We are a pale blue dot & more in the Part 1 of this series.
Every generation has progressed when a group of certain individuals has to the best of their capacities tried to put a dent in the horizons of our understanding. With their curiosities, they have helped it expand, even by just a little, but moved it nonetheless and this has helped humanity to move forward. From Aristotle to Galileo to Newton to Einstein – each one of these individuals have unraveled the mysteries of this universe through their child-like curiosity.
Look at the time-scale and you will find that it was through individuals like these who have shaped the course of histories, humanity, and in the process have helped us to peel one layer of mystery at a time from this question of the meaning of life.
So does it mean we turn to either philosophy or science?
No. And that’s the beauty of our existence.
We have to identify the horizon of our understanding and push it forward. This is applicable for all – right from an astrophysicist delving into the questions about quasars and neutron stars to a farmer trying to better his crop-yield to a plumber trying to find the best way to solve a problem. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do, you have to find something that interests you, it has to be your calling, and then push your way forward, like a miner carving out a path in the mountain.
Life is not lived in days or months or years. It is also not lived in reaching this position, earning so much amount of money, or traveling to this place and that place. These are but the outcomes that we see in certain people and we assume to be the parameter of real purpose. Outcomes that we assume we should copy in our lives to make us happy.
When we do that, follow goals borrowed from others, we often neglect our true calling. Our true purpose. We neglect the things in our hand. The people in our lives. The opportunities knocking on our door. Some neglect true love because they believe to find love in a particular kind of face and body. Others ignore their true vocation because they assume true calling in the beaten paths the others have followed.
And so much strong is our belief in these outcomes that we chase them with a zeal of a madman. We ignore our own identity, our own nature. Like a moth attracted to light – an instrument of its own death – we fly towards them, not realizing we are killing our own lives – our true purpose – struggling against our own nature. Our inner strengths.
It is then the work starts appearing as if it’s a chore. We stop enjoying it. Our focus shifts towards the end goals – the money, the success and a fame that others have got which you haven’t. Leaving you behind as a tired body and a bitter soul.
And that’s not the way we are supposed to live.
I think the most important thing in life is to have a passion. Passion for anything – music, words, nature, maths, sports – anything, it doesn’t matter what. The only thing that matters is that we need to have a passion for something. Passion motivates us to question, to observe, to really understand things, and then to invent and innovate.
The reason for the passion is not the money or the fame – they are just the outcome. But what I mean when I say that you should have passion is that you should have a passion for something which will allow you to have a child-like curiosity about your passion. You will think about it, unravel its layer, bring out the fundamentals that make it what it is. And by doing is that we are putting a microscopic dent in this universe.
Every person is different. Each one bestowed with a unique talent. No two people are same, even the identical twins perceive the world around them differently. So we have to see the world in our own eyes, identify what is there that we don’t understand and slowly and gradually push the horizons out.
You want to live – live this way. And see how you feel alive every moment of this life. Remember a time when you solved a problem in your own way. Not what the notes said, but a solution devised by you, using your imagination, how rewarding that is. Does it compare with a borrowed idea? I guess not.
And thats how we find meaning to our existence, give it a shape that propel us forward, even it is just a small step in the grand scheme of things, but it is a step nonetheless, and when more and more individuals start doing that – the painters, and the writers, the scientists and the entrepreneurs – we take our understanding of this world forward. We find meaning of this life. The purpose of our existence.
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