The Mysterious

 

Some old mystics believed that there are two parts to the human mind -one that is intuitive and one that is rational. The rational mind is what discriminates and divides everything while the intuitive one tries to find the oneness with the universe.

The universe is one of the most mysterious things that i have ever come across . Some people believe that things in the universe function the way they function because it is part of the grand design of a supernatural creator-one they claim we meet after death . But there are some others who believe that our very existence on this earth is nothing more than a probabilistic coincidence. Theories have been formulated on both these schools of thought. Where one school surmised their beliefs with images of supernatural beings and superstitions, the other tried to explain the world we live in through mathematical equations and theories. Both schools despise the other but dont realise that maybe there is a truth in both of their thoughts.

As an aspiring engineer and innovator my thoughts agree more with the latter, which was a huge disappointment to some. Being brought up in an orthodox god-fearing family the very thought of trying to find reason in doing things raises way too many eyebrows. But i must admit that there is some truth in the teachings of my religious forefathers. There is something about visiting a “holy” place that gives me a sense of calm and i am sure that the calm i feel is not because of the idols i am surrounded with, but rather with the environment created in these places . But religion -as much as i hate to admit – has given me a sense of right and wrong. It has taught me many morals that i have come to use in my daily life. I choose not to follow any religion, not because i completely despise religion but largely because of the hate and suffering that religion has caused to mankind over the years. I personally feel that man has failed himself as a species by discriminating on the basis of religion,race,colour and “nationality”.

In contrast to this science has given me a more holistic insight about – the universe we are part of , the world we live in and the organisms we share it with. Science has shown me that the reason why some of us have a dark complexion is because we have more melanin in our bodies. Science has help me predict the trajectory of the laser that i point at a mirror. the late Dr. Feynman’s theory about the sum over histories has proven to me that our very existence in this universe boils down to  numbers that are governed by a probability!  Quantum physics has shown me how uncertain measurements become as the size of our subject decreases. The bucky-ball experiment conducted by 2 Austrian scientists has shown me that there could have been another version of me playing lead next to Brian Johnson rocking out to TNT ! Unfortunately the probability of that happening was extremely small in comparison to the probability of me sitting in this crammed hostel blogging on this site. It is proofs such as these that have helped me clear my qualms about the universe.

Though all these theories have helped us understand the universe , we have used that knowledge to produce way too many evils . The number of post-apocalyptic movies that have come in recent times are testimony to the extent of devastation that we can cause. Even if we are not trying to kill each other through war , we are making machines that contribute to environmental hazards such as global warming. Some have even predicted that the next world war will be for  water. Even after discovering some secrets of something as beautiful as this universe we have time and again proven that we cannot live without harming other people or the environment that we live in .

Homosapien, is indeed , a very mysterious species!

The Dilemma

 

“The whole world is like a book, when you don’t travel you only read a page”

Said some cool guy who has been quoted so many times that his name has become less important. this is one of the many quotes that actually made some sense to me at a very young age. To lead a life of travel has been a dream of mine as far back as i can remember . there is something about exploring a new place that gives me butterflies in my stomach . the opportunity to meet new people with different cultures and beliefs gives me a better perspective about my own matters in life. as intriguing and exciting as the “lone traveller ” experience sounds, i personally believe that it is the companionship of the people that we meet at a new place that really makes it more appealing and adds on to the total travel experience .

why is it that the human mind always wants what is so hard to get?  When all I wanted in my life was to travel why have the new variables of responsibility changed my priorities? Here I am standing at this crossroad of my life debating on which way to go. Why have these new aspects in my life influenced my decision of what and who i want to become ? On one side lies the life of an educated scholar who wishes to learn,who wakes up every morning with a resolve to learn something new and interesting and use that knowledge to influence human society and on the other side lies the happy-go-lucky vagabond who just wants to get piss drunk and have stories to tell to newly found friends at a new residence.

Maybe there is a path which makes these two paths meet, which at this moment and time seems very unlikely.I do wish to learn a lot, I want to help my society but I don’t want to do it by overshadowing the dream I wanted to live ever since i was a 10 year old kid watching “No Reservations” on travel and living . Visiting Sikkim this summer has helped with my priorities as a traveller but it has also made me realize that any decision I make with my life affects the people around me. These are the people who want to be proud of me but are disappointed with the way i have turned out.
why are things that seem so simple and clear to me, seem so distorted and unordered to them? It is so hard to have a conversation with people whose minds and attitudes towards life are stern and incorrigible .

Is there a solution ? Is there a mutual consensus that we can agree upon ? Can I travel both paths? I guess only time will decide…