Wednesday, September 14, 2005

simplicities and complexities...

simplicities and complexities... situational challenges we all face in our race against the world's self-created issues, could be thought of as simple issues or complex problems... it takes a fall to appreciate a rise... it takes a night to brighten then the day...so, as you may have guessed already, there could be two perspectives to every single aspect in life... the negative perspective and the positive perspective...

if noted well, the negative perspective was mentioned ahead of the positive perspective at the end of the last paragraph... this is specifically to iterate the significance of two things... the first one being that: it is more common to find people taking a negative approach to things and/or have a negative attitude to life in general, than taking a positive approach and having a positive attitude... the second one being: it is extremely critical to keep the balance between the psychological rollercoaster that we all go through, and end on a positive perspective every single time...

it is one thing to call an approach positive negative or positive, and it is an entirely another thing to call an approach simple or complex... they dont necessarily correspond in the expected way... being positive could be simple for a few, while too complex for many... on the other hand, being negative could be simple for many, while too complex for many...

along these lines of thought, i remember a blog post by a friend of mine, where he mentions how simple life was, prior to information technologies taking over us all over (well, almost, or atleast to a major extent for a lot of the urban population in the world...)... however, i thought after reading his blog, it takes a revolution from an innovative and a daring mind to bring out an invention or a discovery into light... imagine how charles babbage was thought of as a fool when he built the first abacus, imagine how galileo was thought of as evil when he built the first structurally complete telescope, imagine how graham bell was thought of to be a crazy person when he invented the telephone... it takes a simple mind to realize that all complex things in life start with a simple switch...

talking about perspectives, another example that comes to my mind is an experience when i visited a national space observatory in south texas... i was part of a group of people that were being given a tour of the observatory, including a guided tour about some of the specialized telescopes... the instructor/guide over there was a physics genius who had decided to teach kids about basic physics... a point he made during the tour still stays fresh in my mind: it is the innocent minds of kids that make them special... they do not have the false and pretentious inhibitions that we as adults possess in most occasions, which stop us from asking questions... it is either a case of hurt ego, or a case of mere shame, or a case of a psychological complex... he said: what it takes to be a scientist is to have that innocent mind that kids possess, coupled with the strength to persevere something that your heart wills and desires...

there is not a complex problem that does not have a simple approach, but we approach even the simplest problems with a complex approach... the need of the hour? take a simple approach, have a simple attitude, and stay positive!

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Santosh said...

well, i believe there can be
innumerable perspectives and not necessarily restricted to positive and negative sides.

The problem with us we tend to break everything into narrow linear forms and tend to look at them from that angle. Cause n effect, yep thats what we have been taught in our schools. That is actually a very myopic way of looking at larger problems- everything necessarily do not fall into easily discernable patterns. Reductionism(or breaking a complex problem into separate parts n trying to address each one of them rather than focus on the whole)also is essentially not the ONLY way of solving problems. A by product of western thought, unfortunately it is used by all and sundry to address their problems and it has only spawned more problems instead of solving them - the Iraq conflict is a classic example. The Eastern strain of thought focussing on wholeness and the 'out of the box' thinking has been regrettably neglected.

Santosh said...

hey actually what we say in public kind of reflects our general outlook towards Life. You would have seen someo people always talk negative - their statements are always loaded with negative symbolisms - they always make u feel low.

When I prepared for my Masters in Business Administration, the first things we were taught is to focus on what we say.

Always use I can or I will instead of I may or always focus on yes that will happen or it must happen than say it may or may not happen.

Thats why those dialogues you heard in Batman sounded so strong.

Always think positive, say positive and you will be indeed successful.. If you heard great speakers, there will not be an iota of doubt or apprehension or negativity in their speech - you hear it and it infuses you with a lot of positive energy and good will.

That for you is the power os speech bcoz definitely speech affects the way we think and our rational processes.

Cheers