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Would you like you, if you meet you!

11 Mar

It just shocks me to think that for each passing stranger – I’m a passing stranger.

So I met myself on a train, I travel a lot by train. I looked at him and first thing I notice is that he looks familiar. Our eyes meet and we smiled at each other. I went to him and said “At long last we finally meet”. “I know an asshole when I see one”, said him. “This isn’t me”, I thought “or is it”.

He left by saying that it wasn’t me, it was him and If only he met me as a woman, she’d totally hit that. He meant it’d be awesome. We’d like the same shit. We’d know what we like in bed. We’d both have a weird sense of humor. We’d both be cat lovers. We’d like the same TV shows and just sit around in our PJs watching the same something. Although the apartment would be really messy.

Next day in the train, I again saw him. I thought that because I know myself, he knew far too much about me. I had to kill him. I chased him across the streets and into a dark alley. He looked back at me and saw a knife in my hand. We stood in utter silence. He passed by me and I couldn’t move. He whispered:

You’re intimidating as all hell
But I ain’t scared of you
I know how you work
I am just like you

Last time I saw myself was in the dark alley. I always thought that if I meet myself I would completely and totally fall in love with myself. It would be natural and I’d find a friend in myself. But, it is not enough to love ourselves, and not care about anything else; we are not islands, and our actions do affect others. So, I tinkered with the space-time continuum and it changed everything. It changed me.

Time travel to the past is paradoxical in general; I really don’t think there’s anything exceptionally paradoxical about meeting a past version of yourself. Though meeting the same (different) you from a parallel universe would be different (same).

I met me once. We don’t talk anymore!

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The Question is not IF, but WHEN!

27 Jun

Down here life continues, the traffic is awful, the stocks goes on trading, sun is rising and setting, human are becoming more and more conscious. But up there in the vast darkness of the universe, asteroids are lurking following a definitive path beautifully defined by the Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Some stray too close to earth and some are too far away to be ever discovered. A few call them waste of deep space but if you happen to be on one of them there will be no doubt that it’s not home. Asteroids preserve organic materials since who knows when, may be even the beginning of solar system.

Say an asteroid crashed into earth billions of years ago, may be it delivered the organic material and water; the raw ingredients of life. It may have also sowed the seeds of life that evolved into us.

Say it crashed into the earth now. Think of the dinosaurs being wiped out by an asteroid strike. It’s only a question of time. Eventually we will go the way of the Dinosaurs.

So before they find us, let’s find them on Asteroid Day (30th June) @ https://asteroidday.org/live/

If life on earth wipes out leaving behind only a few us, we will be homeless, adrift, and purged on a hostile earth. We will have to leave everything behind to create a new world on still what will be known as earth.

Will it be the same? Will we be the same?

Our place in the Universe

28 May
“Equipped with his five senses,
Man explores the universe around him
And calls the adventure Science”
                                                          Edwin P. Hubble
Things around us aren’t always what they seem. In the everyday world we use a simple scale, ourselves, to know what is small and what is large. But what about the worlds that lie beyond; what is truly large and what is truly small?
Sometimes I wonder life beyond the earth on those countless other planets that circle other Suns. Is there also life! Does the beings on other worlds resemble us? Or would they be astonishingly different? What would they be made up of? How common is what we call life in the vast darkness of the universe?
Our purpose of life on earth and our quest for life elsewhere are the same side of a coin. The search for who we are.
We are made of organic molecules that came from the immense cloud of star dust, which we call the stuff of life. These organic molecules are abundant in the universe produced by the same chemistry everywhere. Perhaps, given enough time the origin and evolution of life in inevitable. There will surely be planets too hostile for life, but on some fraction of worlds there may be lifeforms more intelligent than us. And our blue planet is one of them, where life evolved as complex as we.
There is no generally agreed upon long term vision of the goal of our species, other than of course simple survival. Especially when the times are hard, we become unreceptive to dashed hopes and much more willing to hear that we are special, more special than the air we breathe and the water we drink. And we never mind even if the evidence is paper thin. We never think that the evidence of life somewhere else would be so repeatedly and thoroughly incompatible with position that we humans are the center stage in the universe. But, what’s the alternative? To be certain in an uncertain world’! To adopt the comforting belief system no matter how out of place the facts there is. If we do not know what is real then how can we deal with reality? How can we be sure which of the thousands of human belief system should become ubiquitous?
For practical reasons we can live for only finite amount of time to know the answers.
People get some kind of satisfaction in putting humans down and thinking that there is one Supreme Being. Why can’t we find a way in which we are superior? Then again, If God is dispassionate and unresponsive to human need and we are not the apple of God’s eye, there is no doubt that man may feel himself and has often felt himself a great too insignificant to be the object of any particular divine training or care. If earth be considered as an ant mound and life and death of humans can be considered as life and death of so many ants, which run in and out of so many holes in search of food and sunlight, it is quite certain that no adequate importance will be attached to the duties of human life. In this debate I sometimes feel cold and discouraged in the predefined mantras of science and religion.
But if universe is infinite and big bang was just a cusp of current state of the cosmos then cause and effect is redundant.
So do we have a choice of choice? Does it even matter what our choice is?
And to think, did God have any choice in creating the universe?