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?

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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?

Rumblings 16.02.17

What if you could look at the world through the lens of “caring”, not the helping, sympathizing, pitying kind of view. Instead, through the lens of ‘What do you care about most?’

 

We tend to view the world mostly through data(measurement), statistics and trying at best to understand the reality ignoring taste, experience, emotions. Ex. US Elections most thought Hilary  Clinton would win based on data, but the other thing has happened.

 

The other way of looking at the world & which is a famed one(most aspire to) is through Reality, seeing ‘ things as they are ‘.
But what if it is not the most useful way to look at the world ?
If we look at the world through reality, then competition, winners, losers, depression etc.. all kinds of quantifiable things come into play, for reality focuses more on winning, money etc.., which for most feels like a burden/ depressive look at the world.

 

Instead learning to care about things, objects that interest us makes life easy, for we needn’t understand the complex reality for we only care about that which interests us, we give attention to those things or people we care about, we take action on things we care about. Sort of the author quotes ‘being home in the world’ This is not your “I don’t give a shit” thing, it’s being deeply involved. This kind of involvement creates effectiveness. Caring is being so much involved. It’s what you call Buber’s Ich-Du – a kind of totally pure relationship devoid of any expectations, explanations, or anxieties. When we care about something so deeply everything falls away including your own ego.

 

There are many by products for this kind of view, such as shifting from finite(goal, end) game to infinite(being playful matters instead of results) game. The point is we try to understand the world better by slowing a bit, and working towards increasing our relationships with world by caring about it.

 

Abnormalize song of Psycho-Pass

I liked the show, and mostly the title song Abnormalize. So i found the lyrics of the song which are awesome…

Things that I can’t show to anyone are flooding my mind
I’ve gone lost in a world where not even mistakes exist

This is a “world” phenomenon where only the visible things are real
and that has been rubbed in to an unbelievable degree
So can I expose it for what it is?

Plastic Tac Tic, no one can be driven insane anymore
You’re also in this plastic beautiful world
In a world that’s too pretty, I can’t see the light for some reason
and my rupturing heart is an infinite reflection

secret remains for you, don’t expose the fake colors and the future
fake’s plastic world, keep it secret motion

Secretive and confined
Even the visible things are my fake show
They’re the reverse of the truth

Telecastic Tac Tic
Everything seems to be normal by now, right?
The abnormal plastic normal world
is an infinite reflection of the world that’s all too emotionless

This place is already a gestalt illusion; every single person and thing is separated
and dyes all in the color of the truth inside the hologram

secret remains for you, fake’s plastic world
We’ll notice that if we expose everything, memories will shoot apart the present

Everything is turned inside-out and the illusion is already at the end
So I’m even scared of the truth
This is a “world” phenomenon where only the visible things are real
Where falsehoods go hand in hand, reflecting everything

Things that no one can satisfy are flooding my mind
But if this is where I belong, that’s not enough for me

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.

Richard Wright – Black Boy

Lately I have read a book called ‘Black Boy’. So I thought to write a few things about what I understood. The book is about the plight of Richard Wright from South(Mississippi State) to North(Chicago) and his encounters, experiences with different people, how his understanding about the Negroes and White People widened, increased over time and his process of becoming a writer. The story is set around 1900-1950. It was a time period during which Americans treated blacks/colored people very badly. Yes slavery was abolished long back, equal opportunity was there theoretically, but practically they were denied jobs, respect, food, education and basic human dignity given to fellow beings. They were treated like animals. With life liken that their thoughts were mostly concerned about survival, shifting from one petty job to another. Starvation and being hungry were quite a part of their lives. Some of the major themes are

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Random Poetry – Don’t Laugh

“A small world in a large vacuum ruled by Randomness,
yet, very tiny beings inside it called Humans,
were, unable to accept the Fact, so they invented Things
nature would never have permitted, called
Love, Loyalty, Good. It seems the world couldn’t  Exist
without opposites, so qualities like Hate, Unfaithful, Bad
came into Existence.”
To be continued…

“I was looking for you all my Life,
and I always confused myself whenever I see a Girl,
that it was you,up till now.
But when I saw you, I felt like my search was over and
my dream had come true,
that there will always be Someone,
who would atleast think about me till my death, and
It is YOU
and I needn’t feel alone/ torture myself anymore and
I am finally at peace,
that you are there for me.”
To be continued..