Thursday, October 13, 2005

Nature's fury - hidden meanings of evolution or devolution

No animal succumbs to nature fury; be it a quake, a volcano or a tsunami. They have a hidden sense that warns them of impending danger. As humans, we lack this gift that animals solely posess. Does it mean we succumb to any natural fury, by relying on plain hopes that disasters won't stike. We've gotten onto space satellites that forcast sunchine and rain, but we still are victims of lethal hurricanes.

I think nature has a hidden meaning for the so-called technologically advanced human race. We cannot be immortal, but we all deserve a fair chance to live the life of childhood, youth and some middle age in the least. A whole generation being wiped out is not something we should gape at and stay still in helpless shock. We should get our act together, and work towards understanding the very nature of the planet. If we can forcast a storm, why can't we an earthquake? Is there absolutely no sign in the grounds below or the heavens above to warn us of impending disaster?

Had we produced seismologists in the same measure as engineers working on chips or banking software, we'd sure be no easy prey to death. Even a conservative prediction should suffice as a first step, as the key lies only in understanding the limitations of our race, and working towards getting ourselves a fair share of life (of course, not counting those who like suicide). Why do we come up with "How an earthquake occurs, or how a tsunami occurs" theories only in the aftermath of the disaster? Is that all siesmologits work on; to only then look into the faults of earth plates in the area of disaster? Does nature have to remind us in such a brutal manner to gear in these domains?

We got to gear in all domains of research - seismology, nanotechnology, space, medicine, literature, music and sport to earn ourselves a life we would appreciate and value. If we cannot read nature by instinct like an animal, we got to learn to read her language, just as we learn to swim or fly an airjet. And our first step lies in getting ourselves economically balanced in all sectors. What we dream as children or young adults should never be let down due to economic or social restrictions. Only winning a degree to earn a scale higher or for a fake boost of ego, will get us not a miniscule closer to the ultimate growth of our species. A siesmologist working on technology that would save lives from natural disasters and a primary school teacher building childrens' dreams should command as much as the state or business leaders do.

The choice is ours - either we succumb to nature as the dinosaurs did or we work towards evolving into something higher as the Neanderthal men did! To evolve, the key lies in tapping our limitations. As in Richard Bach's book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", the seagull with shallow skills of flying, learned hard to overcome his limitations, and became a magnificent seagull flying hundreds of metres higher than he or his race ever could. This so inspired his friends, and it was then that the seagulls evolved into elegant beings flying high! It is all upto us as a race to be on the verge or on the edge of change.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

On successful failures...

Sometimes, failure can evoke bigger success than success itself. I think its all a matter of perception. You don't achieve your goal; you say you’ve failed. But there may be a thousand other milestones you may have crossed, and another thousand you may have set in the wondrous journey.

The fancy of only successful successes is indeed an epitome of perfection. But what about failures, that have had really nothing to lose, but have something very valuable to inspire? You learn a note or two a day; big notes in comparison with what you set, you win.

To me, the following events are striking examples in the paradox of successful failures:

  • Apollo 13 - the biggest example
    Going to the moon on a thorough, reliable engine is no bigger success than the identification and fix of a failure in a craft almost orbiting the moon. Resisting the temptation to land on the moon, even after seeing their landing site and knowing quite well, that the landing per-se would be no problem, they looked for ways to fuel and drive their way back!

  • Abhimanyu – from mythology, yet an example of immeasurable valour and grit!