Uncommon Sense

The saying is very true… Common sense is indeed very uncommon in today’s world. The gift of sixth sense is simply not being used the right way!

The era of knowledge explosion has produced a generation that just refuses to think. Everything is available on the Internet, and anybody can write a book on any topic. So where comes the necessity to think, and learn by ourselves? It’s not a problem at all, some topics may just be too vague and need a good explanation before they are understood. But most schools in this country worship books as sacred texts of knowledge, and unfortunately because of this, children grow up with a tendency to look at other places for information and inspiration. During this process, they all forget to look within themselves, and analyze right and wrong. So from that point, a lot of problems arise.

What is Common Sense? Simple. It’s an ability that is present in all of us. Consequently, no variable factors like knowledge or talents play a role when you use your common sense. So, it’s simply thinking from scratch. Many of history’s famous ‘dumb’ ideas, which later went on to become scientific breakthroughs, were all products of such thinking. Knowledge does not teach a person to think. Thinking is an ability that all humans posess. Acquiring knowledge only gives a foundation on which to think. At the same time, the absence of knowledge does not mean that one cannot think effectively. It all depends on the training the individual has in the process of thinking. That is something that must be taught in childhood, as children are most receptive to new concepts. To train children to think is not a very hard task. Don’t tell all the information that you have. Ask questions, make them guess what may come next. That way, they develop amazingly quickly the power of rational thinking. If that is done, after they cross a certain age, parents can relax, assured that the child is capable of facing the world on it’s own.

Everybody has common sense, but not many use it. It’s mainly because we know so many things, that we just forget how to think normally. I’m not blaming knowledge, but let’s not forget that we cannot use it as a basis all the time. Look within yourselves, that is the Book of Life.

Uncommon Sense

The saying is very true… Common sense is indeed very uncommon in today’s world. The gift of sixth sense is simply not being used the right way!

The era of knowledge explosion has produced a generation that just refuses to think. Everything is available on the Internet, and anybody can write a book on any topic. So where comes the necessity to think, and learn by ourselves? It’s not a problem at all, some topics may just be too vague and need a good explanation before they are understood. But most schools in this country worship books as sacred texts of knowledge, and unfortunately because of this, children grow up with a tendency to look at other places for information and inspiration. During this process, they all forget to look within themselves, and analyze right and wrong. So from that point, a lot of problems arise.

What is Common Sense? Simple. It’s an ability that is present in all of us. Consequently, no variable factors like knowledge or talents play a role when you use your common sense. So, it’s simply thinking from scratch. Many of history’s famous ‘dumb’ ideas, which later went on to become scientific breakthroughs, were all products of such thinking. Knowledge does not teach a person to think. Thinking is an ability that all humans posess. Acquiring knowledge only gives a foundation on which to think. At the same time, the absence of knowledge does not mean that one cannot think effectively. It all depends on the training the individual has in the process of thinking. That is something that must be taught in childhood, as children are most receptive to new concepts. To train children to think is not a very hard task. Don’t tell all the information that you have. Ask questions, make them guess what may come next. That way, they develop amazingly quickly the power of rational thinking. If that is done, after they cross a certain age, parents can relax, assured that the child is capable of facing the world on it’s own.

Everybody has common sense, but not many use it. It’s mainly because we know so many things, that we just forget how to think normally. I’m not blaming knowledge, but let’s not forget that we cannot use it as a basis all the time. Look within yourselves, that is the Book of Life.

The Devotee

A fine morning
One of His Devotees
Thought of Him
To the temple he went
Mind full of Him and His greatness

He entered the holy place
Looked at the many statues
Feeling proud
As a Child of God

He let his eyes wander
A lady praying earnestly
When approached by the priest
Did not put in flowers or coins
He went up to her said
“When you pray, leave Him something
Listen to me, a True Devotee”

The poor woman
Who had not enough to give Him
Her sorry eyes, saw the floor
Pleased at the effect of his advice
He left to continue
To offer prayers to Him

Soon, he stepped out of the temple
The poor woman
Who had not enough to give Him
She asked, in a shaky voice
“Sir, Can you give me some
So I can give Him?”

Anger spread on his face
“Why should I give to you?
You must give yourself
For it is your prayer”

Tears welled up in her eyes
“Sir, I am not a True Devotee
I do all my prayer in debt
I cannot pay like you”

He stared at her for a moment
The poor woman
Who had not enough to give God
Had given him great Wisdom

The Devotee

A fine morning
One of His Devotees
Thought of Him
To the temple he went
Mind full of Him and His greatness

He entered the holy place
Looked at the many statues
Feeling proud
As a Child of God

He let his eyes wander
A lady praying earnestly
When approached by the priest
Did not put in flowers or coins
He went up to her said
“When you pray, leave Him something
Listen to me, a True Devotee”

The poor woman
Who had not enough to give Him
Her sorry eyes, saw the floor
Pleased at the effect of his advice
He left to continue
To offer prayers to Him

Soon, he stepped out of the temple
The poor woman
Who had not enough to give Him
She asked, in a shaky voice
“Sir, Can you give me some
So I can give Him?”

Anger spread on his face
“Why should I give to you?
You must give yourself
For it is your prayer”

Tears welled up in her eyes
“Sir, I am not a True Devotee
I do all my prayer in debt
I cannot pay like you”

He stared at her for a moment
The poor woman
Who had not enough to give God
Had given him great Wisdom

Less Equal than Others

Pre-Blog Statement – Before I start this topic, I’d like to openly thank a certain individual who sent me a message today saying that he was depressed, and after he saw this site, he felt better. This is definitely the greatest compliment I have received so far.

As an intelligent species, we all have our priorities. Food, clothes, music, the list goes on. It’s only natural that we would like to have choices in many of our activities. Problem is when we start applying this concept to people, (i.e) , when we see people according to our ‘preferences’, we discriminate against them.

There are many factors that discrimination may be based on. Most of the time, the phyical appearance is a reason. Since this is the first feature noted by people, they make decisions in their mind based on it. Physical features that lead to discrimination may be – disablities, facial features, etc. This is the worst possible form of discrimination, as it affects the entire social view of the individual in question. Facial features is a factor that dies down in a while. But it’s the people with disabilities that have the toughest time trying to prove themselves. And not all the countries give them the freedom to do it. From everywhere to schools to workplaces, such people are not ‘preferred’. But, in reality, they work better than normal people do. One example is Kutty, a man with only one leg, who continues to amaze audiences with his dancing abilities (a movie was made on him recently). The sad thing is, even when this has been proved time and again, a view still exists that people who lack normal abilities are only good for sympathy and cannot achieve anything substantial.

The next most common basis is factors-by-birth, like color, gender, religion, caste and nationality. This may not be something that an individual is embarassed about. Infact, they ought to be proud of their origins and identity. Nonetheless, this too, invites unnecessary trouble. This kind of discrimination is decided by the environment in which a child grows up. By allowing a child to move freely with other children, even if they are from another religion or state, parents will be raising the child to be a nice human being who does not care how or where his/her friends originated. This will allow them to have a secular view of the world around them, which eventually widens their influence. This kind of discrimination is a little different. It also fires the process of reverse discrimination, (i.e.) discrmination the other way round, like employing more women (just because they are women) even if there are equally qualified men present. This may seem less harmful, and more like a balancing act. But even this, if allowed to grow beyond a limit, is as bad as regular discrimination. Not only employers, even the masses practice this. Here, nobody cares if the ‘other’ person if from an upper or lower caste, higher or lower ‘birth’. If they belong somewhere else, one is not to have any acquaintance with them.

Apart from the two kinds, there is another reason, lesser than the two, that can fire discrminative behaviour. It’s the habits or activities of a person.When individuals don’t do like society believes they should, they invite criticism from different quarters. But this is not necessarily damaging as the person can always prove his character or if he has a few people around who know about him.

Discrimination is an ability given by God to help us know what is right and wrong. But we must never allow this ability to override our conscience. If you do an honest analysis as to why you don’t like somebody, and the answer pops out that it’s because they are not like you, it will truly seem strange to you.

God did Create Some Inequality, but
He Gave us the Ability to be Equal Inspite of It.

Less Equal than Others

Pre-Blog Statement – Before I start this topic, I’d like to openly thank a certain individual who sent me a message today saying that he was depressed, and after he saw this site, he felt better. This is definitely the greatest compliment I have received so far.

As an intelligent species, we all have our priorities. Food, clothes, music, the list goes on. It’s only natural that we would like to have choices in many of our activities. Problem is when we start applying this concept to people, (i.e) , when we see people according to our ‘preferences’, we discriminate against them.

There are many factors that discrimination may be based on. Most of the time, the phyical appearance is a reason. Since this is the first feature noted by people, they make decisions in their mind based on it. Physical features that lead to discrimination may be – disablities, facial features, etc. This is the worst possible form of discrimination, as it affects the entire social view of the individual in question. Facial features is a factor that dies down in a while. But it’s the people with disabilities that have the toughest time trying to prove themselves. And not all the countries give them the freedom to do it. From everywhere to schools to workplaces, such people are not ‘preferred’. But, in reality, they work better than normal people do. One example is Kutty, a man with only one leg, who continues to amaze audiences with his dancing abilities (a movie was made on him recently). The sad thing is, even when this has been proved time and again, a view still exists that people who lack normal abilities are only good for sympathy and cannot achieve anything substantial.

The next most common basis is factors-by-birth, like color, gender, religion, caste and nationality. This may not be something that an individual is embarassed about. Infact, they ought to be proud of their origins and identity. Nonetheless, this too, invites unnecessary trouble. This kind of discrimination is decided by the environment in which a child grows up. By allowing a child to move freely with other children, even if they are from another religion or state, parents will be raising the child to be a nice human being who does not care how or where his/her friends originated. This will allow them to have a secular view of the world around them, which eventually widens their influence. This kind of discrimination is a little different. It also fires the process of reverse discrimination, (i.e.) discrmination the other way round, like employing more women (just because they are women) even if there are equally qualified men present. This may seem less harmful, and more like a balancing act. But even this, if allowed to grow beyond a limit, is as bad as regular discrimination. Not only employers, even the masses practice this. Here, nobody cares if the ‘other’ person if from an upper or lower caste, higher or lower ‘birth’. If they belong somewhere else, one is not to have any acquaintance with them.

Apart from the two kinds, there is another reason, lesser than the two, that can fire discrminative behaviour. It’s the habits or activities of a person.When individuals don’t do like society believes they should, they invite criticism from different quarters. But this is not necessarily damaging as the person can always prove his character or if he has a few people around who know about him.

Discrimination is an ability given by God to help us know what is right and wrong. But we must never allow this ability to override our conscience. If you do an honest analysis as to why you don’t like somebody, and the answer pops out that it’s because they are not like you, it will truly seem strange to you.

God did Create Some Inequality, but
He Gave us the Ability to be Equal Inspite of It.

The Feeling called Ego

On the day of the tsunami, I wrote about how all our ego melts away and means nothing at all during tragic moments. The remaining moments, however, most of us let ego play less-than-tragic games in our lives. Many a problem would be solved, and many a war could have been prevented, if only ego was ignored.

According to me, there are two layers of human feelings. One is the animal instincts, which have no role whatsoever for concious decisions. Such instincts are expressed at times of extreme hunger, anger or depression. The second layer is human instincts, such as compassion and gratitude. These feelings are expressed when the mind is in a healthy state. Ego is a feeling somewhere in-between. Though it is mainly based on ‘I-me-mine’, it does give some room for human feelings as well. Of course, there are extreme cases of ego in which case the individual may have a psychological problem.

The point I’m trying to convey is, since ego lies between the two layers, the overall character of a person varies upon how closer or farther away the ego is from each layer. If it is closer to human instincts, we see minimal feeling for oneself. If it is closer to animal instincts, the person is selfish. At this point, it must be clarified the ego level of a person cannot be determined very soon. To know that, we need to observe how that person reacts in certain situations. The level of ego directly relates to how trustworthy the person is.

Well let me just stop boring you (and myself…) with explanations. The main question remains – Why is ego so bad? Ego, as it is, is not a bad feeling, infact it becomes necessary at times. But the trouble arises when it’s at the root of problems that we cause for ourselves. Of course, not all problems are due to one’s ego. But it is more destructive than problems due to other reasons. When we ignore other people and their feelings, for one thing, we might have to face their anger. By considering their feelings, we only invite goodwill toward ourselves.

Today, some people may find feelings of kindness irrelevant. But even in an ego-centric world, you will be surprised to see how a little consideration can do wonders for you and others. The logic is simple – Do unto others what others do unto you. If you show respect for someone else, they in turn will respect you, and you feel just as happy, more infact, as you would have if you had been feeding your ego instead.

The destruction caused by ego-hassles does not need to be explained. Friendships, families, homes and even lives have been destroyed where ego has been at the root of things. Learning to control it is an achievement in itself. The best anti-ego explanation that will be accepted by ego-centric people is – when you help others, you get more happiness, hence you become happier and your life is better. The point is obvious, people who like themselves must be shown that getting rid of their ego will infact increase their importance. Sounds a bit confusing, but it’s an effective way, not the only one maybe, to treat ego-centric people, where advicing will not do.

(I did have some closing lines here, but I didn’t like what I wrote. I’ll think about a new one later…)

The Feeling called Ego

On the day of the tsunami, I wrote about how all our ego melts away and means nothing at all during tragic moments. The remaining moments, however, most of us let ego play less-than-tragic games in our lives. Many a problem would be solved, and many a war could have been prevented, if only ego was ignored.

According to me, there are two layers of human feelings. One is the animal instincts, which have no role whatsoever for concious decisions. Such instincts are expressed at times of extreme hunger, anger or depression. The second layer is human instincts, such as compassion and gratitude. These feelings are expressed when the mind is in a healthy state. Ego is a feeling somewhere in-between. Though it is mainly based on ‘I-me-mine’, it does give some room for human feelings as well. Of course, there are extreme cases of ego in which case the individual may have a psychological problem.

The point I’m trying to convey is, since ego lies between the two layers, the overall character of a person varies upon how closer or farther away the ego is from each layer. If it is closer to human instincts, we see minimal feeling for oneself. If it is closer to animal instincts, the person is selfish. At this point, it must be clarified the ego level of a person cannot be determined very soon. To know that, we need to observe how that person reacts in certain situations. The level of ego directly relates to how trustworthy the person is.

Well let me just stop boring you (and myself…) with explanations. The main question remains – Why is ego so bad? Ego, as it is, is not a bad feeling, infact it becomes necessary at times. But the trouble arises when it’s at the root of problems that we cause for ourselves. Of course, not all problems are due to one’s ego. But it is more destructive than problems due to other reasons. When we ignore other people and their feelings, for one thing, we might have to face their anger. By considering their feelings, we only invite goodwill toward ourselves.

Today, some people may find feelings of kindness irrelevant. But even in an ego-centric world, you will be surprised to see how a little consideration can do wonders for you and others. The logic is simple – Do unto others what others do unto you. If you show respect for someone else, they in turn will respect you, and you feel just as happy, more infact, as you would have if you had been feeding your ego instead.

The destruction caused by ego-hassles does not need to be explained. Friendships, families, homes and even lives have been destroyed where ego has been at the root of things. Learning to control it is an achievement in itself. The best anti-ego explanation that will be accepted by ego-centric people is – when you help others, you get more happiness, hence you become happier and your life is better. The point is obvious, people who like themselves must be shown that getting rid of their ego will infact increase their importance. Sounds a bit confusing, but it’s an effective way, not the only one maybe, to treat ego-centric people, where advicing will not do.

(I did have some closing lines here, but I didn’t like what I wrote. I’ll think about a new one later…)