Month: March 2014

“You go against popular feelings; you criticise a hero, a great man who is generally believed to be above criticism. What happens? No one will answer your arguments in a rational way; rather you will be considered vainglorious. Its reason is mental insipidity. Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. … This is not constructive thinking. We do not take a leap forward; we go many steps back.

Our forefathers evolved faith in some kind of Supreme Being, therefore, one who ventures to challenge the validity of that faith or denies the existence of God, shall be called a Kafir (infidel), or a renegade. Even if his arguments are so strong that it is impossible to refute them, if his spirit is so strong that he cannot be bowed down by the threats of misfortune that may befall him through the wrath of the Almighty, he shall be decried as vainglorious.
…It is necessary for every person who stands for progress to criticise every tenet of old beliefs. Item by item he has to challenge the efficacy of old faith. He has to analyse and understand all the details. If after rigorous reasoning, one is led to believe in any theory of philosophy, his faith is appreciated. His reasoning may be mistaken and even fallacious. But there is chance that he will be corrected because Reason is the guiding principle of his life. But belief, I should say blind belief is disastrous. It deprives a man of his understanding power and makes him reactionary.

Any person who claims to be a realist has to challenge the truth of old beliefs. If faith cannot withstand the onslaught of reason, it collapses. After that his task should be to do the groundwork for new philosophy. We believe in nature and that human progress depends on the domination of man over nature. There is no conscious power behind it. This is our philosophy.”

–Bhagat Singh

The Melting

I was wondering over the thought that people somehow are self centered to come to terms with what real love is. Since I didn’t hear the person in question speak on the topic myself, I will restrict my views to a general point of view.

A fleeting glance of the human population at large fails to generate a comforting image, I agree. But the insinuation that the people at large have become so engrossed in their egos that they understand what “love” is seems a bit preposterous.
Love or Care is an essential feeling having implications over the very existence/survival of the human species. While it may seem that world today, is evil and unjustified, but we tend to forget that if taken over a large amount of time, surpassing many lifetimes, one would observe an upwards curve in the tolerance level of the human society.But tolerance on a societal  level cant be called love can it?

So then the apologists for human ignorance might say that ‘love’ is an essential feeling of complete submission to someone. It can be a deity, a loved one, a philosophy or anything else. It seems that love in invariably connected to loyalty in one way or another. While the implication of love is itself being loyal.I think that if you somehow come to realize that a person or an institution has not done enough to reciprocate, you might start feeling a little undone by them. And thats where the ‘ego’ comes in. Why ‘I’  wasn’t rewarded or ‘I’ was denied. But then again these are generalizations, and hence they are pretty hard to deal with. Sometimes it may so happen, that continuing with unwarranted affection for someone may be the becoming of our own harm. In that case if its in your own benefit to leave the person/institution, then perhaps why not? After all attachment is the precursor to pain.

“Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.” ~Alan Watts 

The Black and White

Its been five days since I have been here, and yet it seems I have lived in snow covered land for eternity. I had never hoped to see so much of snow within such short period of time and that too when I was least prepared.
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It seems the regions snowfall and the newly whitewashed hostels have some uncanny similarities. Both, for instance, were aimed at covering up all of our filthy surroundings with an overall cover not paying any heed to actually paying heed to take it out in the first place. It seems when the situation goes out of control, we tend to cover each and every aberration with a single stroke. I suspect our inclination to fall on our ignorance in times of great introspection plays a big role in this.

Apart from playing in the snow and loathing the dampness, I have been reading a new book “The Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku”. Its a wonderful book in which the author predicts technologies that might emerge based on recent innovations and research in the coming century. From extending our age to having powers associated with gods of mythology, he predicts our future to be more controlled and dominated by technologies. Its a wonderful read, specially to someone who believes in the goodness of the human race to somehow despite all the odds overcome its frivolous shortcomings.

I have also betrayed my self imposed ban on eating meat, that too at the earliest possible event. But I would like to lay the blame on the weather and still hope to one day become a full vegetarian.

 

 

Entry into the last sem

It seems that longer you get accustomed to a particular system, easier it is to do things in a manner that is almost subconscious. Same thing happened this semester . The same mundane process with its almost arcane rules and procedures now through rugged practice has become easier than depicting the back of my hand.

This is the entire story, as far as the initial 2 days back into college are concerned. I have been mostly preoccupied with re-shifting things back into my newly whitewashed hotel, which to my utter dismay, is bright pink. The damage done by those workers in these vacations seems to me to be more than any repair work that they have done. Ranting about this wouldn’t help me so I’ll move on.

Ok. So Why I made this blog?. There are a few things that I wish to achieve by  this
A) Hope to find a medium that can help me communicate with you and mom.
B) Finally force you onto using internet (I know to much of your utter dislike) and getting used to it.
C) I have practically no better critic of my writing than you, so I hope that this will help me get better.

Phew!

Now the Wordlist is an area of concern, with its fresh snowfall and the damning rain, we’ve had some frequent power outages and thus internet has been up and down several times. But still I try to manage a few words here and there.

Steinbeck said that a good performer/artist,knows when to to take an exit. So this would culminate my first post, which I hope you enjoy reading (and as much as I may wish against, will be a topic of your conversation with others)

Night 🙂
10th march’14