Do the hard stuff

It’s easy to eat all we want. It’s hard to workout regularly and be in shape.

It’s easy to spend and shop recklessly. It’s hard to manage financials and spend wisely.

It’s relatively easy to study a subject, get a job, and make a living out of it. It’s hard to take calculated risks and build a business / be self-employed / be in a scientific pursuit / be best at what you do.

It’s easy to quote great people or to share an uninformed opinion. It’s hard to comprehend major books, articles and documentaries on the subject and be in the position to share an informed opinion.

It’s easy to believe in gods, myths and superstitions. It’s hard to think rationally for oneself.

Do the hard stuff.

Trump

It was never about the whites or blacks; or about the immigrants; or even about Donald Trump, for that matter.

It has always been about two kinds of people. People who can think for themselves; the ones who contribute to the society. Who cannot afford to judge people based on nationality, complexion or the kind of god they believe in.

And those on the other hand – uneducated, religious, nationalist, close-minded bigots who think highly of themselves and feels the need to protect what they’ve been given by birth. Because deep in their hearts, they know they won’t achieve anything more than that (or believe they don’t have to). [Of course, I’m not judging the entire 49% of the USA, just the supporters of his core principles]

The latter has always been the majority. And the loudest.

But it’s not all bad news.

Because when the latter spend their entire lives complaining about how they are treated unfairly and how they deserve more, the former is busy helping the world progress.
And they couldn’t care less about who tries to rule the world, or who makes the loudest noise. Because no matter what, they will do what they’ve got to do and nobody is going to stop them.

Image: GDP contribution by voting preferences.

 

 

Image Credit: Reddit.

When The Writing Sings

[For people who appreciate the art of writing]

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
― Gary Provost

Victory for Equality

United States Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide.

Here’s a food for thought.

gay map

Countries marked in red are the ones where homosexuality is illegal. Now you look closely. It includes Africa, India and Gulf countries.

Rest (where homosexuality is accepted) are Japan, Australia, whole of Europe and America. Apparently, the most ‘literate’ and ‘free’ countries.

Well, I’m not going to judge. Let’s take a second and think about what this image speaks.

Anyway, it reminds me of Geoge Clooney’s famous quote:
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”

Modesty is Overrated

I have always believed so. I was watching ‘Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes’ and looks like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shares the same opinion as well.

“My dear Watson,” said [Sherlock Holmes], “I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician, all things should be seen exactly as they are; and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.”

What It Takes

Don’t be shy to be crazy. Don’t be shy to stand apart. The crowd isn’t you.

Someone asked this on Quora.com: “How can I be as great as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla), Richard Branson (Virgin)?”

And the wife of Elon Musk herself replied this:

“These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way. They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage. They don’t think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane. Be obsessed.”
Read her full reply: http://qr.ae/LwES04

The Fight for Freedom

Net Neutrality is something you might be hearing everywhere these days. If you are one of those people who think it doesn’t concern you, or consider it even as as an advantage because you will get Facebook and Whatsapp for free – let me tell you something:

If there’s freedom for anything in this world – it’s the internet. It is the only mass media where everyone get a say (unlike visual and printed media). And where everyone get the opportunity to learn and earn. Tomorrow is of the internet. Don’t let anyone take that from us.

Mark Zuckerberg is already fooling people of developing countries like India (because Americans made it very clear in the last few years that it won’t work with them) in the name of connecting everybody (Internet.org). Now Airtel introduces a plan which makes it free for you to access Flipkart and such selected sites by taking a sum from them and providing free access (leaving you the option of only using those sites).

Do you really want telecom companies to decide which websites you should visit? Do you want to buy a package for Facebook and then another package for Wikipedia? Do you want to see all those IT companies and Internet startups shut down because they don’t have deep pockets to pay the telecom companies? “Do you really want to get manipulated by the corporates?”

If not, take action now. This website has made it easy for you to tell TRAI that you need net neutrality: www.savetheinternet.in .
If you are still confused about net neutrality, watch this funny video by AIB on Net Neutrality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfY1NKrzqi0
Let us together #savetheinternet.

My facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=825071724196547&set=a.226777380692654.47464.100000811802705

#freedomofspeech and 66A

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Did you know that someone who post an objectionable/offensive content online could’ve faced a three-year jail term? Not anymore, though.

#FreedomOfSpeech in India takes a step forward as the supreme court strikes down validity of Section 66A of IT Act saying “Discussion & advocacy, no matter how annoying, is allowed”.

Truth be told – I am not one of those people who post ‘I love my country’ on Independence day. But today, I feel real proud.

Join the discussions: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=815340235169696&set=a.226777380692654.47464.100000811802705&type=1

My respects to Avijit Roy

Attackers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have stabbed to death (with machetes!) an atheist US-Bangladeshi blogger (and his wife left seriously injured) whose writings on atheism angered Islamist hardliners!

I have never been so furious and irritated in my entire life.

I have always criticised and condemned religions and all these unreasonable atrocities. However from now on, I declare my personal war against it. Through whatever medium and reach I shall have, I will fight against it – alongside those numerous freethinkers and humanists who would fight until those animals kill the last thinking person. After that, we all know, our world wouldn’t be worth living at all.

It’s not just about Islam. It’s more about faith. And because the followers of Islam are apparently the more faithful, the more dangerous they are.  What our world need is a thinking set of people. At least people who are reasonable enough to stick their Gods up their own asses, and not somebody else’s. Only then will humanity achieve what it ultimately require – peace and freedom.

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Avijit Roy was a well-paid software engineer in US. If he came back to his homeland and fought amidst all the threats he received, it was for a better world – and not for a fucking heaven. People like him make our world a heaven.

My heartfelt condolences and solidarity.

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An appreciation of the internet

Those people who think a person will not be well-informed without reading newspapers and watching daily news on TV should understand one simple fact. TV and newspapers are mass-media. They make average stuff for average people to promote it to everyone (mass audience).

There’s a reason why anthropologists think our generation is the most advanced and thinking sets of people that ever lived on the face of the earth (yet). We became a part of the internet revolution. TV was invented so that marketers can run ads. Magazines sell so that they can sell ads or a viewpoint. Internet is not like that. It was invented to share information.

I personally have not come across anything more enlightening than some threads at Reddit.com – a website where anybody can share anything. But guess what – that anybody includes Barack Obama and Bill Gates. Imagine common people getting a chance to converse with the greatest ones without any barriers. What possibly could be more enlightening? Reddit also witnesses some of the brilliant yet healthiest conversations on just about everything from atheism to zionism. And all this is just about Reddit, which is just a minor part of what Internet actually has to offer. Such is the impact of Internet.

And it will thrive. For a better world.

Education

Students here in India give too much attention to the conventional education that they spend most of their lively days dreading just about how to tackle their exams. After all, what’s the biggest lesson they learn from an institution? That knowledge is uninteresting. They quit ‘learning’ as soon as they get what they wanted – a degree or a piece of signed paper. What more harm can be done to the students?

And here we are, wondering why in a country with more than a billion people and so much resources, we have a lesser ratio of artists, technologists, sportspersons, writers, intellectuals and thinkers. Because the youth is afraid and dead!
In our constant efforts to make our life ‘secure’, let’s not forget that we are actually forgetting to ‘live’ the life.

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Suicide

Finally, attempted suicide not longer a punishable offense in India. I have always had doubts about such a law. I mean, what a man has to do with his life; it is totally up to him. Anything other than that is a violation of freedom and personal liberty. It is inhuman. It is unreasonable. And the law is anachronistic.
After all, what’s the point in troubling an already troubled mind?

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Passing by a slum area, I observe them, and feel a secret comfort for the life I’m living. Does that make me a bad person?