Please Yourself!

A lot of us may know the name “John Locke” from the famous TV series “Lost“. But that lot might not remember his character’s real name “Jeremy Bentham”. His character went through a lot of pain during his life before the plane crashed into the island where he found himself absolved of all pain and began to believe that “The Island” was his place to be, as he found a lot of pleasure in following its vague spiritual orders through “Jacob”, and otherwise.

In the real world too, a Jeremy Bentham existed a while ago. Was he in anyway connected to this reel character? Lets ponder!

Jeremy Bentham breathed through 1748 until 1832. He was the great British Economist and Philosopher who founded ‘Utilitarianism‘ and tried to quantify the ‘Pleasures and Pains’ in one’s life through his thorough but still tacit work called “Felicific Calculus“.

He laid out a very indulgently descriptive list of ‘Pleasures’ and ‘Pains’ in human lives.

The Pleasure of senses, skill, wealth, power, benevolence, amity, good name, imagination; to list a few. The Pains of enmity, association, expectation, ill name etc.

http://www.econlib.org/library/Bentham/bnthPML5.html

His idea was to minimize the pains and maximize the pleasures for the greater good of everyone according to a certain metric he invented. He tried quantification through parameters like the Intensity, certainty, propinquity, purity, duration and extent of Pleasure and Pain. But his doctrine had a flaw – the probability of all these parameters to differentiate for each individual was huge! The chances that 2 individuals will have the same intensity, purity, duration or any other effect of a pleasure or pain was zero, zilch, nada! and the number of differentiating factors and their intensity difference was uncountable! So his “Felicific Calculus” was not as thorough as he wanted it to be.

Hedonism, the philosophy of maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain was born from Utilitarianism. So Jeremy Bentham, in a way, pushed the lazy to the couch! But from his written pieces, one can observe that absolute pleasure was not part of his campaign! He was just trying to quantify life through pain and pleasures and the takeaway was ‘For the good of everyone!’

In the modern day technological advancement, a lot of human population is nowadays quantifying their life, but to a better cause of balancing the pains and pleasures. Everyone has these health gadgets these days to quantify sleep, exercise, diet, diseases and other health related parameters. One prime example would be FitBit. Financial gadgets, with the ease of regulations, have caused the rise of fiscal awareness among the common folks. Apps like Robin Hood, PayPalApple Pay, Samsung Pay etc. cater to a very eager audience of today who want to quantify (Read: Optimize) their routine (Read: Time and Money) to the level where they gather information and execute a good amount of financial investment and stabilization tasks with much less time spent. These are just 2 facets of life I have indulged in providing some examples of. There are many more facets (Read: Almost all)  where quantification, not possible earlier, has now changed the way the general human population gathers information and executes daily life tasks.

I think the words to remember are Balance and Over Indulgence. Both serve two different Devils/ Gods of two different worlds.

The real question is

‘Once Self Pleasing attitude starts driving you, How deep would you like to indulge?and in what direction specifically – For the greater good of everyone, a selected few or just yourself ?’

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Writer’s Block – Absolute Denial!

I have not written in some time now. Whenever I tone my routine to sit down and write, I cannot think! and then I wander back to the daily quotidian tasks. Maybe I lost my capacitive stylus! Maybe I lost Interest! To ponder over what or who to blame for this unreasonable tragedy of sorts, today, I decided to sit down and think about this inability to generate synchronous thoughts pointed towards a single important goal – to write!

Google helped me search numerous articles to satiate my desire of writing again. So finally, I thought I will break the writer’s block by writing about it.

What is writer”s block? I think it is when you stop day dreaming! Period! When you look at the sky while driving and think nothing! When your only goal is to get through the day without flying in your dreams to the momentary happy stop you used to take every now and then!

Well, I found this essential paper published by Dr. Dennis Upper – “The Unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of ‘Writer’s Block’.

https://monoskop.org/images/3/3a/Upper_Dennis_1974_The_Unsuccessful_Self-Treatment_of_a_Case_of_Writers_Block.pdf

His unmistakably glorious paper shines enough light on this mental restraint and is the magnum opus of the effect of writer’ block, and of sarcasm too!

Writer’s block is a denial to expand your imagination to enjoy the flavors of everyday. It is a denial of the brain to generate thoughts that deviate from the task at hand. It is a denial of self thought! You need to run away from the mental streaming protocols and explore some weird angles about every moment! It is also a sub conscious hit to the confidence of concocting a written piece to your satisfaction! It could also be a fear of nonacceptance of your scribbled gibberish by the society. Whatever it is, figure it out and get to work! or leave the spaces empty! like Dr Upper.

Well, that is all I have! Maybe I should have also left some space empty to amplify my yearning to write! But that diligently intelligent piece of art is already taken by Dr Dennis Upper.

Daily Post – Daily Prompt – Denial

 

 

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!”

Deja Vu

I have seen it before, I have even felt it before!

Not sure where? Not sure why? Not sure how?

The smell reminds me of my village farmhouse, when it had rained fresh!

The color of the evening reminds me of one of the summers in college when the sun did not trash heat, but spread warmth, and the trees showed way to the pleasant wind!

The corner of the road reminds me of the hill road us friends once took!

The song playing in the car reminds me of the time I drank like a fish!

This situation is repeating so many nuances that it is a new portrait in itself!

Is it Deja vu? or the nature in this town is just being a copy cat! of a lot of moods altogether!

Daily Post – Daily Prompt – Copy Cat

The Mediocre and the Elusive!

Mediocrity is about thinking that you know a lot and you own a lot, when you really do not! Now is the world of ‘free speech’ and ‘Internet!’ Everybody thinks they are ‘the one’! Watching news makes them think they know stuff! Reading blogs makes them know the mysteries of life! But does it, really?

What is to be known is that reality is everyone’s personal or influenced view!

Mediocrity is perceptual. Everybody thinks that they are supreme and everyone else is Mediocre! Whereas the truth is, and everybody knows the truth sub-consciously, that almost every one is Mediocre.

Mediocrity comes in all forms! You can be a Mediocre human in general, a Mediocre Engineer, a Mediocre Journalist etc.

The context here is ‘Money’, ‘Capital’, ‘Dough’ or whatever you call it!

The average common man with a job and a family to run is the lowest category of the capitalist mediocre.The average common man thinks that the internet revolution made him ‘global’, but he does not realize that he is not even ‘local’ anymore. Earlier, he used to believe his eyes and ears combined together with the ‘non-televised’, ‘from the horse’s mouth’ information. But, lately, he just believes everything on the Internet! His eyes are covered  with dreams of becoming rich! He is the worst kind of mediocre!

Mediocrity, today, has no escape! You have to feed yourself with information and you have no time! If you spent enough time and energy to find out who Mr. Donald Trump really is, with physical evidences of his past conducts and his business progress, then when will you find time to buy the groceries for the week? When will you party? When will you wash your car? When will you do the laundry? So, you quickly run through your bookmarked media and news sites to gaze through the latest on Mr. Trump and move on with the common opinion. Or maybe, sometimes you will find an odd opinion about him and yay or nay to it! But, that is it! You have so much microscopic data to analyze and organize on your plate that you forget that the microscopic data in everybody’s else’s plate is related to yours and needs the right communication and reasonable discussion!

Then, above the average commoners in the hierarchy of ‘the mediocre’ community, there are the ones who think that they are rich,  but they are not! They think that they are the ‘boss’ and need only a little more money to join the royal forces! They are the real hard workers! They spend their lives figuring out how to get to the Elites! The average common man also thinks that these are the most rich people on earth, but remember, he knows nothing!

Some of them do make it, to the top, but rather ‘the mediocre at the top’! Now this bunch is one rung higher than the one mentioned above and thinks that they are the richest on earth! These people are actually rich for most of us because they do have a lot of money and power, but they are one below the highest form of capitalist royalty – The Elusive Bunch!

The Elusive bunch has so much money that it is a joke to them! They live very personally knowing everyone else have already given up their privacy by buying free information on the Internet via social media, marketing, media, entertainment or a million other ways. They can and do buy media, governments, financial tycoons from time to time to have their wishes fulfilled. They own the world and the world does not even know! You are at their mercy directly or indirectly and you have no clue! This is the irony of us human beings with averagely endowed dough!

So remember, we are all monetarily Mediocre and the ones who are not, are Elusive!

But, ask yourself, is money that important?

Mediocrity is your comfort zone, staying there or rising beyond is a massively logical predicament!

“Mediocrity” is like a spot on a shirt, it never comes off! – Haruki Murakami

Picture Acknowledgement: Robert Williams – Conceptual Realism – Showcased at NY’s Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 2010

http://www.tonyshafrazigallery.com/index.php?mode=past&object_id=197&view=ss

 

 

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