Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1282 : The thin line that blurs the human quest of determinism and irrational idioticy

Its easy to lose focus of things, especially when you  are in search for a purpose and rationale for everything….I call this the eternal human quest for determinism.

Oh, why does the rain fall? Because Lord Indra is angry. Today we should not buy a new car, why? Because today is aadi maasam. Tomorrow, lets not leave house before 11, tomorrow is Rahu Kalam.

Some of this is plain simple superstition. And not all superstition is bad. Some of it just props up the soul. (More on that later)

But when you are talking about guarding your baby from “jealous eyes”, putting black dots all over her pretty face, or not showing him off to strangers….that to me is lunacy.

Even if this shumbug has any iota of truth in it…I refuse, plainly to practice it….because in my view….you can never expect your son to be an Einstein, after you dotted him black as an infant. To me the loaded dice of determinism, in this particular case, was already cast by your fking black dots.

Also, personally, I believe, once you allow this mumbo-jumbo to creep into one aspect of your life….you are not too far from becoming like Amitabh Bachan, who has long been running short of fingers to fit more rings in.(He wears at least 2 rings in each of his 10 fingers).

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. – Albert Einstein

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