Monday, November 8, 2010

Brain Masala :)


Wanted to share with you some excellent quotes - that ring quite true, make a load of sense, and aren't er, dry.

"The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information - in the sense of raw data - is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these". Arthur C. Clarke

I wish and hope we remember this particular thing: knowledge does not mean wisdom. This is for all those out there who believe in the 'degrees' - that a certificate will mark them as people who are one huge step above others in terms of brains and applied thinking. Thinking and applying what you learned - on a piece of paper, in an examination hall, is NOT, in any way, comparable to facing tough situations in real life, and applying your brain then. It can help, but not to a 100% extent, and not ALL the time.

So er, this essentially boils down to: That the sabzi wala (vegetable vendor) round the corner can be wayy smarter (wise) than er, us.

[Btw, I love brain masala. Its soo yumm!]

"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong".  ~Richard Armour

Cool no? :D
And SO true. If only! (I have lamented this soo many times now), our politicians had, and followed a strict code of ethics. If only!

"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other".  ~Oscar Ameringer

Check this out :D. This one too points towards the role huge corporations play in the politics [funding campaigns?]... and the poor who are superbly duped [either emotionally, or by empty promises], and when the election [selection] is over, the two are shielded from each other ; the rich, and the poor.

"This is the fundamental debate in our society: Are we a nation of citizens or a nation of consumers? Are we a democracy run by citizens, or are we a corporatocracy that holds consumers locked in dependency by virtue of their consumption?"  Thom Hartmann

The question is: Is this the fundamental debate in OUR society? [American society main shayed hoti hogi... yahan to nahi daikhi kabhi]. Even if this is one major point to ponder. What has become of us? That we're so excessively involved in the consumerist culture, that we can see nothing beyond the next flavour, the next brand, the next version, the next update, the 'freebie' offers, the 2-in-1 offer, the buy-1-get-1-free offer, the next service, the next ad, the next package.... I can go on here.

"What luck for rulers that men do not think". - Adolf Hitler

The above is by Hitler - the tyrant of the planet. But the words are extremely true. That's the dilemma of this nation - without a shadow of doubt. If we were thinkers, and if we were 'questioners' of whatever policies are made, maybe, we would have had some better circumstances, than what we have today. The very fact that we're so busy with our lives, and think that politics, political awareness is only for the farigh, has made us the totally helpless and unable to do a think about what the leaders of this nation hand down to us. I know protesting/doing anything is kinda impossible here. But at least we should try - to bring about some change - instead of whining about the problems only.

And lastly, something that again rings very true, and apply greatly to the society we're living in today:

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves".  -Howard Zinn (1991)


majworld said...

Heyyyyyyyy uni :)..this post is really a brain masala if one reads :p

Tazeen said...

Loved it! I wish I could cross-examine quotes like this. This very neat, MashaAllah!

Uni said...

Hain.. how come you're visiting blogs.. you're supposed to be 'settling in'

And yeah, I felt like adding some good quotes I had been reading for quite some time now. Thanks for dropping by!

:D Thanks!
And its only because I FEEL a lot about these issues. And wish a LOT that I could do something to change these conditions. So thats why the cross examination.

Thanks for reading :)

majworld said...

haha :)..i settle quick :p actualy got acess to library nd i m here for sometime.makes one feel less homesick..

Uni said...

Oh yeah. The blogs are a great way of keeping in touch with one's country. Totally agreed.

Have fun!