2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 320 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Being Theist

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Theism is not merely approving the existence of divinity or having standpoint in contrast to the profanes, but having an unconditional and unbreakable faith on divinity in your heart. This is what I have for deity and this is what my theism has been moulded over the years. I have felt this on many occasions of my life that whenever I tried to solve difficult challenges by trying to take the bulls by horns, I suffered a lot of humiliations not to mention that the problems remained unsolved.

Well, it’s not something to follow the mainstream adage “success is all about trying harder” but it seemed like flogging a dead horse and getting nothing except embarrassment and humiliations. While it is understandable that success demands a sort of indulgence to the things relatable to the fruitful attainment of the dream success, but there are many instances in our life wherein we fail to overcome them even though we assumed we tried our best.

Why theism matters?

While others differ on this, but me, as being a theist by heart, tend to observe it from a purely religious outlook, that theism matters in all walks of life. It makes you feel confident to deal with issues you thought insurmountable beforehand. It allows you recognize the real picture of a scene that you’ve otherwise thought wrongly and therefore felt despondent or lost.

I gather, most of our problems that we face in our life do not mean to be so harsh as we are so blindfolded to their intrinsic reality. The moment we cleanse off all the doubts, we have this clear conscience allowing us to see the world from a fresh perspective, something like a new-born guiding principle. Our problems remain an unsolved misery of our life until we have this confidence that someone more powerful than the problems will grant us the might necessary to win over them, not immediately but gradually, and definitely. Theism is attainable through unconditional and selfless faith on divinity.

The most notable feature of theism that I have experienced in my life is to have a totally stress-less life. Yes there are problems or in fact I have faced a lot of challenging situations in my life wherein I had to sleep empty stomach sometimes. However, somewhere in my heart, there was a corner nurturing the theism regardless of the seemingly non-subduable (unconquerable) problems outside my world.

Take for example, there are still countless unsolved mysteries in the universe that make scientists, aeronautics, cosmologist, astronomers, doctors and other science-lettered individuals fumble for words to explain their existence. I do not mean to demean their incredibly wonderful knowledge about space and extraterrestrial insights, but when you can’t explain existence of something legitimately, people may start to assume their veracity and tend to relate it to those beliefs agreeable to their own standard of judgement

Theism, in my point of view, is a totally non-judgemental outlook over the divinity even though the subject is divisive, unfortunately. I believe reality of something is not its reality; it is our own judgmentality that decides its veracity. Otherwise, there are many things in the world on which opinions sharply conflict from one individual to another. So long something doesn’t contradict to our discretion, it remains truth, and if it does, we disapprove its existence. This is why we are so obfuscated or have conflicting opinions about divinity from people to people.

The concept of theism is derivative of your faith on divinity. Hence, this viewpoint of mine is agreeable to those having such a faith. Moreover, my belief is so simple. Since I believe, I gather, I have the results as mentioned. The power of theism is that nobody can have something that is rightfully yours. Sooner or later, it will bounce back to you.

Do You Think Creativity Is Time Specific?

pawan kumar jha writerIf you look up dictionary, you’d probably find ‘creativity’ being defined something like – “the use of skill and the imagination to produce something new or a work of art” – which I believe pretty much close to my discretion as well. Besides, what I find intriguing about creativity is that it is time-sensitive. I mean, you can be at your creative best in certain time of a day.

Say for instance, I find myself at my creative best during morning, especially right after I leave bed, come into the contact of sunlight, stroll around the meadows and take a walk of few miles. This is terrific, put my mind into functioning mode. Again! I perceive these intangible phenomena during the morning hour, that it is really awesome time to express myself creatively.

Scientifically, the morning hour is the time our brain is on full-functioning mode. You see, when you have tight sleep at night, the following day in the morning, when you get up, you feel energetic, youthful.

That’s the symbolic of mind that it indeed rested well previous night.

The result?

Well, your mind is ready to act on at your will, enthusiastically. But, unfortunately, most of us murder this regenerated cerebral capacity of mind by caffeine. It’s dangerous! Caffeinated stuffs like tea, coffee or other beverage deliver adverse effect on the mind, attenuates its ability to think creatively.

You think it makes you feel energetic?

WRONG!

It doesn’t.

It makes you feel weaker, slowly…so slow in process that you barely notice the development until living a day without tea/coffee triggers strange headache. You wither. Heck…you act like a drug-abuse patient (in fact, use of caffeinated stuff is considered a sane way to insanely become its addict).

Anyway, my point was – I am at my creative best during morning hour. This is the time where I am at my best – to write things creatively. And yes – I believe that one’s creativity in particular forte is time specific.

How Does Your Writing Define You As A Person?

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I have been writing over the last 4 years; have worked with some great companies as a SEO content writer, and honed my writing skills by working with fellow writers and learning from them. As a SEO writer, I carried typical job responsibilities – writing articles and blogs, all intended to be SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specific.

Therefore, in the span of my career as a writer, I wrote mostly for search engine optimization. Now, it’s been four years and the journey of being a writer is still on. Within these periods of my writing career, I have witnessed many ups and downs, however, the significance of them – they taught me keep on keeping on. And I am glad to maintain the continuance till now.

Though, I am not a celebrated writer/novelist/author/poet or anyone writing things for commercial purpose or non-commercial entertainment (pleasure writing). However, I have been mulling over this new-fangled contemplativeness of mine as to what other writers across the world feel of themselves as an individual towards their profession. Do they treat it with respect or do they feel ditching it out the moment they get something better to support life financially? In this context, I often tend to imply my question as to what defines them mostly as a writer.

If you ask me, I would deliver an easy answer (it seems pretty easy now, but earlier, I found it hard to explain myself to others). I observe the correct definition of me as a writer in both commercial and non-commercial perspectives is that I regard it as a channel/medium that helps me externalize my inner-self. I have seen that I am particularly recognized among friends in India by my ability to represent my thoughts in textual ways.

Here are other key, self-observed differentiators of my personality as a writer:

As a writer, it is my ability to write things creatively which has been my distinct personality recognition. Another thing that defines me as a writer that I regard it as a non-stop, continuous practice. Means, there is no stopping in it. It demands consistency, dedication, and perhaps lifelong commitment to come closer to perfection (I think there is no word like perfection that exists in writing, as every writer introspects himself/herself a learner).

I read somewhere on the Internet a quote by Stephen King, saying if you want to be good, really good in writing, you have to do two things in particular – read a lot and write a lot. Believe me, the quotation infused me with an unfathomable sense of motivation as its meaning perfectly resonates with my own credo about writing. I have a tendency of defining writing as a medium that externalizes your creative expressions. It represents your individuality everywhere you go.

So, in the context of the quote of the famous novelist, I see myself as a reader or a part of my personality is a reader that loves novels, books, magazines and newspapers. Reading Hindi and English novels, comics and magazines has been my hobbies since the academic pursuit in college. I have been an avid fan of Ved Prakash Sharma, the Hindi novelist, whose novels I read on the cost of my hunger. I developed my writing skill commercially by joining a company in Noida, India where I learned from the mistakes and advice from senior writers.

As a writer, writing defines my personality as a contemplative guy. You will hardly find me public-pleasing entertainer or a jovial sales agent trying his best to convince customers over the phone. That’s because I find these things atypical to my personality, as it require me to be a jovial extrovert to deal with people confidently. Well, it doesn’t mean that I shy away from people, but I can’t do attention-seeking kind of things. But with writing, that’s pretty easy. It’s a mirror image of my personality and helps me convey my creative expression well.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN WRITING I’VE OBSERVED IN THESE FOURS IS THAT IT DEMANDS YOUR HONEST ALLEGIANCE AND PERSEVERANCE, IF YOU (REALLY) WANT TO ATTAIN PERFECTION. SIMPLIFICATION IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT I’VE FOUND WRITING EXPECTS FROM YOU.

Also, on hindsight, you’d figure out your write-up not very perfect and you’d probably think something like “I could have written this piece of writing somewhat otherwise interestingly or better.” (Who knows, after a couple of days when I observe this write-up and end up cursing myself for not having written it better.)
In that way, my writing defines me being a self-critique pedantic on my own write-ups 🙂

Laughter: The Deadly Implication Behind Your Jovial Mood

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A person’s creative expression in a particular forte is said to be derivative of their mania entrenched so deeply that it manifests in them one of the psychotic characteristics of maniac depressiveness or schizophrenia.

I read an article “Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis” published on The Guardian, claiming that creative comedians are unusual personalities apt at physical demonstration of best comedy because of their impulsive and irrational minds.

The article, based on a referential study, claimed that creative comedians resemble characteristics found in those affected with bipolar syndrome (a mental illness of transitory mood-shifts from happy to melancholy unpredictably).

“Their talent to amuse people lies in having unusual personalities and displaying what researchers say are high levels of psychotic characteristics.” – The Guardian

Does that mean those who “just seem to be happy” are actually not happy from inside? Does that mean the jolly face you show the world is used to hide your inward sorrow, something that’s crippling you from inside?

Well, it could mean anything or nothing until the recent suicidal case of celebrated comedian from Hollywood, Robin Williams, wouldn’t have surfaced the media world. While the rumor that the actor was being spooked by a friendly ghost is gaining the grounds, yet the things testified by neighbor that the actor suffered severe depression and Parkinson’s disease, doesn’t defy the possibility of him being depressive.

THE IMPLICATIONS:

We live in a society that houses people of different temperaments; cheery, jovial, fastidious, arrogant, angry, shy, frank, free-thinkers, introvert, extrovert, ambivert and those with personality avoidant disorders.

Most of them display certain behavioral patterns according to their likes and dislikes and preferences. However, after reading about the suicidal death of the Hollywood actor, I have become a little cautious, especially in the context of observing people around me to discern if their facial expression of happiness is really a sinister trick to belie their inner-sorrow.

Well, I have not extended my thought to the possibility of theirs committing suicide out of factors, mainly societal discrimination, rejection in love, failure in study and having no employment. However, aren’t these mental dissatisfactions factor in a big way the suicidal ending of a subject’s life?

I read an article in The Times Of India saying the deceased actor, Williams, couldn’t handle the absence of physical demonstrations of love from his parents even though he believed they loved him. It was a sense of insecurity that he let sink into his heart. He maintained a jovial decorum just to fend off the anguish he felt inside.

Aside from Williams, there are countless examples of maniac depressives. Indian legendary playback singer, Kishore Kumar was said to be quite a fun-witted fellow but avoided much social contacts and usually confined self to his introversion.
TOI featured a clinical psychologist Dr Seema Hingorrany quoting that people with hypomania are very jovial in get-together party, but there is a change in their behavior when in alone.

It is believed that people who use happiness as a certain physical defense mechanism are presumed to strive against their own inner demons.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

Just observe if your fast friend has suddenly turned cold in behavior, avoids social contact and enjoys his confinement to loneliness. This is the moment you should be concerned with your friend’s sudden moods-shifts.

One of the pre-suicidal symptoms associate with someone very engrossed in his seclusion, purposely avoids company of people, becomes unusually peevish and reacts strongly even on slight provocation. Time to intervene, if one of these symptoms are noticed in your friend, relatives or family person.

WHY PEOPLE FEEL SUICIDAL?

People feel suicidal because of many reasons. Unfortunately, occurrence in the number of people who killed self out of frustration indicates victim’s inability to respond extremity of a negative situation positively or they didn’t resort counseling or effective remedial methods within the approach.

The saddest thing with suicidal cases getting pathetic response from people is the fact that today’s people are insensitively cold and usually assign themselves to their own vested interest.

A Bolywood movie, “Ek Villain” showcases a villain protagonist suffering from mental instability that triggers on his encounter of people criticizing, abusing and scoffing him with hatred. He avenges on his insult from them, hunts them down and kill them to his ego’s satisfaction. He doesn’t take vile criticism lying down.
Not to mention that such maniac depressive walks in numbers in our society, though their facial expression or body language may defy their sinister demon within.

People may feel suicidal when they attain a state of mental instability, unable to handle the pressing circumstances haunting and tormenting them within.

ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PLIGHT?

One of the best ways to get acquainted with the reason of committing suicide by people is to understand the root cause of problems like their social interaction and reactivity of society to their presence.

The fact is, nobody welcomes vile criticism. Even kids hate their fathers upon their constant scolding. So, if your reaction to the behavior of someone very sensitive in the matter of social interaction has been rude and uncivilized, then yes, you are one of those in millions responsible to passively contribute their part by increasing the number of suicidal cases in society.

Beside, victim’s unexplained desires for material possessions, abuse of drugs and other things that remain unfulfilled prompt them to kill self.

It should be born into mind that most people are too sensitive to the way their presence or work is appreciated by people. They get inferiority complex upon not being well-acknowledged. This inferiority complex upon days of nurturing may cause birth of suicidal feel in them.

The fact of the matter – if we stop criticizing and instead pay respect to every human being, we would bring down the suicidal cases significantly. Also, parents must ensure that their kid’s upbringing is done under etiquette.

If we stop hating one another, we will certainly pave the path for a society where incident like suicides will never occur.

Why People Regard Virtual World A Safer Place For Their Intellectual Expressions?

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We have so tied our dependence with the virtual world that we’re enslaved to their magnetism.

Since the advent of online technology and subsequent rapid expansion of virtual wonderment that it manifested in the lifestyle of people has categorically delineated one very significant virtue, that virtual life is over-dominating the real world of human beings.

In view of the circumstances that intellectual expressions of people are getting confined to the precinct of digital world or virtual world, there is stark conclusion signifying the next generation would have incurable obsession of this cyber world, which would be confidently regarded as the most preferred rendezvous for the likeminded to speak their mind.

Why Do People Regard Virtual World A Safer Place For Their Intellectual Expressions?

Social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter are attributed to have distinctively inspired people to have their say safely, either through pseudo profiles or as a passive expressionalist over the subjects which they intrinsically feel to have their “expressed dissatisfaction” with.

As a matter of fact, we have so much deluded ourselves with the phony reputation of this virtual world that we deliberately tend to overlook our own existence with the real world to the detriment of family, friends and relationships.

Based on my intellectual obsession with knowledge and the developed subjective experience, I’ve reasoned out as per my own standpoint with regards to the question aforesaid:

Textual Expression Overweighs Verbal Expression:

The communication of belief or opinion through textual delineation, as I have personally observed myself, is very stronger as compared to the verbal expression wherein the speaker or commentator often fumbles for right words to convey message effectively.

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The communication of opinion through verbal expression in open space is not a preferred choice for most.

In addition, those with agoraphobia (fear of public places) syndrome typically acquiesce to virtual places to speak their mind rather than ensuring their physical presence in open places and have their intellectual expressions stammered with nausea.

Virtual World Is A Tireless And Prompt Access To People’s Intellectual Expression:

How long will it take to tweet your intellectual expressions over a burning issue of your nation?

Less than a minute, I guess.

And that’s exactly what most people adore virtual platform for the least time-consuming verbalization of their intellectualism which could otherwise have been annoyingly time-consuming and less creative in an open place.

With smartphone powered by non-stop internet connection, getting an access to virtual world is technically very, very easy.

Well, that may not be an entirely true, as we’d witnessed the frenzy mob of demonstrators in support of establishing laws and orders in society or demanding justice against social menaces or apprehension of perpetrators.

However, witnessing such incidents in real life is quite exceptional as today’s smartphone-equipped generations have their deep-seated affinity with virtual world to have their say because that does the job instantly.

We’re Developing A Bystander Syndrome, Willingly Let The Sleeping Dogs Lie:

Well, the virtual world is certainly not a factor behind developing such a syndrome; most people deliberately subjugate themselves to their unwillingness of interfering in the status-quo, signifying “that’s none of my business” characteristic (a willingly and cunningly manufactured habit).

Such people take resort to social media and anonymously express their viewpoints, as somewhere deep-down, they crave to have their dissatisfaction expressed namelessly.

Introverts Evince Their Preferential Treatment To Virtual World

The way the consumption rate of online technology is increasing, we’d be besieged by the deluge of overwhelming power of digital world. Meanwhile, the increasing number of introverts is yet another fearsome contributory to the mounting popularity of virtual world, as they impulsively tie their affinity with the virtual social places so as to speak their mind safely without others intruding their ‘sweet home’ world.

No doubt these people deliberately cut off all social contacts and zero their presence in public places to express their thoughts.

Annotation: The idea expressed in the blog is subjective experience of the writer. He owes no explanation to naysayers in light of their dissonance with the post.