Rant #1

Who said the Internet is virtual?

What happens on the internet affects the real world.

Since the Internet exists in our minds, which exist on the basis of synaptic connections, which are real, how can the Internet be virtual?

It is based on the physical interconnections between physical devices called computers, and we operate these machines with our synaptic connections, and so we manipulate reality by transforming it to the so called virtual domain which then reflects back on the reality we live in.

Its how you utilize what you have been given

A Tweet can be about the TV show you so willfully spent wasting the past one hour of your life watching. A Tweet can be about your mundane efforts at hilarity by creating a new Hash bang. A Tweet can be about publicizing to the World where you are this very instant so that unknown Joes across the World can utilize this data to improve the understanding of all humans.

I tell you, that same Tweet can change the World as you know it.

A Facebook Status update can be about food. It can be about how you feel. It can be about why you broke up with another Homo Sapiens because they indulged in unproductive mating with another.

Or it can change the World.

Its "How you use the utilities and Tools you are given."

The Tree

Feed the poor. Provide them healthcare, vaccinations, and clean rations.

Shelter the homeless. Opportunities should be provided to the deserving.

Clean the surroundings. Clear the dust.

Vehemently endeavor to uproot Graft.

Plant and grow Trees. Reduce the Carbon footprint.

Educate the illiterate. Unlearn the unnecessary. Expand your vision, your outlook. Petty squabbles, ego battles, thirst for inconspicuous instant-gratification victories will all be relegated to the gutters in the course of time. Is not the Earth itself tremendously minuscule even in the smallest of all the Sun Spots?

Obtain the Big Panorama.

Enhance yourself. Self Improvise. Become an Autodidact. Learn self control, self restraint, mastery over the Senses.

Stop making mountains out of molehills. Stop wasting time, energy, resources, fuel, thought, that which cannot be regained.

The Tree will stand. The Tree will endure. The Tree isn't dumb, it is and always will remain a silent Spectator.

What will the Tree do? It sheds its leaves. Glorify it, decorate it, uproot it, you are only encroaching upon its serenity accorded to it by the Forest. In solitude the Rains will water it. The Elements will offer it sanctuary.

Its Fruit might take years to be reaped, but it should be accorded the solitude it so verily craves for, to repay the debt incurred due to its growth on the Mountain of Gratitude.

An Incomplete Lament

Despite its rich multicultural heritage and it being on the path to becoming a Superpower, my country, India, is still home to unspeakable atrocities against Humanity.

The petty relics of historical squabbles is the malaise that plagues my nation from gaining the appreciation it so deserves.

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of expression, and Equality are all a glorified myth which solely exists in the Indian constitution and not in the minds of Indians. The country is still divided on the basis of Language, Religion, Color (India can be considered a stellar example for Human Genetic Diversity), Caste, Social Status, and whatever possible division that can be conceived by the Dogmatic Indian Mind.

Anglicization to an extent has redeemed the country from sliding into a civil war.

Reason: Each endogamous social and religious group is afraid of the other. Their oft repeated statement: "Where shall we go?"

My answer: Go to Hell.

The privileged send their children abroad and return to their offices spreading propaganda about Brain Drain, Racism and lies about lack of opportunities abroad. Where will they go if the common Indian's child gains a World Perspective?

People who speak out against Human Rights violations are silenced with a freak road accident, threatened with Freudian fears like Castration, HIV Infection or with Amputation or Mutilation. Sometimes the mark of insanity is laid upon them and they are fed Psychiatric Drugs which lead the brave individual to a lobotomy.

Where will they go if someone uproots the Fear they spread among the uneducated masses?

The privileged send their Women to beautify themselves and show off their Empowered status in the metropolises yet at the same time lament the lack of safety and "Cultural Degradation" in the glorious country for their cherished princesses. Where will they go, their liberated Women are not safe!

The privileged, whose Women lust after Good Men in society by bringing their entire endogamous socio-religious bandwagon pursuing these Good Men to marry them, ruining their concentration, peace of mind and sanity in the process, where will they go if they won't get the good publicity for their endogamous Socio-Religious group that could only arise from such supposedly good matrimonial liaisons?

The daughters of maids and workers sit on the floor in the houses of these people.

People constantly ascribe you your caste depending on the perceived behaviors you exhibit. Zoo animals and their Zoo Keepers.

People with access to information withhold it from those who seek it. Where will they go if the common Indian becomes intelligent?

People who assume the roles of Educational Consultants, Professors and prominent scholastic positions fuel their Ideologies through their classes which are meant to teach Engineering or other subjects.

India will become a Superpower. After so many innocent, naive, gullible, hapless, underprivileged Indians have toiled away, without any recognition or compensation for their life efforts, for the privileged and their children to savor the country's superpower status. Where will they go if all Indians become equal?

By privileged I mean any person who is in the upper strata of Indian Society, irrespective of Caste/Religion.

I am Inter-Caste, I don't believe in Caste, and I was brought up ignorant of Caste, that's the reason I can observe my own society as an outsider and proclaim my 1 unit of currency on it. I am privileged enough to have access to the Internet to be able to write this. Yes, this is neo global rhetoric spewed by me, but does it not convey the picture of my country?

May God cry when He observes India and realizes the horrendous inhumanities committed in the name of Religion and Caste.

Thank you, the reader of this article. Spread word of this "Aam Admi's" (Indian version of the average Joe) lament.

In other news, I'd like some experienced suggestions on buying a good Bicycle.

The Internet is fun!

I grew up with the Internet, trawling it, crawling it, surfing it, assimilating it and unsuccessfully eschewing it.

You trawl it.
You crawl it.
You surf it.
You assimilate it.
You begin to live in it.
You, unsuccessfully, eschew it.
It's the digital wormhole,
The wormhole which can be a Time-Sink Black hole or,
An information disseminating Supermassive Black hole.

         Tim Berners-Lee named it the Internet. The reason you are reading this article penned by me thousands of miles away partitioned behind a cornucopia of electrical and digital complexities.

             You might be viewing this piece of avant garde Internet lingo influenced literature on the now archaic desktop computers, or their slimmer sleeker contemporarily ubiquitous counterparts - handheld devices with enough digital brains to call them Smartphones.

The Internet is fun. Fun in unfathomable ways. The Internet has now transformed to become the Digital Mirror of Man.

Regime changing, World influencing Fun

                 Internet Activism finds the internet to be fun when entire tyrannical regimes oppressing millions of people are brought to light and toppled overnight thanks to trending tweets on Twitter and chilling status updates and photos shared on Facebook, the Internet's reigning sons. Twitpic your grievances from your smartphone, and voila! The World observes and comes to your rescue.

The Window to Sociability

                      Desperate People craving for Social acceptance and connectivity with long lost ones find the Internet to be fun when it allows them to interact with people over the internet with ease and aplomb instantaneously. Tweet your status, Facebook your emotions from your smartphone, and voila! Your network listens and engages in digital social contact with you. 

Pedantic fun!

                    The inquisitively curious student finds the Internet to be fun when it grants him access to treasure troves of educational resources hitherto locked away in obscure libraries inaccessible by him. Online courses, people willing to educate curious minds over the internet all transform the Internet into a gateway to endless education for the eager student. Educational applications on smartphones, supplemented by cognitive enhancement applications all transform today's internet ready phones into life defining tools which set the student on a career trajectory replete with success. 

Find-what-you-are-looking-for fun!

                   People desperately seeking information on any topic conceivable by the human mind find the Internet to be fun when Search Engines present what they are seeking for to them in a silver platter. Appearing as tiny dashboard widgets on the user interfaces of today's smartphones, information is literally a few taps away for the curious searcher. The internet makes the arduous process of finding exactly what you want to be seamless fun! 

The Island of Connectedness 

                    Today's Internet denizen finds the internet not be fun, but to be of pure Bliss. Perched from his location, armed with Internet connectivity, he has everything at his disposal: from ordering food to books, to even buying shelter, with the added perk of earning for this sustenance through the same Internet itself! The possibilites are endless with the Internet. Yes, the Internet can translate the notion of "Fun living" into a reality. 

Cartographically speaking..

                    Smartphones armed with blazing speed Internet connectivity are making modern day Cartographers of their owners. Gone are the days when people resorted to outdated maps to find their way through the sprawling metropolises. Geo synchronous maps with street level real time accuracy abound in the Internet which transform finding your way around intricate locations sheer fun! 

           With umpteen avenues and endless channels of information available for the eager consumer, the Internet is what you make it out to be for yourself. It is a connected realm of endless possibilites for fun in so many unfathomable ways. 

 Endlessly, infinitely, fascinatingly and intriguingly, the Internet is fun!

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