Arquivo da categoria: Vida e Morte

Da vida celebrando, mesmo em morte — Esta categoria contém alguns dos meus posts mais pessoais.

Childhood Friend

When I was a child, I had a friend in the neighborhood. A smart (and slightly nerdy) kid, not unlike myself. We used to hang out, play badminton and do physics experiments. By the time we were teenagers, we kind of drifted apart, as our paths diverged. Posteriormente, I went the IIT-USA, global-citizen-route and ended up in Singapore. He, of more modest ambitions, stayed back at home, and got a job roughly similar to what my father used to do. I kept hearing of him, although I never really ran into him. He got married, probably had a couple of kids, and everything must have been going smoothly, even a bit dully. But a couple of years ago he suddenly died of leukemia.

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American School Shooting

Another day, another American school shooting. The predictable aftermath will be “thoughts and prayers” (although people use different words now because of the current climate of skepticism), another pointless debate over gun laws, and a few “never agains” and “never forgets”. Instead of those exercises in futility, I thought I would write about some other curious aspects of America’s deadly romance with guns.

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Contradictions

Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. É almost time.

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Bhagavad Gita

Entre os textos religiosos do Hinduísmo, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. Literalmente apresentada como a Palavra de Deus, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. Como todas as escrituras, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, não apenas como um ato de devoção, mas como um discurso filosófico bem. Ele apresenta uma postura filosófica na compreensão do mundo, que formas (para aqueles da Índia) os pressupostos básicos e fundamentais em lidar com a vida, e a realidade irreconhecível em torno deles. De fato, é mais do que apenas suposições e hipóteses; que é a base do senso comum, transmitida de geração em geração. É a base de intelecto, que formam a compreensão instintiva e emocional da realidade que é assimilado antes de lógica e não pode ser tocado ou analisados ​​com a racionalidade. Eles são o mito de que Trump logos de cada vez.

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Aging Mind

I used to have a pretty sharp mind, particularly when it came to simple arithmetic. I think age has begun to dull it. Case in point: recently I had to check a friend’s pulse rate. So I felt his pulse for 15 seconds and got 17 beats. Nesse ponto, I wanted to call out the heart beats per minute. And at that point, my mind suddenly went blank. It started going through this chain, “Está bem, I got 17 para 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, what, 60 seconds over 15 vezes 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, é 17 for a quarter of a minute. Assim 17 vezes 4. Where is my calculator, dammit?!” Granted, it was a slightly stressful situation. But this is not at all the way my mind used to work.

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Income Inequality

I read on BBC yesterday that the richest 62 people in the world now earn as much as the poorest half, which would be about 3.5 billion people! Although there is some confusion about the methodology, it is clear that the wealth and income have been getting more and more polarized. The rich are certainly getting richer. Income inequality is more acute than ever.

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9/11 – Too True to Tell

It has been a while since I posted a new article in this series on 9/11. Recent terror events have made it unpalatable to dwell on the 9/11 conspiracy theme. Nevertheless, one has stand up for what one believes to be true, even when the stance is unpopular. So I will press on with the series, and wrap it up with two more articles, despite the warning from a friend that I will never be able to visit the US again without risking a lengthy interview at the airport. Ou pior. Contudo, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.

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