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Pathetic attempt at a blog.

Looking at my previous posts, those that were posted on the fly and as a minor attempt at learning how to post a blog, I feel that I've learned nothing as of yet, and am still a beginner at something I should have mastered a long time ago.

While travelling, I get lost in my thoughts, and i always feel that I should have these thoughts penned down somewhere. But at that time, you neither have the pen, nor the paper to make it possible. Now with the advances in technology, you find that you can post blogs directly from your mobile or PDA ,with no hassles. And still it is difficult for some to do so.

So the question is, does the difficulty arise due to the sheer complexity of this technology or due to the sheer laziness of these people? I would like to use myself as an example. As a modest member of the so-called IT society, I would find it easy to make it possible to pen your thoughts as I'm always carrying around a mobile phone or any kind of writing instrument. In my case, it's just the thought that makes it sound good. But,when I try to do it , I find myself blank for words.

So why is it so difficult to put your thoughts into writing? Is this what the sages called creativity? The ability to create something valuable out of nothing. If you can repeat the words in your head, you should be able to put down those words on paper, shouldn't you? The more I thought about this, I found out that the words in our head are also associated with pictures, memories, feelings and other things that are stored in our mind. So even when you put down the words, you are not able to put the other things associated with them into writing, to make the reader FEEL what you are trying to tell him.

Communication, is a weird concept. Be it in any field. From electronics to the visual media. How to enable two devices to "talk" to each other. To share information.
When we talk to a person face to face, we are able to show facial actions, eye movements to give stress to certain words to enhance the meaning of the conversation.
The same kind of communication would be difficult to perform over the telephone, but still enhancements can be provided by way of tone of speech, or interjection of various sounds to alter the method of speech.
and I guess the most disabled kind of communication is that of the "instant messaging" kind. Where you can not be absolutely sure as to who you are talking to, and you can never be sure as to what exactly the conversation intends to tell you..It all relies on intricate guesswork and past experience with the person who you are conversing with.

But even with all these disadvantages, the most obvious point is always ignored. Due to these advancements, we are ABLE to communicate. It is made possible. The global village, it is called. Where distance is considered negligible, and the people might as well be next door or in the next country.

I had the good luck to be able to travel to India this year during the rainy season. I had visited a few places, mainly with the intention of meeting up with people I had studied with or those who I grew up with.

It is a good feeling to know that you are in someone's thoughts somewhere. Now they are all grown up with jobs, responsibilities. These were the same people, you used to play soccer or cricket with, or watch movies together. It is pleasing and saddening thought. One that they have moved on with their life, as is the true purpose of life - change. Two, the good memories will always be that, memories. Probably someday, we will be store these memories in the actual form, along with the feelings which we had at the time and not just in the form of video, audio and photo.

Whew! Well atleast it's a start, maybe I'll be able to put down something more the next time.

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because the moment... the second...
that you get what you seek...



you don't...
you can't want it anymore.



In order to continue to exist...



desire must have its objects
perpetually absent.



It's not the "it" that you want.
It's the fantasy of"it."





This is what Pascal means when he says
that we are only truly happy...



when daydreaming
about future happiness.




- Or why we say...



the hunt is sweeter
than the kill.



Or be careful what you wish for,
not because you'll get it...



but because you're doomed
not to want it once you do.



So the lesson of Lacan is,
living by your wants
will never make you happy.



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and not to measure your life
by what you've attained
in terms of your desires...



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Why is there a compulsion to write? Why the need to put down thoughts in some retrievable form? Why the difficulty to recollect some thoughts which made sense only a few days ago?

These are the questions I ask myself when I re-opened my blog editor today. Thinking out loud, literally, I believe this stems from the fact, that I have been letting myself or my mind to free-roam. I might be doing a perfectly normal or mundane task, but on a different tangent of thought with no relation to the task at hand.

Problem with concentration? Well, maybe.

But I have got so used to this method of operation, that when I actually sit down to apply my mind on some task, I find it exruciatingly difficult.

For example, I was given a task of solving a technical problem a few weeks ago. And I sat down to get it out of the way. But no matter how long I tried and how hard I looked for the answer, I couldn't pinpoint the fault. After a long day of trying out all possibilities, I had almost given up. I le…