Category Archives: Evolution

God, the Creator

In a God-believing world, God is the Creator. History indicates that Religion has payed a major role in forming a civilisation. So God is going to be a major part of the modern civilisation.

While I was a student in Australia, I went on a trip organised by the university for overseas students to Canberra (Australia’s capital). At one of the stops, there was a shop selling aboriginal artefacts. One board at an opal shop described an aboriginal legend that when gods got angry, they made lightning. It broke the rainbow and the colours fell to the ground forming opals. Gods have been with us for ages. The aboriginal culture it seems, is more than ten thousand years old.

For ages, we have had this fear of the unknown. We have been awed by the vastness of the universe, and the vastness of the forces of nature. Our own strength and ability which we are so proud of sometimes, reach a limit which is far surpassed by the natural forces. Our imagination perhaps asks, “who else is out there, stronger than us?” It is that “another” being who is stronger than us that intrigues us. We haven’t been able to pinpoint to it which we normally like to do. It seems to be there everywhere we go, because all around us there is Mother Nature. And, she is mighty strong. We place our almighty force in mother nature and we call it God.

God has played an important role in us because It (with capital I, for there is said to be only one God in English language, and he is neither male, nor female) gave us the faculties of Faith and Imagination. Every achievement of the human society has been a product of imagination. Whatever we designed, we imagined first. And perhaps, our imagination began with the imaginary concept called God.

The subject of God raises a lot of subjects. Each of them – whether in favour of God, or against – is valuable, and that is why God is important in human civilisation.

A Thought about Thoughts

Thoughts can be about past events, or future. Present is kind of momentary. So, in this discussion, it is considered irrelevant, because it is transient.

If thoughts are about the past, there is something we should look at. They may be lingering because we perhaps think about how we could have prevented the past. That is an impossible exercise to attempt to fix the past that has already happened.

Why does the past hurt us now? Because we allow it to! Much after the past event happened, i.e. now, we are playing its recording in our mind, in our thoughts, and thinking about how we could have prevented it. The defense that tries to prevent a past event is just another thought.

Can it be true that this ‘just another thought’ that is trying to correct the past is also trying to prevent the Present – because Present involves adapting every moment? Is it valid that we are just not comfortable with the change that happens every moment around us? Hence, are we trying to prevent (in vain) the change around us, rather than changing with the change, or adapting to the environmental changes around us? That’s just a thought.

Maybe, every thought we generate as our defense mechanism is unique to us, and it has no logical relevance. We created our defense mechanism because we created it – without any logic or reason! Can we distinguish our defense, or, can we catch our defensive thoughts?

Maybe we can neutralise the defense mechanism and just embrace the future that is happening around us with open arms?


Plans are inert and useless without sufficient power to translate them into action.

Power is “Organised and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE”.

Power is ORGANISED EFFORT sufficient to enable an individual to transmute DESIRE into an equivalent outcome (Monetary Equivalent).

ORGANISED EFFORT is produced through the coordinated effort of two or more people, who work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.

Power is required for accumulation of money. Power is required for retention of money after it has been accumulated.


  1. Infinite Intelligence
  2. Accumulated Experience
  3. Experiment and Research

When the minds of two people are coordinated in a spirit of harmony, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the psychic phase of the Master Mind.

Man’s brain may be compared to and electric battery. A group of batteries provide more energy than a single battery.

When two or more people in a spirit of HARMONY, and work toward a definite objective, they place themselves in a position, through that alliance, to absorb power directly from the great universal storehouse of Infinite Intelligence. This is the greatest of all sources of power. It is the source to which a genius turns. It is the source to which every great leader turns. (whether he may be conscious to this fact or not.

Gandhi accomplished a miracle, for it is a miracle when two hundred million people can be induced (not forced to) cooperate in a spirit of harmony for a limitless time. If you doubt that this is a miracle, try to induce any two people to cooperate in a spirit of harmony for any length of time.

Anybody can wish for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a Burning Desire for wealth, are the only a dependable means of accumulating wealth.

Think and Grow Rich Principle 7 – Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination

DECISON: THE MASTERY OF PROCRASTINATION Every time you open your mouth in front of a person who has abundance of knowledge, you display to that person your exact stock of knowledge, or lack of it. Genuine wisdom is conspicuous through modesty and silence. If you talk about your plan too freely, you may be surprised to learn that some other person has beaten you to your goal by PUTTING INTO ACTION ahead of you, of which you talked about unwisely. Let one of your first decisions be to KEEP A CLOSED MOUTH AND OPEN EYES AND EARS. TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST, SHOW IT Deeds and not words what count most. Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond a million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of REACHING A DECISION PROMPTLY, and changing these decisions slowly. The value of the decision depends upon the courage required to render them. The great decisions, which served the foundation of civilisation, were reached by assuming great risks, which often meant possibility of death.

FREEDOM OR DEATH ON A DECISION Lincoln’s decision to issue the Proclamation of Emancipation, which gave freedom to coloured people of America, was rendered with full understanding that this act would mean death to thousands of men on the battlefield. In the end, it cost Lincoln his life. That required courage. The greatest of all decisions as far as America is concerned was reached in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, when 56 men signed their names on a document which they well knew would bring freedom to Americans, or will leave everyone of the 56 hanging from a gallows. In union there is strength. The citizens of colonies had been waging disorganised warfare against the British soldiers, through incidents similar to Boston riot, but nothing of benefit had been accomplished. Their individual grievance had not been consolidated under one Mastermind. No group of individuals had put their hearts, minds, souls and bodies together in one definite DECISION to settle their difficulty with the British once and for all until Adams, Hancock and Lee got together. Socrates’ decision to drink the cup of poison, rather than compromise in his personal belief, was a decision of courage. It turned time ahead a thousand years, and gave people then unborn, the right of freedom of thought and speech.

UNDP – Sustainable Development Goals

One of the reasons I started this blog is to investigate the evolution of Humanity. If I remember right, it is Deepak Chopra who said, “you are not a drop in the ocean, you are an ocean in a drop”. Humans, as social beings, not individuals alone, but are individual members of the society at large. We wouldn’t have been members of society without the existence of the society around us. We so take the existence of society around us for granted that we hardly even notice it’s there. But the society as a whole has an influence on us and the society as a whole consists of individual members. So an individual and the society cannot be separated. In a way, the individual and the society are the same, just like a drop in the ocean, and the ocean are the same. I believe that the way I think and act can, and has, an effect on not just the society, but the physical universe as a whole.However, for the this discussion I would like to only put the society into the perspective and not the universe, because the correlation between the social phenomena and thinking is much more tangible than the correlation between the social phenomena and the physical phenomena of the universe. Since a lot of variables around us contribute towards our individual evolution as a human being, I considered my thinking as Human Development.

When I started researching the term Human Development, I realised that I am not the inventor of the term. United Nations already had a programme in place called Human Development – a term which was invented by Dr. Amartya Sen. Human Development is a part of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For years, UN has been publishing their yearly Human Development Report (HDR). This post is a reminder that the UN has a very powerful programme in place with Sustainable Development Goals.

I am not a part of the UNDP; and UNDP does not know who I am. But I invite everyone to have a look at these links and move towards these goals step by step in whichever way we can contribute.

A Simple Guide to Changing the Course of Life

This is a thought that crossed me while taking a shower. What made me the way I am today? That’s the main point of this post. What makes you the way you are?

I believe that most people would agree it is the conditioning that we go through while growing up in life. If you are a psychologist (I am not one, I am an engineer by qualification), you would most probably say that life’s is course is set at an age younger than ten. I am not too sure about this at this moment, but I will find more information about that. But my knowledge from reading books tells me that the pattern in the brain is kind of permanent in the form of synapses (when two neurons connect, they form a synapse, in other words, a bit of information or an experience or a learning or a decision or whatever you may want to call it). Scientists (at least some of them) say that we use our synapses over and over again. When we experience something, that becomes Truth for us. And, we use that information over and over again, in most cases till the time we die.

In life while growing up, we are instructed to do something and not do something else. We are told to behave a certain way, and not to behave a certain another way. In other words, we are born with an instruction manual which we don’t know who wrote. That instruction manual is a lie which we believed all along as truth. But nobody gave us the hard copy of the manual. So it seems that we wrote our own manual when we didn’t know how to read and write. We were pretty small and naive when we wrote it, weren’t we? We heard something and we wrote it into our instruction manual with our limited vocabulary and grammar.

Here is what we could probably do. We could perhaps throw our old instruction manual in the bin. Take out a clean piece of paper and a pen and write a note to ourselves at this moment. Let’s see if this exercise works. In fact we will need TWO, and not one sheets of paper. Let us write what we know from the old instruction manual. That ‘s going to be a big exercise. So don’t start writing on the second sheet yet. Write in the old manual as much as possible and see what it looks like. Write instructions from YOURSELF to YOURSELF. See if it makes sense. When it makes sense how stupid it looks, dump it in the bin. Now, start on the second sheet of paper and write a new instruction manual from YOURSELF to YOURSELF. See what happens.

Are You Really Free? Ask Yourself These Questions.

Freedom has different connotations for different people. I just stumbled upon a note I had written a while ago about human freedom. These are the questions you need to ask yourself to see if you are really free (remember, there are no right answers here):

  1. What does it mean to be free?
  2. What is freedom?
  3. What is Freedom of Thought?
  4. What is Freedom of Action?
  5. Can I eat what I want to eat without getting unhealthy or unwell?
  6. My day is filled with tasks and activities. Do I experience freedom during every moment of each of my acitivies?
  7. Do I have the time to do everything I want to do?
  8. Do I enjoy those activities?
  9. Do I have the money to participate in those activities?
  10. Do I have the time to participate in those activities?
  11. Do I have the company of people I enjoy every moment?
  12. Am I able to be at any place I desire to be?
  13. What are the constraints to my fulfilling my desires?
  14. What stops me from dealing with those constraints?
  15. How do I deal with those constraints?

Altruism versus Individualism

There are different paradigms to look at this issue. One of the paradigms is from Sociology. A paradigm of Sociology is that the Society exists for the Individual, rather than vice versa. The society exists for the individual to prosper. A stable, developed society may be beneficial for everyone and it appears that society comes above the individual. However, it is still the Individual that matters. Society collectively exists so that each member benefits by co-existing. Nation is a formal structure given to the society. The laws for the proper functioning of the Nation exist categorically, where a society exists because of traditions. The principles that make a Society exist are abstract. For the societal norms to become laws, they have to be documented so that they become statutory laws.
The other paradigm that exists is from Ayn Rand’s book Fountainhead. In her books, Ayn Rand talks about the inherent Selfishness of the Individual. She appears to endorse Selfishness, as it is a fact of life by my interpretation of her.
The Individual is almost always at war with the Society. An individual grows by responding to the stimuli. The individual has desires which may be morally acceptable or unacceptable. But in a social structure, the actions of the individual are governed and limited by social standards. What may be morally right for one person may be morally wrong for another. However, both sides have to agree to the civil or statutory law. The statutory law in this case may in favour of one, or the other; or it may be a compromise. In any case, certain elements feel disadvantaged. A law in favour of A may make B feel disadvantaged and vice versa. A compromised law may in different situations, on different occasions may make one or both parties disadvantaged. A compromise may appear like appeasement. Appeasement of A and B may make another element C completely sidelined by A and B.
Statutory laws that are accepted unanimously relate to public infrastructure. Laws that maintain a smooth flow of traffic are universally liked, no matter if you are A or B or C. A driver driving a car follows the same rule whether they are A, B, C or D. A pedestrian crossing the road has to wait for the pedestrian signal to turn green whether they are of group A, B, C or D.
The Nation is defined by its ideology – Democratic, Secular, Christian, Islamic etc. Ideologies that define Governance encompass Religion. That is when they are effective. In other words, they are effective when they are implemented by looking at the human needs of the society rather than ethnic or religious. They are effective when there is no preferential treatment to one group over another – whether the group in question is a majority group or minority. The ideal situation may never occur where everything is black and white for everyone. The Nation still has to stick to its national ideology for it to be considered a Nation.

The Battle Within

An individual human being lives in a connected world. Though the individual’s body may be isolated from the rest of the world, or in other words, though their body is independent, their human existence is not. We read news in our homes, but we are connected to the world via the newspaper. If is the outside world that shapes our inside world. That is the bottom-line. It is the outside world that will shape our inside world. To change our inside world, the outside world needs to change. That has been the ongoing turmoil of the human society. The human beings do what they do, to win their battle of their internal turmoil. The war within is never against an individual. The war within is a war against the outside world, the very world that makes their internal world. It is a paradoxical world.

Human Nature and Law

It has been a human endeavour to know how things work. Humans have had the interest in understanding how the world works, how the universe works, and how humanity or human life works.

To simplify this quest for knowledge, humans have formulated laws in every area, or every science.

The science of Sociology talks about three kinds of laws – Natural Laws, Moral Laws and Civil (municipal) Laws. The natural law tells us what we CAN do. The moral laws tells us what we OUGHT TO do.The civil law tells us what we MUST do.

The Natural Law gives us an understanding of our current existence as a society. It explains to us why things are the way they are, how they got to be. Natural laws give us the explanation of historical events – how and why the past events might have taken place. They give us an explanation of how things might have developed starting from the past events, i.e. the chronology of the way things were then, in the past, until now. The natural laws are the Universal Truth, so to speak! ‘What goes up, comes down’, for instance is a universal truth that explains gravity (which itself is another universal truth).

In the social context, the natural law tells us what we can do. For instance, when it rains, there are floods. “What we can do” is evacuate or dam the rivers that cause flooding.

Moral law tells us what we OUGHT TO do. The human society appears a little different from the animal world in that humans have definitions for things which distinguish us from animals who follow their instinct. Humans have the civil society which has laid down rules for the advancement of the society, rather than just following instinct for individual survival. A civilised person has a clear understanding of doing the morally right thing. The morally right thing complies with their own, individual standard of morality. They might inherit their moral standards from their family, social, cultural or national backgrounds. Their background determines for them as an individual what is right and what is wrong.

The civil or municipal law tells us what we MUST do. In the human society individuals, communities, groups of diverse backgrounds and needs live together, though not necessarily harmoniously. Civil society, shares the regional boundary, resources and infrastructure therein for every individual and group of individuals to live without conflict. An individual’s instinct to survive combined with their group’s or community’s need to exist puts pressure on the civic system for itself to exist.

Natural Law takes precedence over the civil law which, in turn, takes precedence over the moral law. If civil laws fails, so does the moral law, and both of them fail to exist because now the Natural Law prevails.