Everyone needs a theory, a guiding principle to take them through the toughest of their times. It’s during those times, we start questioning everything. We feel that there is great injustice done to us when everyone around us are so happy.
During such times, our mind keeps looking for some explanation, some answer to all the bigger unanswerable questions we face in our lives. We know they cannot be answered, but our human intelligence is adamant. As usual.
Back then, when I formed this theory (mainly to convince, console and silence myself) I was studying in the first year of my engineering degree. There was a call-in telephonic show in the AIR and a guy called Neeladhri was the host. I used to listen to this program not for those English songs that were played, but just for the interesting/intelligent conversations he holds with people. One day, I decided to call-in.
Call it luck (or bad luck?), I got the line.
Neeladhri: Ok, what do you want to say?
Me: I have devised a philosophy about life. Shall I speak about that?
Neeladhri: Wow (Thinking – That should be sure shot entertainment) Go ahead.
Me: I think that life is the same for everybody, irrespective of their race, religion, caste, financial status, location, education and any other factor created by humans. Taken over an entire lifetime, people experience equal levels of happiness and grief (50% – 50%).
Neeladhri: (He, and perhaps the whole of Chennai was speechless for 3 seconds) On what basis did you come to this conclusion?
Me: My own observation and thinking. In fact, we can extend the same theory to animals as well….
Neeladhri: (Interrupting me and speaking in a sad tone) I got it. There — are — certain — things that are — beyond — our — understanding. Anyway, let’s go to the next song….
Now I have decided to reach a bigger audience through the Internet 🙂 I know this theory is unscientific, illogical and silly. It can neither be proved right, nor proved wrong.
I hope it can be discredited immediately, as it is against the basic human pretense that things can be improved through advances in technology, processes and human intelligence/innovation.
But my theory is about fairness and justice. For example, nature seems to have an automatic balancing system using which it seems to automatically balance the amount of happiness/grief (and other such ying/yang factors) that one experiences in their life. And of course, there is Karma.
There is something called as relativity and nature checkmate’s us using this concept. Nothing we experience in life is absolute. Everything, is relative to something else. Having a hundred rupee note might look absolute. But what we can do with it and how much happiness it can give us, depends on various factors. That’s relativity.
Let me know your views on it.
PS: I never thought I will publish this ever in my blog 🙂