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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Blogging On...

I was quite amused to find many other people with blogs on similar lines; to read people philosophize on things that matter to them - love, change, future and the likes of therof. Before i go ahead i must specify that two kinds of people are exempt from this. One kind is the blogger who relates to life as is. No philosophizing, only stating experiences. They are very real. The other is one who collects such experiences and tries to paint a coherent picture of the world. While i may not agree with many pictures that emerge, i find them interesting nonetheless.

Many are like me. We throw in a few cliched quotes and somehow hope that the messy melange of words we have created will give rise to profound truths that were somehow withheld from man until then. It is narcissism that prevents me from seeing my own writing in this light, but i suppose i wouldn't be too presumptuous in allowing myself this luxury.

What set me off in this direction was a discussion on another blog on change. While one blogger was trying to grapple with change another proceeded to put forward his thought on the matter. It centered on this extremely pithy argument that 'the only thing that is a constant is change'. Now where have i heard that before? Almost everywhere else! And how does it help? It is like telling a terminally ill patient, death is inevitable.

Writing blogs allows one to selectively extract memories and experiences and string them up in a manner of their choosing. The beads are real and one can string them up to make necklaces that people are willing to buy. If you go around reading blogs you will be suprised to encounter lives so rich, filled with insightful experience, gut wrenching sorrow and heart warming love that your life will seem like a cup of clorox. If you find yourself falling for this, take out ten sheets of paper and write out a page everyday. At the end of ten days, your ten pages should be as interesting as the average blog! To make it better than the average blog try shuffling the pages!

Having convinced you of the vanity of the average blogger and the futile irrelevance of his efforts, what have i succeeded in explaining? Nothing more than what you already know; i hope :-)


wanksta said...

There are many aspects of life to be rediscovered, rekindled and rejuvinated.
To each one his own , an individual's experiences, thoughts and actions are inimitable and can only be shared but not transmitted to another. However, there are valuable lessons that can be imbibed from each other.
Therefore, though the blogger community in a philosphical sense may not have anything radically different to offer to the world; A few cliches do go a long way in making life better for a whole lot of us, as they all say The Wise Man Learns from the Mistakes of Others, The
Fool Has to Learn from His Own

Anonymous said...

Also i feel, what a person learns from his experience is totally unique.You cannot expect the same results. A lot of morals have been said and heard but none of it makes sense until you experience it and how soon or how late you learn your lesson distinguishes a fool from a wise man.

vikram said...

i don't think we ever learn from another's experience. Most of my decisions are based on economic consideration and fear. Not by looking my past experiences or that of others'.

This is especially true today; modern life poses challenges that seem to have no precedents and there is no body of common experience to draw upon.

Even if there were one, the pace of life dictates that we react rather than act with deliberation.

Probably this is why history has a way of repeating itself.

Aryapadi said...

Even though most of your decisions may be governed by fiscal insecurities and utter consternations, there are many those around you who share the very same tribulations that characterize your existence.
Does it not seem plausible that either consciously or sub consciously, you look at your past, or experiences of those around you to take an informed decision, provided that you may have the time and resources to do so.