Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

If I am not taking a decision, leave me alone

February 25, 2010

More often than not, I take quick decisions. Even I risk being impulsive. But there are some areas where I consider many parameters and conjure up arguments for and against and weigh each of them carefully. At times, I don’t decide at all. But I’ve noticed that my mental process is active in the background, adding in more and more arguments that strengthen some theories while rejecting others. I have a question now – does this structural mindset make me a good or bad decision maker? Should I change? If so, should I freeze up or ease up?

That’s what I call my comatose zone and while I am in one, I prefer solitude much to the chagrin of others that are impacted by that decision, even remotely. Some get vexed but retain calm not wanting to bother me. Others slightly adventurous dare to quiz what’s going on in my mind. What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it – like a secret vice.

I do it all the time. I practice solitude. It opens up doors and windows of my mind, gives me new perceptions and clarity of thought. Fills me up with renewed energy and my imagination takes wings. Deep burrows in my mind are opened and treasures revealed. I think the great omission in human life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. It’s a nice feeling when the room is filled with air saturated with a bouquet of silence. Solitude helps me escape not from others, but from myself for I see in others a reflection of self. And heck, it never hurts to rest my body and mind for a while if that means revival of spirit and my creativity.


Taking to extremes…

November 14, 2007

I reflect upon my spirituality.  Once in a while I go into that shell and peace out.  This morning I had a trance… 

How much more is darkness than just absence of light?  How remote is a spider from its web?  To some believers, can evil exist if God is omnipresent?  I think these are all related in many ways than one. In that God and evil question, God loses his essential qualifications to be God if evil exists as a separate force.  If you recognize the existence of evil, you have to forego God’s omnipresence. 

A scientist also knows there is nothing absolutely good or evil in existence. Everything is relative. Whether it is a poisonous metal such as mercury or lead, or a vitamin, the scientist does not assign any predetermined moral value to it. He just knows them as they are; that they are useful in different places for different purposes. Usage alone makes something good or bad.  

Doesn’t that make philosophical approach to evil, as well as its concept of divinity, consistent with scientific thought…? 

Too bad, the speechwriters of President Bush wasted time coining *Axis of Evil* – when all they meant was just Saddam Hussein…. (Iran and North Korea were after thoughts.)