Saturday, October 30, 2010

To do

Would I be wrong if I chose to find a way to excellence and failed when I could have pandered to mediocrity and succeeded in pursuing it to its very limits?
In other words, I don't know the path I want to take but I surely am sure about not wanting to take a mediocre path. Now, if I fail to even decide on a path and thus make no progress, I wouldn't even be mediocre. Is that state worse than being at least mediocre?
I used to think that way. I used to think that it would be worse. But now, I am not so sure anymore.

Friday, October 15, 2010


I remembered Isaac Asimov when I was thinking about something today and then I got to this essay on the "relativity of wrong". I had read the quote earlier but I did not know that it was part of this essay! It's just so wonderfully expressed :

"...when people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together

It's so easy to get carried away with words. And easier if we don't think much. I think our ability to clearly distinguish between two ideas in terms of how valid they are, depends on how well we know the ideas. That sounds obvious, but what I am trying to say is, it's not enough to know "about" them a lot of times. Though many times, the premise of a certain knowledge itself might be questionable. Then it might not make much sense to understand the ideas that are based on that premise. But I do think that, sometimes, the premise itself will be understood better when we know how the ideas built on that premise work!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Frailer than thou...

So, I saw this movie "Oldboy". Whoever has to be thanked for me watching this movie is well-thanked!
Let's assume for a second that incest is absolutely wrong. Now, if suppose I were involved in it without knowing that I am doing it and I really like it. And later I find out the truth, what would I do? Live in guilt and never ever do it again? Or follow my desire and find a way to un-know what I know?
What do you feel about either of the decisions?
Now, let's remove the assumption. Let's say incest might not be absolutely wrong. How would your feeling about the decisions change?
Would your feelings be any different if I were to add that, my decision to follow my desire was solely because of love?

Surely, there's more to the movie. My first thoughts, these.