कुछ

इतना ज़हर मत दो की मैं तड़पता ज़िंदा रहूँ
इतनी दवा मत दो की मैं तड़पता मर जाऊ ॥

ज़हर

तुम्हारे दिल का जो ज़हर है,
इसका बहुत बड़ा कहर है
छोटी छोटी चिंगारियां उठती है,
जो मिलकर एक दिन सब भस्म कर देती है ॥

तरकी

इस शहर की तरकी को देखो,
बच्चों के सपनों को तरकी की ज़हरीली हवा में डूबता हुआ मत देखो
देश में अच्छे दिन है कुछ लोगों की मौत को मत देखो,
हमको क्या फर्क पड़े किसी और की दुनिया उजड़ने से हमारी इंसानियत का नकाब देखो ।।

अंत

हर सांस अंत की शुरुवात है
आखरी सांस ही अंत है
कोई सांस का हिसाभ है?
सिर्फ कर्मो की निशांनी रह जाती है
वह भी कुछ सालों में कहीं गुम हो जाती है
शायद कुछ निशान रह जाते है
पर उनका भी मतलब बदल जाता है
फिर कर्म क्यों?
फिर जीतने की तमना क्यों?

Tips from Mark Dvoretsky

From this wonderful interview –

But we mustn’t forget chess is also a sport and to be successful at a sport it is not enough to just have knowledge, you should have skills too. And for the development of skills you need to train

But it is not sufficient to only find what the student’s shortcomings are. It is also important to find out the reason why specific mistakes are being made

Conformism

A human who finished top 3 in a school is a school level conformist
A human who graduates from a top university is an educated college level conformist
A human who takes up a job at a large company with salary is successful capitalist conformist
A human who gets married achieves marriage level conformism
A human producing child is parent level conformist
A human who eventually dies is a human conformist

Quotes from The Children Of Men

The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children. What will be the world like if humans are unable to produce children anymore? Will the world become more miserable than it already is? The first part of the book was engaging but the second half becomes ‘too filmi’ when we are taken on a journey with the dissidents.

Bureaucracy

The petty bureaucrats of tyranny, men who relish the carefully measured meed of power permitted to them, who need to walk in the aura of manufactured fear, to know that the fear precedes them as they enter a room and will linger like a smell after they have left, but who have neither the sadism nor the courage for the ultimate cruelty.

Persistence

People have no persistence. They take up enthusiasms but quickly tire, particularly if their interest isn’t continually stimulated.

Idealism

The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.

Marriage

We live in the same house, but we’re like dodgers or guests in the same hotel.

Maut

यह मेरी लाश पड़ी हुई है ,
चंद लोगों की भीड़ जमा हुई है
अब सवालों के बोझ से हर सांस नहीं लेनी पड़ेगी ,
पर जवाबों से मुलाकात की गुंजाइश नहीं रही है
अब हसने के मौके भी नहीं रहे ,
न गम के आसूं बहाने के मौके रहे
अब हर रोज़ बैंक बैलेंस की चिंता नहीं करनी ,
बेचारे जो ज़िंदा है उनकी कश्मकश चलती रहेगी
यह कैसी दुनिया रची है इंसानों ने
एक को २५ करोड़ में नवाज़ा जाता है
पर जो दिन भर मेहनत करता है वह धुप में ही सोता है ।

Unsynchronised

The group called themselves ‘Human Terminators’. The members were from various parts of the planet Earth. The communication technology had enabled them to come into contact with each other. They were passionate about the same idea. To be successful, they felt every other human needs to be killed specially the kids, the old and those who were not willing to try their idea. And, they achieved their mission. But, the bigger mission still awaited to be done. They built a huge building which housed the only surviving 2,00,000 humans. It was firmly believed by them that a computer simulation was responsible for running of human lives. Things happened randomly in the lives of humans. Humans had no control. Humans will never achieve happiness, equality for all. So, better to destroy this simulator. And, they felt to defeat randomness they needed to do everything at the same time for 24 hours – wake up at same time, brush at same time and for same length etc. And, the simulator will die and so will the human species. So, on 24th September, 2316, they started practicing synchronization. They woke up at 5 a.m. Then, started brushing for 5 minutes at 5.01 a.m. and finished at 5.06 a.m. They were able to synchronize many activities.

But, they failed to synchronize the timing and length of finishing their toilet routine. The failure continued for 3 months. Some got very frustrated and committed suicide. In the end, ‘Human Terminators’ gave up.

End of fiction

Foucault

Reading various philosophers introduces to ideas we never think of. I came across Foucault and his take on power, punishment fascinated me. So, to understand his ideas I picked up A Very Short Introduction by Gary Gutting.

Some of the ideas/quotes which the author covers

1) Foucault said “The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.”

2) What is an author? Is a person who writes shopping list on a paper an author?

3) Politics – distinction between polemics and problematizations. Gary writes “Political discussions should be driven by the concrete problems that raise our questions, not by the established theories that claim to be able to answer them.”

4) Archaeology of knowledge – every author writes under constraints of his time. Gary writes “But Foucault’s idea is that every mode of thinking involves implicit rules that materially restrict the range of thought. We will not be so much interested in, say Hume or Darwin as in what made Hume or Darwin possible.”

— marginalization of the subject
— do not ask what Descartes mean but “they use what Descartes – wrote as clues to the general structure of the system in which they thought and wrote.”

5) There is an intimate tie between knowledge and power. “Foucault claims that power has a positive epistemic role, not only constraining or eliminating knowledge but also producing it.”

6) Crime and Punishment – “The most striking thesis of Discipline and Punish is that the disciplinary techniques introduced for criminals become the model for other modern sites of control ( schools, hospitals, etc.). so that prison discipline pervades all of modern society.”

— Foucault says that modern approach to discipline produces ‘docile bodies’ through 3 means – Hierarchical observation, normalizing judgement and examination.
— “Society itself appears as a multitude of dominated others: not only criminals but also students, patients…. Each of us is the subject of modern power.”