Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Where Do You Think You Are?

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"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons."

-Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-

“For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something, some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer... I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?” so says Dr. Ellie Arroway, the protagonist in the movie ‘Contact’, based on a Carl Sagan novel of the same name. The purport of existence is something which every scientist or scholar, in fact every human would not mind knowing. Aren’t we in this quest in a way or the other, what if we are not, is that okay? One may ask what is wrong in living without knowing why, how does it matter and many questions else. There is a difference, between existing and enduring which is all the answer.

Apart from all the scientific and religious theories which attempt to explain the intriguing fact of how we came into being and are managing to survive on this planet till this day, there is an imperative reality we all ought to know no matter who we are-‘Where do we stand in space and time?’ Take a look at this picture, it left me quite ‘bamboozled’. Yes, that is exactly the word.


When I finished reading this all I asked myself was” Where do you think you are?” Frankly I have never felt so very little in a good way.I am humbled and happy. If there is anything called heaven, here it is! We all are living in one of the most gifted planets of this universe, the value of which we acknowledge not. Whatever we do or give in return if at all we ever want to will always be imperceptible, but does it mean we should never?


Have a look at this video, it made me drop a tear.Hope you like it too.


video


Have an earthly life all of you...

-R.

7 comments:

Raghu said...

true..!

Saru Singhal said...

We are just a dot, a lonely speck and on a place where life harbors. Great post and makes you emotional...

Kumar Bibek said...

"No sign of life. But still we live"

Thanks for the video.

But, one day, it will end. We can only try and push the end a few decades.

aakash said...

We are the world. But, if not reached within, we are a speck of dust in the storm.

Life, less contemplated, simple and easy, is like a ride in a metro. You meet people, laugh, make friends, sometimes sulk, leave destinations behind and at some point, end it, the journey, with no signs left behind.

aJ

sush said...

never ending introspection...yes,, what we are,,why and etc etc ...
how r u enjoying "kudla"..mangalooru-

Sameera said...

:) I love how you wrote.. I am humbled. That's a nice thought.

Raksha Bhat said...

@ALL: Glad that this lit a speck of light in you:)Thank you for reading:)