Monday, 27 October 2014

Technology: A boon or a bane?

   
   We are surrounded by technology. Technology makes life simple. If we are lost, then the GPS comes to our rescue. If we want to see a match going on in another place, then we simply turn on the TV. Simply put, technology has made, for itself, a very important place in our lives.
   Technology is basically the application of science. Technology has made life simple, yet interesting. We can instantly get in touch with others, no matter how far away from us they are. We can, at the click of a button, get information on almost any desired topic. We can boost the quality of pictures using technology. Technology helps us keep track of appointments and important events. Technology can give a person his or her life back. It can help us to generate a cure for any disease, or rescue survivors of calamities.
   Technology is a tool. A tool that helps us to create. But also a tool that helps us to destroy. Sitting in a place many kilometres away, targets can be bombed using drones. A simple remote control can trigger a bomb. A gun can take away many lives. A bomb can destroy cities. Technology does not only create, but it also destroys. And it is not only caused by specially built weapons. A pen can ruin any person's reputation. A chainsaw can fell many trees. A matchbox can take away
lives. Pesticide kills not only insects, but also their predators. A computer and a network can create chaos. Technology can destroy a society. Completely.
   Technology can make life easy. But at what cost? We harm nature trying to solve our problems. We are aware of these effects on nature, yet we hardly do anything to reduce them. And it is not just nature which gets affected. Technology creates a divide in the society. Those who have access to it exploit those who don't. Rich countries end up exploiting poorer ones for their natural resources. Even without this going on, technology kills people when used improperly. Technology is useful when used with correctly. When used in excess, technology can have a lot side effects. Technology, hence, must be used properly. After all, it's our duty to survive in harmony with others. Not just with nature, but with other humans as well.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Failure: The Stepping Stone To Success.

   We all, as humans, wish to achieve something in our lives. We want to succeed. We crave the glory of the famous. We want to make our lives productive. To make sure all the time spent living in this world is not in vain. But there is one thing that manages to stop us almost every time. Failure.
   As humans, we make mistakes. After all, to err is human. While walking on the path of life, we stumble. The path of life, as I call it, is more like an obstacle race. Goals are placed at different places on the track. Basically living life is like a race against time. A major obstacle which prevents us from reaching our goals is failure. Or rather the fear of failure.
   It is this fear that prevents us from trying out new methods to achieve success. It is understandable. No one wants to fail. Failure has an uncanny way of disheartening a person. When a person fails, he experiences a lot of emotions. Embarrassment is perhaps the most common and the first emotion to invade the human mind. Another factor which discourages us is our hurt ego. When we get discouraged, we start experiencing a particular fear. The fear of failure. The fear of getting embarrassed another time. When we experience this fear, it discourages us from even trying to succeed. That is normal.
   But one must overcome his or her fears and turn them into their strengths. We
must overcome this fear to succeed. To succeed as a unique individual, we must venture into the unknown rather than tread the path discovered ages ago. Failure, here, is inevitable. But failure must be used to improve ourselves. We learn from our mistakes and progress along the 'path of life'.
   We can easily understand that no famous person never encountered failure. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, J. K. Rowling, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, the list is endless. Failure is just an obstacle in our race against time. A mere hurdle to leap over. When we fail, we may fail horribly. However, failure must be used as a tool to reach our goals.

Friday, 10 October 2014

CHANGING THE WORLD...

   We all talk about changing the world we live in. Why wouldn't we? The world we live in has so many faults, so many fields which require improvement. We all say that corruption is ruling the world, that we must work to improve the situation. Many others also claim that their respective country's system is not ideal and that of other countries is. We can accept the fact that different countries have different systems, each having its own faults. However, if our aim is to make the world a better place, changing the system is not the answer.



   The earth is just a planet... But a planet with a gift. The gift? Nature. We owe our lives to almost everything in this world. We have been given resources to make our lives simple and luxurious. But like in every contract there are terms and conditions. One of them is that we must live our own lives. We must not expect someone else to fix the little things in our life if we can do it ourselves.

   Let us come back to our question... How to make the world a better place? How to convert it from its present situation to a paradise? The answer, my friends, is so simple to say, yet so hard to put into practice. The answer is to change ourselves.
                                                      
                                                             I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change

-Michael Jackson, The Man In The Mirror.
   


   This song basically is the answer to our problems regarding changing the world.
  


    It's not the place, I think. It's the people. We would've been the same anywhere else.
-Markus Zusak, I Am The Messenger.
  


   The truth about this wonderful planet is that it supports life. It is the people along with other creaturemake this world beautiful. The people and their behaviour. Their outlook. Their honesty. Their egos. We must learn to improve ourselves. We must
strive to be the 'ideal' human. To be perfect is impossible, the world will never survive if everything is perfect. But we can come close to being a perfect human. We can be human... There is no one to stop us.
  
   Being rude only  makes us suffer... It increases hostilities and widens the gap between people and societies. Being hostile leads to pressure, depression and desperation. We become desperate for success. We want to see the other person fall. But why? Is this productive? Is this necessary? Is this beneficial to anyone? And the most important- Is this human? The answer is a single word- NO. 
  There is a simple solution for the problems. We must change ourselves. For the better. Then only will the board meetings, the conferences, the discussions and all other solutions be useful. Then only will this world be a better place to live in.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Nature is the best teacher


   Since ancient times, nature has been worshipped and feared by man. Nature created all the living things. Nature ensures the continuation of a particular species for some, or many generations. When some species die, new ones come up to replace them. Nature ensures the survival of the fittest, but gives everyone a chance first. Nature nurtures living beings till they are fit enough to survive.
   Man is one such creation of nature. Supposedly evolved from apes, our closest cousins, man is said to have a relatively well developed brain. Man has been innovating, creating and inventing various things since almost 1.8 million years ago.      Many of these inventions were, or are inspired by nature. The rotating blades of the helicopters are inspired from certain seeds that were dispersed by air. The aeroplane
wings are inspired by the wings of large birds. The nose of the bullet train is inspired by the beak of a kingfisher, enabling reduction of sound pollution and power consumption. Velcro- one of the simplest things we use in everyday life is inspired by the hooks of burdock burrs.
   In order to call nature our teacher, we must understand nature, strike a conversation with her. Understanding nature helps us to understand her secrets, what she expects from us, what she wants us to do. Being 'intelligent' and 'technologically advanced' it should not be a problem for us. However, we do not perceive the various signs nature uses to communicate with us. We look at our fellow animals and plants in zoos and sanctuaries. Little do we realise that they try to communicate with us, begging us to free them, trying to show us the way to live in this world. We only fail to notice this.
  We fail to interpret the messages nature sends us consistently. And those messages are not just requests, but are orders and threats as well. And every time we fail, nature gives us a dose of her power. A volcano erupts. A tsunami wrecks havoc in the coastal towns. A bolt of lightning kills a few people. All threats. All warnings. Yet we fail to correct ourselves.
   If we have a logical approach, we can easily understand that we are wrong. The carnivores kill others for food, but not for sport. Herbivores eat grass and plants, but do not clear forests like we do. So how do we get the right to do all this? I am not trying to say that we should stop this. That is a feat next to impossible. But the least we can do is to ensure that we all do our part in making this world a better place. Not just for us, but for all living beings.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Never Say Never

  Let us start by introducing ourselves to one of the most popular words used in English, or for that matter, any language. No. It's a really easy word to say. Only two letters. Only one syllable.
  Never is another simple word. But both have the capacity to tear the world apart. These words often ruin lives and scar people... Both physically as well as emotionally. The word 'never' is defined in the dictionary as meaning 'at no time in the past or future; not ever' or 'not at all'. However this same word depicts arrogance, stubbornness and acceptance of defeat when used under certain circumstances.
   It is truly surprising that our will to do something can manipulate our thoughts extremely effectively. For example, a person may assume that performing a certain task is out of his or her hands. Many people simply make up their minds that business is an impossible task for them. The moment we start thinking that we can't, think we can't excel in. We avoid taking risks.
or that we'll never be able to do something, we create limitations regarding our abilities. We forbid ourselves from venturing into field we
  We, however, fail to notice that the famous people took risks. They never said never. They didn't think they couldn't do something. The words 'no', 'never', 'can't', etc have a negative effect on the way we perceive life. These words show the fact that the person has accepted defeat, that he is not willing to venture into new places or discover some of his hidden talents.
   In this way, these simple words lower the person's morale dramatically. Steve Jobs wouldn't have been able to create Apple, Pixar or NeXT inc. if he would have assumed that he'd never be able to do it. If Dhirubhai Ambani would have thought that he wasn't capable of running a firm, Reliance would never have existed and he would've died as a petrol pump assistant, not an entrepreneur. Same goes for Bill Gates, Sabeer Bhatia or even for that matter authors like J. K. Rowling.
   Saying never lowers our self esteem. It takes away our confidence. It manipulates one's thoughts and actions. But never is just another word. The real culprit is our mind. Our mind is afraid of failure, of hurting our own ego, of the humiliation that almost always follows failure. By saying never, we just give it the additional support it needs to manipulate our thoughts. To fight this, we must learn to conquer our mind. We must learn to use logic. We must be fearless regarding failure. And the first step towards this is to never say never.