23 Jan 2017

To be a good winner, be a good loser first.

It is far easier to play the winner than the vanquished.  To be a good winner who is predominant, we will do well to be a gracious, courageous loser as well. The tables turn and fortunes change hands. When the hour of victory and great spoils are in our hands, do we turn into tyrants or do we take the benevolent path towards the betterment of all within our sphere of influence?  A long suffering wronged victim thaws out of the ice of isolation with newly acquired prestige and power which he wields like a cudgel to beat others into submission. He takes upon himself the easy path of destruction by perpetuating another cycle of victimization and intimidation. He has not risen above the trappings where power and wealth corrupts his actions. This person if he descends again into the pit of destruction, should not be given another free rein to rise again if ever, unless stringent checks and balances are exerted upon him, like a parole review board would upon a convicted long term felon. Meanwhile, there is every chance in his haste to brow beat others, he too will be brought down by his own doing sprung from his own hubris, by forces known and unknown to him.

7 Nov 2016

There’s no pleasing all, not now, not ever.

It’s obvious that from our interaction with others, there’s no pleasing all that we encounter.

Is there still time to make another attempt without compromising my core values or going contrary to my reliable instincts?

Would it be better to just let the dissenters while leaving enough space between us to keep the peace?

Is this a zero sum outcome? If so can I live with it by having a clear conscience because I did whatever possible given the circumstances? 

Ask ourselves those questions, before we move on or decide to give it another try.

Even with our best intentions, there’s no avoiding different viewpoints that range from partial to significant with every possibility that the twain shall never meet.

2 Nov 2016

Seeker not scholar

I would never consider myself a scholar. I wasn’t a standard fit into that mould. I disagree with the conventional paths of education that form the rigours of scholarship progression. 
I prefer exploration and remaking convention if established conventions oppress instead of enable.   

I would immerse myself in matters if they pique my interest and become as well versed as possible in such subject matter.  I was most inspired to delve into study, observe, support my statements with facts and interpretations based on available material if all that effort could take me closer towards the understanding of the human psyche or a spiritual matter that bridges the earthly and unearthly. I’m as competent as any practitioner and scholar in that sense. 

Even if you’re not a scholar, you’re not necessarily a fool. If you have a healthy balance of logic and imagination with a general curiosity about all else around, there’s a lot you can accomplish. You might even surprise yourself.

Reasoning towards understanding

Ever since a young age I realised that there were particular subjects that I often struggled with. It caused me a certain level of annoyance that the more advanced students seemed to be able to cope with less effort compared to myself. It was only later I realized that some of them had outside help such as tutors and parents who would assist them in such studies. It was a fairly large class and teachers could not provide equal attention to all. However, I took comfort in the fact that I could actually advance in a majority of subjects without too much hassle, except for a few.
Then I realized later that some seemingly ‘smart’ students could answer what was required based on memorisation. If it was mere memorisation, once the test is over, the data is soon forgotten for most of us.To me I can remember facts better if you can reason them out, then only do things make sense. 

The subjects that were a spot of bother to me were the ones that I could not attach some reason to them. There are many root causes why this is so. I’m sure for each one of us there is bound to be some root cause. Reasoning has to do with presentation of subject matter and also the effort taken by the presenter to engage with the audience.  The more complex it gets, the more effort is required to explain the intricacies and make them as clear as possible.

25 Sep 2016

What comes after the extraordinary?

Even after achieving something extraordinary, what comes after? After encountering miracles what comes after?  If you're a mortal you continue with the business of living of course! Seeing to routine matters and if need be, extraordinary matters along the way. You take it all in stride and do the best you can in the given context. If you're the divine or the saint, you continue with your miracles.If you're the maker or doer of extraordinary things, you go on with whatever you do best. To both witness and originator, life, existence and reason for being resume.

19 Sep 2016

Learn from enduring values

It is strange that there are those who consider a book or composition life changing or inspiring when the person, the source itself is a work in progress and far from complete in that respect. Taking direction and inspiration from someone who isn’t sure of oneself, is subject to a changing stance is a flawed model. Look for universal truths, principles that endure the test of time as your moral compass (if you so wish) and reference. It is only logical that when the navigation system is working well, you’re on the right path. The same goes with drawing direction, example and inspiration in your personal life path.

21 Aug 2016

It takes effort to create and courage to release it

It's always harder upon the creator, the party that has taken the bold step to present one's work to everyone. The party that has taken the step to present one's work is vulnerable to any sort of reception that may come one's way. It requires courage to take that risk and plunge through with resolve.

The audience, critics and reviewers are shielded in the shadows of their collective anonymity, based on their sheer numbers. For those more intellectual ones, reinforced by their scholarly attainments, it is akin to a licence with which to cross examine and go over with a fine tooth comb every aspect of the work in question, presented to them. It does not take much courage to criticise and review. However the difference between a good review and a bad one is reflected by the effort expended and substance behind the verdict.

Even so, I'd rather be the creator and generator. You get used to that vulnerability. You do not feel the sudden surging frisson brought on by the realisation of the impact of this act of risk taking upon one's reputation because it is something that you have thought through thoroughly.