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Zeitgeist

I just finished watching Zeitgeist, the Movie and it was pretty awesome! It beautifully talks about how fake everything in the world is, that nothing is real, that everything is fucked up.

There are numerous scenes from the movie Network (1976) which were the highlights of the film for me, the things that guy said, absolutely awesome! I cannot believe that I haven’t bothered to watch this amazing movie that has been lying around in my hard disk for ages!!!

Anyway, One has to realize how prejudiced each and everyone is; I believe that all religions in the world are bullshit and the movie says so, I applaud it and accept its view without any resistance whatsoever. It then goes on to say that the 9/11 was an inside job and that all the world’s a stage, and is controlled by a few fucked up retarded motherfuckers, but then this time I ‘m not so open to accept all the brainwash that the movie really is because there’s a hint of doubt in me, as to whether everything is really the conspiracy as show in the movie.

Ah, the human mind, how it clings on to even the smallest piece of evidence in favor of some belief and reinforces it; how it manages to zero in on the most trivial piece of argument against something it doesn’t want to believe so that it can go on thinking that it has been right all along.

Once the movie was over, I instantly remember Morgan Freeman saying this in Se7en –

” “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part. “

The main fucked up part about this otherwise brilliantly done movie was how one sided it was, it was all so so brainwash-y that you didn’t wanna believe whatever the narrator was saying because the other side was given no chance whatsoever to explain their side of the story. For a movie claiming to free the world from all the bullshit, it does a bad job of trying to force all the shit onto you in a couple of hours!

I am reminded of another conspiracy theory that I encountered for the first time a few years ago, The Apollo Moon Landing Hoax Theory . A lot of people still believe that NASA never landed on the moon, and this conspiracy theory was spread across the world through a FOX Channel documentary thing or something in exactly the same way as this movie. I guess if you are one of the believers of the Moon Landing Hoax theory, you will find that documentary as engrossing as I found Zeitgeist. It is, after all a matter of opinion and belief; nothing ever is wrong or right in the world. Anyway, I stumbled upon The Bad Astronomer’s debunking of the Hoax and now I believe that we DID goto the Moon ( and it make s me cry with amazement every time I think about it :)). So all I really wanna say is, unless the conspiracy theorists realize that for thinking people ( for whom they wish to put the point across anyway because the brainwashed ones who never think are fucked up beyond repair ), both sides of the story is necessary to come to a rational conclusion and a biased brainwashed bullshit thing would never get the job done.

I saw this in the comments section of a blog that sums it all up:

I hope that nothing I say ”about this movie” pisses you off. Sure don’t want to have to go and fuck myself. But before I fall into the abyss of groveling agreement, could you help me understand your lead-in sentences? How does the paradox of ”countless of thousands” work itself out? How did you discover the ”hidden knowledge” if it was hidden? Anyway, the movie is a well presented and entertaining theory. Like you my friend, I will not accept it ”as law”. If I did, I might have to tell anyone who didn’t appease my opinion to go F themselves. That’s what Hitler did. But since he was one of the co-stars of the film, I guess its OK. Well, to close, I feel that I must tell you about this group of people out here that actually encourage open discussion. It seems that they have found this thing called ”rational thinking” that has shown absolute truth (not personal truth) to be usually located somewhere in the middle of two heavily debated arguments. Some of them have the audacity to believe that a quickly judged personal truth most often turns out to be a personal deception. But don’t be concerned Nate. Those freaks won’t respond to this post. They’re all out fucking themselves right now. I’ve watched the movie. It’s nice not being a fool any longer. The way to happiness is quite clear… Practically invisible. Real eyes realise real lies.

Absolute.Brilliance!!

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“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they cobrightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “hey – don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride…” …It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.” — The Late Bill Hicks, Comedian

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The Feeling..

“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.”
– Buddha

“What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet”
– Woody Allen

Do you ever get this overwhelming feeling of sheer beauty and awesomeness when you take in the simple fact that you exist, that you are conscious, that Time, the Universe and Everything is probably just an illusion in order to give you the sense of reality!?

I could be doing the most useless of things when this feeling overwhelms me. The other night I was pissing in some street corner when the stark beauty of the world hit me; The physics in everything, the blowing wind, the invisible air, the gravity that attracts, the centripetal force; the awesome chemistry that makes up our world, the sand, the cells in our body, the plants, the pee; I see an insect crawl by and revel in the immense complexity of the world even in the simplest of things, more so in the simplest of things and with my bike parked nearby standing as a testament to human intellect and the power of science.

To Think, The Visible Universe, All the Galaxies that there are, the Pulsars, the Quasars, the GRBs, the Black Holes, the Stars, the Gas Giants, The Rocky Planets, Our Pale Blue Dot, Amino Acids, Proteins, DNA, Water, Benzene, Ozone, Organic Chemistry, Life, Earth, Ellipses, Mathematics, Calculus, Evolution, Biology, Photosynthesis, Rainforests, Beaches, Sand, Schrödinger, Love, Strings, Branes, The Human Body, Quantum Mechanics, Plank’s Length, The Uncertainity Principle, Gluons, Bosons, Positrons, Homo Erectus, Bipeds, Genghis Kahn, Friedrich Nietzsche,The Birds, The Brain, Neurons, The Mind, Consciousness, To Think.

Just close your eyes, and think of these and all the other things that make up everything that we know of, just run images of these concepts in your mind in a few seconds and if that does not overwhelm you and give you goosebumps, nothing ever will.

Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.

SOAD

Life is a waterfall,

We’re one in the river,

And one again after the fall…

Swimming through the void

We hear the word,

We lose ourselves,

But we find it all…

Music

Without music life would be a mistake.

– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Creativity is the very essence of life. Sport, Poems, Movies, Paintings, Music; All is Art, the stuff that inspires, motivates, the very thing that defines us. But all forms of art are not equal, and there is one that stands out above all others, Music.

I have seen people who don’t like sport, movies, even books and paintings but I am yet to come across someone who does not listen to music. I guess music is up there with our larger brains, the use of tools and bipedality  in making us the species we are.

Carnatic, Hindustani, Rap, Rock, Hip-hop, Metal, Trash, Grunge, Techno or just plain old noise, whatever it is you just cannot help but appreciate the genius of music and it is definitely one of those things that make our lives much more bearable and enjoyable.

“They say music can alter moods and talk to you…” , the words of the King Eminem himself; it just tells you the immense power and influence of music on every single person’s life. You can get bored of anything but there will never be a day when you will run out of good music to listen to:).

And a small thing that I have noticed, All songs, well most of the good ones anyway, seem just okay the first time you hear them , but then they progressively get more and more awesome as the play count increases slowly and at some point of time it just becomes the most Legendary song ever until you eventually get bored with it and a new track takes it’s spot of being the best song ever and I guess this cycle goes on forever, as you can never ever run out of good songs :).

Ah, the feeling that you get when you are totally immersed in the song when it is at it’s peak, the musical orgasm that you experience when you totally lose yourself in the music! It is just amazing that a series of vibrations can make you dance spontaneously, can lift you up, can pull you down, can make you cry, can make you scream, can make you wanna die! And all this due to this amazing sense of perception, this stunning illusion that our brain creates while our ear drum vibrates in various frequencies.

And then there are the lyrics to all the songs, they can convey so much with so little. The perfect blend of ideas with words that just fuel your imagination and make you go though every single feeling that there is, because I guess music is what feelings sound like. Lyrics to music is like the soul to our body and I am sure everyone can quote so many favorite lines from various tracks that just make you go wtf due to sheer brilliance, creativity and the meaning put across elegantly. Amazing!

Anyway, here is a big Thanks to everybody who has contributed to the world of Music and finally, God bless Piracy because without it, people like me would have never experienced the joys of World Music thoroughly :P.

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Uh
Spray paint and ink pens
I use
To write in every color I think in
To paint a picture
With every rhyme that I speak in
Yeah
The gallery is the beat then I (echoes I)

– Lupe Fiasco

Life, Cricket and God…

Sport is Life and Test Cricket is probably the only sport that mimics life thoroughly. Everyone who has even been remotely associated with some Sport or the other knows how Mental toughness is much more important than physical excellence and Test Cricket is the ultimate Test of mental strength with the ability to stay focused even when it makes you yawn ,and hence the name.

One would certainly be hard-pressed to find another game that stretches on for five continuous days with so much physical skill and temperament involved. Which other game can bring out the exuberance of patient batting by Andrew Strauss and the flamboyance of Virender Sehwag in one single package?

George Bernard Shaw once said “The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity” and yes, the game meanders along for a really long time but so does life. The English in this match showed us what boredom really is! And I had the misfortune of seeing every ball they faced with zero aggression. They were so slow that Viru and even Mishra were gesturing to the crowd that they were dying in all the blade the English were putting without Manasatchi!

Life gives you shit, then everything that comes after it even if only slightly better feels like heaven and after two really gritty, patient and defensive innings from England and one totally insipid performance from India where we collapsed to a bowling attack with an off colour Monty and debutant Swann, came the awesome stuff. When it rains it pours and when Viru unleashed those breathtaking shots, the white buggers didn’t know what the hell hit them. You should have seen the English faces going wtf!! Lol !

And then, came God. Football gave us Maradonna, Basketball gave us Jordan and Cricket has given us Sachin Tendulkar. What commitment, skill, determination and love for the game even after all these years! The final day was just plain fucking legendary. Never will so many dot balls from Yuvi be cheered with such ferocity as he stopped eating away the runs that would allow God to score yet another hundred. Never will the entire stadium stand up for an hour and watch him play and erupt with joy for every run the legend scores. Never will so many plastic bottles be hit on the chairs to make so much noise. Never will the Barmy Army be surrounded by such freaked out Indians and stand in awe at the Chepauk’s amazing Crowd. And never will my throat be this sore after screaming the hell out for five days of amazing Cricket.

God..

God..

Another thing that I realized during this match is how awesome a bowler Freddie is. Man, he was the best with a line and length that rivaled McGrath and every time he ran in hard to bowl you cannot help but feel tensed at how the batsman is going to negotiate such fine bowling. And his stamina, phew, is he on steroids? When will our thayir sadham fast bowlers reach such levels of fitness ? And Strauss was amazing with two hundreds, a Dravid like performance that was so awesome that we did not know when he had scored a hundred runs because all I saw was dot balls when he faced, test cricket at its patient best. But the match was rightfully ours, for taking our chances; for Viru’s magnificent batting, for Sachin cause well, he is God; for Yuvi , for his ability to come up with such a fine innings after the most abysmal batting performance by him in the previous day and for Dhoni, man he is one lucky guy. Everything he does, he seems to nail it. Engaeyo machham da avannukku.

And I missed Kumble a lot, and we are gonna struggle when we go abroad because he was only guy consistently taking wickets for us away from home, lets hope Dhoni’s moles help us with this one too.

Anyway final words, Sehwag weightu! Sachin God! Chennai, Namma Ooru Ultimate!

Test Cricket is the ultimate test simply because it remains the only sport where men like Inzi and Viru, the Thondhi fellows with a nonexistent fitness program who cannot even see their toes compete against the fit and athletic men like Yuvi and Freddie. Well actually there is another thing that pits men of such contrasting natures and abilities against each other, it is called Life.

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