When the past moments happened they were actually the present, which was just a boring succession of events and nothing seemed to actually happen.Now ,there is a haze which accompanies my past and the past moments are wonderful and inviting ,beautiful shells on the beach which I collect and fill my pockets with,although they had no meaning when they had happened nor will they have any significance once my pockets are emptied.
“…even as we speak of great development, we need to ask ourselves, “What is development?” Development to me may be the ability to communicate to the world using my Apple Mac laptop built and bought in California, while I stretch on the divan in my seaside home in Cuddalore in South India. Development to the fisherman, who is my neighbour, may on the other hand, mean the ability to feed his family every day. That would mean catching fish that are not bloated and poisoned by the many Chemical factories that have made Cuddalore, formerly a thriving fishing hub, one of the post polluted towns in the country. My neighbour may never want to sell his fish. His family, however, needs to eat and he cannot afford the tinned salmon I buy from the air-conditioned store in Pondicherry 20 minutes away. Who polluted this man’s resource? Not he, but a famous Chemical factory that has grown unrestrained in the last decade.
This indicates the existence of a patriarchy in globalization – something that Vandana Shiva characterizes as an extension of the “White Man’s burden” – a desire to develop, similar to the desire, in past years, to civilize. I, however, see it as a “teacher’s burden”. The family with the Mac Book sees themselves as superior to the fisherman who has not finished school and he in turn sees people like the Koya and the Zapara as less than he. Each wants to teach the one on the “lower” rung of the ladder to “be modern.” This is only a microcosm of the world scenario, where, despite much talk about inclusivity, decisions are made top-down based on one definition of “development.”
I am able to follow the costs of development and the different things development means to different sections of people.I cannot follow how this whole evil has come about because of masculinization or patriarchy unless she means that if the resources continue to be owned by men this is what will happen-skewed development .She further makes the woman a victim and by extension,the Mother Earth herself who is supposed to be another female victim herself.
The writer’s block happens because the pool of the inner experiences which form the inspiration for writing has temporarily dried and it will be a while before it re-fills with fresh ones .The best thing will be to wait till this happens as otherwise you will be producing stuff which appears forced and without conviction.
History does repeat itself,not in the sense that the quality of life has not changed over the centuries nor in the sense that man has not learnt from past mistakes.It is simply in the sense that the human condition remains basically the same-a universal theme in literature.Whatever be the progression in thought or growth of the intellect, man is pitted against the environment in his struggle for existence and the events of the world are shaped by the manner in which he grapples with this problem.There is thus a tendency for the major events of the world to repeat themselves-whoever thought that after the Vietnam disaster a similar misadventure would happen after a space of a few decades in Afganisthan or Iraq ? There is a definitely a pattern to the major events of the world- on acount of an underlying consistency in human behavior.
“New research suggests that the type of television you watched as a child has a profound effect on the colour of your dreams.
While almost all under 25s dream in colour, thousands of over 55s, all of whom were brought up with black and white sets, often dream in monochrome – even now.”
I am not sure if this is really true as it assumes that our sensory perception continues in our dreams too as in our perception of the physical world while we are awake.Since colour concerns a visual perception which works with the visual faculty together with the neurons associated with it it cannot surely do a similar thing without a “real ” object provoking such a perception.I am not very sure if my own dreams are in black and white or in colour but certainly the memory of the dream does not reveal having seen colour or lack of colour.
“It’s an enormous communications network,” Dr. Schafer said — the original cellphone system, if you will, 100 trillion users strong.
Blood can also be thought of as a private ocean, a recapitulation of what life was like for all the years we spent drifting as microscopic, single-celled organisms, “taking up nutrients from sea water and then eliminating waste products back into sea water,” Dr. Schafer said. Not only is blood mostly water, but the watery portion of blood, the plasma, has a concentration of salt and other ions that is remarkably similar to sea water.