Let Positivity Spread ft. alysjournals

This blog is in collaboration with Alys Daniels-Creasy, a star blogger with stupendous following. Her blog alysjournals presents refreshingly creative posts on mental health, bullet journalling, society, travel, poetry, photography and veganism.

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Whenever I watch news on television or read the newspaper, I feel as if am getting pulled in a quagmire of negativity. The war in Syria, the Korean crisis( thankfully seems to have subsided for now), resurgence of the cold war kind of situation between the US and Russia, shootings in schools in the US or some insane fanatics ramming vehicles into pedestrians in Europe and many other such instances give us a feeling of being on a highway to hell.

Closer back home in India, the strife in a northern state, the Naxal menace in southern states, politicians hitting new lows everyday by perpetuating scams, spreading hatred, mistrust you name it. Recently, there have been horrific instances of crimes committed against children. On top of that the rains playing truant for the few years have wreaked havoc with the farmers.

Being bombarded by such depressing news day in and day out, seems like nothing is right with this world.The negativity breeds more negativity and spreads like a disease.  People start losing faith in the system and the society. A pall of gloom descends on the everyday life. This ultimately affects a persons well being.

Turns out that the media (print, television and social media) is mostly churning out negative news and events with some doctoring to make that shock impact expecting to boost TRPs. But there is the other side of the coin, the good, the constructive, the positive, the hopeful. This side somehow does not get adequately highlighted.

But for once am proved wrong and am I glad to be wrong! I came across a few examples on the social media and television that are putting the sunshine back in our lives. Let me quote a few examples to showcase how positivity spreads like wildfire and slowly engulfs everyone.

 

Omkar Nath Sharma – ‘Medicine Baba’

Omkar Nath Sharma was a blood bank technician at one of the hospitals in Noida near New Delhi. His life changed forever when he witnessed collapse of an under construction metro bridge which killed 2 laborers and badly injured many other. The under equipped public hospitals could not give the necessary treatment to the injured. They were referred to a private hospital but the poor laborers could not afford the cost of the treatment and medicines. Subsequently some of them died for want of treatment and medicines.

 

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A deeply grieved Omkar Nath decided to start his own supply chain of medicines. But he could not afford the medicines himself. So he started going door to door asking people to donate unused medicines. Initially people did not trust him. But soon the trickle started. People recognized the good intention and the cause and started donating unused medicines. He started cataloguing every medicine based on the name, manufacturer expiry date etc. He distributed the medicines free to the poor and continues to do so even today.

The positivity has caught on and citizens have installed collection boxes in colleges and temples where others can drop medicines they don’t need. Omkar Nath distributes medicines worth ₹ 400,000 – 600,000 every month. What makes the struggle even more impressive is that he himself is physically challenged and lives in a modest rented room with his wife and a mentally challenged son.

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Even today, he walks 5-6km everyday in different localities requesting people to donate unused medicines. He makes no money out of this but it is the passion to do good for the society, the positivity that fuels this superhuman effort.

 

Chronic Drought and People driven Non-Government Organizations

The western state of Maharashtra in India, over the last few years has been facing severe chronic drought year after year. Wilful wastage of water, failure to conserve rain water, rampant use of bore wells, Government’s failed irrigation projects due to corruption and an attitude of desperation and neglect has resulted in this epic natural plus man made calamity. The brunt of this was borne by thousands of villages and the the most vulnerable part of the society therein, the poor farmers.

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Successive droughts and availing of loans had got them into a vicious circle which they could not get out of. Consequently, hundreds of them committed suicide leaving behind widows and children to fend for themselves. The situation had become so grim that people had to walk kilometers to get half a bucket of water or climb down some treacherous well to get few bowls of muddy water.

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Finally some people took notice and decided not to depend on Government or an external agency to help. Let me quote two notable examples here though there are many others who are doing equally commendable job.

 

Paani Foundation

Founded by film star Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, the foundation has a passionate and dedicate team from all walks of life. They found out that man and not nature is the culprit. They set out systematically selecting worst affected villages, spreading awareness about watershed management, training people with technical know how and leadership skills and creating training manuals. They also created an android app and awareness films.

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They effectively started bringing the fractured society together, imbibing the belief that together they themselves could turn the situation around. They inspired the rural folk to identify the problem, arrange for funds, land and the required effort and ultimately harvest their own water. For a start they trained 5 persons in each village who in turn would train others.

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Gradually, the idea caught on. People started using social media apps like Whatspp to spread awareness, crowd source funds and encourage other people to volunteer. Each village now started building earthen check dams called bandharas and other structures to harvest rain water. The hard work started paying off. The water started accumulating in the bandharas and the rain harvesting structures. Villages that regularly faced water shortage and were known for fights among themselves for water now had 24×7 water.

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Positivity being contagious spread like wildfire. Neighboring villages started replicating the model and now they even have a competition among the villages to harvest maximum amount of water. The domino effect has resulted in villages now having sufficient quantity of water. There is now a strong sense of involvement and ownership which has helped reduce social maladies like crime and alcoholism.

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As per Paani Foundation’s estimate, the villages participating in the last water cup competition created a water storage capacity of 1,368 crore litres that is equivalent to 1,368,000 tankers of water, or Rs 272 crore worth of water savings.

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The sense of attachment to the cause and the community is so strong that a family that had just lost a member did ‘shramdaan’ or voluntary labour the next day for the watershed management effort as a mark of respect for the departed soul. Now we even have families from the cities visiting villages on weekends and voluntarily helping with creation of the watershed works which is amazing. Nothing highlights the power of positivity better than this example.

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NAAM Foundation

In 2015, moved by the plight of the villagers during the drought, Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure started helping out affected individuals at a personal level by monetary help, providing clothes, blankets and medical kits etc. However, they soon realized that the solution had to be long term and the scope of the work had to be increased. They immediately set up the NAAM foundation.

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As the word spread about the good work, donations started pouring in from all quarters. The foundation collected ₹ 8000000 on day one and then on, it has never looked back. The avalanche of help and volunteers enabled the foundation to expand its operations which included adopting affected villages, training people, providing education, helping widows, initiate river rejuvenation, group farming and construction of houses for the needy.

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The foundation has taken up complete responsibility of few villages as a pilot for total transformation. In these villages, with the involvement of local people it has taken up water conservation projects to make them self sufficient, garbage management, sanitary infrastructure like better toilets and drainage, tree plantation, de-addiction, forming women self help groups and local communities to monitor the progress.

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This has fostered a universal sense of belonging and a sense of responsibility towards their own lives and that of the village, willingness to help each other, lesser dependence on external organizations all resulting in improving the quality of life and well being. This has now become a massive movement which is self sustaining and spreading to the remaining villages.

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There are many more such examples which continue doing amazing work which I would have loved to mention but for space constraints.

However the bottom line is, even a small amount of positive work, positive emotion or positive intention has a force multiplier effect. Positivity is the manifestation of the human spirit in the face of adverse conditions which if nurtured properly can surmount any difficulty. It flows in every possible direction bringing in that feeling of well being not only to the individual but also the society.

I believe it is high time we start focusing more on the positive aspects of life and society and let the positive energy spread through good thoughts and deeds. Let it do it’s stuff, wonderful stuff.

                        When you think positive, good things happen.

                 Matt Kemp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astonish

Daily prompt : Astonish

Life never ceases to astonish. I ‘ve had my share of good and bad.

I won some battles but lost many wars. I’m not sure how but I’ve come this far.

Sometimes I gave up, sometimes I fought back. Sometimes I lost control, sometimes I held back.

Many times I have been confused, not knowing what to do or where to look. But the faith inside ensured the situation itself got diffused.

I’ve made mistakes, made amends but always managed to get through with the best wishes of close friends.

Looking back in hindsight, I reminisce. Wondering how much more or how much less did I miss.

For all its troubles and and all its worries, there are some angels and some fairies.

For all its glory it’s not without its blemish, Life never ceases to astonish.

Daily Prompt: Tantrum

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Tantrums

When my daughter was just out of infancy, she threw her first tantrum. She was being fed a particular kind of baby food and she just spit it out. With each attempt, her reaction got stronger, she would move her head left and right and violently kick her feet with a shrill cry of protest.She was not obviously liking the food and that was her way of conveying the feeling. Welcome to tantrums!

Tantrums are one of nature’s most effective ways of conveying displeasure, mostly. Though tantrums are largely associated with kids and teenagers, adults too display them in a more manipulative way.

Infants and young kids are simple and pure at heart. The seed of ego is yet to sprout and the ‘ways of the world’ are not yet ‘cultivated’. Hence the reason for the tantrum could be as simple as a toy, a food item or a desire to be taken out somewhere. These tantrums though not difficult, could be tricky to handle.

When it comes to teenagers, the world has just started to open up. The ego has started to manifest itself and last but not the least, peer pressure is starting to build up. Accordingly, based on the reason and situation, the display of tantrums could range from shouting, arguing, throwing things or simply shutting themselves up in a room. Handling a teenager’s tantrum is lot more tricky and difficult.

Tantrums in adults can have an entirely different dimension or meaning. Adults would use tantrum more as weapon or a tool to get certain things done. Or to convey certain message which cannot be done in a conventional way. Or to divert attention from some other thing that they do not want highlighted. Or to plainly get something done while conveying something else!

Bottom line, tantrums can get as simple or as complicated as the user wants them to be. They can also bring out the ‘innovativeness’ in whoever is throwing them. It goes without saying that tantrums are the most effective ways of expression in the repertoire of human skills. Just that God wanted us to spice up our communications.

Overwhelmed By Technology

 

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Few years back when I was with my earlier organisation, an IT major at the cutting edge of technology, we used to have a monthly meeting with team leads of different projects. Every meeting, one of the team leads had to talk briefly on a particular technology or a technical aspect. After that the Director would wax eloquently about the upcoming technologies like 4G/5G, Connected cars, Digital life, Big Data, AI etc. and that how lucky we were to be in the midst of the next ‘revolution’.

Frankly, at the risk of sounding retrograde, old school or plainly out of sync and ruffling a few feathers of the techie readers, I felt the opposite. I felt and still feel that we are going down a sinkhole of technology, too much of technology.

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Seems like we are no longer living in ether space but in a sea of wi-fi. Always connected, GPS’d (located) and updated at all times. We eat and drink data, sleep in the internet and dream in the ethernet. We are stuck on the grid like a prey on the spider’s web.

 

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Ever since the technology has boomed and the internet speeds skyrocketed, we have been sucked into the never ending vicious circle. More the internet speeds, more content or data we consume and the more we consume, the more we pay for the data consumption! Consequently, the telecom and the OTT service providers and the ISPs are laughing all the way to the banks.

They have successfully hooked us on to fancy mobile phones, gadgets and the consequent data consumption. The techies or the geeks particularly take pleasure in wallowing in technology. I know geeks who proudly proclaim that they live their life in the IDEs.

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Of-course, the companies are driven by business and they salivate at every possible business opportunity, no complaints there. My grudge is against too much use and dependence on technology. Let’s run through a few examples here:

 

 

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The Amazon Echo uses Alexa, Amazon’s voice control system to listen to your commands and fulfill them. Have we become so busy, lazy or dumb that we need assistants to do our daily routine jobs?? It can play music tracks for you, dim lights, create a to-do list and of-course order some stuff on Amazon! Naturally, it would be connected to the internet at all times and gobble gigabits of data!

Why can’t we see through the game here? The more dependent we become on these gadgets the more dumb and helpless we get and we still pay for it. Why do we need a AI assistant to tell us what to do, create a shopping list, remind us of birthdays and what not….? This beats me.

 

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Another amazing phrase or a concept. It is being touted as if you would achieve Nirvana if you live the digital life. I remember watching this marketing video which depicted the digital life. It showed, you could remotely lock or unlock your home doors, move your window curtains, control the lights, control the temperature of your home, turn on and off the water tap, basically control almost every gadget or machine that can be connected to the internet. Now I don’t want to sound a spoil sport but what happens in the event of a malware attack or the internet simply goes down for a couple of hours?? This brings us to the third and more worrying example…

 

3. IoT (Internet of Things)

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As the name suggests, they are planning to connect almost every conceivable thing to the internet and to have them ‘talk’ to each other as well. The ‘thing’ here means mobiles, gadgets, home appliances, vehicles, sensors, actuators and transplants. According to Wiki, by 2020, the IoT could consist of roughly 30 billion objects. It also estimates the global market value of IoT to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020! Maybe humans too would become one of the IoT if they put transplants in us. Each of us could have an IP address then!

The connected car for example, would turn on the engine and the AC few minutes before you board the car so that the temperature inside is just right. As soon as you are seated, perhaps it could list out the things you need to buy from the grocery, provide you updates on the weather and traffic, remind you of a meeting or the upcoming dates to pay up your bills, the list is endless. Wouldn’t you rather just sit in the car, turn on your favorite music and just drive away instead of listening to irritating endless babble?

But wait, there is something more scarier coming our way…

 

4. Artificial intelligence (AI)      AI2

An obscene amount of data is being collected and crunched every day by the social media sites, search engines and the ISPs. The creative techies have written and continue to write awesome algorithms that enable the computers or the devices they reside in to constantly learn and improve on their own. They call it machine learning. The algorithms find out patterns in our behavior, find out likes, dislikes and traits and accordingly present us with suggestions on what to buy, what to eat, which movies to watch and so on.

The problem with AI starts when the machine starts developing its own logic and judgement and down the line there are chances that it would simply get out of hand. As an example, if you need to go to the airport to catch a flight in an autonomous car and for some reason you start late and instruct the car to take the best possible route and speed up, you could end up  with a siren blaring police vehicle on your back.

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On the other hand, if it decides to obey the traffic lights and rules, effectively means it is developing its own judgement and logic. Think about it, as it develops on that logic one day, it would start arguing and ultimately override you. Still worse, if the AI technology falls into unwanted hands, you have a sure-shot recipe for Armageddon.

Now am not completely against technology. Let us use it on need basis like weather forecasting, diagnostics, research, simulations [or WordPress blogs  🙂 ] etc. But when it comes to our personal lives, shouldn’t we be better off on our own deciding what to do, what to buy, what to eat and what to watch? Shouldn’t we be driving our own cars and riding our own bikes? Why do we need some smart alec  machine to subtly influence or dictate our lives?

I haven’t even touched the topic of ‘privacy’ here. Would be happy to know your thoughts.

Can’t help but sum up the addiction and dependence on technology with these apt lyrics from Def leppard’s White Lightening:

You wanna leave but you can’t let go
You wanna stop but you can’t say no
You’ll never laugh about it
You just can’t live without it
You had enough but you just want more
You never get what you’re lookin’ for
You’ll never laugh about it, never…

 

 

Abstract Writing

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After my last post few weeks back, I had been thinking, procrastinating, reminiscing, waiting, forgetting and finally forcing myself to write a new post. Well, here am I trying to put together words but still struggling with them. It is 11 p.m. after a not so pleasant day at office, I am shuffling in my chair partly fighting fatigue and partly the ghost of writer’s block. I have got no clue what am going to write, I cannot think about any topic, subject or phenomenon to write. I do not know from where or how am going to get that stimulus to write. I am panning my surroundings trying to catch that elusive clue, that thin thread to pull out the ideas from the subconscious, that spark to fire up the thought process. However, am still at the starting block, seemingly frozen and locked up.

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By now, I have downed one cup of strong coffee hoping to clear the cobwebs in the mind and coaxing the amygdala to throw up some emotions but in vain. Few minutes have passed, I venture out in the balcony. The outside world seems to be peacefully disappearing into the night. The gentle breeze blowing off a few dry leaves off the tree is adding the necessary special effects. Although my conscience is coaxing me to write, my mind refuses to oblige.

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Now I change my tactic. I calm down, settle into my chair and take a deep breath. I close my eyes and try to focus inside, trying to rein in my adamant brain. No am not meditating though it may seem so. Sure enough the first thought that strikes is why doesn’t  the medical research fraternity make a pill to generate thoughts and ideas? Just pop a pill and voilà….you’ve got a nice bunch of ideas. But it’s of no use if the ideas just pop up randomly and overlap each other. As it is, the mind is a chaotic being. To be able to do or write something constructively, we need to reach that ‘ordered mental condition’.

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And to reach that condition, the psychic energy has to be channeled in a particular way so as to generate ‘the flow’. But we hardly notice how little control we have on our thoughts unless we are involved with some external stimulus like playing a game, watching a movie, reading a book, driving on a challenging road and so on. But as soon as the external stimulus is taken off, the mind wanders off to who knows where. It has the uncanny ability to fill itself with trash and gibberish. According to well-known psychologists, to control this chaos, we have to practice habits that facilitate control over the thought process. One of the simplest techniques is daydreaming, playing out pleasant and interesting sequences as mental images.

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Jerome Singer, a Yale psychologist who has studied daydreaming and mental imagery perhaps more than anyone else has suggested that it can help create mental order and reduce frustration and pain of unpleasant past experiences. Sounds interesting, if only we could spend a better part of the day – daydreaming! The entropy in my mind kicks in….how do you study daydreaming? By studying other’s daydreams and daydreaming yourself? Not bad for a job. Now this has got me thinking, what did the great philosophers and thinkers used to do? What was the motivation for thinking when there were no incentives like the Nobel prize or monetary awards?

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It is said that they just enjoyed the process of thinking more than anything else. Democritus, a pre-Socratic philosopher would sit for days immersed in thought. His countrymen, the Abderites had no clue what he was doing and thought that he was acting funny or was plainly ill. So they sent Hippocrates, a great doctor that time to check what was wrong. Now Hippocrates was not only a good doctor but also a wise man. After his discussions with Democritus, he immediately understood that he was merely lost in his flow of thoughts. Some of the retrieved fragments of Democritus’ writings prove how much he enjoyed the practice of thinking: “It is Godlike ever to think on something beautiful and on something new”; “Happiness does not reside in strength or money; it lies in rightness and many-sidedness”; “I would rather discover one true cause than gain the kingdom of Persia”.

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Suddenly, the entropy in my mind again kicked in, I wanted to write on a particular topic but ended up on a roller coaster of random thoughts moving between the present, past and generally the abstract. Now I do not understand much about abstract painting which to me looks like random brush strokes of colors but I would liken whatever I have put down so far to abstract form of writing.

Sound of Silence

 

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Last week I was travelling by bus from a city in western Maharashtra to my home town. It was late in the evening around 10 p.m. The bus took a scheduled halt for dinner at a roadside restaurant. I usually prefer light meals in the evening and while travelling it gets even more lighter. Quickly wrapping up my dinner I headed out of the restaurant for a walk while other fellow passengers were gorging on food.

The restaurant was kind of in the middle of nowhere with huge open fields in the front and at the back. It was pitch black outside the footprints of its lights. Clear open skies above with generous sprinkling of stars presented a perfect backdrop. It was completely still, dark and silent.  The only audible sound was that of the insects in the fields and an occasional gust of pleasant wind produced that rustling sound of dry leaves. It was as if the world and time had stopped. I could hear my own breathing and it dawned upon me that you can literally ‘hear’ the silence.

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Silence is a wonderful phenomenon. It has a soothing and calming effect. You can hear it when you are at home, alone, doing nothing with only the ceiling fan generating that soft whir. You can hear it in late winter nights with loud ticking of the wall clock. You can hear it accentuated on a particularly wet evening after heavy rains with the chirping of the crickets and the croaking of the frogs. You can hear it at dawn with the gentle chirping of the birds. You can hear it on the mountain top with the wheezing of the breeze. You can hear it on an uncrowded sea beach as the waves crash ashore. You can hear it on a trek in the remote woods as the sounds of birds and animals trickles in.

As it turns out, different surroundings at different points of time coupled with specific natural sounds create a unique flavour of silence. Now am not trying to get creepy but if you get adventurous enough to venture deep into the woods at night and on top of that get lucky enough to hear the hoot of the owl and the howling of the wolf, silence doesn’t get more deafening than that! What I am driving at is, if a thing or phenomenon is to be experienced, it has to be from outside its reference frame. Put simply, there has to be that ‘anti’ thing.

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Just as to experience light, there has to be darkness, to experience the heat, there has to be the chill, to experience movement, there has to be stillness. To experience the good, there has to be a bad, to experience the sweet taste, there has to be a bitter taste. Same goes for silence. That gentle breeze, that rhythmic breathing of self, that distant chirping of the crickets, that gentle splashing sound of water on the beach or the melodious cooing of the cuckoo in the morning actually help you hear the silence. It is difficult to imagine how our ‘hearing challenged’ brothers and sisters perceive silence since unfortunately they cannot hear the sounds.

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Silence is the language of the Universe, most natural, most original. All other sounds are its ‘anti’ manifestations. It is just that some sounds discussed above compliment silence and help bring out its pleasant experience. I am tempted to quote one of the verses from the song ‘sound of silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel:

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Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

It’s About Time….

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At the outset let me apologize to AE (Albert Einstein) because am not at all happy about the way time or should I say space-time(aren’t they related?? Yeah!! Relativity!) has completely taken over our lives. Space-time, because we are always trying to reach from point A to point B in the least possible time. Be it the office, a rendezvous point to meet the client, trying to go up the corporate ladder, trying to better our social status, you name it. We are completely overwhelmed by the clock and the deadlines. We are now lifelong hostages of the digits or the pointed hands in the clock.

I can hardly think of any activity over the weekdays that is not governed by time. And by the way AE, why does time travel faster on weekends?? Just when it seems that the weekend has started, you have the specter of a dark and gloomy Monday hovering over you. To me, time is a monster that has gone berserk, devouring everyone and everything in this universe.However, the moot question remains, does time really exist? Time to apologize to AE again since am taking a shot at deciphering time(minus the space)with my peanut sized intellect.

It is the difference between now and then, before and after, here and there. In other words, any change results in time. It could be change in the state of the object, change in its position, change in its size, change in colour or even change in the sound or noise level. This is my theory but there are some interesting theories about time.

 

A Theory : Introduced by the Scottish idealist and philosopher John McTaggart in 1908. According to this theory, the events can be ordered as past, present and future. They call it a “tensed” theory. This is what we have readily accepted about time. But hold on, there is another theory…

B Theory : Again introduced by John McTaggart in 1908. This theory subscribes to a “tenseless” concept of time. It does away with the concept of flow of time. In other words, the past, present and the future all exist at the same time. Now this is very interesting. What this effectively means is at this moment, I exist in a specific time slice in the Einstein 1932spacetime fabric (Sorry AE for trampling again on your spacetime fabric!) and that each time slice is connected to the next one forming what I understand as my lifetime. It is like a film being played out but who or how is it decided if it is being played forward or backwards? Isn’t it all relative? I can already feel AE glaring at me.

Dr.Bradford Skow, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has proposed that space-time is like a “Block universe” where past, present and the future all exist together. He further elaborates that we are spread out in space-time in a “temporarily scattered” condition!!

If I were to take a look at my entire lifetime, I would need to transcend my existing reference time-frame and this is what I may see. My entire lifetime on something like a film strip.

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Now if we go beyond the argument of the existence of time and observe its behavior, scientists have found that time behaves differently near the Earth and away from it. They have conducted experiments with two similar clocks, one placed near the ground and another placed few feet above the ground. The clock placed above ticked few billionth of a second faster than the one near the ground. As it turns out, time flows faster away from gravity.  This is also known as Time Dilation.

All objects in the universe warp space-time and thus affect gravity.

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Two dimensional space-time warp

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The heavier the object, greater is the warping of space-time. Hmm.. may be that is the reason why Elephants and Whales move slowly.

Time is also affected by motion. The faster you move, slower the time flow. They (scientists) actually sent an atomic clock on a plane around the world and when it came back, it was slower by about 230 nanoseconds. Now that’s not exactly a lot of time but if you do manage to travel somewhere near or equal to the speed of light and more importantly do manage to come back, you could possibly be enacting the scene in Interstellar where your daughter would be the age of your grandmother.

Another quirky quality of time: Different people perceive the same event occurring at different speeds. Enter AE again..!

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He claimed that events that appear simultaneous to a moving person may not occur simultaneous to a person standing still. So we may have individuals living in their own timelines or time cocoons. Could be the reason why some people appear more aged compared to their actual age than others.

 

Time stops outside of a black hole. A black hole is a point in space-time which is incredibly dense due to insane force of gravity. The gravity is so strong that even light bends towards it or if the source of light is inside the black hole, it may never come out. main-qimg-c5fc977b65066309384fa3e1a84fa1aaMost interesting aspect of this “gravitational singularity” is that time stops. So if you were to observe Superman going into a black hole, first you would see him slowing down as he gets near the “event horizon” and as soon as he just crosses the event horizon, he would appear completely still! Forever! That’s because time stands still at the event horizon. However for Superman, time would pass in the exact normal way as it would on Krypton or on Earth.

It is pretty clear now that time is not such an innocent creature after all. Its behavior differs from place to place, person to person, speed to speed and last but not the least, it plays games with your brain. There are four very simple things you can do to escape its effects:

  1. Push it to the event horizon.
  2. Get out of your existing reference time frame.
  3. Travel at the speed of light.
  4. Settle inside a black hole.

It’s about time……

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