Sunday, June 30, 2013

2047 : Immortality

Someone who probably knew me in a limited context, (say work), thought initially of me as someone larger than life. That person wrote into to me to tell me that once he read my blog, he realized that I am human just like others….I too listen to ghanchakar songs, and I too watched Beavis and Butthead at some point in my life.

I have forever maintained, and not really in a self deprecating way, or in any immodest avtaar, that I am just as deeply flawed as most humans. I have the same failings, and the number of the beast is the same for me as it is for you.

In that sense, that makes me part of a larger median curve….and I fit in right in the center of the standard distribution curve.

What probably makes me a little different? Its this constant desire to know things about myself, to know the mind as if it were another alien object (which in reality it is!!…infact the self is an illusion, and this is no Buddhist Mumbo Jumbo, but science speaking!!), to understand my failings better, to know what ticks me off, and ticks me in….and most importantly, that constant beat in my heart to leave a legacy.

I know I am beyond my prime, and I believe that life has been lack luster so far – but there is a world out there waiting for late bloomers….and that hope keeps me fighting to be alive Smile

Speaking of legacy, the Steve Jobs video which surfaced this month talks exactly on this aspect. Youtube link here

Steve Jobs on legacy

Part of this excerpted from Mashable

"This is a field where one does not write a principia that holds up for 200 years," he said. "This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries or builds a church that will be admired and looked at in astonishment for centuries. No, this is a field where one does one's work and in 10 years, it's obsolete and really will not be usable within 10 or 20 years."

Similar to how you can't go back and use older computer systems such as the Apple I and Apple II — because there no longer is any software to support it — technology that was once innovative will only be a part of the larger legacy of the industry.

"It's sort of like sediments of rocks," he said. "You are building up a mountain and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher. No one on the surface will have x-ray vision to see your sediment. They will stand on it, and it will be appreciated by that rare geologist, but no, it's not like the Renaissance at all."

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