Wish you all a Very Happy New Year 2019.
The pleasures and probabilities of teens as we get into the last year of teen in this century 2019.
In many ways many aspects of life are interconnected and we need to consciously get inter related to create positive vibrations and sensible synergy.
As even J.KRISHNAMURTHI says, “No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation".
How we relate with others and everything define who we arebetter than what we claim ourselves to be.
"Anything that can be lost was never truly ours; anything that we cling to only imprisons us"—Jack Kornfield.
"The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday"-Steve Maraboli.
Here, ‘let go of yesterday ‘does not mean chronology but psychology of approaching the new with a new vision and renewed enthusiasm.
Otherwise, everything will be a mere extension of the old.
Life is all about evolution and metamorphosis.
In most areas and aspects they
[ evolution and metamorphosis] emerge involuntarily but in certain areas and aspects we need to voluntarily make efforts or create enabling environment, through well thought out and seriously developed perspectives and attitudes which go on to impact how we relate with others , issues and things.
Somehow, most calendared observations of festivals and celebrations lose their charm, amid myriad debates, differences, controversies and they end up metamorphosising from festivals or celebrations into mere ritualsbecause they lose their significance [ due to various reasons] or we lose interest with both justifiable and unjustifiable priorities.
However, when many parts of the world have decided to accept the Gregorian calendar with all its obvious short comings and celebrate January First as New Year Day, though it is a mere chronological continuation, the word ‘NEW’ captures my attention and I tend to reflect and share with others the importance of effecting something really ‘NEW’ in our routine lives.
I end up writing something every year which I feel can create at least some impact.
This year I was too busy to write something more elaborate and original but still, could not resist the temptation to write something.
Some write ups of previous years are indicatedat the end within brackets.
Thus, this follows.
None of the observations made below indicate anything as either right or wrong.
Nothing can be a panacea for all life forms.
However, individuals and humanity as a whole have immense opportunities, enormous comforts and enough ways and means to utilize them all.
Either one of the following or some of them or all of them become inevitable part of our frames of reference for our perception and our perspective and they impact each and every one of us at least in our formative years, if not longer.
In short, they are ideologically indoctrinated identities of various hues and colors.
These identities could be broadly generalized as being based on socio-economic, socio-cultural, socio- religious, socio-political, ethno-centric, racial, caste and regional life style etc.
In some cases they become our second nature and which by extension also become part of our intellectual firmament.
Besides the above list of over generalized factors, there are many other very impactful influences like the educational back ground and open or narrow mindedness of the family along with social traditions and taboos.
So, whatever ideas, thoughts, ideals are encountered initially they need to satisfy the confirmation biases emanating from some or all of the above.
However we may try hard, ultimately the above indicated factors are embedded in our brains and permeate through us in all our opinions, reactions, understanding, interactions etc so much so, that these not only get internalized but manifest in our evaluations as extrapolations irrespective of whether they are relevant or not.
So, when we hatch out of our formative years and have the freedom to explore and experience the world of ideas, thoughts, ideals, experiences and so on beyond and besides these confirmation biases, and have the option to evaluate differently, we are either too tentative out of lack of confidence or in false bravado or hyper enthusiasm grab in awe the new found freedom without realizing whether it can enhance any aspect of our life or it is just a different set of confirmation biases or old vine in new fangled bottles.
This transition period is a very important hinge which must ensure that on one side it must not be killed by over protectionism and on the other side lulled by the intoxication of suddenly unleashed new found freedom.
While the former may pull us back with a sense of lurking feeling of insecurity to predominate all decision making and prefer to linger in the past, the later may push us into absolutely uncontrolled and irretrievable eccentric aberrations.
Those who are either too innocent or ignorant or ignorant of the fact that they are ignorant or too pampered and mostly living in comfort zone and some other categories may not even notice or be aware of this transition from formative years.
Self proclaimed or labeled ‘Thought leaders’ lead me to think only of these lines:-
Phenella writes in “The Unwritten Comedy”.
“To be ignorant of many things is expected
To know you are ignorant of many things is the beginning of wisdom.
To know a category of things of which you are ignorant is the beginning of learning.
To know the details of that category of things of which you are ignorant is to no longer be ignorant.”
But then, they have another chance when they migrate from the teens.
This phase is a really volatile, vulnerable which moves around with emotional gullibility and intellectually impressionable mind.
But then, that does not mean one must succumb to anything and everything.
It is also a phase of which can enable one to blossom into balanced maturity and matured balance along with sense of personal responsibility enabling to blossom into a responsible personality.
“Trying times are not the times to stop trying" - Ray Owen.
Even after that, if people choose to curtail their radar of communication, connectivity, interactions etc and confine to the cocoon of their confirmation bias emanating from the indoctrination that is nurtured mostly very scrupulously by religion, politics and other institutions with vested interest and those who are unwilling to even acknowledge other options, ideas and ideology, then, they deserve to get interred in their identity.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes"-Marcel Proust.
Such luddites will be the biggest stumbling blocks to progress, peace and unity.
As it is with individuals, more or less, it is so with nations, all of which are globally emerging into the last year of teen in this century this year being 2019.
So, let us all as individuals and nations encourage various ideas and ideologies and enable a conducive atmosphere of global maturity which acknowledges the differences but avoids divisions and use every possible energy and resource to create synergy.
If we observe without any bias we would realize the factors that predominantly influence our interactions and reactions are not intrinsically vital to life.
Life basically is a biochemical mechanism with energy, all of which are gifts or part of the nature of our planet common to all species.
Probably we as Homo sapiens have additional combo of advanced states of conscious awareness and advanced means of communication compared to other species which have enhanced our species.
In addition, all our scientific and technological advancements have rendered our life more comfortable and also enabled us to enhance our abilities further.
In addition commerce and trade have enabled us to benefit as a species beyond geographical constraints.
However, ironically we take for granted nature and scientific advancement but we weave all our psychological, emotional, intellectual requirements around factors not intrinsic to life like politics, religion, regionalism etc.
Is it not obvious that human beings can live anywhere where nature is conducive for life and can also live without any religious or political affinity?
Let me make it clear that I am not in any way either denouncing or ignoring their ( religion, politics etc.) importance and immense contributions in multiple ways to improve living and they have sharpened our sensitivities to find multitude of options to cohabit and cooperate for betterment of life as cohesive groups but they have also used up too much of valuable time, energy and human lives and caused enough damage disproportionate to their intrinsic value and have caused more divisions among our species.
So, let us consciously observe the differences and avoid the divisions and focus on factors intrinsic to our life now and for posterity beyond and besides all sorts of ideologies be they political or religious or cultural or any of those multitude of 'isms' and 'ologies' that obsessively occupy our mind space.
This cannot happen overnight but must be consciously cultivated as a way of life and scrupulously manifest in every word, thought, action and interaction.
"Your life will never improve unless you start making daily improvements" - Lewis Howes.
Life is neither a pause button nor a pass it on batten.
It is by its very nature and the word indicates is lively and in motion.
One has to seek and to see the meaning of life from its very source or center while living and also simultaneously learn to look at and to lift up the existing meaning of life to subtler realms.
It is something similar to what VIVIAN GORNICK writes, “You have to learn to write from the very center and to have the courage to look at that center".
Make your life like what SHEL SILVERSTEIN says, "Make it so good and so clear that it doesn't need any further explanation."
And feel like what Douglas Adams says, "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I needed to be".
So, move ahead with a firm hope for change for the better.
"Once we choose hope, everything is possible"-Christopher Reeve.
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known"— Carl Sagan.
It is obvious fact that in all domains of life many things emerge as an aspect of evolution without our active participation or plan.
We cannot plan for everything in life nor live to merely to plan.
At the same time we cannot afford to be passive spectators with fatalistic attitude that things emerge because they are destined to be so.
We need to also voluntarily, consciously and actively work towards creating a meaningful life on a daily basis.
The present generation is already realizing the comparative utility and inutility of most of the factors.
Let us not get over addicted to or affiliated to anything as if that is going to be something of everlasting importance.
Even if it were really so, none of us so are going to last forever.
We all must remember that everything and everyone is temporary, only permanent thing being there will be variations in the duration of existence and longevity.
There is no single philosophy which can explain or fix all issues concerning human life and the life of all other species.
Everyone needs his/ her own space and time to spend every day.
Ingratitude and betrayal are not just emotional aberrations or shot comings but are unique psychological crimes because both the victim and consciousness of the perpetrator are inflicted.
The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. ~
"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are." - Niccolo Machiavelli
"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody." - Mother Teresa
There is a peacefulness that comes with discovering your passion for writing. Even though it may be hard, you know this is what you are meant to be doing. -Joy
So, what are certain factors that we must be aware, at least with regard to what is happening around the world and look at them beyond and besides the prisms and prisons of main stream media so that we get to know facts and not mere opinion coated versions of issues and events.
Fortunately, the internet offers a whole lot of such websites and blogs.
I have selected some 60 of them followed by some 40 plus mix of positive quotes to counter the excess of negativity that main stream media peddles every day and thought provoking contents to counter the prosaic redundant sermons and pontifications and lot of book suggestions.
6. The following site gives insight into Mass Media’s Manipulations and probable manipulators
A media figure doesn’t have to show up for a business meeting in an open bathrobe to do harm. He can help frame the coverage of a candidate’s supposedly disqualifying flaws. He can squelch a writer’s promising work. He can threaten an underling’s job if she doesn’t stay in line. All these little moments add up.
Especially in these wild and unpredictable times, it is important to talk about the concept of fluid intelligence in relation to the ability to expand our awareness. Fluid intelligence has little to do with IQ or "book" intelligence. It is rather the ability to step outside of our beliefs and consider information which does not fit into our previously accepted view of reality.
Our deepest beliefs and conceptions about life and the world are to some degree conditioned by our childhood experiences, our education, the mass media, and various other external influences. An individual's level of fluid intelligence can be determined based on the degree to which he or she is able to let go of previously held conceptions on encountering reliable information or experiences which show these conceptions to be mistaken or overly simplistic.
In reality, all of us play the victim and all of us play the creator at various points in our lives. Yet few people realize just how much choice we have in which role we play at any given time. One person, on losing a j ob or a special relationship, may feel as if it is the end of the world and sink into terrible suffering for months, years, or even a lifetime. Another with the same experience may choose to first experience the grief, yet t hen accept the loss and in a relatively short amount of time move on to be a powerful creative force in their life. In every moment and every circumstance, we can choose to play an active role in creating our own .
Choosing to Create a Life Filled With Joy and Meaning
By choosing to see and inspire the creator not only in yourself, but in all you meet, you can create powerful transformation in your life and world. If you have spent a lot of time in victim mode, it may not be easy to make the shift, but it is entirely possible. By exploring your core challenges and working to transform them, and by consistently choosing to stop the need to place blame and instead take responsibility for how you interpret your life, you can make the shift.
None of us is perfect. We all have made and will continue to make mistakes and bad choices in our lives. When we fail, there is no need to blame ourselves or anyone else. We can choose to simply accept that we didn't do what we had intended and then work to understand why, so that we might do better the next time. Notice when you find yourself blaming yourself or others. Then stop for a moment. Take a look inside and ask, is it really empowering you to place blame, even if you believe it is very well deserved? Is this really how you want to live, or is there something better and more fulfilling? There will most certainly be times where you slip back into your old victim ways. But by continually reminding yourself of your intention to be a creator, you can transform your life
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89. 50 Mind-Blowing Things That Have Happened This Year Already
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