might want to consider some exceptional permutations. Think of a conductor in a bus. He or she is probably not well-read, nor are they highly educated, but aren’t they knowledgeable? You definitely can’t say no. Knowledge is, I think associated with what one has experienced or observed in life. Reading and education will definitely improve one’s knowledge but it doesn’t mean that a construction labourer is not knowledgeable, just because he/she is not well-read or educated. They know exactly how to do the work that they are assigned. Take new born babies for example. They do have knowledge based on whatever little observations they have made in life. Education, if pursued to improve one’s knowledge would be useful else it would just be a waste of time. It is also important to improve one’s ability to question things and find out what according to them is right or wrong. Reading is a subset of education but reading something that is not at all related to your field of interest will broaden your horizons, make you imagine things that you might never otherwise and perhaps make you more knowledgeable. Coming to what amongst these three is important in life? I think being knowledgeable is more important. I, for instance, very rarely read books. Education in India is more for improving your chances of finding a job than anything else, though there are many who pursue it to gain knowledge about something they love. Let it be. ‘Importance’ is very subjective, so I don’t want my opinion to affect yours. Damn this is getting awfully confusing. Just chuck it, don’t break your heads!

Is Living Superficially Really That Uncool?

I know I could be hurting sentiments of hardcore thinkers and philosophers. Losing into the depth of your thoughts is great; I mean it’s really intelligent of you. You and your intelligent friends have a good chunk of some good shit to ponder about, banter about. Think why things are not going right, think why someone is behaving the way they are, think of how this world can be a better place etc etc. But hold on. I have observed people who live superficially. They are so better off. Seriously. Get up, work, come back, relax over some good family time, sleep and continue the same cycle till you die. What’s wrong in that? Intellectuals would disagree with this and want to say that, you can’t just live superficially, but I think those who do that are much much happier. Give it a thought!