Thursday, May 19, 2011

Untitled defines love as "a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection". I believe that love is a part of each and every one and thing. If it is a part , so comes the ability to give, take and share based on a personal set of rules that is a result of instincts, experiences and influences by the environment.

It is said to be the secret ingredient to mom's food, that feeling of butterflies in the stomach and many other euphemisms to explain the so-called unexplainable. But, in the end it is as defined, a feeling. Some science papers explain our feelings to be a result of certain chemical reactions in our brains. I brought up this idea to a guy who had just become a father, and was explaining his feeling to me when his child held his finger for the first time. I can never forget the murderous look on his face :). I barely escaped i guess. So is there something more that we must believe because we cant see or explain.

These chemical reactions also happen to scientifically explain other such "feelings". Love-at-first-sight for example could be a favourable reaction of our pheromones. Try using that as an explanation to why you like someone or don't. Crazy isn't it? When stuff like this get explained so simply, it sort of takes away the mystery which kind of kills the excitement for this kind of stuff.

Taking ideas from science to explain things which are difficult to explain or to put in words. I have a theory for our so-called sixth sense. Lets say our bodies are "magnets" tuned in one way or another. Magnets are basically some metallic material which has their atoms/molecules aligned in one particular direction, helping them exhibit an an attraction/diversion towards a similar metallic material.

Physics tells us we can magnetize most metallic materials by continuously "rubbing" the material with an existing magnet from one side to another. After some time, the metallic material begins to exhibit magnetic properties, albeit temporary. Let's call these magnetic properties our inner disposition. how we feel about certain things/people/situations. so now when we face/meet some people, we interact with their "magnetic field", and sometimes we "like/dislike" a person without talking/interacting. people call this their "sixth sense/ intuition" whatever it may be.

The more I thought about this theory, the more I came to believe that it can be applied in a multitude of situations. What if not just people, what about places? can they have this "magnetic field"? could this explain our sensing some sort of divinity when we are in a place of worship? what if hundreds and hundreds of believers "magnetize" a place, in a particular way? then when some particular person , lets say a person with/without faith , but of a similar inclination, finds "peace" at this place?

this theory, as it is only a theory , begins to take huge proportions, when I try to apply it to most situations. There is also a saying that , you only believe what you want to see, and if you believe in it most, that is the only thing you will see.:) but then it's a harmless fantasy. Something to live for I guess. Something to do. some goal/achievement that's unattainable, but worth trying for. What are we, without purpose? without faith? without the unexplainable? The end of all things, is when everything to be explained, has been explained. Without this, might as well be, brain-dead.

Religions and faiths exist because of our unending thirst to explain our purpose. What are we here for? why do we exist? I think that our only purpose is to be, is to do. But thats too boring, right? If we're not here to do something for ourselves, why do it at all? Why should I believe that what I'm doing , it should be for someone else or for somebody else's happiness/gain? Could this be love? where one does something for someone else, for no other reason, except to satisfy that feeling of love? A funny way of playing with our reasoning.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Excerpt from "Life of David Gale (2003)"

Fantasies have to be unrealistic...

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.

What it means to be fully human is
to strive to live by ideas and ideals...

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

but those small moments
of integrity, compassion...

rationality, even self-sacrifice.

Because in the end, the only way
that we can measure the
significance of our own lives...

is by valuing the lives of others.