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Nothing

In Philosophy on July 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Humans have always been powerless to comprehend the concept of nothingness. The basic building block of civilization is the working hours of the week. This creates a cognitive dissonance and inculcates a mental paradox when one considers what was the Universe upto before the Big Bang. What was it doing?

Interestingly, the vacuous condition required for all scientific experiments being taught in educational institutions do not exist either. It is an ideal state which is not what we find outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Granted, the medium outside our planet is lifeless and less dense but it is not entirely nothingness.  You find tiny amounts of hydrogen atoms dispersed within it. Nevertheless the vacuous atmosphere of outer-space is closest to nothingness that can be fathomed in reality.

Since a concept of nothingness is inherently insoluble with everyday human existence, we invent alternate realities devoid of nothingness and populated with human happiness. This notion of heaven is the ultimate failsafe to keep a check on insanity of humans co-habiting our natural environment. Einstein once commented on the infiniteness of human stupidity. If there’s a human trait that can match stupidity in its infiniteness, then that’s insanity. What is insanity? It is a state of the human mind where the individual resorts to actions that have absolutely no reasonable justification. Now, why does the individual resort to this? This is a hard question to find an answer.  Inauthentic people pretend to be insane so that they can get away with questionable behaviour, while other kinds of people are unable to possess cognitive comprehension of a purpose for their existence resorting to a primal, destructive instinct.

Patrick's To Do List - Nothing

All of this demonstrates the frail human psyche fighting to cope with a temperamental universe designed to get rid of life at every corner in space&time. The eastern spiritual traditions were closer to solving this conundrum of survival by forcing the individual to look inwards for strength rather than on totems created by man to feed his false security.  From thousands of years of progress our civilization is no closer to figuring out the purpose of existence than the Neanderthals. Maybe, we’ve already stumbled upon the answer and it’s too frightening to accept it. Nothing.

Faith

In Culture, Life on January 22, 2012 at 10:49 am
Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

In 1998, taxonomists estimated there were 1.7 million species on planet Earth. Thats 1,700,000.  According to Christainity, out of this huge number, apparantly only one species will ever be truly ‘saved’. The remaining 1,699,999 species found around us are just fillers…just extras in the blockbuster of a life-time. This ‘faith’ is a piece of information being handed down from one generation to the other, but what is the origin of this? Divine epiphany? Or did the first ape who stood upright suddenly realise he just had to have faith?

The answer to this quandary is a book!

Krishna and Jesus holding hands

The long-winded wordplay is an oft-used technique employed to fatten the divine texts.

Christians have the Bible(The Books), Muslims brandish their Qur’an(Recitation) and the Hindus read from the Bhagavad Gita(Song of God).  A study conducted in 2003 came to the conclusion that there were upto 175 million original books stocked worldwide. This does not take into account the Terabytes of digital information though. When there are so many books in the world why does a segment of the society consider only their respective religious texts of indoctrination as ‘The Book’? Doesn’t it border on bigotry? Although it should be noted, human xenophobia is a well documented trait among the divine species. A few millennial years into the future, after all the books are incinerated through some cultural anomaly, we’ll have zealots touting ‘The Zip-Drive’ that contains the words of their omniscient savior.

The odds are stacked more against electronics though considering we do have an omniscient and moody ‘God’, which is the ubiquitous solar lord, our Sun.

Another perspective that is tremendously overlooked by our zealots is our position in this Universe.  Consider the physical position of our tiny planet in an universe housing upto 125 billion galaxies(1999 estimate-Hubble Space telescope)! Earth is a very boring celestial body located on one of the outer arms of the Milky Way galaxy. Calculating the planet’s position is not an exact science since we’re inside the mammoth galaxy that we’re trying to measure. We can’t even accurately arrive at a consensus on this, or lack a method to verify this beyond any doubt. But, a segment of the human population on this very same planet is absolutely sure that everything in this non-measurable galaxy came into existence for them. This population holds on to an immensely intangible quality called faith. Faith is the height of ignorance when used to further one’s own prejudice. Anyone who dares to question the nakedness of these emperors of moral superiority is labelled an heretic.

Police have arrested an Indonesian who posted “God does not exist” on Facebook. Alexander said he does not believe in angels, devils, heaven and hell. A group of people came to his office in Pulau Punjung, Dharmasraya Wednesday, and beat him up before taking him to the police. According to The Jakarta Globe, the men who attacked Alexander at his work place, the Dharmasaya Development Planning Board (Bappeda), included government officials. Read more

It is very fortunate for religious masters that  the Gods never directly communicates to the common man. There are always middle-men who will converse to the almighty on your behalf. Oh! How blessed are we!

Faith is Unreasonable

Gold Rush – Part I

In Earth on September 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

The price of gold bullion and his bastard half-brother, the barrels of  grease is in the ascendancy. Today, we’ll be analysing this insatiable hunger for gold of the black variety.

Even though we laud ourselves on our technical progression, the present age will be characteristically encompassed in the petroleum era.  As you have been taught, animals are differentiated from plants by their inherent ability of movement, among whom, the humans came out the brightest. We wanted to travel faster than the fastest on this planet. Coal became the staple fuel for transportation in the initial part of our journey. Petroleum had made it’s presence felt from ancient times as well but humanity was blissfully unaware of  its potential. Oil was derived from bamboo-drilled wells in China by 347 AD and we had to wait till the 1850s to get kerosene.

Initially, gasoline was an unfortunate by-product that used to flare off during the manufacturing process of paraffin, made by the Royal Dutch on Sumatra. The 1900s saw the rise of the automobile which irrevocably changed the terrain of Earth criss-crossing  it with hardened black tar, holding the planet in a deadly embrace. Gas and speed was too much to resist for man. As Shakespeare would have commented:

‘Twas a match madeth in heaven. 

We traveled, we cooked, we anointed and rejoiced in it. Here, as  we stand at the peak of a scientifically revolutionary age, it would only be appropriate to excogitate how exactly have we  repaid the planet for her providence.

pelican in oil

An exhausted brown-pelican struggling in a pool of oil, June 2010 (Sean Gardner/Reuters/Boston.com)

(End of  Part I)

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