There is a big problem when it comes to being funny, especially when people assume that they are on satire or “ANY” mode presumed to be a highly evolved one that
signifies a mature society that can laugh at their shortcomings. Its like, you can see a tear in the thin line that separates the one telling the joke and the one who is becoming one.
Though thin, this line is made up of several fictitious and quirky stuff, like :
1.One’s ego that constantly asserts the need to be right, completely disregarding the fact that one has been wantonly (Not to be confused with chinese food) painting a picture of an insolent nincompoop who on many previous occasions proved that the cranial thickness innate in him ( Avoiding feminist* fist) didn’t allow reality to seep and hence his head was tilted upwards allowing a visible 95 degree gap between the throat and the chin and walked like a kathakali dancer with just the hands and legs a little less apart, circumventing every single soul around him who were choiceless-lyy left gobsmacked by the level of retardness displayed.
2. A belief that one’s freedom of speech is nothing but a compensation for not using freedom of thought.
3. The assumption that one has the right to write/speak the wrong words as no one cares how language is wrought for it’s “just” a medium of communication, plus one is
safely tucked under the blanket of non native speaker.
4. A neo contemporary belief system pinned to humor that forgets the dichotomy between funny and fun loving society and it’s corresponding needs.
5. You, your imaginary friend and a mutual friend of his who is bestowed with all the gyaan that runs untapped in the cosmos!
The list is a dynamic and never ending one, so I stop here, predominantly due to lack of understanding and creativity benchmarked by modern humorists.
This behaviour is not restricted to humor alone! One can easily infer that this is spreading virally ( 20 things that will blow your mind off, for you cannot guess the
ending, for it empowers women… Awww cute kittens ) to other important things that the human race as a collective noun think are pressing issues. For example..
Wisdom, Sanity, Sanitation (*tongue in cheek*), Feminism (*ducks*) what not.
This has become pandemic of-late. It has been blown to such huge proportion that, overnight a girl decides to empower women for they are being objectified and sexualized. Well nothing wrong with that, I agree, but empowering by posting bloody( literal) pictures of her periods takes it to a whole new level of..Narcissism(You read it right!).
Then there was this bollywood chic (not to be confused with (chick)hen a flightless bird that gets chopped,anointed with masala and fried when it is 65 days old) who
gave empowerment a whole new meaning. Let me not get into what was right or wrong with this elitist and weak attempt by Vogue, but, I wanna ask a simple question.If
contribution to society is your motto who do you feed? The needy or the greedy? If you haven’t understood why this is being asked, am sorry you need some
Somewhere in between all these hits,shares,popularity and reformation there is an abyss of ignorance and misinterpretations.The vast majority have no idea that Sex and Gender are different things and even if they knew, a major chunk of the population who know, either don’t know the difference between equity and equality or are oblivious to it.
Try it with humor, try it with satire, try being a rebel or try with alien intervention, unless you are less skewed to preconceived notions built purely upon self experiences nothing you do holds good.Am neither anti-feminist nor someone who is against empowerment of women.I too believe that every individual choices must be respected.All that I am against is human stupidity for nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.(Martin Luther King Jr).
So, all am saying is be wary of what are you asking for. Equality of Equity? For if its the former that you seek, its almost impossible to achieve with all the genetic and historic deficits.
I need to end this somehow right?( THIS write-up :P ) So what do I suggest? Well am no sophist but I believe am relatively more sane. So If am not sure of my tools or know how to use them, I better learn before I use or let my kit rust. Hmm… Rust.. I wish
For a change, a little personal entry on my blog.Maybe because many suggested that I need to add a little flavor to my posts and make it an interesting read for majority and as far as I reckon, to a vast majority, “OTHER’s” personal is the most favourite flavor.. :P .And yeah, also to create a small reference that highlights the fact am not that big a flop myself :P who just decided to pen down what he wish he could have done but wisdom dawned pretty late ;). Read on to know the two things that shaped my life to what it is now.
“chaam…what do you want to become when you grow ?” my mom would ask me. Happily sitting on my Dad’s big tummy, fiddling with an old alarm clock I would say “An asthronoth” with heavy aspirations on T and H and a whole lot of conviction.For long, I was sure that I would become an Astronaut someday and so was my mom. Little did I know that future had something else in store for me.
It all started when my dad was watching one of the most popular series of the early 1990’s called “TURNING POINT” hosted by Mr.Girish Karnad . My dad just couldn’t stop me from playing slides on his paunch so he literally tied me to a nearby window (I ain’t kidding here, I got that often) with my mom’s old saree and I had no option than watch the program with him that shaped my world until Under graduation. It was a show about the universe with a little footage from the Apollo’s mission to moon. “who are they pa?” I asked, “Astronauts! Now don’t disturb” he said and I didn’t utter a single word henceforth. I watched the whole show with undivided attention and spent the whole night imagining myself in space suits [I do that even now] and after that night until high school, if anyone asked what I wanted to become, I would reply in a trice , “ An Astronaut” . I never let that dream go, time only changed the word astronaut to Astrophysicist but the passion was always there and it came inches close to materializing after I completed my Bachelors degree in physics, but a personal setback ended that dream and I had to take the tough decision of letting it go and started working in a completely irrelevant industry.
I was not sad that my dreams were curbed instead I was happy with my new found wisdom,
“ If you want something with all your heart and keep striving to achieve it you would definitely see it materializing as planned and the only thing that can stop you from achieving it would be YOU.”
Thanks to the book that one of my friends gifted me on my 19th birthday, “Think and grow rich” which changed my life completely from then on.
I started exploring what else am I passionate about and when I found it, I started working on it.I ensured that every decision I took,facilitated my passion to grow and not curb, in other words I nourished and nurtured it and a few weeks back I was standing in yet another juncture where everything I had planned were inches away from materializing and I ensured that nothing stops it and here I stand with the widest smile possible oozing success and happiness.
Some might wonder, “What about the Astronaut thing?” Well It didn’t take me long to realize that my passion revolved more around knowing than doing when it came to Astrophysics, so till date I haven’t stopped learning and sharing. This blog as such stands a testimony to it :)
That day, hadn’t my dad made me watch that show or if my friend hadn’t presented me with that book, who knows …..
There was a time when I used to love travelling. As a teen I always envied people who travel extensively and many a times I wished I would land up in a job that involves a lot of travel. It was not until last year that I landed up in such a job. If there is something that this job has taught me it is this :
“When guided/demanded by an external framework which does not relate to your persona, even your preferences become a paint point”
For when I travel, “BUSINESS” is stamped on every move of mine and especially when it involves training the most difficult population in INDIA to be trained,it makes every other alternative to sneak personal time, “Null & Void”.
Now, don’t worry. This is neither a post where I crib about my job nor am I gonna give tips on how to maintain work life balance :D. This post is purely about an awesome experience that I had by just deciding to break free from my usual monotony though it offered a safety net and kept me in a physically comforting zone and deciding to jump into action whenever presented with an opportunity.
Regular readers of my Blog know my huge affinity towards Archaeology and for a very long time it had been my dream to explore a cave all by myself. Recently I was assigned to train a big batch of teachers on Effective Teaching Methodology and inclusion of technology into day-to-day teaching at a place called TADIPATRI in Andra Pradesh. This place is known for its carvings of the early Vijayanagara period and is often referred to as a treasure-house of fine Vijayanagara sculptures. Very near to this town is Indian sub continent’s second largest cave and the longest caves in plains of Indian Subcontinent, BELUM CAVES. When I came to know that I was just 30 KMs away from it, I was ready to risk every Business related shortcomings and decided come-what-may, I am exploring it today.I immediately jumped into action and collected all information and articles I require for this and the only thing that stood between me and my dream was this training. It was a 4 hour session scheduled to start at 11 AM and end around 4:30 PM. Even if I start at 4:45PM I would reach Belum caves only around 5:30 PM which is exactly its closing time. So, without wasting a moment, I contacted the person from the school and with all the convincing skills I have acquired over my 6 years of corporate tuning, I persuaded them to reschedule the training to 9 AM and after few moments of negotiation, they agreed for 9:30AM . From then on.. it was game on!!
The training ended at 1 PM and I was in a bus at 1:20 and by 2:00 I was at Belum Caves. With the temperature reading a scorching 41 Degrees and being a weekday afternoon, the otherwise bustling spot looked like an ideal spot for a post apocalyptic movie shoot.
As I walked the rough 1 km stretch from entrance to the ticket counter I was both happy and surprised to see that I was only one around to enter after noon and the guy at the ticket counter asked if I wanted to wait until someone turns up, for walking all alone into a natural underground cave formed by the constant flow of underground water with stalactite and stalagmite formations can make your mind play games with you. This made me not to wait a minute more for exploring one of the largest cave in India all alone is no normal opportunity. With no guide around and armed with my outdated smart phone, I entered the cave and what ever happened inside with remain etched forever in my head.It was a both spiritually enlightening and artistically enchanting experience. The former needs a separate post for itself so will not explain why and how it was spiritually enlightening later but why “enchanting” can be understood through the following pics which I took with my smart phone( How I wish I had a DSLR).
Inside, the cave was illuminated by a monochromatic sodium vapour lamps that added a mystic beauty by casting strange shadows and the art that nature inflicts has always been superior to any.
This whole experience made me understand few things that I believe will change my life forever. For a new start.
1. People are ready to help and adjust. It’s just us who are ever-reluctant to ask. So when you need something, ASK. Nothing wrong in asking :)
2. Life always presents you with opportunities. Its only your decision and the corresponding action that helps you grab.Nothing/none can be blamed if you miss.
3. All time is now. Never settle for “LATER”
4. It’s neither work nor it is life. Happiness lies where both BALANCE.
How often does one open the newspaper hoping to see only good things? Or tune into a NEWS channel and see a beautiful face with a serene smile saying, “It is a
pleasant day with needful sunshine and lot of love and romance hanging in the air”?
Be it projecting a country as a summation of few negative pockets or projecting a religion as an epitome of certain group’s behavior or be it a behavioral trait
attributed to a certain race, we are surrounded by many such unwarranted stereotypes because they have been projected for long to cater to a negatively biased global society.As a race, we are conditioned to be receptive to negativity to such an extent that when everything looks good, we involuntarily start expecting trouble.
By some strange means,negativity is relatively more attractive to us, even at subconscious level.
Some blame the media for this conditioning.Recent media studies points out that bad news to good news ratio is almost 17:1.What people fail to understand is that media
evolves more in tune with the likes and dislikes of the viewers, so the answer to such affinity towards negativity lies within us.
Marc Trussler and Stuart Soroka, of McGill University, conducted a research on how people relate to news, They
invited participants to view published news and they conducted eye tracking experiments while participants browsed through news stories.Most participants chose stories
with a negative spin such as corruption and hypocrisy, rather than positive stories. This choice was higher among people who had keen interest in current affairs.
Trussler and Soroka concluded that this was evidence of “negativity” bias, a desire to hear and remember bad news.
Many have discussed and debated over this bias towards negativity and experts contend its mainly because our brains evolved in a hunter-gatherer environment where
anything novel or dramatic had to be attended to immediately for survival.Many of us would have heard a standard accusation against men with respect to “Never asking
for direction” which can also be pinned to the time of brain development while we were hunter-gatherers. Back then, the forests were thick and men neither had compass
nor maps.They just ventured into the wilderness with very little knowledge of the route, in search of food (prey) to fulfill the daily nourishment requirements of their
tribe.This precisely is a novel and dramatic environment and their survival depends upon emerging out of the forest with a kill. Asking someone for directions was not
an option for most didn’t know what lies ahead.Their hormones were more tuned to the rush that they get when they emerge victoriously without a guide. This has been
deeply embedded into us as a race and till today, the male who ventured into wilderness in the paleolithic age without asking for direction continue doing the same in
the modern era. Similarly certain social practices that were prevalent in our antiquity when both societal complexities and gender dynamics were less are still embedded in us though we have evolved into a more complex and dynamic society.
According to Rupert Sheldrake a scientist and researcher in the field of parapsychology, “Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more
like TV receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past. And biological inheritance need not all be coded in the genes, or in epigenetic
modifications of the genes; much of it depends on morphic resonance from previous members of the species. Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past
members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future” Though there are no concrete proof, this remains a hypothesis which is worth considering.
Irrespective of all our technological advancements and evolution, we are still caught in the layers that our race built collectively as Hunter-Gatherers, Farmers &
several other transitions and are more tuned to negativity.This by no means is an irreversible curse.The cure lies in just understanding how our brain works.Our brain
is more like a supercomputer that can be programmed to bring a desired result and if necessary, be reprogrammed to troubleshoot bugs that hamper its effectiveness.
What needs to be understood?
1. Map is not the territory:
The key lies in understanding that we are offered several options to build our lives and our experiences and perceptions play a vital role in our choices. These
experiences and perceptions acts as an invisible sieve through which every information and option passes through, affecting our decision which in turn shapes our
reality.Contrary to the popular belief,individual imagination is limited whereas reality is limitless. If I ask you to imagine an animal that has no resemblance to any
animal you have ever seen, how soon will you be able to come up with one? The truth is, you cant. However hard you try,it would someway or the other resemble only the
known but the possibility of a life form that you have never known/seen/heard existing is pretty high for your experience and knowledge is limited. To be closer to reality, one needs to let go all perceptive layers that limits you. If only one can reprogram the brain by altering this sieve (perceptive layer) that filters information, one can bring in any desired result.
2. Everyone is an integral part of the Whole:
Everything around you is interrelated and is in constant interaction with each other. A grand balancing force maintains this equilibrium and hence when a part of your
mind or life is altered, the entire system (Universe) absorbs it. This collective consciousness is accessible by everyone which reflects in the society in the form of
behavioral patterns/ cultures etc.
3. We have everything we need to change within us :
Every answer, all resources you need to change is within you.This is the primary reason why self knowledge has always been the apex of wisdom.
Once the above said are understood, as a race, we can easily move towards a society that reflects positivism, for all behavior has innate positivism. Irrespective of
the means being negative, the mind and body only think about the positive outcome, if this trait alone be capitalized and the negative means be discarded by the
process of reprogramming we can collectively evolve into a society that is more tuned to “Positivism”
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This post is a part of Chennai Bloggers Club’s(CBC) Tablog 3 where a group of bloggers write on the theme “Chennai: A Blend of the Traditional and Modern.” For those who are not aware, Chennai Bloggers Club is a group of wonderful bloggers who yap, scribble, ramble, annotate, facilitate and sometime even tolerate thoughts on a digital platform ;) We discuss anything and everything under the sun and at times over and above.
As customary, a blog tag is handed over by a fellow blogger to another and it was handed over to me by Madhvi Kumar. You can read her post here. A big thanks to her for introducing me in such a wonderful way.
As humans our routines become a pattern which reveals itself in everything we do. With time our brain recognizes this pattern as a common and accepted occurrence and frames a template around it which reflects in the way we perceive the world around us. This pattern is passed from one generation to other with small additions and
subtraction, but with the core intact. This is termed as tradition. ( For better understanding read THIS)
Anything that we do in the name of modernity has evolved from this tradition and hence its impossible for any civilization to call itself modern unless they have a foot grounded in its tradition. Also, the possibility of something appearing out of nothing is farce. There is a bit of Alpha 1.0 in every Lollipop 5.0.2 you own.
Having said all that, what makes Chennai stand out?
If I ponder hard to figure out if Chennai is the only city with a thriving blend of Tradition and Modern then am constantly asserted with a big NO.But who cares, this is my city and my blog :P And Chennai is the only city that has showed me visibly that it is.
- The advent of cappuccino and cocoa hasn’t brought down the craze for Filter Kaapi
- The emergence of Play Stations hasn’t brought down the craze for street cricket
- The popularity of Rock, hip Hop and Rap hasn’t hit the Margazhi Maasam Katcheris drastically
- Aerobics and Allopathy thrive side by side with yoga and several eastern medical practices.
- We might now make Ganesha using Plaster Of Paris instead of mud but still we continue to bathe him in milk and drown him in sea soon after :POh! those are common to many other cities too, right? Hmm.. Let me give it a personal touch:
As a person who was born in Chennai, the most vivid memories of my childhood revolves strictly around places like KK Nagar, PSBB School, Rouch Stationery, YMCA Swimming pool, Sivan Park,Udhayam Theater and a certain HIRE CYCLE shop off MGR Nagar. Unfortunately, my dad was transferred to a different city and I had to reluctantly leave this city. When I relocated to Chennai after 16 years, I thought it would hardly be anything like what it was when I was young. But this city proved me wrong.
The streets in which I played had numerous tall and new houses but it still had the same temples,playgrounds and its Gulmohar trees. The school road had become narrower but the school still looked and surprisingly smelt the same. If you didn’t know that every school has its unique smell then am sorry, all those years you spent in school is of no significant use. The Rouch Stationery was now called Rouch Fancy Stores with a bigger shop area and heavier footfall, but the guy at the billing Section was the same old guy with his beaming smile and paan tinted lips.The warm feeling that I used to get as a kid when he let me carry home a new Cosco ball though I was a few coins short will always remain fresh and the best part, he would do that with a smile and wink.I saw him doing the same few years back but the only difference was that there was no Cosco ball but a transformer toy in the kid’s hand. The Hire Cycle shop is now a Travel Agency.As a kid it helped local kids to commute in hour cycles, now the same shop was still helping people commute. The only difference is that the mode of transportation has changed and not the core. You get the drift, right?
More than the above mentioned , what makes Chennai stand out is the way it has received so many traditions and allowed it to blend in its DNA as it evolved into the present MODERN .The Madras Bashai (A dialect of TAMIL used in Chennai) is a standing testimony to it. Wonder how many know that the local slur Kasmalam and Bemani are borrowed from Sanskrit word Kash-malam (Discardable,) and Urdu word Be-Imani (Unloyal) and the most common words like Galeej(Shabby) and Dabbu(Money) from Kannada and Telugu respectively?
The list is endless but the inference in precise :No city has such a unique blend as Chennai, at least none that I reckon.
With that I pass on the baton to RAM THILAK who blogs at RTCEO’s Blog and Thoughts
He claims to be a weird recluse, a constant seeker for knowledge and by blogging he manages to slowly lose the former and enhance the latter. He believes that the more he writes, the more chiseled his knowledge gets.He writes on varied topics ranging from Philosophy to film reviews. Do visit his blog for more :)
Although there are 10-14 million species currently on earth, did you know that 99% of the species that existed on earth are already extinct? in words of Janine Benyus,an American natural sciences writer,”Think of our planet as a Research and Development lab in which only he best ideas move forward and the organisms that used too much energy/material or were toxic were dropped. What you wind up with are organisms that are efficient.”
Now lets understand where humans come in. Although life has existed on earth for 3.8 million years ,humans have existed only for around 200,000 years.We are nothing like other earthlings.Going by known records,just around 5000 years back humans invented wheel and now we posses technology that facilitates interstellar travel. Just because we can, we are way too experimental and our inferences have become our wisdom. What we fail to understand is that our inference are only based on what we see, which constitutes not even 0.1% of what is happening around us and what is around us is just a grain in this big beach AKA Universe and lets not even get into the concept of multiverse for now.
What is more baffling is that with such negligible information, we have the audacity to believe that we operate with complete capacity.Relatively speaking, We are nothing but toddlers on earth’s evolutionary timeline and and if we intend to survive for at least the next few 100 generations we must quit going against nature and start working along with it. What we built after the advent of technology hasn’t survived long. At least not as long as what our ancestors in antiquity built. The Great Pyramid, The great wall of China are classic examples. It is high time that “We” as a race need to let go the need to be right and de-freeze for we have already done enough damage in the name of technological advancement ,Religion, GOD and boundaries.
What is wrong with religion ?
God and religion are separate and it is us “toddlers” with lack of intelligence tend to mix things up.
If only the modern theists understand that they worship a god that they created and the Atheists understand that their problem is not with GOD who created life but with the GOD that humans created, things would be a lot different.
Am talking about a spiritual evolution that great minds like Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein wished the humans would transcend to. This transition will never happen until we let go the need to be right especially when our entire cognisance is nothing but an image of the past. With such a mind, we build our belief system which encompasses all religion and god.When one thinks about GOD he thinks only in lines of what he knows about GOD, a mere projection of all that has been told about GOD. Contrary to the popular belief, an idea cannot change life or solve problems.It just creates another idea in opposition or in acceptance.
As a great Indian philosopher once mentioned,”The mind itself has become the problem, and its fabrications further complicate life, bringing conflict and misery. The substitution of one idea for another, or the change of ideas does not transform the thinker.” When one Idea of GOD doesn’t suit or solve a problem, a new image and version of GOD is released and thus bringing in a new set of followers and with time it gains momentum and becomes a new religion. What we fail to understand is that an Idea or thought arises inside a thinker and the thinker himself becomes a problem for its him/her who distorts thoughts according to circumstances which makes the thinker and thought one and the same.When the thinker is the problem how do we change him/her?
Understanding the Thinker
Have you ever been to a spiritual discourse or a motivation workshop? As long as you are there, everything seems new and clear. As if you have stumbled upon a clear and wonderful way of altering your dull and monotonous life and there is this great upsurge of enthusiasm in you to mend your ways and aligning it to the new found way but the moment you get back home and start your daily routine, the same old restlessness and dullness sets in? That is purely because the thinker is more tuned to think in lines of the frame that he/she is set and the only way to get out of it is to break out of it. It might seem tough, for the mind believes that the frame offers a safety net but sometimes all you need is a free fall that gives you moments of thoughtlessness to capitalize on. Its only when the mind is still there is creation. Read more here to understand better. We need to break free from all dogmas of religion and especially the idea of personal god and free the Thinker from conditioned thoughts.Lets start from understanding ourselves for all we know is God is in us.
Why all this?
Unless the fact that we are not in the intelligence apex is established, we wouldn’t let go the need to be right, hence tried to establish that initially and whenever the topic gets there, people jump with a pointed finger and yell,”Do you mean to say that all the technological advancements that we have achieved is of no use?” Hence I had to illustrate how any technology that is against nature is unimportant and how humans have been exploiting and harming nature.For some strange reason, everything revolves around GOD for Humans right now, be it proving his existence or absence.So felt it was high time to understand that our entire take on GOD which is pinned to religion is wrong and we need to transcend to something higher and closer to truth for future generations to exist.
Am I an Atheist?
If this question has been constantly playing on the back of your mind throughout your read then maybe this helps.
“I thought I was one until I realised that my problem was never with GOD but with what people thought and preached GOD was “
Oru Ezhavum Purila *
Ne ivvalooo thooram vantiya :-o
*For very close friends ;)
This post has been published as a part of ‘The CBC Tablog – 2. Where a group of bloggers from CBC Chennai Bloggers Club) have come together to write on the topic – “One aspect of Chennai that I would like to change”
The Baton was passed on to me by Gayu Venkat who is claims to be a Juvenile Dreamer and a Jejune Sketcher who loves to find happiness in small things.You can read her post here
So, what aspect of Chennai I want to change? Hmmm..Let me try a relative sketch here.
Though born in Chennai, I grew up in a tier 2 city where people enjoyed many luxuries of nature that Chennai vaasis don’t. The biggest luxury of all was the interconnectedness that every occupant of a particular locality shared. I still remember how many families lived in my street for every time there was an Independence Day celebration, all the kids in the colony will team up for “collection” and the money collected thus will be spent on organizing games and fun events for every age group. Every game would have it’s season except for cricket for it was a perennial sport. Two months for Top and Marbles ( Bambaram & Goli), Two months for Badminton and Gilli, and last few months of the year would be dedicated to making Manja ( String used for fighter kites ) and Kite flying , endlessly running behind every single kite that loses the deal with a long pole or Kavvankal (a stone tied to a Manja string to pull kites stuck between tree branches or electric poles ) . These were the constant ones, other games like kabaddi ,Ice boys, Seven Stones, Countries will pop up depending upon the collective mood of the colony. If anyone one falls ill, the entire colony will know and at least half a dozen grannies from the colony will visit with some homemade remedy or some wise advice. There was something in everyone of the colony that kept us interconnected and that is what I think Chennai has lost in the name of growth and modernization. Now Chennai must have had it too but when and why did it lose it? My guess, the city has become too fast. Too fast to even stop for a moment and help someone who has just tripped, get up. Too fast even know who your neighbors are. Too fast to even acknowledge the new hairdo your wife had had hoping you would notice. Too fast to have a proper dinner with family every night. Too fast to stop for a moment and relish the subtleties of present than can give you happiness for a lifetime. It is this pace that I would like to change in Chennai. This pace is killing the present generation from true learning. Just like a wisecrack once said ,“It puts them all in a rat race and in the end, no matter you win, you end up being just a rat”
I see lions turning into rats deluded by this pace. So if you ask me, I wish Chennai slows down a bit. A bit enough for the human touch and feeling of interconnectedness to seep in.
I now pass the baton to Prashanth Ashok who happens to be a very close friend of mine. Known for the super friendly aura that he carries, he is fondly called as the Singapore Santa by fellow CBCians. One can talk about anything under the sun to him for his ears are as big as his heart. He blogs at AP’s (S)crap
There was a boy who lived next to our house in Trichy whom I never saw playing. Forget playing, I hardly saw him in the first place. There were few occasions when I did see him and am pretty sure he had a textbook in his hand. His room was pretty close my room and I have often (read daily) heard his mother barging into his room and talking high about a certain boy called Pravesh who happens to be from the same class as her son. A typical conversation would go like this :
Mom : You haven’t given your daily chemistry test . You know that you are weak in organic chemistry don’t you?
Son: Maaa… Its Sunday ma. Plzzzz
Mom: Did you skip eating because it is Sunday?
Son: Ma plzzz.. don’t start it again.
Mom: I was talking to Pravesh’s mom today morning. He is giving full test every Sunday.
Son: He doesn’t have to study like me. His parents went to IIT, he is a born genius.
Mom: His grandparents were illiterate farmers. Don’t talk like a Know-It-All!!
After a series of thuds there would be a brief silence and a few minutes later I would hear distant guttural mumbling of a hyperventilated mom.
I am pretty sure that many would have experienced or at least come across such drama before, but have you ever wondered whether intelligence can be genetically transferred?
You would have definitely come across many intelligent couples having intelligent offspring or a musical genius having a lineage of sons, daughters, grandchildren who are good at music. This doesn’t necessarily mean that intelligence or music runs in blood AKA genetically transferred.
Ever since Francis Crick and James Watson explained the structure of DNA many have lauded it as the discovery of the book of life which many mainstream scientists still hold on to. However, after 5 decades when the human genome project came into picture, the book of life turned out to be considerably less extensive than had been anticipated. Instead of the expected 100,000 genes, it was proposed that it contains less than 30,000. It is believed that genes, along with environmental conditions, determine morphology and behavior. Often the environmental conditions are disregarded by many and they tend to assume that behavioral and cognitive traits are genetically transferred from parents to offspring and it runs in blood. When it can be true with respect to morphology; Intelligence and behavior and even the so called hereditary genetic illness need not necessarily be so.
Imagine that our genes were merely building blocks, and a greater intelligence is in charge of whether or not we can crack the toughest of the examinations with ease or throw a basketball from the free throw line and every time it’s a shoot, or die very early like your family members due to a genetic predisposition of a hereditary illness.
If you were hoping that am going to talk about god then in a sense YES. The collective consciousness that runs through everyone one of us pretty much meets every standard that qualifies one as god. We often tend to neglect it as a determinant.
Instead of our lives being determined by our genes, they are more likely determined by what science now calls Epigenetics. Our genes grow in a soup of resonant fields created by thoughts and intentions. Rupert Sheldrake, the noted biologist and author of over 80 scientific papers on the subject has been trying for long to break through this dogma. According to him:
Organisms inherit a memory from previous systems like how humans acquire behavioral traits from cultural and traditional conditioning. He calls this system MORPHIC RESONANCE.
“MORPHIC RESONANCE is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. The hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past. And biological inheritance need not all be coded in the genes, or in epigenetic modifications of the genes; much of it depends on morphic resonance from previous members of the species. Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.”
– Rupert Sheldrake
It got way too technical didn’t it? Let me explain it in a simple way sans all the scientific jargon through the story I started this article with.
Pravesh is not intelligent because his parents were intelligent and they transferred it through their genes to him. He was intelligent because he grew up in a system/field that had intelligent beings (parents) right from his childhood. His brain developed in a highly intelligent environment which was a resonant field created by his parents by virtue of their cognitive and analytic abilities that earned them their places in India’s topmost technical institute.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, a controversial biologist, has pointed out that one set of gene blueprints can result in over 30,000 different possible outcomes. In multiple adoption studies conducted in the 1880s and 1990s it was found that children in the same family have an important causal role in gene expression, regardless of their biological origins.
Researchers found that even children who did not have particular gene combinations that would predispose them to certain types of cancer, but were adopted into families that had attitudes or prevalent emotions that resulted in this health outcome – also often developed the same cancers as their host families did. Social context also played a significant role in whether these adopted children developed a disease. It was surprisingly uncommon for the genes themselves to play out deterministic health scenarios.
Genes are not locked into a specific code. Gene activity, can change on a daily basis, and does. The heretofore accepted scientific paradigm of genetic determinacy is being turned on its head. As Lipton explains in a lecture:
In a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, “after 8 hours, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes. This correlates with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.”
There are now over 100 music neuroimaging studies from which it is clear that the brains of musicians and non-musicians differ. These relate to size, morphology, density, connectivity, and function that occur throughout the brain and support a range of cognitive processes that are often improved in musicians.
Now…does becoming a musician cause the brain to change, or do musicians have different brains to begin with? Try putting a pin there ;)
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