Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Destiny, chaos, order and those sorts of things...

For those who think like me, the coming few hundred words may make a bit of sense. To the others - I know - it will seem a lot of garbage.

Firstly, I assert that there is an order in randomness. Too many things in the world are too random to be just there, like that - without any order, purpose and design. I mean, there is this chaos theory and the butterfly effect that scientists talk of today as a startling discovery of this century. It's plain common sense, if you look at it in unscientific ways. But having got used to see everything through the eyes of science to believe it, we now think that chaos is a new phenomenon we've just discovered.

Ancient wisdom refers to chaos, sometimes subtly, sometimes bluntly. The Greek myth had Pandora bring chaos into the world. The Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, for sure, figured chaos as a given in the world. All said, what we know as science is not the truth. It is merely one of the several possible systems of explaining phenomenon in the universe.

And its not a big deal. Every principle in science is founded on another and the basic premises which are supposedly universal, actually aren't. In short, don't look to science for all the answers. Not in chaos, for sure.

I believe this and you ought to know - everything scientifically called random is just an order we cannot comprehend.

Design. Chaos. Order. Destiny.

These are a few words science cannot ever comprehend. Let me explain it. Not by giving any answers, but by asking intriguing questions.

What causes a tiny thorn to float and fly and land up on a highway just in time to puncture a particular car ? How does the brain have intuition ? Why do you think you are reading this page today ? Why connects the DNA, a rainbow, the Sun,ripples in a pond, light, the pupil of the eye inter alia ? What connects the British businessman on a holiday in Thailand to a hotelier from Japan for them to be washed away together from the same place, at the same time, in the waves of a tsunami ? Why did the dinosaurs go extinct ? What is an accident ? Why do you sometimes predict things just before they happen ? How is a Siberian tiger partially and indirectly responsible for a famine in Somalia ?

I've got no answers. Just many many more questions. But I know that the answer exists. And it connects all the loose ends of everything that cannot be answered by the science of our civilisation.

For those who think like me, the last few hundred words may have made a bit of sense. To the others - I know - it will still seem a lot of garbage.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Democracy vs Monarchy

For more than five years now, I have been thinking about the various systems of government that have been used through the ages in an attempt to make sense of it all. I guess most civilizations, at some point or the other, had a monarch to govern its people. From as far back as the early civilizations until about the middle of the seventeenth century, monarchy
was the most prevalent form of government. Notwithstanding the beliefs that the monarch was a representative of the Gods, it was for the best part, a hugely successful system of governance.

When kingdoms grew into empires, fed by the greed, avarice and savagery of monarchs , the limitations of monarchy surfaced. Kings were not as interested in popular welfare, as they were in conquests and expanding their empires and treasuries. It did not take a long time for people to realise that their kings who had given them good governance based on justice and rational principles of adminstration, were now eyeing the neighouring kingdoms more than their own kingdoms. Strong lobbies of people who found favour with the kings started to creep in with the result that the vast majorities were oppresssed, ignored and exploited. When the popular revolutions against bad governance reached their peak, we saw the birth of a new system of governance, founded on the principles of equality, liberty and justice. Democracy.

That's common knowledge. But what is often overlooked is that democracy suffers from exactly the same shortcomings that brought about the fall of monarchial regimes. We have politicians today to do what the nobles did in the past. Infact, our politicians of today put the most savage, butcherous and mercenary of the nobles to pathetic shame. Money rules the people today.The disparity between the rich and the poor during the times of prosperous monarchies as compared to the modern democratic times throws up interesting arguments against democracies.

Democracy is a system masked by fictitious liberty and elusive equality. Take a look around. Lincoln should have said that democracy intends to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people. It is not a government of the people today. It is a government of the rich and the mighty. It is not by the people as well. It is a government by savage beasts occupying positions of power without the merest knowledge of their responsibility. And no, it's not for the people, the masses. It is for the politicians whose false patriotism and partisan jingoism blind the people by their hollow promises, roughly once every five years.

Democracy thrives on the absolute lack of accountability and continuity. It is devoid of principled administration, far-sighted focus and any semblance of leadership. It is a win-or-lose game of parties with specific agendas. The biggest shortcoming of democracy is the fact that a party occupies the centre of power. Parties are machines fuelled by money and the lust for power with patently unsecular objectives as motives rather than any desire for common good or national welfare. And when you put a whole lot of these parties to govern at the federal and state levels, what you get is absolute and unadulterated anarchy. Democracy is, at best, a bad euphemism for anarchy.

It is not hard to see then that democracy is the worst suited form of government for nations with large populations. Good day, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to India, the world's largest anarchy.