The Platonic Dream

I look into the eyes of the character and shake the hand,

with the gratitude of a beggar being bestowed with a dollar,

and the wisdom of a wolf with the prey in sight,

My love for this world is platonic!

It is devoid of the pleasures of the body,

It is devoid of the monetary lure,

It is saturated with the thought of knowledge,

Knowing the present!

I like now to be existential,

I like now to be skeptical,

I will be dead before I know everything!

I am alive gathering the pieces,

Of life which exists because we do,

Of death being the Renewal,

Of a meaning being the need of the hour,

Of a truth which is as absolute as it is relative,

Of a claim that makes them the rulers!

Of a dream that makes me a poet,

Of a clue that will lead to freedom!

The sign of the philosopher king!

The platonic president, the utopian prime minister and the quixotic master!

They all exist, in my dreams!

 

“Meanwhile, this conversation never happened –

Socrates: I want to ask you – what is freedom?

Plato: Being reborn in this century, I think I need to be more updated with current affairs to answer this question

Socrates: But how do you know the knowledge being provided is true and correct?

Plato – By being Platonic!”

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Organized Chaos – Episode 4 – Fateful Hate

There was a knock on the door at 9 am. Fatty opened the door and greeted Taller

“Hey man, How are you? Come in!”

Taller looked at Fatty with his frown pushed down to the limit of making the eyes as thin as a knife’s edge “You doing alright?” Then he looked inside the house “I heard your wife left you?!” Taller took a few steps ahead to reveal Shorter right behind him.

“Oh, Hey shortie! You came along !” Fatty finished his sentence with a confusing tone fading suddenly.

“Yeah, I am the muscle! I go where Taller goes! and only Taller can call me shorty! You fat little piece of shit!”

“Calm down my friend. Come in and have a seat”

Taller had already stepped inside. ” I like how you have done nothing to the set up after your wife has left”

“What do you mean?” asked Fatty

“I mean you are being yourself, that is all a man gotta do!” Taller walked towards the couch, pressed the cushion once and then sat on it comfortably.

“You think I had a land mine waiting under the couch?” Fatty remarked jokingly

“No, I thought you had an AIDS syringe maybe!” Taller was stern

Shorter laughed, pressed the cushion too, and sat down.

“So what would you gentleman like to have?” Fatty asked with a courteous smile

“I will have a whiskey on the rocks, whichever you got! Again, do not give me a choice. I hate choices!”

“and you my friend?” Fatty re-oriented his head towards Shorter

“I will have the same”

Taller re-oriented his head towards Shorter too and he gave him a ‘stop peer pressuring yourself’ look. The kind where his eyes retracted into their sockets and the herds of skin around his cheeks and forehead gathered for a talk.

Shorter kept looking into the thin air and started to whistle a little. Taller looked away in the opposite direction after a millisecond.

Fatty returned with 3 glasses of whiskey and placed them neatly on the table.

“Do not forget to use the coasters. I have just cleaned the house.”

Taller picked up his glass, sipped the whiskey and placed the glass right where he picked it from.

“Why are we here? We are not friends! We robbed you quite a while back. Why would you like to meet us again? What is your problem?” Taller’s pitch stayed at ‘answer soon or I will harm you’ baritone.

“I need your help. I need to find out where my wife is, and, what kind of life is she living! Also, I need evidence of her lifestyle. Pictures and videos would be helpful.”

Taller leaned forward to Fatty’s reply, then retracted back to the most comfortable he could be on the couch, crossed his legs, moved his eyes from Fatty to a corner of the room where some random pictures were hung “How much can you pay for this job?”

Fatty looked down and smirked and then looked back at Taller again “I think I paid you plenty already, But I will pay you 3000 dollars more.”

Taller smirked hiding it with his hand and then looked straight into Fatty’s eyes “You called me here. I did not come here for charity. I think you are a good guy and I will help you. But the right price is 10 grand. Not a penny less. Again, no choice here. Agree?”

Fatty shrugged a little and sat down exchanging ‘help me here’ looks with Shorter. Shorter just gave him the ‘I am with him’ look.

He put his head in his hands. It took him a moment to rise back up “Okay, I will pay you 3 grand now and the rest when you provide evidence. Is that alright?”

Taller smirked again, only this time he did not hide it “Great! Hand me the dough in a clean and new envelope and I am off to your investigation. I will call you in a week with the progress.”

Fatty went inside and got the money in a clean and new envelope and handed it over to Taller “Here you go! I trust you for no reason. I hope you are the man you seem to be!”

“I am a professional Business person. I never step back from my word.” Taller blabbered while getting up. Both Taller and Shorter shook hands with Fatty and left.

1 week later

Fatty was sitting on the couch and watching news on the t.v when the phone rang.

He looked at the phone and picked up smiling “Hey man, I was expecting your call anytime now. You are a professional Business person after all. Tell me, what do you have for me?”

“Your wife lives in New York  now. She rents a small place and works as an assistant at a small business office. They make office stuff, like envelopes, boxes and other stuff like that. She seems to be staying alone.” Taller replied calmly.

“Do you have evidence ? Videos? Pictures?”

“Yes, I do. I am leaving New York today and will be at your place on Friday this week. Evening at 5 mostly. Be ready with my payment”

Fatty was frowning for some reason but contained it in his speech “Sure. I want to thank you again for doing this.”

“No Problem, Just keep my money ready”. Taller was quick to hang up

 

Pathfinders

Sometimes we anticipate a certain situation and it comes true too! It is an exhilarating moment in our lives and from that moment onward we think that we are wise or intelligent or devoted enough to predict the very near personal future, until we predict again and it does not come true! Somehow we never program our brain to stay neutral in terms of self glorification. If we agree to the fact that we cannot predict the near personal future a 100% and it only happens a few times out of the millionth prediction in our head, we will find that all the coincidences only align a few times in our lives. That is when we think that the prediction came true!

(I think a coincidence is actually everybody doing their own thing  which creates a weird and random barrage of events affecting our life and hence our predictions about it)

For example: Lets just say that I predict that I will get a salary raise of 30% this year. How did I come to this prediction? Well, the first criteria is how much salary an average engineer of my skill set and experience is earning. Then it comes to how much my manager likes me. Then there is HR negotiations which depends on a lot of company policies. Then there are external features like the Manager is sick and irritated personally and I hit him/ her up at the wrong time to ask about the raise! Another one would be the HR knowing that I am a submissive personality and they could seal the deal with less raise!

These are some of the criteria’s of prediction we can sniff early and control, maybe.

But then there are these absolutely absurd reasons of my salary hike screwing up!

For Example: I go through a bad trauma in my personal life (not related to work) and it changes my outlook about the world being a materialistic place and I am happy with whatever I am earning and I start donating more and paying less attention to the salary raise.

This means that we have to stick to Goals! Make short term and long term goals in life and stick to them like the pervert sticks to stalking!
The goals can be anything, not only earning more money!

You can set a goal to eat all the candies ever made on this earth, to make everybody who ever made a profile on Facebook your friend, to parallel park a car while drifting or to hike Mount Everest!

But all these fantasies require short term goals!

To eat all the candies on earth, you might need to first start making a list of all the candies you can find. Then find their distribution centers and order. Then there would be local candies which you can order online or you will have to plan a trip to all these local places to taste their candy!

Another example is the Detectorists! Detectorists are hobbyists who use metal detectors to walk large areas of land to scrounge different objects. It gives them pleasure to just go detecting different objects in an unknown area, the goal being finding a treasure or a historically valuable item. But following this hobby makes them get addicted to just exploring the land for hours and finding stuff like buttons, broken dolls, junk metal objects etc.

You can become a hobbyist regarding a passion you have or you can keep goals which are realistic to achieve within the set time limit.

For some humans, things come easy in life! They live and grow in a certain coincidental space and time where their wishes and desires are aligned with the events affecting them. Very rarely they will have a set back in what they are trying to achieve.

I think this happens because this group of humans follow a very defined path to achieve their goals. They absolutely do not tread on a path that is undefined and virgin in human existence. They stay happy with the rules and regulations set by the society.

For the other group suffering the calamity so often that they believe in “Nothing comes easy in my life”, the story is entirely different. I think they can be divided into 2 sub groups

  1. People who count even the smallest, most trivial failures as big hiccups in life.This group just cannot stay happy as they want a lot, but even a fumble while walking on the road is whined upon for days to come as bad luck! They might achieve what they want eventually but the negativity only increases throughout their life.
  2. The second group in this category would the ones who set a goal but live in a certain coincidental space and time where their goals are not aligned at all with the events affecting them. It is absolutely not their fault but only their existential environment (which they cannot alter as the coincidental alignment is not a physical condition which can be controlled, yet!). They know that their goals would not come easy. So they work hard and take smart steps to cover all the criteria they can to achieve their desired goal. This makes them grow and develop extreme stress management skills. This makes them find new paths in life which no body has tread before! I like to call this group of humans ‘The Pathfinders’

The Pathfinders are an eclectic bunch of enthusiasts who stop at nothing. They live for the adrenaline rush of the extreme and conquering it. They fail again and again only to get up and find even a smarter way every time to cover all the criteria of failure eventually. They develop a fuzzy logic of life, not the binary logic of everything being either black and white, but a tinge of every color mixing and producing an outcome is visible to them.

So what do you anticipate will happen to you today? Are you a Pathfinder or will you stick to the road laid long back by someone you do not know or care about?

Daily Post – Daily Prompt – Anticipation

 

Faith

“Faith is subjective. It is subjective to what you let yourself to believe in. You can believe in a Godly existence without physically experiencing it. You can believe in your friends, peers, mentors, siblings, parents and even in your pets. What matters is, you get to hear what you want to hear!”

To me, all the phenomenal entities titled “Gods” or “Sons/ Daughters of Gods” were really wise and intelligent beings who had the ability to think ahead of their time and they devised simple ways to keep the lesser educated/ less wise/ average minded population to stay in peace, love and away from danger. They wrote the “holy books” to define how they thought the society should function in order to create more harmony and love among us. They gave their views on all walks of life – Leadership, Family, Parenthood, Social Causes of their time and matters of the mind and heart. But remember, they never preached! In my personal opinion, their devising of simple ways to make the average population follow them in the time when science was unavailable to simplify the understanding is what caused the communication gap for generations to come. Also, adding to this realization that common folks could be controlled easily with religious beliefs being blown out of their simple form and presented as “unexplained feats” made the rulers of that time take advantage of religion and preach it in a way that satiated the guilty conscious minds of the people to be ruled.

These holy men never preached their teachings, they presented themselves as teachers. These teachings were molded according to the requirements of these rulers with the passage of time. I think religious holy books needed to be updated as the time changed, but that was not done because the rulers started owning and manipulating them. I think everything needs to be updated with time. If a laptop was used only by a few upper ruling class capitalistic society jerks, a huge general population would have easily led to praying in front of these gadgets. But science and freedom of knowledge has led to this plethora of amazingly phenomenal inventions and discoveries being made available to common average human population which makes most of us understand how these gadgets/ commodities work and hence we are not are as amazed by them as we are with the religion we follow. If the same laptop was not updated with respect to time and life’s need and evolving nature, we would never had made such great advancements in such less time in many fields. We are literally disposed to using a vast variety of software to develop products ranging from a safety pin to the cars that drive themselves. Imagine if nobody really knew how these cars are developed, and they were available to only a privileged few, others would consider these as magical vehicles.

But let us not forget how amazingly blind faith works. If you have anxiety, stress or a situation where you feel helpless, you always run to the person or entity you have faith and belief in. The society was knit with the religious wool for so long that these religious beliefs actually make us feel good, if we were made to believe in them as a child. If we were too rebellious as a child and/or our parents were already atheists, then we might have faith in something or somebody else which we have a better understanding of. The point being, faith works wonders, no matter what you believe in! So, stop judging and get on with your own beliefs.  But then if humans would not judge, how will they satiate their gossip appetite. Anyways, the observation that hurts me is that there are still some sects/ groups which carry on this old aristocratic tradition of making people follow blind faith (read without reasonable explanations) to their own benefit. They make it a business of sorts.

An easy way to differentiate a business form of a faith from a true form is to notice if this faith is being taught or preached!

No wise and intelligent being with the slightest intention of only good would ever preach!

Humans tend to follow a herd and so buying the initial set of humans and making them market your beliefs to sell them to a wider market of human population is what works these days.

Also, a few unexplained feats (easily possible with the help deep scientific research) and a few fabled stories of your spiritual success, and we have a new “Son of God” preaching his ultimate teachings!

I do not mind different philosophies of different saints these days, unless they grow so power hungry that they preach until it is down your pie hole!

But again, it all boils down to what you really want to hear, deep down!

You want to hear that everything is going to be alright, everything will fall into place, your life would be perfect, if you performed some rituals!

I know taking a dip in the holy Ganges in India would not make your conscious clear of sins, but I can imagine that in the very old times, when the Ganges was not polluted at all, the passersby would have had an amazingly phenomenal experience taking a dip in it. And not knowing the science of how this took away their tiresome thoughts, they must have considered it a holy river. Adding to the water it must have provided for irrigation (the main occupation of most humans at that time) and how fertile the lands around this river would have been. To summarize, update your beliefs with time.

Your life would be close to perfect if you ever read the Murphy’s Law – “things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance,” or more commonly, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”

You cannot control the doings of so many beings around you, which basically leads to what happens to you. But you can keep an eye out for everything you are responsible for. Just what you are responsible for! But now we cannot get everyone to follow a perfect routine, can we?

So we end up having these hiccups in the daily life we like to call fate!

We like to blame, because it kinds of absolves us of our own shortcomings!

But if everybody became perfect, how would we ever define the good from the bad? And then the one who chose to do wrong in this situation, will surprise us to our guts, as we would never have had anticipated even a drop of sin!

The balance of all kinds of energy in this universe is mysteriously (read beyond our understanding because it is just too much data to simplify) maintained by nature. We do understand the micro events and exchange of energies because science has given us the power to do so, but we always tend not to extrapolate it just to get a wider vision of fate!

It is important to have all kinds of energies (read good and bad) because if only white light took over, it would blind us to the beautiful night and the stars!

“A leap of faith can also lead you into a ditch! But have you ever spent a lot of time in a ditch? It could be interesting in its own way if you kept your heart and mind open!”

A couple of poems (in Hindi and Urdu) to further exfoliate my feelings:

1.

“Ganga dhaam par snan kiya, Yamuna nadi ka paani piya, chaaron teerath darshan kiya,

to kya mil gayi tujhe mukti? Dhul gaye tere paap?

Ek dharrale main tu phir, Ban gaya sabka baap?

badal gayi teri soch, lag gayi naiya paar?

Sachai se aankh churakar shuru kiya prachaar?

Ab matki tere paap ki, jab phirse lagi hai bharne!

To gao mata ka mutar peekar shuddhi lagi tujhe chadne?

Baba ji ki sharan main jakar naye challe banvayega?

Janam patri ki gatha sunkar apne log gavayega?

Jai Shri Krishan, Insha Allah, samay tera bhi aayega!

Wahe Guru, Isa Masi milkar tujhe rulayega!

DHONGI hai tu tere Dhong ki soch kaun paltayega!

DHONGI hai tu tere Dhong ki soch kaun paltayega!”

2.

“Aasmaan se khoon baras raha hai! Aansoon ankhon se sukh chuke hain!

Ibadat ka sahara to le lete, Par Khuda ke naam par hi katleaam hai!

Us vakht ko yaad karte hain, jab Vakht ki ahmiyat baaki thi!

Insaan ki Insaaniyat barkaraar thi!

Aur Khuda ki Khudai ISHQ*E*HAQIQI thi!

Ab to bas ISHQ*E*MAJAAZI hai, aur kaartooson ka karvaan hai!

Woh door se nazara dekh hanste hain!

Ki kitna aasan tha insaan ki ROOH ko MAILA karna!”

P.S: These are just my thoughts! Read, Enjoy, Hate, Love or do whatever with them, Just do not absolutely believe them! You got to understand them your own way, if you want to! Perception, to each his own!

 

 

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