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Q:Is the world inherently a depressing place? Are all festivals and social gatherings only a means to give temporary respite from the suffering?
Krishna: Is the world inherently a depressing place?
The world is what you make of it, what you think of it. It is not depressing. You see the world as you are, not as it is.
If I say this world is extremely wonderful, highly thrilling, deeply enlightening, very beautiful …
You might say there is death - I would say there is birth each moment as an answer
For every Rigor Mortis you might show, there is an innocent baby’s smile to make you forget it
There is suffering, you might say - there are efforts made in the place we work, labs, to counter it
There are cheaters you might say, there is intelligence to beat them
There is ugliness, you might say - there is beauty to cover it
There are tears you might say, there are hands to wipe them
For every depressive matter you show me, I can show you anti-matter.
They annihilate each other. That is reality.
Then how is the world depressive? If people see it depressive, it is their inability to reach the other side of it, then the cancellation and the resultant vacuum of emotion. The recycling of everything, cycles of matter, energy, universe, the rules of (science of ) its running and … enlightenment. You don’t feel anything in the end. Neither depression nor cheerfulness. Everything happens … according to the rules (of science).
Are all festivals and social gatherings only a means to give temporary respite from the suffering?
You don’t need festivals and social gatherings to give temporary respite from suffering. You can get a permanent enlightenment if you really try (Sorry, not the religious way though).
Where you don’t feel anything at all, your mind becomes completely neutral and unemotional … where you will have total peace and nothing that happens around can do anything to you again to disturb it.
Q: Why do we see distraction and procrastination as bad things rather than enjoying them like Leonardo da Vinci did?
What polymaths face is highly creative side of it. They need it to progress. Others might think it is distraction or procrastination but these highly evolved minds might be working at their own pace. The very fact that they greatly succeeded tells a big story about their state of mind.
Just because these distinguished people sit idle sometimes doesn’t mean their brains are idle too. They will be working very hard inside. They try to figure out which way to go using high critical thinking skills. That is not easy and takes hell of time. Moreover over-worked brains need some distraction sometimes to arrive at a solution. That is not real distraction or procrastination although you might mark as one with your misconception and ignorance.
But what ordinary people do is really bad. Students watching movies instead of studying before the exams, giving their parents and teachers headaches by postponing their project work by hanging with their friends and doing silly things and … need I add more to the list? For these people distractions and procrastination are silly excuses to avoid hard work. These kind of people can never really progress or succeed in life like Leonardo da Vinci did. Or like other polymaths did.
The end result tells you your full story. Whether your distraction and procrastination is vital to your work and which shade it belonged to.
So for a hard working brain distractions and procrastination are vital. For lazy or easy -going minds they are fatal!
Q: If someone is constantly targeting your whole family with black magic and even trying to kill, should we also opt for the same thing and teach them a lesson?
I have read several reports in the news papers here recently people killing other innocent men and women just based on such ignorant imaginations and baseless beliefs. This is reaching dangerous proportions and should be halted immediately. We are not living in ancient times. You are a literate person and good enough to understand what is rational and what is irrational. But still why are you not able to come out of these delusions?
Black magic doesn’t exist! Science confirmed this long back. Nobody can move even your finger without your consent leave alone kill you with black magic. Why are you imagining things then? Cultural Conditioning of mind! You are unable to come out of ancient thinking and understand why somethings really happen. You are connecting unrelated things. Your thinking is going haywire. Nocebo Effect !
If you don’t stop thinking about harming others unnecessarily, someone might report you to police because it is illegal to harm others that too based on irrational thinking.
Q:What happened to you that was unlucky in one way but lucky when looked at another way?
Krishna: Nothing in this world is either lucky or unlucky. Luck just is your perception.
What is 'luck' according to science
Q: Does science believe in soul?
Some people have very expressive eyes. They cannot hide anything. You can read their minds just by looking at their eyes.
All emotions are reflected in some people’s eyes.
But not all eyes are similar in expressing things. Some eyes are just blank. You cannot read them by looking at them. Even poets can’t make out what is going on inside these people’s heads.
Q:Why does this person keep playing with my emotions (I feel manipulated)? Krishna: That is because you gave indications that you are vulnerable.
Whoever that person is be strong before him/her. Refuse to get manipulated. Tell him/her frankly what you think and that you don’t approve his/her playing games with you.
If that behaviour still persists, move away from him/her. Don’t hesitate to say goodbye forever to manipulators.
Q: Why, even when given the full choice, few women will still choose to pursue 'manly' careers like science & engineering?
Manly? Oh, come on. Science and engineering are not manly. People simply put a ‘manly’ stamp on them. This is the main reason why they stay that way.
I contest the words, ‘even when given the full choice’.
Who gave a full choice to whom? For centuries women were made to sit at home. Then how can new circuits form in the brain to deal with ‘new things’?
In many regions of the world, girls are still not allowed to get education. According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent).
60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls. (Source: WFP Gender Policy and Strategy.). How can you study without food?
Almost 70 percent of employed women in South Asia work in agriculture as labourers, as do more than 60 percent of employed women in sub-Saharan Africa. Women in sub-Saharan Africa collectively spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water. When do they get time to study?
Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people.
A large gender gap remains in women's access to decision-making. Women make up fewer elected representatives in most rural and urban councils.They will have to listen to the male members of their families. Who gives choices to girls and women?
Even if some women manage to get higher education in science, Women are also less likely to be cited in science papers written by men. They get less grants, awards, prizes than men. The Matilda effect is a theory that addresses sexist discrimination in the world of science.
Each day girls/women face a slow death. People killing her and her interest in science from bottom to top since birth.
Okay, I am an exception but exceptions are rare.
Very few girls can overcome so many obstacles at each step. No wonder they fall behind.
Given full opportunities and real choices, women too can excel. Who says they can’t?
Don’t try to create a pseudo-world of ‘equal opportunities’ when nothing like that exists in reality and ask a question that shifts the blame to the women. That is toxic patriarchy.
Oh by the way this space on quora Science Communication is being administered by a woman. Any objections following it? :)
Q: What do you make of the following:
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in ‘every part of the world’. UN says this.
There are controversies around credibility of the index of gender equality., stemmed mostly from misunderstandings. On 2014, for example, JTBC News Channel in South Korea described the reason why South Korea had such a low rank. According to the news, some of the raw data used to calculate the index do not reflect the country's unique situation accurately, and that partially accounts for their rank. This conclusion is, while not entirely wrong, somewhat misleading. Since the final index is calculated by weighted averages of fourteen ratios, tweaking one or two ratios to be a little bit higher does not affect the result much.The index is designed to "measure gender-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in countries rather than the actual levels of the available resources and opportunities in those countries.". It is not necessarily true that highly developed countries should have higher scores.
The US still can’t elect a woman president, whereas India did despite what some people claim! :)
Yes, the constitution and law give it in some countries. But on the ground, it is rarely seen. Although the law says gender equality has been achieved in some countries, the ground situation tells a different story. Women still complain . Just because a few parameters say the equality has been achieved, there are several others that show a deplorable situation in the same countries. In reality it is an illusion.
Moreover, the so called ‘gender equality’ is a recent advance in some countries. As soon as you achieve something, if you want to see changes in every thing related to it, it is expecting too much. Let ground realities too change. Let psychology of people change. Give women time to cope with new changes. Let new circuits form in their brains so that they can deal with new subjects ( to women) with efficiency.
Women in less developed countries have to fight several things more than their counterparts in developed countries. So their adversities make them more strong and resilient and therefore they might accept challenges ( if they are allowed to) without complaining much.
These are the reasons I think for the things mentioned in the article whose link you gave.
But after listening to thousands of women in STEM fields ( I am a member of several of these groups) from all parts of the world, I have my own reservations about the things mentioned. The ground realities are quite different, women say.
The person who questioned: Fantastic! I don’t even know where to start praising it. Thanks so much, especially the links.