• Life, or desire?

    • 20/03/2017

    Have you ever thought why everyone wants to lecture about life? Is it that important and interesting a subject? You also must have done it at some point of time. I did, too, I admit. But the day I understood what I actually wanted to talk about, I changed. My perspective changed. We synonym ‘life’ as fulfilment of our desires. If we have everything we want – we have a good life, and if we don’t – we have a bad life. But when I typed the word ‘Life’ in Google’s search-bar, it said – “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity and continual change preceding to death.” Wow! We will go one after the other. Life – is a condition. Condition is “the state of something.” Life and non-life, that means inorganic matter, are distinguished by a state of existence. Life is a state of existence that has scope for growth. Growth – “the process of increasing in size.” In the condition of life, we physically grow in size. This is called physical growth. During the process of physical growth, the power of our brain (aka mind) also grows. Simultaneously come into existence the physical need and the mental need. Both these needs have two different sub-divisions – basic and add-on. Basic physical need is food. Basic mental need is food for thought, meaning a situation wherein the brain needs to work analytically and reach a solution i.e. how will I get my food? Here, the add-ons pace in unnoticed, where the mind starts controlling the physical need and questions – what kind of food? Desire. How will I get that another kind of food? Desire. Life is ‘growth’, and simultaneously desire grows. Life is a state of existence in which reproduction takes place as a normal process, facilitating growth. Reproduction is “the biological process by which new individual organisms – ‘off-spring’ – are produced from their ‘parents’ – unlike the inorganic matter.” We may call it social growth. This is actually the result of the need for a society, and to oppose extinction. Add-on to this is the “mental need for the biological process.” Physical desire. On time, with need – is growth. Otherwise, grows only the desire. Life is a state of existence which involves functional activities. Functional activity is “an activity that is essential to support the physical, social and psychological (mental) well-being. Now, this talks about all those, which we have already discussed, together. We get food, we grow physically. We reproduce, we grow family. We function, we grow socially. But the hindrance is that we look for other kind of food and we think of the other ways to fulfil that desire. We look for mentally processed biological need; in simple word – sex; and we think of finding out other ways fulfil that desire. We want to grow, but to grow more than others. Desire. The meaning of growth changes. As a result, we become socially stable through unsocial means. If not, our desire remains unfulfilled, though we are socially functional. Life is a state of existence in which ‘change’ is constant. Change is “an act through which something becomes different.” In the condition called life, everything changes every day, which is a natural process. We grow – we change. With growth, we start thinking differently – our thought process changes. We reproduce – our social state changes. We function – our social status changes. We become different each day. This is a process. But when the “desire for change” or the “desire for being different” overshadows the natural process, conflict arises, which brings in the adjectives ‘good’ and ‘bad’. As every natural process ends, ‘life’ also has to end with a state called ‘death’. Death is “the permanent ending of the vital processes of the cells which constitute the physical body or the organism vesselling life. With death, ends the existence of that condition or state in which organisms grow and function. But the ‘desire’ doesn’t die. It gets carried forward even after the ‘end’ to the ‘off-springs’. The parental-desire lives through the life of its successors, who were created by the biological process towards social growth. With growth grows desire. Therefore, our desire takes the shape of our life and the meaning changes. With death ends life. Life ends, but desire remains. And, moreover, who has seen his own death?

    S. Ghosh

  • 'ONE' Element!

    • 18/01/2017

    Human body is made up of five elements - air, Water, Fire, Soil and Sky. It means, a single HUMAN is five times stronger than ONE ELEMENT! Therefore, be HUMAN, and remain HUMANE!