Tuesday, April 17, 2007

About Pain...and the world cup update...

And a woman spoke, saying, “Tell us of Pain.”

And he said:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And if you could keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

So the question we may ask is whether avoidance of pain can prompt us to take the easier path of non confrontation with ethical dilemmas.

Can pain be treated as an instrument of learning? Is it practical? Is it an idealistic notion?

To answer this lets look at it from the opposite idea. Is Happiness eternal? Will the joyous feeling from things being perfect ever lead to questioning any of it for its true worth and will it ever lead to an effort to make things better?

In my opinion, no, being happy all the time is equally significant in retarding learning. And if being happy is at the cost of avoiding pain, the loss is only double. Pain can be treated as an instrument of learning if we can take care of the following concerns,

1. Like happiness, pain is also only momentary.
2. The discomfort from pain has to be used to better the situation or in finding solutions. Not in justifying the pain.
3. In not settling into any sort of comfort zone with pain all around.

Is it practical? Yes, it is, though only if pain is allowed in small amounts. If you get overwhelmed at the size of problem there is no point in feeling the pain.

And yes, it can sometimes spiral into being highly idealistic when you try to take on more than you can solve. Pain is just an instrument, its not an environment to exist in.

The fight should be to get out of it.


No, am not suffering from 'pethal'osis...just helped a friend for his ethics class (come to think of it, how ethical does that sound?..:D), gave me enough material for a blog post of my own..:)

So chill if it all sounded weirdly scary, read it if you want a direction.


This World Cup has been dragging on forever now, and every morning when I watch some cricket on the TV, i only end up feeling sad for the state of the game. Yup granted we are no longer in India, but still I have seen desis here reject the game nowadays, and I end up watching the game either alone or with some guys I call 'the last of the fanatics'.

Some games have been the fun, nail biting contests we come to expect of these big encounters, some have lame-duck written all over them. England have been the most overrated team to make it to the Super 8s, Australia have been the most clinical and the most boring of them all. Imagine a bunch of droids playing the game with no emotions. Thats the ozzies for u.

Luckily I have some cross country pals foolish enough to have bought the package just like me. So the mania continues in the virtual world, with this guy who went to Vancouver on a break and is stuck in his hotel room watching England take on South Africa because its raining ( as usual) outside.

Munching on some fries, he tells me, this world cup's the worst man ( the weather must have added to the emotions), and I now know why India lost in the opening round. They would have been bored to play for this long as well!

I cant disagree.

We started off with such enthusiasm that we have an online pool for the tournament. And every night as I sit down to send in my entry, it only surprises me that I cant remember any hero, any player worth his performance in this cup. Malinga's 4 ball 4 wickets was one, but apart from that all other performances have been just plain ok. ( Even Malinga's effort was met with half empty stands)

Today they were discussing who the player of the tournament would be, McGrath was on top with 12 wickets, Styris, Kallis, Ashraful and some other guy I cant even remember.

Jeez and I almost spent 800 bucks to go to Kingston to watch the semi-finals on April 24th.

It was after all SRT's bday and imagine India making the semi-finals, I thought.

Now I can only think of sending him a tricolor cake for his birthday. Cut that u dream-buster! (ex-dream maker)

Tomorrow is SL-ireland like who cares a crap.

But still i'm third in the pool with every game getting more important than the other. So even if it sounds like a walkover, I still need to get the 4 points for the MOM.

Any suggestions anyone?


Blogger Pri said...

Yeah every Desi spent 200 bucks. Think of all the food supplies they couldve bought from Costco! Decades of food supplies.

9:36 PM  

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