Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The world belongs to the mundane!

A while ago, I read a short story by W. Somerset Maugham, titled " The door of opportunity".
The plot revolved around a character who was self possessed, sophisticated, clever and an efficient civil servant. He sevrved at a British colony at Sondurah, a province in Malaysia. Well, the fact remained, that despite his efficiency at work, he was highly unpopular amongst his colleagues, who regarded his wit with utter disdain and his humor more or less as an insult. Well, you see his colleagues were what you would describe to be the rather mundane and mediocre sort. And there was a multitude of them. Theres a great deal of them in our soceity as well.
You know, the typically boorish folk, whose lives revolve around the fate of a hitherto melodramatic soap opera character, or those who remain captivated by their favourite sport star, even though he's scoring more money in advertising rather than the sport itself.
Well, going back to the character in Maugham's story, there eventually arises a crisis where on account of an error of judgement the judgement he is forced to resign, much to the glee of his colleagues.
He was a throughly polished person. In etiquette, in art and in sport. The reason for his dismissal was the fact that he did not respond immediately to quell a rebellion and waited for significant backup rather than risk his own life by going with merely a handfull of men.
The argument in this context shows that the person was a coward, much to his own wife's dismay.
But the very next day he stood up and defended himself before the Governer left him with an air of pride (after being fired ofcourse), and faced his colleagues subsequently. And I suspect that that required courage.
Not meaning to sound philosophical, I think it would be more easier for a man to stand before a hungry lion rather than stand before an unforgiving soceity.
A beast of the jungle may shred your body to bits, but the wolves of the concrete jungle will shred you of your dignity, your sanity and perhaps even your life!
So basically even in real life its rather hard for an intellectual or a person with certain refinement to deal with a bunch of boorish, mundane folk.
And nature has an odd way of deceiding who actually has the upper hand.
And oddly its the major chunk of the dull-as-dishwater soceity that has the upper hand.
Have'nt you always felt that no matter how hard you try in certain circumstances you never managed to fit into a certain group you so dearly yearn to be in?
Haven't you felt that you were left out by your Boss, your colleagues, your coworkers, your collage buddies?
Well, chances are that thats happening because you might just be smarter than them, and they are awfully intimidated by you.
It means that your Boss, your co workers or your professor could be absolute retards.
So does that give you an edge? Sadly no my friend.
Because they own the world.
Yup! Deal with it. The world is run by politicians who didn't clear the fifth grade, its run by tycoons who dont know a shred about business since they just inherited their fortunes from their unfortunate albeit successful parents.
You may have university department heads whose knowledge is based upon a textbook they byhearted a zillion years ago.
You may have to serve as a humble manager (with a collage degree) to a slave driving albeit gorgeous supermodel(with an IQ of a toilet paper).
You cant overrun them, because you work under them.
They make they rules, they break the rules and if you get fiesty, hell! They'll break you.
They're big they're powerful and they're downright dumb- coming soon to a house near you.
So how does one deal with such an abomination of justice by nature?
Well, the only way I guess is by blending in. You know, when in Rome, do what the Romans do.
Well, Rome is all around us.
Be one of them. And dont worry, you shant lose your originality in the process.
If they behave stupid, 'act' stupid.
Share their jokes, laugh with your boss even if he has the sense of humor of a three year old.
Convince them that your one of them.
Become one with the pack.
At the same time retain your individuality. Bond with them bigtime! And heaven forbid! Dont ever preach to them because that will totally blow your cover.
And thereby use them to climb to the topmost ladder where afterwards you can drop them like a hot rock!
C'est la vie
Nature has made you smart for a reason, instead being all judgemental and earning the wrath of the powerful boors, use it to blend with them and get what you want.
You can judge and bitch about them, but at home not at your workplace.
We as humans have to adopt far more tactics and stealth than a beast of the jungle.
For beware, the world belongs to the mundane!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Prospect Of Uncertainity

Throught the ages, mankind has always been bewildered by aspects that do not offer him security, or some sort of guarantee. I guess it is in human nature to find solace in things that are known to be well charted.
But ironically no matter how well we plan our lives things never work out exactly in the same sequence as what you would hope to be. It is then the insecurity dawns upon us and forces us to succumb to the fact that not everything in life must need to go the way you intend it to.
Any human well in the midst of his existance might know of this fact. but nevertheless, some continue to make the same mistakes they once made.
I suppose hence the saying ,"man proposes and God disposes." In my experience I have seen how shocked and how shaken are those who before their eyes see their plans crumble to dust. And yet I have also seen how those who were completely unprepared for a certain situation emerge as victors.
Lifes enigma lies in its uncertainity, the feeling where one can never tell how a certain event may unfold.
Yet there are those, who claim to read the course anyones life may take. They are called Psychics, soothsayers, fortune tellers, etc.
And do they have what it takes to indeed foresee that which no one else has could possibly comprehend.
I sould say perhaps. But what I believe, is that they dont really perceive the future as a whole, but what they indeed see, is the future through a tiny window, that gives them a hint of what has to come rather than the whole picture itself.
While one cannot say indeed what is to transpire in ones life, I believe nature gives us enough hints to forsee an iota of that which is to come.
Aethists and sceptics dismiss any claims to fortell the future and dispel uncertainity as hogwash and superstition.
A while ago a hue and cry was raised in an Indian university that wished to have astrology as one of its courses. It was then called a pseudo science. I do not remember in what sense was the matter finally unfolded and what indeed was the outcome. But I presume it was the thriumph of science over hocus pocus.
Every aspect in existence, scientific or unscientific, strives to predict the course of events to come. Only the means by which they do so differ.
Why, even scientists try to be fortune tellers albeit the means they use are there for all to see and understand.
Dont meteoroligists try to 'predict' the course of a storm. Dont geologists 'predict' how the earth's tectonic plates are going to shift in a couple of hundred years. Dont economists 'predict' the course of a nation's economy?
Dont doctors 'predict' the course of illness in a patient.
Everyone predicts something or the other. Everyone is endowed to insight. It is insight that endows a man to make predictions. Irrespective of the means he chooses.
While a meteorlogist uses his instruments to predict the weather, so does the astrologist use his calculations based on planetary positions to predict the course of a humans life.
In the past both have been correct and wrong.
They say "no one ought to take into account what the weather man says", because the sunny day you deceided to have your picnic on turns out to be a freak thunderstorm.
At the same time a person who was predicted to be rich and famous, ,may through a freak chance of nature file for bankruptcy.
Just because a science faliled to prove a certain point it doesnt mean that that system of belief is completely inaccurate.
All sciences have pitfalls.
Just because a conventional scientist cannot comprehend the calculations of an astrologer, or the methods of study used by a chiromantist, he cannot deem the disciplines to be illegitimate.
Every discipline has its own way of working out its predictions and analyse their respective outcome.
Every aspect in life as said earlier lingers upon uncertainity. While life never reveals its secrets to us directly, it does offer us a window of opportunity to comprehend in some tiny way, that which is about to happen.

New blog, new entry!!

Well, I've been mentally egging myself to create a blog, for quite sometime. Really having no idea of the benefits and not sounding like some sort of a dork I have deceided to venture into the realm of cyberspace and "express" myself in whatever way I can.
You know, I always kinda thought of keeping a diary or memoirs of what you say and do kinda offence.
And I believe an online memoir of a final year medical student, about what he does day in and day out will practically bore a reader to death.
Believe me, memoirs are only interesting if you are some sort of a celebrity with a happening lifestyle well fabricated by the media.
On the other hand one neeed'nt be a celeb to make your life intersting. I guess every passing day can be an event. It could be anything, like standing upto your bossy collegue or trying to impress your date.
So rather than my memoirs its better that the tempest of thoughts that rage through my mind finally get an outlet. Through this blog I guess.
Thus at 12:45 am my eyes though blurry from all the sleep I managed to create this blog.
Hope to God I manage to keep up the practice.