Careless nonsense

Thought of writing some rubbish, and here I am. Being meaningful and communicating substance can sometimes be a burden unbearable. The freedom of writing without having to say anything is such a liberating feeling. It’s the writing equivalent of having a thoughtless mind. I often wonder as to what it would be like to put together words that would be of no importance, the words that would communicate no idea, great or mean. The words that would stand together to blabber like brainless drunkards, talking a lot, making lots of blaring, deafening noise without saying anything at all. What freedom from ideas, what abandoning of meaning would that be!

Freedom, I know, is a myth. But the idea of breaking the chains of servility is also a great indulgence. And without the myth of freedom, the myth of emancipation cannot exist. Two never-ending myths make this world go round. Am I talking sense? Looks like. So, I fail again. I am not here to talk sense but to blabber nonsense! But then, as they say, there is order in chaos. So, perhaps this too is an orderly chaos, but a chaos nevertheless. Let me take heart in it.

Probably, creating a perfect chaos is nearly as difficult as bringing about perfect order. And that’s because creation itself is quite a difficult exercise irrespective of what one creates.

After all, there is no way to be carefully careless.

Anyway, talking nonsense was indeed wonderful. I’ll return to do some more of it. Keep dreading!

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Angelic dreams, monstrous greatness

We dream about what we want to be and what we want the world to be like. Our dreams are our individual and collective aspirations. What you dream most ardently about is what you place above everything. And we care about things in the same order. What we care about measures our greatness. To say this is to presuppose that everyone is great, which is, by and large, true. The greatest person by conventional standards will be the one who is selflessly giving. And almost everyone is ‘selflessly giving’ in some measure. Therefore, everyone is great in varying degrees.

Now, even the standard of greatness is varied, the end result will remain the same. For instance, if you say that the most merciless monster is the ‘greatest’ in a particular system of belief in the world of monsters, we would find that we all are ‘merciless monsters’ to some degree and, thus, ‘great’ in varying degrees, again.

In the world of greed, the greediest is the greatest. We all are greedy to some extent and, therefore, great in varying degrees, yet again. So, no matter what standard we apply, we would find that we are great and mean at the same time.

When it comes to dreams, a selfless fellow would dream of doing more and more for other; a monster would dream of plundering and ravaging as much as he wants; a greedy man would dream of hogging all that the world has to offer. And thus, a person’s dreams would remain an index to his greatness no matter what ‘greatness’ means.

Therefore, the adage ‘A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness holds firm among men and monsters, and in heaven and hell, alike.

Barack Obama: Yes, we can

Some said he was just too black, the other found him not black enough, and then they questioned his experience, integrity and the list keeps increasing like a liar’s proverbial nose.

They questioned as to whether or not he is speaking what he really believes in or had just invented the issues to see him through to the White House. When he took black fathers to task pointing out that they had been irresponsible and behaved like kids, they asked if he was parroting what had been said earlier and pandering to the white voters.

He was also attacked for being ‘just another politician’ – a very interesting charge. The accusation gives away the high expectation people around the globe have of him. They want him to prove – Americans and non-Americans alike – that he is not ‘just another politician’. In fact, they wish he could prove he was not a politician at all, and that he could successfully stand by his word irrespective of the adversity. People want Obama Superman.

What they fail to understand is that Obama is indeed a political Superman but not by being less of a politician but by being utterly political without making it overly obvious. A politician who becomes a Superman by not being a ‘politician’ would fail because a ‘superman politician’ can only mean a ‘super politician’ and not a ‘super-good-man-minus-politics’.

American needs hope and anyone that looks like the past fails to inspire any amount of confidence, which is why Obama is America’s future. He doesn’t look anything that went before him. He sounds genuine and seems to believe in things that are above and beyond acquiring and retaining power. Power to him seems and sounds like a means to a higher end rather than an end in itself.

However, to acquire and retain power is the single most important tool, for which even Obama has to indulge in politicking, which might look as though he were soiling his hands. But that has to be done. If he has to do anything worthwhile, he has to do it the way it is done – by diving deep in muck. There is no way around it. He cannot do everything he promises no matter how laudable the objective. And when he fails in that regard – which he surely will – he’ll be seen as a promise-breaker and as ‘just another politician’. Today’s absolute euphoria will give rise to tomorrow’s equally thorough disillusionment. And there is no way Obama can escape it completely.

And the world – and not just America – is watching intently. A recent survey points out that if all eligible voters across the world could participate in American polls, Obama would win hands down by a huge margin. So, the world wants the US to turn a new leaf.

The last and the most important question is that whether or not a racially divided US allow a black man take charge. If there was anyone in recent times, especially the last two decades, who deserved to be the US President – black or white, or black and white – it is Barack Obama.

So, can we have a black US President now? Yes, Barry, yes we can.