Monday, November 3, 2008

The All Nonsense Approach to life & happiness

Let’s start with a small exercise - Stick your tongue out and try to touch the tip of your nose. Put an effort at it, I know you can do it. OK! If you find it difficult then takes you through the steps of getting it done -

What is you first temptation – To try and touch it or Is it disgust? Now, when some of you might have even attempted this, I know for sure you might have at least been tempted to click the link. The forbidden fruit or a relatively unusual activity like this is tempting at best, but that voice inside your head that cries “… Nonsense! Nonsense!! …” steals the cake from you.

Why is it so? Why did Adam & Eve have to pluck the fruit forbidden by GOD or why do a lot of top notch leaders and ambitious people have difficult phases in their past to talk about or why does the Fox give up on the grapes that were a little high for him to catch hold off, why does he not try before concluding – ‘they are sour’? It is all in the mind.

Breaking away from the usual nature of habits and general cultural bindings is as difficult as touching the tip of your nose with your tongue. We either give up trying or we succeed at the effort. But none of us are weary of its lure. Be it the need to diet and get that flat tummy or be it hitting on that really hot neighbor or be it that car which is the wallpaper on your desktop!

Since, the moment we are born we are asked not to do this or that, don’t climb that tree, don’t go near the cliff, don’t mingle with strangers, don’t roam around late night, stay away from alcohol, do not bunk classes and what not. Do we abide by any of that? And when we do not, what happens? … A Guilt Trip … very synonymous to a road trip –impromptu & uncalled for.

The All non-sense approach does not claim that it has an answer to Guilt trips and the desirability of the forbidden fruit. It just says that:

“When life becomes nonsensically complicated and you have no answers, you are lost and trying to catch up with that slippery dream or desire … You need to get a life Dudes & Gals!! Break away and eat that forbidden fruit … Now! Not tomorrow! Not a year later … Right now! … And also may be sit and contemplate at the edge of a steep cliff if you really want what you desire & want so badly”.

What is first thing that races through your mind? What is the craziest thing you ever wanted to do? List it down and read it out. Don’t leave a single thing you wished or desired to do out of the list. Your deeply embedded rationale on feasibility would now bite you. But, learn to ignore it or defy it, at least when you write it down.

If you even consider this nonsense that I am suggesting to you, then initially it is going to be tough ride. Your principles, ideologies, culture, traditions, precognitive misdirection and confusions will drive you to ignore many an impulse action. Compete with it! Yes, Compete! See who is stronger. Fight the very fabric of your existence - your beliefs, faith, assumptions, and presumptions. Ask why things are the way they are are. Question everything & Live as if nothing is stopping you (whilst being responsible with as minimum disruption to others as possible ;) )

Trust me, if your assumptions or belief is right (I do not wish to get into defining right here. It’s a matter of your own interpretation.), then be proud of what you know. But, if they are wrong then do not worry, the realization of what you believed was wrong is difficult; like you getting to know your girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband was cheating on you. Be aware that it can disturb you and put you into doubt and trouble you. But, don’t you think living with the truth is better than being an ignorant fool lifelong or having done something to your hearts desire and content, is something worth effort.

What do you think? Tell me about it … Try that nonsensical thing and tell me how you feel !!!


selva ganapathy said...

really happy to read it and it was refreshing to read something like this.... why don't you constantly write something like this rather than scribbling something nonsense....Oh well that's the nonsense approach.. cool dude....

I always abide with what you've stated.. being nonsense to others might somewhere or the other make sense to you... forget the the nonsense and live it :)

Keep non sensing :-) and I'll also do it :P

Poonam said...

Interesting post.

richa said...
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richa said...

This one is good ...atleast it makes some one do something(touch their nose wth their tongue)
or atleast think about it....It stays in mind fr a little while...[:)]