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..

Short Story – Doberman and Me

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Me and my best friend, Ricky Mehlinger, made a regular routine out of this for about a month. We’d filch a sixer and drink it down in the concrete drainage ditch and let the Doberman chase us. The Doberman was one big, ugly, mean-eyed dog. He ruled three backyards. One day we were just finishing off our beer and looked up and there he sat on the corner of the brick wall looking down at us like an evil gargoyle. A split second before he leaped down, we took off running. Then here he came, snapping at our heels. I literally felt his teeth on the back of my shoe right before I scrambled up a stockade fence. It was a blast.

After that, we always made sure to walk by his domain after we finished our six-pack, and without fail, he’d spring out from nowhere, wild-eyed and slobbering. Then one day I bet Ricky five dollars he wouldn’t try to make it all the way through the Doberman’s backyard and touch the wrought-iron gate around the swimming pool. He chugged the rest of his beer and said, “You’re on, dude.”

It was hilarious. Ricky got about halfway through the backyard before the Doberman came tearing around the corner of the house. Ricky’s face went all Macaulay Culkin, and he took off at a sprint for the swimming pool gate, the dog chomping air right behind him. He tried to flop over the gate but got seriously hung up on the black, wrought-iron spikes. That’s when I saw it. The Doberman kept barking and chomping at Ricky’s ankles, but he never took a bite. He could’ve easily gnawed Ricky’s leg off, but when it came down to it, he was just like us—out for a good time and nothing more.

That broke the spell. We knew the old Doberman wasn’t really mean and he knew we knew. We’d still drink our beer down in the drainage ditch, but now the dog would sit there with us and let us stroke his head. It was September, the season of the dog. Our parents didn’t know where we were . It was spectacular.

The above short story was from THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp. I liked the story.

Black Mirror – The National Anthem

Last night I watched Black Mirror TV series, and it was very good and great. There are about 6 episodes spanning 2 seasons. The show was kind of biased to negativity, I mean anti-technological. The series shows the negative sides of Technology usage. I thought maybe I could write something optimistic which would clear my mind and put me at ease..

Below is the short synopsis of the episode

A member of the royal family, Princess Susannah  is kidnapped and held hostage. Her freedom is guaranteed on one condition: The prime minister must have sex with a pig, live on national television.

If you watch the show carefully, you could see how social media mostly and traditional media (a very little) played a major role, in the ongoing events of the episode. When princess Susannah kidnapped video was uploaded on YouTube, it was shared and downloaded by thousands of members within minutes, and by the time Prime Minister ordered to shut down the video, it was too late. This illustrates the point how information can be shared all over the world, without having to resort to traditional means. There are lots of examples where information sharing at such speeds helped us like Bridge to Peace Unity Chain, Batskid, Tweetsgiving, Facebook checks-in for Nepal, Organizing disaster relief for Haiti, etc.. ( http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/best-examples-of-social-media-doing-good-deeds/ ). Obviously, for everything there is upside and downside, and there are going to be victims on each side. So is the case with Digital Media. With help of Digital media, we are aware of what’s happening in the world, share some nice things, keep in touch with families and friends, which wasn’t possible a decade ago. We can also make a point, the digital media, gives power to individual members or people. In the show we see, An artist was capable of making PM do something by uploading a video of Princess Susannah kidnapping to YouTube just to make a point. This is something atleast. Everyone who is connected online, can empower themselves to certain extent.We can also say that we are addicted to digital media so much.

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15 Million Arts – Black Mirror

The second episode “15 Million Arts” is a very depressive portrayal of future, like Dystopian Sci-Fi novels. The future world is full of screens, with onslaught of personalized ads, which you cannot escape from, unless you have credits(sort of like digital money – no more cash). What bothers me most is the life kind of becomes empty, mundane, you are a cog in a wheel with no meaning at all and how technology strains our relationships, emotions, authenticity taken away from us. Here is the synopsis of the episode
It was set in a Brave New World, with ordinary humans reduced to the status of TV-addled drones. Bing, played by Psychoville’s Daniel Kaluuya, was one such beaten-down prole, cocooned inside his drab virtual world and forced to spend his days pedaling for credits while living his life vicariously through a video game avatar.
When Bing heard pretty new female drone Abi (Downton’s Jessica Brown-Findlay) singing in the toilets, he was moved to spend all of his hard-won credits to enter her in a TV talent contest not-so-loosely-based on that one with the big whooshing X in the title sequence. But the show’s deliciously evil judges, led with relish by Rupert Everett in the Simon Cowell role, told Abi that they didn’t need any more singers, and coerced her into becoming a porn actress instead.
Incensed, Bing eventually tricked his way back in front of the judges and, with a shard of glass held to his neck, delivered a passionate diatribe against manufactured culture. They simply smiled indulgently and signed him up to present his own show (“the throat-cutting thing – neat gimmick”). Ultimately nothing changed, but Bing got his own penthouse.

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