Misanthrope, are you?

“This is a cynical cynical world, man eat man, people will always be contemptuous about how far you’ve gone and what you have accomplished. They’ll give a sympathetic ear to what you have to say, they’ll commiserate in your anguish but will sneer and jeer once you turn your back on them…….”

I meet so many people saying this same thing over and over again in their own versions of it. I started speculating about people’s motivation behind what they do. And the denouement I drafted for my relentless soul was that, “people are self-interested, self-centered; everything else is complementary”.

We live for ourselves, anything other than this is delusive; which in no way is wrong. You come alone, you go alone, bla bla bla… We are here just for our self advancement, reformation and amelioration. I am writing this blog to upgrade my writing skills, and you are reading it for your furtherance.

The world works on the Boomerang principle. “What you give to the world, is what you will have back”. The world is a reflection of our own psyche. We think people are deceitful, phony, or even predatory, those are the people we attract in our sojourn of life. The more we meet such people, the more obstinate and deeply ingrained our conviction becomes. And then we go out and make an incessant declaration of our misanthropic audit of the world.

The picture of our childhood is the manifestation of the fact “Be good, do good”. All of us are taught that. Another cliche we learn about is “Love”. Our parents ensure we grow in love, spread love and do good everywhere. People can be mean, arrogant, awful, but we are all creatures (generalizing it for not just humans, all living creatures) and love binds us all. Nobody has ever understood it nor I wish to explain, but love dwells in us, all of us and that is what we live by. And no creature present on this planet is spared of it.

“I know now that people only seem to live when they care only for themselves, and that it is by love for others that they really live. He who has Love has God in him, and is in God – – because God is Love.”
– Leo Tolstoy, What Men Live by and Other Tales.

P.S.- I don’t give new ideas, I only realize what has already been said by other people before. I am a slow learner, I learn things myself and when I learn something, I write it here. That’s all I do. Forgive me if I don’t come up to your expectations, but this is who I am. 🙂

If you grow up and become famous, what quote would you want yourself to be remembered by?

 

We remember Martin Luther KIng Jr. for “I have a dream..”. We remember Thomas Edison for finding “…10,000 ways that won’t work”, and Abraham Lincoln for “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends”.

So what if you grew up to be a famous person, what would be THE one sentence you would like people to remember you by? What would be THE one sentence you want your face pasted next to?

When this thought came to my mind, it blew me. Because I didn’t know, it was too overwhelming. See if you have your quote.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

I am Ash Ketchum, from the town of Pallet, and I won’t be beaten by the likes of you!

We all have that favorite hero from our childhood, who we not only loved, but who’s life we wanted to live. Ash Ketchum has to be the most loved and envied character when it comes to anime. I remember how many of my waking hours (and countless dreams) I spent thinking about what I would have done if I had Pikachu and who could have been the ‘right’ Misty for my journey in the Pokemon World.

How did I suddenly get into this fanboy mode? It’s because of a long discussion I had with a friend about how the quality of cartoons being televised today has deteriorated (new blog idea saved in notes). We recounted the numerous characters we remembered from childhood and how they gave us lessons without messing with our minds. That was when I decided to pay some of the cartoons I liked a revisit. It so happens that I have my exams this week which leaves me with a lot of time to stare at the wall. I decided to utilize this extra time by watching Pokemon again. Mostly, I was curious. How would my mind react to this utterly ambitious guy whom my little self looked up to.

Ash Ketchum

And, ignoring the risk of being called an immature, I will say I liked it. It did not psyche me up like it used to, but the emotions that the series tries to depict still stirred my insides. The reason that made me stop watching was this nagging feeling that told me I am not doing anything constructive.

But watching the episodes wasn’t completely a waste. Sometimes it is good to take a short journey into your past, and revisit things you left behind. It lets you gauge your feelings and in turn let you trace what you have grown up to be.

I found out I am still the same, just a little burdened by obligations.

Footprints On The Sands Of Time

So, I finally sit down and write my first dissertation. One, because I don’t feel like studying(not afraid of the impending sessionals) ; two, because I have nothing better to do on this Valentine’s eve(as evident, the writer is single); three, because I am out of practice writing stuffs for over three years(except for those futile,exasperating blabberings that I email my crush and some maudlin FB posts every now and then).

There are these random musings that keep passing my mind. Since, there are so many things going on with me, evidently I have no time thinking about anyone else, so I keep judging myself. The roads I have taken so far, the choices I have made. I never blame my circumstances, they have always been favourable. It’s been just me, who has to have the answer, a progress report. No, no, the end of the year hasn’t arrived, yet I feel the need every now and then to keep a check on myself, to keep myself from going astray, as I am a person very likely to hop from one thing to another. I work on instincts, there is a thought in my mind and next moment I am doing it, no second thoughts, nothing. Life has never been easy, simple but never easy, especially if you have a mind which would never batten down its jabberings.

So I have an encounter with myself. I see myself two years ago, and now. How much I have changed! There was this fat girl(who is still a butterball by the way) with dreams, big dreams, having no plans whatsoever how to achieve them, yet all armoured with belief, to enter the battlefield. Then reality struck. How could an unexperienced sailor, a novice navigate and reach his destination without acquainting himself with the wrath of sea. A milestone to the dream, I failed to achieve. And ever since then, I’ve failed, always, everywhere. And then suddenly…. suddenly I realise how depressing this writing has become. So I swap roles. Obviously you are not interested in knowing what I have been through, you are already fighting your own war! Let me then not mourn about it and help you get charged and move towards  your intent.

Ever heard the story of a bumblebee? The pseudoscience argument of Aerodynamics states that a bumblebee cannot fly as it does not have the required capacity (in terms of wing area or flapping speed). Ignorantly defying all the laws of sane world, a bumblebee flies! A man is fettered in his own limitations. Education teaches us what we can do, and wistfully also what we cannot. When we don’t know our limitations, we go out and astound ourselves. In hindsight, we wonder if we had any limitations. The only constraint a person has are those that are self-imposed.

Follow your most intense obsessions MERCILESSLY. Breathe in them. A strong, passionate, pulsating desire will fetch you whatever you want. Do not forget to put hardwork in between. Its a tmesis, you forget to put it somewhere and the entire meaning changes to something else.

“It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”

I’m no philosopher but I believe we are all heroes! All of us. Nobody could ever live our life better than we did. I make a point, not to blame anyone for whatever happens in my life. “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul”.

So, take charge, get over the bars. Awake, arise, aspire. Shine. Shine, for thou art the sun!

“Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time”

Valentine’s Day 101

Do I have a pretty pretty girlfriend to go out on Valentine’s day? No.

So should I be worried about having a dry run this time? I think, no. Why? Because nobody is expecting any enthusiasm from me today, nor am I supposed to act overly lovely or sweet.

And of course, this reason 😀

Before and After

Being single on 14th also saves up your energy, and brain cells, which you would have burned up trying to think about ways to make your girl feel special. Instead, you can now utilize this energy for doing something more meaningful, like killing zombies on your Xbox or Play Station.

So what am I actually suggesting?

This?

NO.

Here are some better things you can try:

1. While you will see other guys spending on their dates, you can treat yourself! Go out with your happy (read: single) friends and party.

2. Many people tend to decide this particular day for their nuptials. Go on, be a part of their celebrations and crash their weddings, its free food right? 😀

3. Search for cafes/eateries that are sensible enough to be providing discounts to those without a date (which is a very cool idea to tap this opposite end of the customer base).

4. You can always call your friends over and have a movie marathon.

5. *Evil* Go out in the evening to the places considered safe heaven for couples, and sit there and stare. It’s fun! Try to have a big gang with you or you can be beaten black and blue.

6. *Evil* If you are very free and still hate your ex, take out time, plan something very sweet for her, call her up and tell her what you two could have done if you were still together, in the process destroying both of your Valentine’s day.

What most of us forget in our sorrow is that we aren’t the only one. There is bound to be a huge number of single specimen from the opposite gender, in the similar state of mind as us. So go out, have some fun. While those couples can go and do the same thing they do all year round, it’s show time for us!

Have a fabulous and fun Valentine’s day!

*If my views have hurt any of the reader’s sentiment, just remember that this is for the greater good of the society, and needs of the many outweighs needs of the few.

As an after thought, you know what would be the loveliest thing to do on Valentine’s day? It would be to buy your mother/father a cake and tell them that they are the most important people in your life, no matter what day it is.