It has now become the habit of billions around the world – young and old – to get an understanding of all things through scrolling content. While the screen remains fixed in place at all times and even disappears from consciousness, unless one looks away, there is a hypnotizing of the mind. Information is flowing constantly and we are going through it endlessly. Text keeps moving up or down, short videos a few seconds long play automatically, and then we move on to something else. What has all this done? It has altered our understanding of the very existence of us, other creatures, and of this planet. We have come to understand all things to be fleeting. Our lives are not permanent and we are seeking to gain as much as possible. However, in all this gaining of information and even of tangible things, we are constantly reminded of our fleeting existence.1 How has this affected the human thinking? (more…)
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To look upon the conflicts of mankind is an experience of great dismay. Yes, there are those who have firmly come to the conclusion that to be in a state of perpetual conflict and infighting is the human destiny. For we seem to have evolved from the lower state of existence through our struggles, developed into primates and finally have culminated into our present human state. We have, therefore, come to where we are by virtue of our struggles and we need to continue to struggle to get to where we are finally supposed to get. Conflicts and infighting are hence, the very normal and expected order of the human day. Having dismissed all suppositions of theory, dismissed the uncertainties of Charles Darwin and not fully satisfied with the religious narratives, we are now intellectually satisfied with science. As nothing more than higher animals, it is our duty to fight. It is our duty to recognize those fellow animals who will join us in the fight as members of our tribe, our race, our nation, our religion etc. We will fight; then we will come upon an uncertain peace; then, we will resume fighting to maintain the semblance of peace of our fickle constructs. This is the great human achievement – a life of uncertainty and perpetual fear. (more…)
Mentors and teachers are a special gift to the human society. These cannot simply be understood to be professions or titles, or some kind of a degree that is earned from an institution. Rather, these are linked to the personal qualities and concerns of the individual. Even more so, it is connected with how a person is able to connect with others to bring about their betterment. Could this be achieved merely on the basis of academic excellence or having a vast storehouse of knowledge? While those things certainly count, it is the concern and connection – the lighting up of the mind and heart – that fulfills the role of a mentor and teacher. (more…)
There has been a noticeable insistence on physical things in recent times. It has been very deliberate, systematic, and evident of great intelligence. Who are its proponents is not the most important thing. One could, of course, examine the sayings of modern, atheist thinkers like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Listening to such intelligent men and the way they reason is a pleasure. In that pleasure are the seduction and the feeling to the listener of great empowerment. One, no doubt, feels empowered by the way religion is proven to defy logic, reason, and even common sense. It is all fine up to that point. It is when the alternative becomes clearly visible that problems emerge. Having abandoned all traditional basis for morality, one then has to start afresh and without recognizing any authority in the pursuit of a fresh set of rules and laws and principles to define what is moral. In my opinion, if one is prepared to take a firsthand look at the final destination, the possible objective of a Godless thinking, it equips the mind with the necessary farsightedness. When the entire focus is on physical things, the extremism built into human nature that emerges from undivided attention then seeks to find the ultimate in pleasures. (more…)
Nuclear technology is not bad in itself. We have understood the sun and the stars, and in a way, have harnessed the same power to a lesser extent. We have controlled fission, and are yet to understand ways to control fusion for peaceful purposes. The insistence on using solar energy to fulfill the requirements for electricity is our next best option. However, with the existing political situation regarding North Korea and the US, it is once again time to remember the old foe of mankind, the ongoing self-made threat of human intelligence. What is it? Yes, it is the existence of the knowledge and the means to build nuclear weapons. The truly disconcerting fact is this: With so much power for annihilation, we have simultaneously existing, such poor leadership and judgment. There is the legitimate basis for worry. There is also the need for finding solutions.