分类存档: 生死

庆祝生命, 即使在死亡 — 这一类别包含了我的一些更个人化的职位.

Pointlessness

当我妈妈生下我的时候,,en,这是一个触手可及的故事,,en,我被创造了一个异常巨大的头,,en,我想坚持的是一个像小行星一样的大脑,,en,无论是因为头部还是其他一些医学原因,,en,我母亲不得不接受紧急剖腹产手术,,en,这是半个多世纪以前在喀拉拉邦慕那尔附近的一个偏远的山地车站,,en,中年危机,,en,无意义,,en, it was a touch-and-go sitiuation. I was created with an abnormally huge head, which I would like to insist is filled with a brain the size of a small planet. Whether because of the head or some other medical reason, my mother had to undergo an emergency c-section. Remember, this was more than half a century ago in a remote hill station near Munnar in Kerala.
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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. 后来, 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. 这是 almost time.

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薄伽梵歌

在印度教的宗教经文, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. 从字面上表示为 上帝的话, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. 像所有的经文, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, 而不是仅仅作为奉献的行为, 但作为一个哲学话语,以及. 它提出了一个哲学的立场,认识世界, 该表格 (对于那些来自印度) 在处理生活中的基础和基本假设, 和周围的不可知现实. 事实上, 它不仅仅是假设和假设更多; 这是常识的一代传一代的基础. 它是智慧的基础, 形成现实的本能和情感的理解是逻辑之前吸收,不能触及或具有合理性分析. 他们是王牌徽标每次神话.

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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. 在这一点上, 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, “行, I got 17 为 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, what, 60 seconds over 15 时 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, 这是 17 for a quarter of a minute. 所以 17 时 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. Or worse. 然而, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.

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