I know, not many ‘followers’ exactly, holding their breaths. But I care, for what it’s worth (incidentally, the Buffalo Springfield have a song by that name, even more incidental being that it’s my favourite). I ended with ‘Big B: Part 1’, it being my last post. I hope to write other follow-ups to that particular blog entry, but please expect them to be...
My Big B: Part 1
It’s been a year since it happened. I was in disbelief at first- I hoped desperately for it to be a practical joke. But it was a really hectic time for jokes. And who would joke about death? Not my father, not even with his darkest sense of humour. It being my exam eve, I had to visit my home in a hurry. That journey through the evening was perhaps the toughest I’v ever had. The...
Science is as liberal an occupation as it can be, in that it allows us means to...– Self
What purpose do we serve?
Girl: Have you ever thought about what you want from life? Or what is your target for this life?
Myself: Eh... Honestly, I really don't know. Maybe I haven't been able to figure it out yet.
Girl: Well, I think I have. Our lives are aimless. Why do we do whatever that we do? It's just meaningless, all of it.
Myself: Well, yes. In the bigger picture of things, maybe we and our work, or even our existence for that matter, is insignificant. Whatever we may do may not have an everlasting effect.
Girl: Exactly. I was pondering on this question yesterday, and I found it hard to answer the question "What does whoever has made us want us to experience?" with any agreeable solution. I felt really useless, and unimportant. And I concluded that our lives are aimless.
Myself: The questions you ask are a subject of spiritual debate which hasn't been solved yet. Or for that matter, may not have been thought about. Yet you could take an example of ants. A individual one makes no difference. But all together, they can build unimaginable things, especially given their size!
Girl: Okay. But that still doesn't solve the problem. What are we meant to experience, what is anybody's purpose in life? Animals were made, and in essence we are equivalent to them in the scheme of things. What will happen if humanity and all life on Earth is put to end? And that will happen one day anyway. What does it matter if we add to it. Even if it goes on forever, what difference will its existence make in the universal scheme of things?
Myself: Well, maybe that's why there aren't so many enlightened ones amongst us. If we think of the whole picture of mankind and the Earth and the universe, maybe you'll feel insignificant and small... In fact, I feel we constantly strive for approval of our society, the environment we live in-
Girl: Yeah, of those who don't matter to us, who aren't involved in our life-
Myself: -and if we don't do that, we would have nothing else to do! Maybe our existence calls for some activity, but answering the question- "Why was life made to exist in the first place?" isn't that easy. It could remain a mystery.
Girl: Well, it is really thought-provoking.
Myself: Exactly, and it also serves the purpose of an endless debate amongst those aspiring to 'figure it out'!