By Edna St.Vincent Millay
“I shall forget you presently, my dear
So make the most of this, your little day,
Your little month, your little half a year,
Ere I forget, or die, or move away,
And we are done forever…
“I shall forget you presently, my dear”– Imagine the girl telling the lover this. Cheeky ,yet romantic .She has her cheeks full. He cannot afford to while it away. To her it does not really matter because she will forget him presently. There is a strong possibility of her forgetting .Of her dying .Of her moving away . It is in his interest that he make most of this moment – his little day , his little month or his little half a year.
If he does not use this very moment, it is all over and may be , they are done for ever.Carpe diem.
Cheeky girl indeed. Does it not matter in her cheeks to hold this moment for ever?
One wonders how the mobile phone penetration (at about 30%) has reached such a high level in a country where 80% of the people earn less than Rs.20 per day(less than half a dollar) (that assets worth 25% of the GDP is owned by as few as 100 people out of a billion-odd people is another story). Validity of these data apart, I keep thinking that the popularity of the cell phone in India has a lot to do with the closed spaces in which India’s vast majority of people live. Imagine a typical Indian family of around 4 to 5 people living in a tiny space of around 300-400 sq. ft of space, where everyone is within seeing and hearing distance of the others all day. The family bonds are very close and extend beyond the family, embracing people in the neighbourhood and the entire community. In such a milieu drawing on each other’s support in the daily business of life is a very natural thing.
A mobile phone enables all the members of the close-knit community to stay in touch when some of them are out eking out their living in other parts of the town or even in other towns. The mobile phone keeps together all the members of the community making others of the community available instantly. A real good substitute for the traditional community habitations like mohallas, poles, chawls in which several families live in close communities. That probably is what explains the phenomenal popularity and use of the mobile phone in India
I’m more interested in a photography that is ‘unfinished’ – a photography that is suggestive and can trigger a conversation or dialogue. There are pictures that are closed, finished, to which there is no way in.” Paolo Pellegrin
This man has said the right thing.Why do we want to make well-rounded pictures which leave nothing to be discussed , nothing to argue about. There are several things in a photograph which occur much later than when the click takes place .The endless possibilities that exist for juxtaposing different worlds to derive newer meaning and beauty can actually occur after the event ,not during the composition and clicking. Let us leave our pictures unfinished.
A comparison is made between a computer programme and our own mind’s working.Here it is not even a comparison but assuming that the mind works like the computer an attempt is made to understand the possibility of the mind suffering from a similar limitation that a typical computer programme suffers from.We are talking about the “error out” situations when the computer sometimes embraces the blue screen of death and terminates the programme that is running at that moment. In such situations what does the mind do ? Does the mind get into endless loops refusing to move ahead with the job on hand ? Of course whatever happens has necessarily to be a short term phenomenon and the termination of the programme may not lead to a permanent inability to run the programme but the current job is lost.
We may talk about the availability of different modules and that the temporary incapacitation of one module will limit the damage to the particular module or lead to another module taking over its functioning.
Here is something that comes to my mind . I am involved in a series of short term dialogues with different people and all the while I am wrestling with the inner logic to arrive somewhere .I pursue a train of thought aided by words and going along in uncharted areas of thought not knowing where the argument is ending up.I come into fascinating new areas the existence of which I have been entirely unaware .I keep hearing the drone of the inner logic entirely mesmerised and go on undisturbed by the tiny inconsistencies creeping up with the hope that the bigger wave of logical totality will come and wash away the tiny pebbles .Very often such a thing happens on conclusion but some times I do get into a loop or a freeze of thought I have necessarily to cover up in order to make sense to the audience. Here I am confronted by something like a creative block , a paralysed state of mind which refuses to proceed further.
In such situations the argument gets cut short and no conclusions are drawn -something like what the computer programme does in “error out” situations
How do we characterise the unconscious as distinguished from the conscious ? Neural pathways which run with automaticity -are the same as unconscious ?
Actually automaticity does not mean unconscious necessarily. Only unconscious states are representations -that is they are about anything while automaticity means neural pathways running without being about anything. As an example ,the blood flow goes on with automaticity but it is not a representation or about anything.The unconscious means neural pathways running automatically but they are not about anything.
(Peter Lipton’s response)