The Summer Day


by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean –
the one who has flung herself
out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out
of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and
forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her
enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and
thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open,
and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down
in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how
to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

 

One of the most amazing poems ever read. Its a must share! ūüôā

Connection- Between the lines.


Ok, so these days I have been reading extensively about a lot of topics together, and I somewhere made out that everything is so interdependent to each other and made sense. Be it technology, economics, science, politics, psychology and design.Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said ”¬†Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being”. Everything has a gist, and we see it as we are.

Technology Design Co-relation: Technology has always been revolutionized over design, read Apple. Today’s technology is not only serving the purpose but also expatiating the trends in the industry be it grids, networks, tablets, smart-phones, web applications and various different products including social media and clean-technology giving it a design edge to the rescue. Customers are half convinced over a good design, which is becoming a widening trend. Innovation is a part of design and an idea solving a purpose, making it more efficient. In India, we call it “Jugaad”. That’s how we design our lives, if not technology.

This is a chart showing the interconnected, in...

This is a chart showing the interconnected, interdependent nature of modern society that can be used to illustrate Structural Functionalism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 Science- Politics Co-relation: Where Science is trying to change the world, people are becoming much more politically inclined in expanding its scope. One such example, is of Patents. Where Institutions and Individuals are trying to develop products over a little modification and selling it in the market. There is a lot of plagiarism in research of various different sectors and areas. Nuclear weapons are another example, where we see a constructive as well as a destructive use in this advancement of science. This is affecting the world as a whole, and nation in parts. Different political institutions and governments are involving themselves in the research of several fields with the core motive of how that will make them stronger in different spheres. Be it Space Research or Particle Research, everyone is trying to capture and make a mark in different dimensions. Well, to some extent it makes sense as its beneficial for the masses in the long run, but there are always repercussions. 

¬†Economics- Psychology Co-relation: ¬†¬†As the world is struggling to keep its economies upright, there is a lot of dependence of the sentiments of the nation as a whole in determining the economic prosperity of the nation. Be it the worth of the money when the prices rise (Inflation), the consumer behavior in the Supply Demand ratios or the person’s income compared to the total nation’s income (GDP). All these behaviors are subjected to different psychological aspects in each individual of the country, not just the earnings in businesses, governments and corporations. Economics has always been sentimental in its approach and not statistical. The stock markets drive on organizational behavior, and emotional trends. Serving a society and earning wealth are two different sides of the same coin. One can happen at a time, and are directional to each other.¬†

How this world is so diverse and co-related? Some random musings after a late night idiosyncrasies. But, I am always inspired in between the lines and worlds.

 

USA- Breaking the Global Mindset.


Lately, people have been talking, sharing and debating, of to where the world’s superpower is heading to currently and what will make them stand out and make a difference all over again nationally and globally?

There are few mindsets which I have to clear out in determining the US growth rate, they are the following,

1. There is a different way of judging US in terms of Corporate US and Political US.

2. Though the nation is scaling up and has gone to an all time low in 2008-09, the growth rate has increased in terms of employment opportunities, inflation is low, fiscal deficit is less than compared to before and currency rate is higher despite of the roll out.

3. Morover, there are companies which are growing and making record profits like Apple, Google, MasterCard, Nike, MacD, QualComm, CISCO, Ralph Lauren and many more, which have more than 50% revenues from other countries of the world other than US. So, these are companies listed on the global platform for which customers are of great importance.

4. The world has shifted its importance from nations to companies to individuals, and as the way US is progressing it is likely to overcome the bubble which let the banking sector down, which will still take a few years to cope up. Housing sector is slow, and inventories are being re-used from the past years.

5. Education and Research in US has always been the strength of US and its likely to tap sectors like Green Energy, Nanotechnology, Robotic Surgery, Cloud Computing, Satellite Communications, Manufacturing and Biotechnology, which is anyway the sectors of global relevance and innovation for the next 15 years.

The mindset depicts the growth, and US will play a pivotal role in Global Scenario for years to come. Not just because its smart, but knows the right thing to do and its people are of utmost importance.

To judge others, we first have to judge what we are doing. Like the markets, like the countries. 

#Things which I learned from a seminar on US Markets and Economy.

Open Journalism.


Isn’t media a device to measure the day-to-day dealings, publishing the news and keeping the common man with the loop of truth and faith? Is it happening by the way it should be? A Big NO. Today’s media houses have become an entertainment portal and is commercialized as a mainstream voice of any country. But in fact they are not the whistle-blowers but the trend-waivers of the modern society. They can just instigate emotions and keep the hidden facts out of the reach. Is this what we call journalism in true sense? There are some basic self-governing guidelines for the same which is mentioned in a book “The elements of Journalism” by Bill Kovach, which are listed below:

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth.
  2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
  3. Its essence is discipline of verification.
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  7. It must strive to make the news significant, interesting, and relevant.
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
  9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.

Are these being followed today?

If we go back in the brief history of time, from where the idea of spreading information started England, where the invention of movable printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1456, led to the wide dissemination of printed books. Read: The project  www.gutenberg.org  is dedicated to this inventor and today provides around 36,000 Ebooks for free. The first periodical Mercurius Gallobelgicus was printed in Latin and was distributed widely all over. And then american journalism rose with  New York Herald and The New york times in the eighteenth century.

Today, the world is digitizing content, making it more open sourced and there is a wave of awareness spreading into different communities as Right to Information Act and people are realizing the power of information. Wikileaks (www.wikileaks.org) as we know has spread the secrets and the loopholes of the governments, nation’s policies, state-run activities, the war logs of Iran and Afghanistan, the conspiracy theories of individuals in organizations, the legislatures, the trade policies between the nations and banks, the purpose behind running a project with exposing the fair value involved. And it collaborated with thousands of people all around in spreading those information, and Julian Assange as we know faced quite a political misfit over rape allegations. I am sure wikileaks is following the above mentioned guidelines. But, it’s again a viewpoint as to information and secrets should be out or not.

This is where the world is heading towards, before the apocalypse, there will be a war against information and before that the idea of Open Journalism will take its course and the true journalist will be much more moral and humane than ever before, if not political. Satellites, servers and super-computers are developing in the rage. The social movement on resource based economy is also on question in defining what true sense of journalism is: http://zeitgeistmovie.com/

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
– Oscar Wilde. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAIEamakLoY

2011, the times and its effect. 
 

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Two worlds


Today here, Tomorrow there.

Imagine there is one place where a clock is struck at midnight, and you get picked up in an old wheels of antiquity and then you live a dream where you meet Hemingway, Picaso Scott Fitzgerald and TS Elliot, involving in their life and sharing what they lived for. Too much of an overdose of LSD or passion. ” Midnight in Paris ” has one of a subtle and unassuming story illustrated with a typical Woody Allen touch. How easy is to live in two worlds? What if one day we suddenly move back to our past or the future? What would we do then? These are questions which quantum physics is still not able to answer.

Sometimes in life, we do live double life as the shadow of technology and media is penetrated in the life of a normal human being. Situations and understanding makes us chase what we are not supposed to and makes us leave when its worth dying for. Friendships, ambitions, relationships etc, what not. But does that stop us in moving ahead? People always say, Life goes on. But, aren’t we supposed to create memories in the journey. I may sound like a dad, but today facebook and twitter has changed lived drastically. Social media¬†has become a necessity for the commons, and not social activity. Humanity has lost its value, economies have lost their brains and nations their ethics. But, still we like to debate and talk about all of it, not making an actual veritable impact on those lives which are struggling to live, breathe, eat. Not that I am not on facebook or twitter. On the other hand, social media has definitely¬†revolutionized and embarked the movements, be it Zeitgeist, Anna or Wikileaks.

You cannot live with it or without it, is the new slogan on the web, for those democratic debaters and real life observers. Making it happen.

We don’t have time to think even about the past or the future, but we can just live in it unknowingly and knowingly. Those two worlds. Have we found life on some other planet? Planet X!? Did we? Oh, who cares about the third one.

Only this was left: www.secondlife.com 

 

Mistaken Leadership.


“No one can see the people around them growing when they become over-ambitious and disloyal to change”.

On one of the most disappointing days in the good life, I encountered people throwing tantrums and comments when they usually perceive the later leader to be not deserving (read the leader made leaders). In today’s cut-throat competition age, people often tend to submerge their thoughts into the past look-outs which are firstly history and secondly irrelevant to the change. Some cannot understand the path one can follow, and there are types of leadership which one usually take it as. In any organization, the leaders are subjective to change and most of the 80% of the people in that organization feel that the leader is not leader enough (Read Pareto Principle), and this creates havoc out of illicit frustration. To become a leader, it takes a proven misfit and courage in the sense of ideals and values. And that is where the concept of “Mistaken Leadership” comes in the picture.
The leader is unconsciously judged by the number of people following him, but actually the judgement lies in the pessimism that how many people talk about him behind the back. Because no one in this world, can understand the position of the leader and people from their own organization tend to divert to the thought that grass is always greener on the other side, well generally its not.

Most Common Example:

Mahatma Gandhi, as we know was an unparalleled leader of the nation, but there were less people following him at the time of the revolt of non-violence and truth, with ideologies of the Indian History imbibed and when there was independence, he was regarded as the Father of the Nation and people started to follow his ideals.

This shows how people are not subjective to change when its happening, but more inclined to the results of the change. And Gandhi was a mistaken leader.

Another Example: Sir Nelson Mandela

27 years in Jail by its own government, freed him at the age of 70 and people started believing in him when the result of his idealistic and socialistic change came out, and not the time he was considered leader when in jail.

This two examples are enough to understand how contemporary leadership differs from mistaken leadership. And few follow the path of humanistic and value approach injecting positivity.

Once I was told by a leader I met, that there is a huge difference between chasing leadership and time when you are a leader, no matter to what people in any organization think you of.
Psychology and cultural happenings, I tell you.
FAITH IS THE KEY AND FEW HAVE IT.

In the end, to say “Fortune favors the brave and if you don’t change, you to the grave”.
Not a Myth:
We are mistaken leaders, the leaders of confused change.

Man from Earth.


What if someone in this world exist from the Upper Paleolithic Age (14000 BC) and has never died? But he/she just keeps on moving on with ages. This is berserk and not sane. The science and religion is in a big question mark! Saying that the death-destroyer has passed through all the civilizations, met Buddha, Van Gogh, Christ and remembers the history from 4000 BC. This is what I saw in the movie named “Man from the Earth”.
Now my say on this follows,
I see life as a journey of mismatches and the death-life cycle is a part of it. But there are certain set of continuous events which has changed myths of people from time to time and this myths led to the origin of what we call is GOD.
There is a known possibility that the cavemen which has passed through all these events have a simple theory of existence and is not believer of the myths men has created and lived with. This is how our world functions. They believe in a certain set of events and live with it until they lie on the deathbed. Science and Religion never goes parallel nor will, but the humans today have linked them both and has overtaken the myths making it more irrational, perspective and scientific. Thus, till today if anyone has tried to play with nature, has always fallen on their face.
Myths come and go, it depends on us how we live with it. But certainly, I feel there is just one superpower who has incarnated at different ages. THERE IS JUST ONE AND THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
Cannot elaborate, but the conclusion is something I have encountered upon.
Religion starts where science ends. Period.