The “Google” problem

In the modern age , google has often been termed as our savior . Giving us all the answers to all our questions. Making us more knowledgeable and reducing our confusion. But I do feel at the same time it reduces us as humans . Not in the oft quoted way of making us dependent on technology , but in away of devoiding us of our originality, humanity and thinking.

THE RIGHT WAY TO LIVE OUR LIVES

One can find endless articles on the web on love , truth , happiness and the meaning of life. We often try and fit our lives into the standardized templates of life available online . If one gets a certain amount of flowers and gifts , one is loved ,otherwise not . We often try and fit in so hard that we often forget to consider what we really want and what we really like .

Everything from art to fashion has become too standardized and so has the idea of beauty . These days all the Instagram influencers look the same . Everyone putting on the same banal makeup and dressing up the same banal way all for the sake of fitting in to the society .

THE HUMANITY IN HUMANS

Since time immemorial the aim of man’s life has been to find happiness . While some have looked into the spiritual realm , others in hedonistic pleasure . Though I would define in terms of human experience . Happiness can very simply be defined as the freedom to what one wants . For us to explore our potential , to engage in activities that resonate with us the most .

So for us to be truly happy , we first need to know our true ‘authentic ‘ selves . Then find avenues to develop and explore our potential . This is why our uncritical acceptance and consumption of social media is problematic . The social media often attempts to create a mass culture . A society where everyone likes and hates the same things . Where everyone thinks and feels the same way . It ends up creating a standard of behaviour everyone subcribes to .

DEFINING YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL

It is often said that children should be taught how to think not what to think .This is because what separates humans from all the other species is our ability to think . What exactly do I mean by our ability to think . It means being courageous and brave enough to question all the pre existing norms around us . Seeing whether the ideas of ‘success’ , ‘beauty’ and ‘happiness’ truly resonate with us or not .The ability to think and reason is what makes us humans .So when we give up on our ability to think , we basically give up on our humanity .

Taking a slightly critical approach to everything that is put on the internet might help us make more sense of our lives . It will get us out of the ‘FOMO’ curse . We might start to realise that the things that look so good with an instagram filter. Might not be so pleasing in reality .

Our lives would be so much more convient if we give up the convinience of google

What’s wrong with a heart of copper ?

According to Plato , the greek philospher , there are three kinds of people . Men with a heart of gold , men with a heart of silver and men with a heart of copper .

The men with a heart of gold are rational , supremely intelligent and hence fit to be rulers . Everyone in the society should aspire to be like them .On the other end of the scale are the men of copper .These people are guided by their desires and are not very rational . Hence a liability to the society .

Plato gave these ideas thousands of years ago yet they stand true even for today’s time . Today these men of gold are the ones who are rich or are politically powerful. And we are supposed to emulate them . The moment a kid graduates out of high school , he or she is supposed to get to a great college ,then get a great job, get rich or powerful .

This is the only way to lead a good life . But I wonder sometimes , why do I have to get that million dollar job or be a powerful buisnessman ? Why can I just be a blogger or a dancer ? What am I supposed to do with all this power and money . It might give some people happiness but that can’t be universally true !

I will be absolutely content with a small house , couple of friends and a peaceful life . Why is it so wrong to not want to conquer the world ? Why is it so wrong to follow your heart’s desire ? why is it so wrong to have a heart of copper ?

FUN : ITS TOO MUCH WORK

As my exams ended today , I decide to do something fun . I started off by writing a list of topics . I created a blog . All of this so that I could pursue my hearts desire – writing .

But now that I have created a blog, set aside a time and made up my mind to write . I don’t want to write . It has suddenly started feeling like a drudgery. I’d rather watch you tube or surf on the net. This is the same sequence of events that take place every time I think of picking up a hobby .

I always think of picking up a hobby when my exams start. During this time I’m forced to stop procrastinating and study for long hours . The result – I start contemplating about life. I soon come to the conclusion that all my life I’ll study , get a job, work all my life and that would be it . No excitement , no joy. As I keep thinking on this line, I end up at a dead end with the simple answer that life has no meaning

Usually at this stage my mom notices that something is wrong with me and talks to me about it . She tries to comfort me by telling me her own life story and that her key to happiness is me .This knocks some sense into me and I try to find some joy in life .

My answer to this meaningless abyss is pursuing a hobby . This is what brought me here. But right now it feel like too much work .