Tag: Predictions

It wont be the same tomorrow

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. Bertolt Brecht

Every single day the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; yet each day is very different from the previous and you can bet it will change tomorrow too. Similarly there are no major changes that happen in our lives on a daily basis and that are why by and large we are able to follow a routine. That is also the reason we are able to predict the future and plan for it too. However we are also aware that there could be sudden upheavals, unforeseen happenings and definite changes in a planned routine and so factor in this when we draw up plans.

The bigger problem is when changes creep up and we do not see it happening. This is extremely dangerous because we are often not forewarned, preparing for an unknown eventuality is a near impossibility and when things change we could be swept away by the sheer scale, intensity and novelty of the change. This is why R&D occupies an important place in the business set up especially where there is competition and where there is huge demand. Market driven companies can provide ample examples right from the innumerable varieties of mobile phones to the onslaught of sachets, ready to cook food and the personalization of the mass media because of the internet.

It is on the personal front that it becomes more challenging for us to anticipate change. The generation gap is often a good barometer of this sudden emergence of a reality that was always creeping home but one we side stepped. Fashion, style, art, music and lifestyles have changed over the years and we find it hard to identify with the new trends. While in the old days only the tough soldiers and particularly the navy men who got themselves tattooed, it is today a rage amongst the youngsters, particularly the girls. The music space too is seeing a proliferation of styles with rap and metal giving way to influences that are continent and country specific like Latin American, Indian and Arabian influences integrating with the pop and rock.

Technology is responsible for this sudden spurt in the changes that are rapidly engulfing us and paradoxically it is technology that also provides solutions to foreseeing trends. Technology itself is undergoing a major metamorphosis and so relatively new technology like the floppy, the CD’s and the desk top itself have almost become obsolete and will shortly be extinct. The computer is here to stay but the computing will be very different from what was originally conceived; in a nutshell that sums up the crux of today’s post.

Remember: “Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”

Try these:

  1. Take on a challenge to give yourself a new look beginning with the physical go on to try and harness your talents and give in to your passions.
  2. Predict 5 changes that you think will happen in the next 5 years. Can you outline the type of change that will come about and its impact on you, the society at large and the world?

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Curiosity

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. Isak Dinesen

From Biblical times we know that man had an insatiable curiosity which resulted in Eve succumbing to the lure of eating the apple that would make them God like, when her curiosity was tickled by the serpent. Christian tenants proclaim that we are still suffering from that original sin of curiosity. Every generation continues its flirtation with curiosity and the mushrooming business of horoscopes, numerology, feng shui etc. have their doctrines rooted in man’s craving to be told that he will have an even better future.

At the same time, when we look forward and if all we are able to see is negativity, gloom, despair and hopelessness, that is when we lose the will to live and give up without a fight. Perhaps that accounts for the numerous suicides and mounting cases of depression. Similarly, others will be sorely tempted to adopt illegal, corrupt and unethical means to ensure that they can obtain what they crave for, if they visualize a bleak future for themselves on the path of fairness and righteousness. The real issue is avariciousness and the longing for happiness which quite often we mistake to be materialistic possessions.

Perhaps it is therefore a divine intervention that the future is hidden, unfathomable and mysterious; for then the surprises they bring and the sorrows that come ones way, would be seen in the right perspective and better understood. When the world looks forward to tomorrow, it is a sign of hope, growth and happiness and an indirect praise for Gods plans and wisdom. Metaphorically speaking perhaps that is why the world is round and so when we look ahead our range is limited. In that quick peek of the future, more often than not, we see things from an optimists lens and even the few blips on the horizon seem to be trivial. No wonder we are privileged to have a sound sleep and sweet dreams. Perhaps that also explains how the poor and disadvantaged can still smile, cling on to hope and visualize a better day for themselves.

Yet curiosity by itself is not the problem. In fact curiosity is the root of all progress and discovery. It is a vital trait that needs to be nurtured and honed in children. However, it is stretching the limits of curiosity for selfish crystal ball gazing, proclaiming non scientific irrational trends and  the manipulation of individuals by exploiting their emotions particularly fear and greed that lends itself to the necessary scrutiny of the rationalists and scientists.

Remember: The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke

Try these:

  1. How frequently do you read your horoscope? Do you meticulous track the outcome of the predictions? IS there a correlation between the predictions and the final outcome? Do you think the predictions re vague and too general to be given much credence?
  2. If you were to be born again, who or what will you like to be reborn as? List 3 boons you do not have in this birth that you would be keen to have in the next birth. List out 3 boons or gifts that you cherish the most in this life. Which one of the three can you sacrifice in the next life?

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