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…)
Events and ideas that catch the attention. These result in observations about any specific aspect. There is also an attempt to see the relation of aspects of a matter or event to the whole system it is a part of.
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…)
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…)
To be moderate in thought is the way to peace. Even in the great accomplishment of lasting worth, we seek moderation to be the desired state of human existence. In one of the posts some time back, some thought was put into considering the growth of extremism and the possibility of some remedy. Extremism is a response. It is a response to the surge of thoughts and emotions within a person, or it could be a response to external ideas and changes. There is finally a point when the human choice comes into the picture. It is the choice, withering away with the persistence of pressures from within and without, that finally produce a reaction. Subjugated by pressures, the withered human choice ends in extreme thought and action. We need to maintain the hope that we can come out of the times of such pressures.
The idea of terminal decline 1 is pulling the power of prediction like a black hole pulls light into it. This phenomenon is not new. It has happened again and again throughout history. It has also had its reasons. It is sufficient to say that people desire achievement and progress. However, when the price, the sacrifices, and the reality of destruction that was along the way comes to the notice of even the beneficiaries, it changes how we look at those things. The examples are many. Hospitals are supposed to be centers of care, but those same buildings could be the centers where clinical trials are conducted. Universities are centers of education, but those same universities could become places where abuse and discrimination take place. Upon learning of such things, we simply cannot reconcile the grandness of the institution with the pettiness concealed within it. Many such examples exist in government, religion, and even in families. Are we to, in our disappointment and great hurt, wish for the end of all things? Or are we to look for solutions, look for possibilities of reform, and look for hope to have a chance? (more…)