When Surroundings define Who Am I?

We are so much defined by our surroundings than we think. The question ” Who am I ?” assumes, you take into consideration the environment you grew up. I am not taking about the people and their behavior. Of course they are a part of that too. But I am more concerned about the actual surroundings like trees, places, houses and buildings the aesthetics part. So much of our memories are associated with them. Those memories, like the kind of feelings we get when we think of something is directly proportional to these surroundings.

Let me tell you a story

There were 2 big tamarind trees in the backyard of my friends home in his village. He used to play under the shadows of the trees and on the trees when he was a kid.  Somehow his memories are associated with the green color of trees, the blue sky over it, animals near to the trees. All combined will produce some kind of aesthetic experience and added to the memories.

Unfortunately those trees were chopped down. Now that aesthetic experience will exist only in the memory of my friend. It is unique and no will experience the same surroundings the way he experienced it. The surroundings were as part of him as the people are. He cannot define who he is without them. With his death his aesthetic experience will be lost forever from history. The next generation will experience different aesthetic experiences with the same surroundings. The surroundings do change with time, so our memories associated with them.

Finally in defining Who I am, the surroundings are as inseparable as people and their behaviors. They play a role a shaping our emotions and feelings and in turn a memory of them.

Rumblings 13.04.2017

Everyone is Alone
Everyone lives in their own world,
that crazy, comfort and cozy place.
Ever felt fear coming out of that cushion,
moving into that uncertain and ambiguous world.
and Oh! people would expect you to be something
little they know of the inner world of the person.
We so much expect and exert certainty on the world,
we forget that this world is based on Entropy.

Oh you, Universe, of all the principles why did you choose
Entropy. Why do you like chaos, destruction, disorder
so much??

Behold you humans!! said the Universe,
have Patience, one day you would realize that because
of Entropy you are what you are.. and behind us it
mocked Whether you would like it or not?

Rumblings 09.04.2017

Once, there was this beautiful world,
and it started to crumble, piece by piece
it slowly vanished into the vastness of time.
No memory of it existed in the minds of people or lore, only in the
memory of time it existed. This place was dear to time, for
It’s like all the beauty & wonderful things of the universe existed
in that place at that time. Yet forgotten by the lore.
Such is the nature of time. It’s always watches over us, wondering
why are we working so hard at something only to be
destroyed by it. For time could never understand the inner
turmoil of men, he is only an active observer, Never an active
participant.

Ethical Dilemma

Last Week, I was traveling from my sisters home to my home by Auto which is approx. 20 km. apart. So here is what happened.

The driver didn’t give a ride to a person who is suffering from a skin disease. If you see the person you will know. Here is the thing. Is it right, not to give a ride to the diseased person?

While the dilemma is an old one, I think the answer is bit complex. From goodness point of view, it is wrong. For how couldn’t you not give a ride to a person based on some skin disease. He is ready to pay the ride. In an ideal world, you are obligated to give him a ride out of duty and compassion.

But in the practical world, he can’t give the ride because it would affect his business for who wants to sit beside a person who has some skin disease, it may not be contagious. But still the site of the disease makes us feel uncomfortable, sometimes horrible. Might be because of evolution as man tried to deal with diseases by isolating the people with disease. For some socially conscious might say, it might not affect his business by just giving a single ride. But the thing is, he was already earning a small wage monthly. Losing even a single ride might affect him personally. So what would you do in this case?

Maybe some serious people might get down from the ride, because of personal moral values, causing uncomfortable in others, for these people now have to question their own moral values. But this is an ideal case, but I think such a person might not get very far in this financially motivated world. There are other people like me I guess who are observers, who think by doing small things, is not going to change the world. So let the world play out and watch from a distance until it affects our personal lives or we become victims. So whatever, the dilemma is this what would you do in this situation?

Free Will with Constraints?

Lately I was wondering is there any such thing as complete free will? For me free will is nothing but the complete freedom to do anything you want to do. I am not going to discuss the moral constraints . I do accept the moral constraints. Even when you act according to morals, still you are not using your free will. Because you are constrained by the rules of the game/life/situation. You might think what you are doing is completely according to your will, but you aren’t. That is a big illusion. Let me illustrate this

I am not much of a cricket fan or neither do i know much about it. But with whatever I know let me explain, If you observe cricket matches, bowlers and batmen are limited by ground size, playing field, audiences, boundaries, climate and many more things. They don’t have control over them nor they can influence them but the inverse is true. The players are influenced by all the limiting factors. When a batmen or bowler plays very well, we think he has complete will over his playing but it is not, it is only for the time being. He is happy playing within the constraints and thinks everything is according to his plans, practice, skill but unfortunately it is luck most of the time. If it is not, a player should perform consistently. There are players who perform consistently, yes they have complete free will within those constraints. But it is a rare thing.

Likewise Life is a game, we are constrained by the fact that we are living a life and unfathomed things. Successful people are those who got lucky at some point. To think that they have complete freewill over the things is absolute blunder. Big Companies which are performing consistently are those which slowly mastered free will within the constraints of business.

What if someday we realize that life, earth, things are nothing but a part in the grand game designed by someone or something. What would you do when you realize your total life is an illusion?

Idea of India

When we talk about America, the one thing we can think about is ‘It’s a land of Opportunity, where anyone with right ideas can do something about it ‘. This sentence captures the essence of the country in one sentence. Of course there are also other things about the country other than the one sentence.In a similar fashion what is the essence of our country? Normally or most people would say ‘India is a pluralist country or we have unity in diversity’ where every religion can find a place in our country. This is also what I found in most articles and blogs. But I don’t know, somehow I feel there is something lacking.

We are viewed as a spiritual country, wherein different cultures, religions coexist. I mean is that it? Doesn’t the essence of country change over time. I mean America is not the Land of Opportunities from its inception, neither is India’s Unity in Diversity. Normally we would capture the essence of the country by looking into the country history and finding some common themes. So what I am trying to say is if we change something in the present, then future generations/ posterity might look into their country’s history and alter their perception of the country.

The thing that is troubling me is the idea of India as pluralist nation isn’t enough. I am expecting it to be more. For example, I am a aspiring youth, maybe someday I want to have some money, own a house, etc.., for me the idea of India doesn’t inspire me, provide me with any psychological incentive like American dream to do something/ action towards fulfilling my dreams. When I think of India, I could think of it only as a peaceful nation, not as economically vibrant nation. Now am I being naive or wrong to not to accept the notion of my country as just a pluralist nation. What can this country offer me? I know some of you might be thinking ‘Ask not what this country can do for you, ask yourself what you can do for this country’. At some point we are all selfish. Now back to our question, during the period of Mauryan, Gupta ours was a very vibrant economic country, along with pluralism for we have Buddhism coexisted with Hinduism at that time. Even we can say our country is a pluralist nation from very long back, we have so many divisions within Hinduism, so many castes just like religions, yet we leaved peacefully with minor disturbances.So I don’t think pluralism, diversity of our country is a new thought. I would say this idea of pluralism/diversity got revived after Independence. But our economic situation didn’t get revived. So I ask again ‘What is the Idea of India’ during these changing times.

Now the economic question ‘Will we ever achieve an economy equal or more to that of Developed Nations’. I think we might face 2 major issues 1) Resources 2) Population. To be frank ours is a small country with enough resources to feed majority of population. We can’t can go forever like this, at some point we have to give a serious consideration to Climate, Resources, Population. The gap between unemployment and opportunities is so much high within our country and will continue the same because of our population. Either we need more land or we must do some Awesome Innovations to both satisfy the desires/needs of our people and to become a rich country. What are we doing to become rich? To be frank most of our people’s potential, energies, talent is going waste and I don’t know where.

I don’t want my country to just be a Diversified/Pluralist nation. I want it to be more, to combine the changing needs of our people to our old philosophy. The Idea of India has to be something which could drive the young people into taking action to satisfy their needs, desires along the way helping our country to become rich.