Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy in belief

People believe what they want to believe, gather a bunch of people who want to believe the same thing and then believe the same thing even if confronted with evidence or proof of the opposite of their belief being true. Suppose there is a group of atheists. Also suppose there is God. Now if God came and stood in front of an atheist community, they would shout in one voice, "God does not exist." "You are a fake" or something like that. They would not be the least moved even if God poured his wrath over them. They would give some other justification, but will not believe in God.

Though I have given the example of atheism, this is true of religion, not atheism. Confronted by evidence that God does not exist, religion gives innumerable justifications for the pointless suffering in the's for your own good, it's for the sins in your previous life, it's God's will, and so on.

It's also true of everyday life. We believe a bunch of soothing lies about life, work and destiny that we read in books and watch in the movies. Then we join the people who have read the books and seen the movies that we have and think that our common belief is the truth. Today, the necessary characteristic for something to qualify as truth is simply that it is believed in by the people around us.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


People who don't think much of themselves don't think much of others, either. If you think less of yourself, how can you think well of others? You have a wrong, lower-than-actual estimation of your worth and capabilities. If you are unable to assess yourself correctly, is it likely that you will be able to assess others correctly?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The in-betweens

There's two kinds of worlds: a world where you are free to be who you are and a world where you are not. They are the first-world countries and the third-world countries, respectively. The in-betweens are confusing, they have a bit of both. In one place you can be who you are, be accepted, even appreciated. In another place, you aren't. You are appalled by the lack of manners, the lack of civility, the prevalence of psychological complexes, and the depth and types of personal insecurity, that you abundantly see in almost every person you encounter.

Unfair Advantage

Unfair advantage is what the world is about. From work, social life, love, fame and fortune to peace, individuality, talent, communication and genius. One has, the others don’t. Some have, most won’t.

What people deserve and what they get are terribly disproportionate at times. To be given more than they deserve or to be given less than they deserve – which is the greater evil?

Throughout history we thought the former to be the greater evil. There really wasn’t a thought, it was just crowd instinct. Down with the rich! Down with the powerful! Down with the famous! If anyone had paused a moment to decide, the latter would be seen to be the greater evil. Down with poverty! Down with insignificance! Down with ignorance! Down with poverty - the source of all evil! Let me explain.

Poverty gives unfair advantage. By cutting off access to the basic necessities of life and the fruits of man’s progress. Your knowledge, talents (what good are they if they cannot be expressed?), appearance, education, communication skills and possible genius, all depend on your personal wellbeing and access to information, technology and other resources.

Sure, even if it was ensured none would be in abject poverty, unfair advantage would still exist because some have more, others have less, always, no matter what we are talking about. The world will always have unfair advantage, unless all people were clones of a single person.

What we have got to realize is that no one should be praised or appreciated. They do what they do because they were given what it takes either in their genes or from outside. What we also have to realize is that preferential treatment is always given to the people who already have an unfair advantage in some personal attribute, increasing their unfair advantage in that attribute or some other attribute, depending on the type of preferential treatment given. This is why the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.

Unfair advantage in some attribute --> preferential treatment --> more unfair advantage

Strong --> Stronger Weak --> Weaker Beautiful --> More beautiful
Ugly --> Uglier Rich --> Richer Poor --> Poorer
Intelligent --> Brilliant Pampered --> Luxuriant

This is evolution. The strong replace the weak over time. The beautiful replace the ugly. The rich replace the poor… Over time.


Most of us are brought up one way and live another way. Won’t it have an effect? The effect of discomfort, a sense of loss, of discontent, of never-ending pain and agony. From which we escape via addictions. We escape from that state through our pleasures and addictions. Addictions make us think that we are devoid of willpower, but that is not so. If we are devoid of willpower, it is the willpower to continue to suffer pain, to remain in a state of pain and agony. And that is stupidity, not willpower. For what reason or logic should you live the rest of your life in pain, or even a short portion of it?

Addictions will end if the PFC law is implemented. People will be able to continue to live in the same conditions that they were brought up in. They wouldn’t be subjected to mental or physical disturbance, or should I say, torture. As a result, it will be easier to remain a normal human being.