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A typical human blunder

One of the biggest human blunders is the assumption that we know. No, it’s not that it can’t be known, for it can! However have we even cared (to know) is the question. There is an understanding and insight that will greatly afford control, wisdom and success, but for that one must be willing to search out, pursue, exhaustively verify, prove. And only then apply, enforce, prevail. Fear and insecurity shouldn’t stop us from grasping the truth.

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Blundering on alphabets

It’s possible one can expect to flaunt a ‘doctorate’ (even ‘Authorship’) itself when one is blundering on alphabets. Can such be possible? Yes, here are a few examples: being a criminal and being the lawmaker of an entire land; being a preacher without knowing the Bible; being a teacher without knowing or being in control of one’s stuff and still others. But does that work? No! Coz when the alphabets themselves are muddled, whence words, whence a sentence, the paragraph or an essay, for a thesis or a book to turn up?! First the basics, then the advanced. First the lower, then the higher. It’s slow, even painful (if it should even be called that, for how much gain there is knowing one’s alphabets, the basics!) that way, but beyond that lies the fast and gainful.

Get it right

Understanding chokes out error.

Rich paupers

There is that class of those in live in poverty, penury, frugality but who own the wealth of all in the world. Trust me, it’s not all philosophy, ideology. Take Gandhi for e.g., over the days he quit his barrister job, put away his finery, even full clothing to identify with the weakest by lifestyle. He pared down life to the bare minimum as still Sabarmati testifies with its bare cot, and the lone spinning wheel. He is not remembered for his education, his command over language or houses he may have built. Not the money he gathered, not the fashionable pose he struck. But he did build a nation, he did fight for equality, for justice, for moderation and secularism. What that accomplished was a nation of teeming millions who imbibed his values, his vision, his simplicity, his tenacity, his generosity. Sure, they may not have built a nation from what they said or did (as beloved Gandhi ji) but they did live peaceful and industrious lives, built houses, made income to make ends meet, help others and even save up for future generations. They did achieve great exploits in those very areas Gandhi refused to confine himself to: money, education, fame, accomplishment, comfort. All significantly tied in to and springing from the service of one man who gave his all to have a nation take a particular course. For had he not paid with his life, India would have taken another course: a fundamentalist ideology still steeped in superstition and exploitation, untouchability and extremism, slavery and subjugation, glamour and pomp. Hence every rupee made by the average Indian is due to Gandhi in a more real way, the houses they built for the peace they were afforded, the education they could access for the progressive outlook they were provided with, the modesty they reflect for the simplicity they were compelled to. Yes, it all belongs to the man who chose to be a pauper for another’s wealth.

That’s the very same principle of Christ and of Paul too. They are well summarized by these stark words of Paul (the great!) who (most unfortunately!) had to defend his noble but poor estate with a churchdom (Corinthian) who were too blinded for this worldly measures:

4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. II Cor. 6:4-10

The brutality of redemption

It’s like the doctor who’s the enemy who is the friend. It’s the injection that ushers in the recovery. In the narrower sense the enemy but in the broader, the friend. There is fear but there’s respect. For the don’ts are many, as are the discomforts. But after the assault the redemption.

The quick n easy way

We’ve all heard it umpteen no of times that there are no shortcuts in life. But no, I’ll tell you there ARE! The shortest, quickest and easiest way is right in your hands: fix what you can, what’s in your hands, what you needlessly do wrong, what’s wrong as a way of life, a lifestyle and automatically things will get sorted, the problem will end, you’ll reach the destination all at once! We do it wrong all the time and expect the magical to fix it. We live it wrong and anticipate right. Not so! Instead when we fix what’s within our means, 9 out of 10 the magic is included. The resolution is immediate. Be quick to fix the problem, easy to find the solution. There’s no need for delay!

The illegitimacy of counterfeit

The counterfeit can be an exact copy of the real, in work, in look, even in apparent function, except for its legitimacy, for the labor and occupation is quite the same as the real only minus its acceptance. For, take a counterfeit currency: it can even be printed off a condemned original machine, looks identical to the real, closely follows the true currency’s trail in identity, and even gains a seamless circulation for a while. The only thing that disqualifies it is the ‘pronouncement’ of illegitimacy upon it. It is that which negates it, rendering all of the labor, identity and function illegal. So also with life: we need to beware our labor and the identity of it is redeemed against life’s final authority, namely God, who ultimately pronounces it legitimate or illegitimate. In other words, do what God allows.