Posts Tagged ‘truth’

Ubiquitous Dilemma: The Gospels of Truth

So you believe in your daily newspaper for correct information. You believe in your regular news readers on TV for accurate news reporting. And you believe in your talk shows host for the unbiased picture of the truth. And to top it all, if you are a regular reader of my WordPress posts you may have started to believe in ‘Vishal Akhouri’ as a source of great ideas.

And then without any doubts, we believe in God. We believe in our parents. We believe in our company for meanigful work and proper salaries. We believe in our local grocers and bakers for providing us nutritious food. We believe in everything.

What would life be if you stopped believing in them. What would you turn into when you stop believing in them, even though when most people around you are still believing in them. Yes, then probably you will be termed a rebel, anti-social guy and since most of us want to live a peaceful life, we keep believing in everything that we are fed without questioning them.

We are opinionated by lot of means and most recently it’s being called advertisement or propaganda.

Iraq – Weapons of Mass Destruction

We believed in Bush Government’s Propaganda about ‘Iraq – Weapons of Mass Destruction’. They actually found none there, but even if they would have found 1-2 there, it can never match the number of weapons of mass destruction that USA has. One may argue that USA is a democratic responsible state and therefore these weapons of Mass Destuction are in safe hands. But again these are apparently Weapons of Mass destruction, in safe hands or unface, doesn’t matter.

The truth is that truth is biased. And it’s biased using tools, US has a huge propaganda machine called Hollywood, American Media, American MNCs and off course the American direct and very powerful diplomatic affairs. No country can match them, they are every where, so the world opinion is created by them.

World Finanacial Crisis (2008-2010)

Second, you have believed in the power of US financial Institution and Merchant Bankers, it took them not even a month for the most power of the financial organisations of the World, mostly US-based, to go down like dominos. And for decades they have been audited for their truth by the accounting firms and their monetary details probably scanned by might US financial regulators. They have dumped us into an economic depression and people have lost jobs and hopes because of this fiasco and fuelled by sheer greed and auditing fraud. Were we fed the truth ever, when we were asked to sign legal financial terms and conditions or when we invested our hard earned money in these firms or elsewhere.

War and Patriotism

Since nothing is biased, believe me when I say that you are always fed half truth.

In any war, you are mourning the death of your soldiers, there are equal number of people who are grieving the death of civilians and soldiers on the other side of the fence killed by your brutal soldiers. And you get to read the bravery of your soldiers and brutality of your adversary.

But the best part is that we may be the actual villains in other lives without even realising it and blaming others for the wrong done.

Kill the Devil Within!

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How many times have we blamed others for showing apathy and even hatred towards us, not realising that we may be the intruders and others may have actually shown us the kindness and empathy to their max limit possible. We fail to realise that others may as well have a past and a present and we in our greed, try to impose ourselves on them. We become insensitive to their needs. And that where the problems begin, when we become emotionally charged, we become depressed, and we nag and we become angry. A classic case of half truth in life.

If you love it let it go, it will surely come back because if you truly loved it sooner or later it will realise it

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The world will become a better place only if we ourselves become more aware of everyones needs and situations. And this can only happen through open dialogue and understanding that every one has a free will.

Truth is what you believe in. That is what it comes down to!

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Know yourself first, before you become mature enough to understand the differences between apparent truth and actual situation and before you start seeing situations from different perspective so as to critically analyse what is fed to you.

  • The one thing you should take care of is that you be rational at all times
  • You should be considerate to understand other’s situations
  • Don’t turn your ideologies and believes into somethings that will adversely affect others. (The most extreme examples are the Nazis and the religious fundamentalists)
  • You should always be helpful.
  • You should also leave some doubts in your mind in order to question your own believes first
  • Don’t be rigid
  • Don’t take yourself and the world so seriously. chill!
  • You have miles to go and places and people to visit, this truth (whatever you holding on to your heart now) is not the end of the world for you
  • You may be absolutely wrong, if you don’t know the full truth. Be doubtful!
  • Always support your parents and close friends
  • Know who wants to be with you more than whom you want to be with

Serendipity or Guano from the sky

“Serendipity”, a 2001 movie starring John Cusack and Kate Becinsale, is one of the best movies I have seen till date. Well, It’s currently no2 in my favorite movies list right after Match Point (2005).


It’s a sweet love story themed around destiny, belief and searching for the true moments. It takes our imagination to a dream world where everything is possible. We all know “The Secret” now, well thanks to Rhonda Byrne. All these so-called life changing, witty, soul-stirring, hard-hitting, revolutionary ideas sell, because they hit right at the point where we feel most secure. They all hit at the genre of human emotions making us believe that if we are not thinking like them we are not thinking positively. These new age thinkers (or a lot of old age thinkers as well) tell us a lot but that’s not the whole enchilada. There is much more to it that meets the eye. Success anywhere is not just a desire in our heart, some of us will never be successful at all, because may be how positive we may be about our future, may be how much we are ready to work for it, or may be how lucky we may be. But we are all different. We are at then end of the day, Humans. We are born to be lazy, we are born to be inefficient and we will procrastinate. And I am referring to success here not in macroscopic sense that one is successful if one features on Prime Time news or something, it’s the individual level I am talking about. I am talking from the perspective of our own set goals, for example, someone’s parameter of success may be opening a bakery store in the neighbourhood or even baking a delicious homemade cake and inviting everyone for a party some day. And mind you, you may fail to achieve even this, and you need not blame your positive or negative thinking for it. Because there is much more to life, which our present understanding of the universe does not allow us to comprehend.

Practically speaking, there should be a worldwide debate on what are we supposed to do on this world, because right now we are just acting as robots, and creating a wide variety of tasks for ourselves in the name of progress and just because we need to keep doing something or the other. And it all started when some first human invented fire and later the wheel, to do something because humans have a natural desire to do something and anythings. Enough is as good as a feast. I will not dwell on the topic of why are we here? Because that will be like moving away from the topic of essence for this writing. That can be a topic of my future post, maybe.

Coming back to the topic and arguing further whether Positive Thinking along with a definite action can take us where we want to be, I would like to quote my understanding of Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘The Outliers’. In ‘The Outliers’ Malcolm has through a series of argumentative example tried to bring forward the point that there are a lot of factors that make a person successful, even the fact that whether you are born on 31 Dec or 2 Jan makes a difference in your world. Whether you come from a culture that sows rice can have an impact on your mathematical ability as a community. And if your forefathers immigrated to New York from Eastern Europe, one can actually tell you that you will be a good lawyer. This book gives a more balanced approach to the euphoria sweeping the world called “I can do anything, If I think I can do anything”. The fact is that you cannot do somethings even if you had all the resources, training and expertise to do it because you do not know what future holds for you. I am not telling anyone to be pessimist and this is not a negative argument. I am just asking you to be a little practical, which is what these new “Can do anything” books do not teach us. Life is not like “tails I win, heads you lose”.

We do not know the future of our World. The world is not just unsafe because of human activities but Mother Nature itself is so unsafe for us and we have to live with it. Volcanoes erupt and fill our atmosphere with volcanic ash and world’s mightiest people or as they may think themselves to be are stranded because they are not prepared for this eventuality. There is a major oil spill in the gulf and we will not be able to do anything because we do not even understand how the various functions of our body are controlled by our brain in its true entirety, forget controlling the vast ocean flow.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates is richest and the most successful man in the world of his generation, because he is what he is. There is not need to discuss anything here. He may have got the best opportunity possible in the world, he may have gone to the best school in the world, et all. We may talk all about the favorable conditions he got for success but that no where proves why was he choosen to be most successful among all the other humans. You have to be very very lucky to be someone like him. And no amount of positive thinking and knowing “The Secret” can prepare you for this.

So the point is that you do not have to be in the constant pressure to succeed, because if you are not the chosen one you will not achieve it, however, positive thinking, right attitude and planning you may do. You have the choice not to be in the rat race because even if you win you will still be a ‘rat’.

You have to live this life, it’s truly is a gift of God to us. Live it with a pure heart to enjoy it the most. Don’t take things for granted because then you cannot see the magic that is there around you. I can give you a simple example of the most abundant resourse in our world i.e. Water; just think how much magical that liquid is, isn’t Water rather illogical thing. Just think of it, it’s texture, the character it has, it can only be present in a magical world, and we don’t realise it because we take it for granted, and we are not very observant. We like ‘Harry Potter’s Magical World’, because it is different from our assumed mundane world, just roam around in wilderness and watch the birds fly by, are they not illogical and dream-like, how can things fly and who taught them to fly. And I have absolutely no idea why we fail to see these magical things around us, as we veil nature in all it’s splendour with our filthy reasoning. Everything around us is magical but the world has become so common to us because of our rational thinking that we don’t see it as something really extraordinary. Surely, it’s not what it looks to us, there is something much deeper than our hackneyed assumptions about it.

To conclude, we might not fully understand how things occur, why someone gets more opportunities than others, why someone will never be as successful than the other guy and a lot of other things, but what we can do is:

  • Always be prepared for anything, because the floods might come any day
  • Never stop trying, you may never get it, because you are not destined to get it, but mate! you have no other thing to do
  • The only reason why you should think positively is because that is the only thing that will keep you in a constant state of happiness, negativity does not bring happiness to you life
  • Never have positive thinking for moving a mountain because you cannot move a mountain even with a group of like-minded obsessively positive thinking people
  • Luck is created by being in the right situation at the right time and by being with other lucky people
  • Develop the analysis skill for judging the right situation, right time and finding the lucky group of people so that you can ride the tide with them
  • Taking risk is the best skill you can develop and never shy away from taking risk; at the end of the day you can only fail
  • lastly, this is the only life you have and this is the only world you have to live in; so do whatever you want to do, go where ever you want to go, love whomever you want to love.

Enjoy and Live your life. Because whatever you may have achieved, struggled for or become or not become. We are all going to die soon. And then I don’t think you will care if you left your legacy behind for generations of humanity to remember you 🙂