Saturday, 26 February 2011

What's a human being?

What is human? An ill-conceived idea of a god?  A mistaken thought of a cultural necessity, necessitated in-turn for the existence of civilization? An individual is at the root of this creation, yet he is the one who has been given the least credit for it.  All that human is, a mere representation of mass, the real symbol of existence, of life.  Yet mass itself is the lowest a human idea can get to. A mass is mad, unthoughtful, bestial, uncivilized bulk, where the worst of every human being comes together, and creates the worst of all en masse.And this world is a crowd.  Mad, bestial uncivilized bulk. Where does human come into picture then? This transition from being a part of an uncivilized bulk to a complete, self fulfilled individual is something remarkable which a human being, keeps making innumerable times in its life time.

But even the individual isn’t complete always. It’s only when, it is at unison with the One, the Self, that it is the Individual , the greatest sight humans wish to behold,  the God. And thus, it makes a very potent question raise its head, what is human being in itself ? Is he that un-important, pernicious, decadent flesh and blood, or is he the supreme one, the One, embodiment of that supreme idea?

My personal view tends to believe in several lines of reasoning over here.

a) It’s all in our thoughts. Our own thought makes us the supreme, and it is the triviality of the same thought that makes us the king and the pauper, while donning the same flesh and blood.  It’s the greatness or meanness of our thoughts that forms our perception of world and our own self, and it is the same thought that defines our understanding of each of those states. Going by this line of reasoning, it would be incumbent to be a king of our thoughts, to believe in our supremacy, in our greatness at all times, and that in turn would create our world, the world of supreme beauty, which would be defined by our own thought in turn and thus the idea of human and the individual would both be the one and the same. The one, the whole, the completion in itself.

b) Human being is the consequence of his environment and his own thought. One seeks to attain the environment as per his thought and his environment directs his thoughts. One is thus a consequence of both providence and self-willed choices.  By one’s self willed choice human being chooses the best out of its environment and environment in turn shapes his thoughts. Into it lies the perfect answer to the variability of human behavior and the vacillation of human beings from being the supreme to being the meek, feeble creature.  What then the human is but a product of incessant battle and truce between his own thought and environment. Both intermingle into each other and shape each other invisibly, and at the same time stand at odds too with each other and amidst these tribulations, human being shape their lives, walking through the jungle of life.

c) Human being is a vagueness, consequence of a haphazard mix of thoughts and events. An individual is weak enough to understand them, and since all the words and actions that he carries out, all the reasoning that he could possibly give are within that maze itself, nothing is explicable, nor is any explanation required, for a human being is to traverse its wild ways amidst  tenuous ways of life and depart into some unknown wilderness, not being aware or sure of anything that he felt. Human being is thus an agnostic self, managing its way through life and neither managing it nor life itself are known in their form.

These categories perhaps sum up the different possible explanations that could be provided for a human life, humanity and for an individual, in general. Each of them has its merits and shortcomings however. Considering the first case, which seems to be the most idealistic, and thus most cherished, and yet might very well fall short of reality, thoughts alone do not seem to shape the human destiny, behavior and action, yet at the same time; thoughts have such a primacy in human life that thoughts alone could shape it all for humanity, human beings and for the individual. It’s the thought that has created environment, society and all else. It’s the thought that tells what one can believe into and what not in. It’s the thought that tells what humans should do and achieve, irrespective of whether it’s done or not. And the vastness of thought lies in the fact that the thought itself is thoughtlessness as well, and this potent weapon, which in itself is its naught too, does hold a great primacy towards explaining it all. Even the second case, where both thoughts and environment seem to co-create each other, and thus would seem to be more practical and acceptable of the three explanations, falls short of providing a definition and perhaps an explanation for what an environment is in itself. An environment is the consequence of thought, and even though the environment may appear to be something more concrete and thus practical, this trait of practicability and abstractness lies in our thought itself. Thus, in other words, thought in itself houses, our environment and it is probably due to the dearth of development of thought process or rather skewness of thought process that the abstract and the practical are such irreconcilable entities.

Even the third category, which views humanity and all its forms as an aberration and a haphazard entity, suffers from the same problem as the second one. The seat of this pandemonium centric view of life is in our thoughts. However, it offers a possible respite from the recursive limits of our thoughts, i.e., how could thought explain thought, since any such attempt  would only result in a mistaken sub-thought, and never a real thought. Thus this agnostic view of life appears to score well against the thought centric view of life.

However, having witnessed these different categories of explanation, we may very well realize that categories created over here too are susceptible of their limit, as one of the category might very well be overarching into the sanctimonious territory of another, and thus one can never be sure of it, which inevitably leads us to the agnostic view of life, but, life needs heroic goals to live by, and even though it is our own thought which would direct us to such ideas, we are very aware of our place in our own thoughts, our creation  and thus, notwithstanding  shortcomings of the  demarcation of several beliefs done above , I would attribute all of these to be the capacity of my thoughts and thereby , ascribe to myself the view, that a human being is his thought. Period.

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