Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why Does The Sun Rise In The East?


A trivial, baseless, inconsequential but ironically deep question jokingly posed by my Physics professor got my head cracking. Questions like “ Why is the earth round?” or “Why is the sky blue?” or” If energy is the creator, who created energy?” started popping, which when considered realistically, are simple paradoxical questions.
God v/s Science

The scientist (okay, the scientific part in me) shouted the answers as I knew them; Oblique terms like earth’s rotation, scattering of light etc. buzzed and I inconsequentially concluded that perhaps, science does have all the answers. A sudden drone dragged my attention back to class and I forgot this minor intrusion and immersed myself in some mind numbing calculus with its exhaustive derivatives and integrations.
However, my interest was piqued again in the next lecture itself as the Chemistry professor passionately spoke about atoms and how they are the basis of everything, and in their own sense, pretty much anything. As he droned on, I drifted into a mental debate. “If atom is the basis of everything, who created the first atom? Why is this bugging me so much?” I was immensely irritated by these Q&As which just bewildered me more.  If Einstein was right (which he nearly almost is), and God really didn’t play dice with the universe, why are we, after billions of years, still unable to decode the mystic code which he used? If it is simple, then are we incapable, and if it’s complex, then we are incapable.

Religion or Science


History is proof that science has always challenged religion while religion has always answered it( though not always convincingly).  Today, using equipments like the Large Hadron Collider and ultra microscopes along with sophisticated mathematical formulae and techniques, Science has uncovered the so called “Time Zero + .00001 Second” activities of our universe, but has failed miserably to even remotely theorise the Time Zero or Pre Time Zero events which religion heralds as proof of God’s existence. Science on the other hand raises the question as to if God created the universe, who created God? (This is a question which flummoxes even Religious scholars because you may be a believer or even an atheist but you would never deny the fact that nothing “Just Exists” or “Just Happens”. We are a thinking species and reason is what drives us)
Many people fight over the fact that Science and Religion can be one if both acknowledge this : “Energy is God. Some Energy just simply existed which did literally everything”. I however find this argument useless and ridiculously baseless. Science advocates that whatever activity created the universe or anything that happens (including the rising of the sun in the east) is governed by certain laws and happens due to precise conditions. Religion on the other hand says that a certain entity exists which runs and carries out its activities with a zeal, passion and emotion which is nearly human like in nature.

Cutting right to the chase, my point is that, some questions have literally leaded us into loopholes, black holes and any other hole imaginable. We grabbed on to a thread and followed it to realise that we reached where we started. Sounding pessimistic as well as optimistic when I say this, I believe that it is eminent that these questions shall be answered. Honestly, I did not write this piece to support either side or to come up with an answer or theory. I just wanted to emphasise that as a race or a civilization claiming to be “Super Advanced”, we still can’t answer the questions which we really want the answer to. For e.g.  At some point or the other, a child might have asked you one such question and we would have deflated it. This kid when he grows up, shall be able to quote the speed of light in vacuum up to 11 digits, but still won’t be able to answer the question, “Why Does The Sun Rise In The East?”
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Meri Aankhon Se Dekho a.k.a. Perspective


"The Himalayas are to the north". This statement is a perfectly correct statement to anyone living to the south of the World's highest mountain range. But, it is equally baffling for a Russian or a Chinese. Vice-versa if it reads "The Himalayas are to the south". Is either of the parties wrong? No, the answer is that Perspective is the winner.

Meri Aankhon Se Dekho a.k.a. Perspective
The clichéd story about how a man without slippers stops whining when he meets a man with amputated legs is pretty common. I agree that it's extremely idealistic of me to preach the "Step into someone else's shoes" philosophy and I don't advocate it. All I wish to point out is that any situation we face is simply defeat able by perspective. I personally learned this myslf, passing through some very idiosyncratic phases which were in consideration, serious but not as much as I considered them to be. What I learnt is that everything and anything requires time which under a veil is simply nothing but perspective. A passé Bollywood song had the lyric
"Karlo jo bhi karna hai
Hota hai jo hona hai
Guzara jo pal yeh fhir na aayega....
Kya bura hai kya bhala hai?
Waqt hi shayad khuda hai
Ho jane do phir,dekha jayega...."
This in a sense brings out the view point based on the extensive varsity and length of time. I remember my friend telling me (when I had done really badly in an exam), with an extremely annoyed look, "Dude, in your life you live for 6 Lakh hours; and you are sad because you messed up for three of them? Really?". The bullet remains that sometimes, it's just a new angle or a change in POV is all we need to resume our erstwhile depleting life.

Another example too stems from the phases I mentioned earlier. In a typical Indian drama, I was counselled by numerous family members, career counsellors and believe it or not, a psychiatrist. Here in, one of my uncles made a brilliant point which is relevant here ( Fair bit of warning though, he was from an engineering background so kindly ignore the geekiness behind it). He said that life is like a Sine graph. You go up and then you go down and then up again. However, it is important to realise that when you are at the downward/negative amplitude( i.e. at the worst possible moment), you just have to keep hope that everything is going to be great because from that moment onwards, your life graph is just going to rise.

So, sometimes, life is all about perspective (or the Hindi colloquial “Nazaariya”). To sum up this rather optimistically driven post, I quote myself (rather uncanny of me to actually even come up with one), “Life in itself is a unique gift; but getting to play with your gift in the human form is the ultimate souvenir. Cherish your passions, enjoy your time and of course believe in everything and everything will believe in you.”
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