A sudden beam of light overcame the sea of darkness
Gushing forth the sea, a loud cry echoed from the mother’s womb.
She was 5 when she felt the droplets of water spluttering through her teeny-weeny head. It was Rain!
She looked high above.
Her eyes although debilitated, dilated!
Drenched in the miracle of the Infinite and mumbling her own Mumbo-Jumbo,
She barely uttered….
I will touch the Sky someday.
She entered her 15th year.
Through her narrow sea of reality
She began to realize the infinity of the Universe.
Yet, the finity in her outshined the infinity the Universe faced.
She turned 18.
She could feel her confidence rebounding back and forth.
Yet, she stood her ground.
She knew that she will not fade away into the sea of darkness yet again.
She knew that she will conquer the Universe.
She was 25.
Conquering the Universe became a child’s talk.
Yet, she held tight.
Her fists – sweaty with anxiety
She held tight.
Where are you now? Where are you now?
She started calling out to her nascent self.
Was it all just a fantasy?
So lost. I am faded…
Gushing through the gradually spreading darkness, the light entered its realm again.
The bright light gushed forth the sea of darkness everytime it started fading.
In her own way, she conquered the Universe!
Ever had that feeling when you could accurately relate to someone’s description of you? Congrats. You had been Barnumed!
On a fine evening, I started turning over the pages of Elon Musk’s biography with a cup of coffee by my side. My eyes quickly caught attention to the term ‘P.T.Barnum Effect‘ and I immediately recognized Barnum as my close associate who has been with me irrespective of the thicks and thins in my life.
Barnum effect is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them but that are, in fact, vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some paranormal beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, graphology, aura reading, and some types of personality tests.
The next time when you could relate the depictions in your horoscope accurately, think. There is a high chance that you have been ‘Barnumed’!
At times, I really wonder whether there is an alternative version of me in some other parallel universe or maybe a some other simulation in which I would have done things differently. Better things.. in which I had never hurt the people I love, neither intentionally nor accidentally. No doubt, this thought might be due to one of my recent obsession with futuristic TV series. We all dream about the future. We all have a haphazard view of how the future (Our Future) is gonna be. Some of us sprint, a few others linger behind while racing towards the future. Yet a few, neither sprint nor stay behind, but let the time take its course. I would place my bet on the former for thinking ahead of time and letting their inner self, take a toll towards its future. But, sometimes however hard we try, things don’t happen the way we want it to. Mysterious things happen and by the time we begin to unravel its intricacies, time flies by. No use in crying over spilt milk, as they rightly said.
One among the other factors which prompted me to write this blog post other than my obsession with futuristic TV series is my own inner self – The confused soul. Of times late, I have been coming across articles giving a glimpse of the futuristic reality rather than existential reality. Self-driving Car, Self-balancing motor vehicle, VR Headsets, surreal laptops without a solid keyboard to type onto and a solid monitor to look at things (and of course, good old Donald becoming the President.) Whoa! It all seems like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Artificial Intelligence is in the making or it’s already watching over us, maybe.
The future I am yet to live in is gonna be terrific and overwhelming that if I don’t pull up my socks, I will be left behind. Or maybe all these thoughts are from my highly intricate consciousness and it’s better left if I ignore it. Maybe, just maybe….I should let the time take its course and let it decide who I am gonna be. That’s one way of being at peace. But, putting my faith in ‘Time’ reminds me of a code chunk, a simple if-else condition.
If things happen favorable to me, Wow! Else, if it goes the other way around, WTF!
So, rather than putting my fate on a simple condition with only 2 possible outcomes (It can be a nested if-else… But, let’s not go too technical…Shall we?), I would rather be a while loop who will keep trying every possible outcome until I achieve the desired result. But, the problem with this is that I might end up being stuck in an infinite loop in which no outcome is satiable. In this case, me thinking no Success as a Success, no Victory as a Victory! I will take my chances, though.
So, are you a wanderlust who loves to unravel yourself in the futuristic reality or yet another soul in this existential reality?
Do you remember all your childhood friends? How many are in touch with you and how many are you in touch with? Do you still relish and relive the happy moments you had, a year ago? Do you still ponder over the lugubrious day you had, a year back? Do you still feel qualmish thinking of the mistake you did? Do you still do your chores with an act of vengeance in your heart? Do you feel thankful to your friends who were there in times of need? Do you still take pride in the timely help you did to an unknown person, years back? Do you act with a sense of penance in everything you do?
If most of the answers to the questions are in the affirmative……….trust me, you are a not-so-great person from my point of view. You must be one among the many persons on planet Earth with super-human abilities and from an anachronistic era! And yeah, you don’t exist!
Life is ep(h)emeral – the things that matter today won’t matter, a year later. Take pride in the things you do every day but don’t regret the things you did the other day. The game of life is neither inveterate nor incorrigible. So, don’t be too rigid. Nah, don’t be rigid at all! Science provided the solution for rigidness to a rock and not you! You are invented to define something beautiful and not for something which is already defined by a rock.
We all have a past. But, it’s the shadow that will define us every sunny day. Undoubtedly, life in the form of ‘you’ will pull yourself down, many a time. Yet, you will always find a way to get back at your feet.
However hard you try and however rigid you are in your policies, you will still be guilty to your moral police – the conscience, at one point or the other. You can never be an omniscient do-gooder and you can neither be a prescient harbinger nor be a nescient fool! But, you can be someone great and noble – A person with a sense of ‘humour’ who takes things lightly, the way it is really meant to be taken.
So, add a bit of humorous touch in whatever you do – Be a Beer or be it your Career!
And if you are still wondering why the ‘h’ in ephemeral is within parenthesis, life is ep(h)emeral. Lead your ep(h)emeral life with a sense of (h)umour. Got the point?
As a starting note, I have never heaped praises on anyone in my 21 years of living. I don’t know the reason yet. There are many personalities who are much greater and nobler than Steve Jobs but none inspired me like this man. He was arrogant, brutal, squeamish, clever and canny and none can deny that he was one of the greatest minds who ever lived. While there have been debates questioning his leadership skills and attitude, I would say in order to be successful, one needs to be brutal and arrogant. He was the one who taught this world that Passion stands above everything else. I dedicate the next paragraph to the people who don’t know his life-story yet. Others, kindly bear with me.
He was adopted; He was a dropout; He was a hippie; His garage was his first workplace; He was fired from his own company; He was on drugs (LSD) in his teenage; He made his girlfriend pregnant and refused to claim fatherhood to his baby for long; He was ill-mannered; He was ruthless; He was short tempered.
Now,how many would believe that he went on to become the most successful CEO who ever lived? All along our life, we were taught to be humble, compassionate towards all human beings, follow all the moral values, be good, do good, learn good and blah blah blah. Do you think being good, being compassionate and blah blah will matter if we don’t do something noteworthy? Being humane is one thing, being a humane human with shitloads of money is another thing. What is the point in being ‘ just humane’? Were you born only to follow all the values that some person in the six million years of human race predefined? Seriously? You reciprocate what you get; You always don’t get what you reciprocate.
Before someone interprets this post in the wrong way, let me narrate some more facts about him.
He was a Bob Dylan fan. He had a sense of humor unparalleled to many. His idols were Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart etc.
He was clever. He was a billionaire philanthropist. He was a perfectionist( Some say that he suffered from OCD). He followed his passion. He knew how to connect the dots in the end. He never gave up. (Even at the time when he was battling pancreatic cancer.). He was behind one of the most iconic products the world has ever seen – Apple.
I have shown to you the three parts of his life. In the end neither his arrogance nor did his traits mattered. He was born not so rich ; He lived his life as a billionaire and he died as a billionaire. And the entire world cried when he died. If you disagree with me, watch the documentary Steve Jobs – The Man in the Machine. In the end of the first 10 minutes of the documentary, I guarantee that you would be left misty eyed.
As a closing note, I never own any Apple products as am not rich enough to afford those. So, am not one of those crazy super-rich Apple maniacs heaping praise on Steve Jobs. I know his story and this was enough to get me going.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
-Steve Jobs (Think Different Ad – 1997)
The link to the Think Different Ad: Think Different ( I couldn’t get my hands on the Original one.)
If you are a Steve Jobs fan or if you want to learn more about him, trust me you gotta watch Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement address. For a more detailed insight, study his biography by Walter Isaacson.
Remember, its the misfits who succeed. Its the innocent kid who gets bullied by others for his crazy thoughts succeed. Its the people who ‘Think Different’ succeed. STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH!
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong – Murphy’s Law. The irony, Murphy was an optimist! Murphy’s law became the buzz word quite after the release of the movie Interstellar where the lead role (Matthew McConaughey) names his daughter (Mackenzie Foy) Murph. Infact, I started my study on Murphy’s law only after the movie and I found it quite funny, yet attractive. For those of you not aware about Murphy’s law, you can either go through Wikipedia or have look at this. Now, why did this law provoke me to write?
It actually makes much sense for me to write about it at this juncture. Time and again,my instinct warns me if some mishap awaits me in the future. I had never known the intensity of the mishap but the mishap usually sets forth a series of unpredictable events. My instinct never makes me happy if something good is about to happen (and am still wondering why!) If I don’t follow my instinct and keep doing my routine, I have always ended in a pit. I have never been at the pinnacle if I followed my instinct (Not yet, atleast) but If I don’t follow it, I have been at stages, nadir being the worse.
Have you guys had phantasmagorical dreams or had ‘Deja-Vu’ moments time to time? You might have had at least one ‘Deja-Vu’ moment to experience and have you really wondered whether it is a premonition or had it really happened earlier? Have you thought about whether your Deja-Vu is really a Deja-Vu or is it your past memory popping up at the right time? Confusing?
The human brain is capable of doing much more than what it is doing today. Murphy’s law says that Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But,what if we are able to rekindle that ‘super memory‘ of ours and be able to change this quote to Anything that can go wrong will not go wrong because I can alter it. Am I acting like a cheeky monkey to Murphy? Seriously? I guess not.
At this point,am forced to introduce a quote from ‘The Alchemist’ which says:
If you really want something,the Universe itself conspires to help you achieve it.
What if we follow our instinct as and when it warns us and act accordingly? Usually,I will listen to my instinct and be puzzled about why my inner self is saying such things but I have never acted to rectify it.
Your instinct knows you better than anyone else. Of course,you and your instinct are not two different things. Rephrasing the above, You know yourself better than anyone else. Follow your instinct. But, remember just like Science our instinct is also a double edged sword. Your instinct may tell you to act either ways. After all, As per Hindu mythology we are living in ‘Kali Yuga’ where the evil lies within oneself.
Anything that can go wrong will not go wrong as you can alter it.
By this quote of mine, I have officially declared war on Murphy but since he is long gone, I can rest in peace.
You need not be a stooge to this quote of mine, but start thinking What if? rather than What if not?
Guess this blog post would serve as a great example to the headline of this blog Abstract Thoughts From An Obscure Mind. Be ready to experience a few of this philosophical melodrama in the future posts too 😉 Adieu!