So you think you can’t draw?

I just saw the video here:

I am not an artist. Anything but. My general opinion was that my “art” can make a good torture weapon. And while watching the above video, came up with this:

Not great, but definitely better than anything I’ve tried before. Great, in my opinion, for a first attempt of five minutes in all.

The message towards the end struck a chord. What else am I too afraid to try?

Relevant tweet I came across this morning:


The Green Blooded Unicorn

Preface: I answer a question every week, under the game AMA. Ask Me Anything

This week’s question:

It seems like thousands of people get on the internet every day to shout their opinion at anyone who will listen or to shout back at those people who started the shouting in the first place. Why do they at all do that??

Obligatory xkcd comic on this one.
Duty Calls, courtesy xkcd

It really doesn’t surprise me. People crave attention more than anything. It makes them feel important. Internet allows you to voice your opinion.

People are desperate to be heard. Not many realize it. It gives them a sense of importance.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. -Oscar Wilde

I can not put it any better. What better place than internet to sport a mask? It can not get any easier.

It is something deeper than the simple explanation I was trying to give. The gist remains the same. Ego. Not many realise how important it is to satisfy your desire to feel important. I can not stress it enough. I’d take the rather brave stance to state that satisfying your ego and asserting that you are important is the most important thing everyone must do.

Why should you satisfy your ego? I’m afraid I can not answer it reasonably in a short post. My stance has got a lot to do with how I view the world, the good, the bad, the truth, the ideal, and the very purpose of life.

My views are very much influenced by my choice. I chose to believe that it is a choice that makes all the difference.

I’ll leave it at that and let you ponder.

P.S: In case you are still wondering what a unicorn has got to do with this: I too can use totally unrelated titles to drive loads of traffic to my blog. ­čśŤ

What is the purpose of life?

Preface: So I got vimpress set up and now I need something to write about. I play a game. Ask Me Anything. AMA.

The big question. What is the purpose of life?

TL;DR: Whatever you chose to believe.

I honestly don’t know if I’m qualified enough to answer this, but I’ll answer it anyway. And I’ll try to keep it short.

Did you ever question the purpose of life? Did you try questioning someone what they believe is the purpose of life?┬áThere are people who’ve devoted their life for an ideal they chose to believe in. Art, Philosophy, Science, Religion, Country, Society,┬áService, Terror, Chaos, Peace, and what not. Ask them what the purpose of life is. They would give you answers varied in perspective,┬áoften strongly aligned with the ideal they chose to believe in. And at some point of time, you might doubt, or realize,
that these people have chosen an ideal for a reason that collapses the more you explore its roots, and then made a semi-conscious
effort to convince themselves that that precise thing they believe in, is what the essence of life is.

With so many answers, often not in agreement with one another, you might be tempted to conclude they are all far from truth. But I doubt if it is really the case. Truth, very much like good and bad, is relative, and depends very much on the perspective.
All those statements that state a particular thing to be the true essence of life, all of them are true, for the simple reason that the speaker chose to believe in it.

It is all a matter of choice.

Not everyone has an ideal to live for. Many are busy in the mechanical ways of life that they had neither the opportunity nor the need to┬áexplore the philosophical questions on life. Those are the ones you find dumb-struck when they face the question. They haven’t made the choice yet.

Your choice, is what defines you.

Maybe you are…

Maybe you are the kind of person who is afraid of failure so you give up at the first sign of difficulty. Maybe you never learned self-discipline so you can’t do anything that’s “boring”. Maybe you were told that you are “gifted” so you never attempt anything that might make you seem stupid or not a prodigy. Maybe you are competitive and unfairly compare yourself to someone like me who’s been programming for 20+ years.

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