It is incredibly fascinating to note how various things take importance in our mind. Most of the things which we believe we so desperately want in life, would only remain important until we possess them. Once we have acquired it, our mind convinces us that it was always ours to have. We start taking it for-granted. That is the truth of life and that is our nature. So, will the human mind ever know what it actually wants? Something that will never loose its importance even after getting it. Perhaps not. And that is how it should be. We should be like a seasoned traveller. In search……..!
This search, however, is different for different people. We are more than seven billion people on this planet. And we sure are all different! Most of our rather non-material desires revolve around the superiority of knowledge & understanding-about ourself, people who matter to us (or our ego-system), and this whole wide world. It is a concept that evolves within you clandestinely, when you are transitioning from one stage of life to other. You slowly get to know yourself from the day you start understanding this world. From making a decision about your studies, sports, activities or career; you set from one goal to another. Existence of your achieved goal lessens their importance in your life. So, you set another one to fill the void you would have without it. Once again the things that are not in your life start to matter more for you. Such is the circle of life!
The fact or state of living or having objective reality; actually is not as important to human mind. One must wonder, therefore, is the non-existence of ‘something’ is dearer than its existence? Does it undermine the presence of the existence itself? That is what I would term as ‘paradox of existence’. It refers to the fact that- in our lives, the existence of the desire mostly relates to the non-existing things. We will not desire for things that exist. We tend to have exclusion of any philosophical existentialist thought in our minds, which relate to transcendental, metaphysical, or religious beliefs. So, existence is merely a consequence of non-existence and certainly not the other way round. It is a relative concept. In fact, physical science tell us that most things are relative. Just as if we say this earth is still, it would only mean that earth is not in motion compared to other objects around us. However, in itself, earth is moving both around its own axis and our sun. Similarly, when we say one is beautiful-that in fact means that they are ‘more’ beautiful than other people we have seen; If something is hot, it would only be hotter than normally acceptable temperature. Our senses are not designed to have an ‘absolute’ understanding. They give us a more ‘relative’ view of this world. More mundane attributes are relative than one would ever imagine!
I am ‘in search’ of the ‘absolute’. And that is the only knowledge worth searching for.
1. Existentialism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existentialism
2. Atheist existentialism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist_existentialism
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where Ive been.
Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
……………………….Kashmir by Led Zeppelin