Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Inspired by rejection

Today is a very depressing day. 
There's a guy in my class who's been playing the whole album American Idiot which is not making it any better. An online writer's community (101 Suite) rejected my article saying they are too subjective and not upto what the readers want. And what do readers want? Information. Data. 
Where is opinion anymore? Where is the interpretation of our worlds anymore? Where is the ability of the human reasoning to see things and let their past and experiences interpret them?
Our memory has grown. Our ability to register data has grown. Great. But so have computers. There is nothing human about learning. There is nothing human about knowing what's the best technology in the stores. There's nothing human about knowing who's leading the Presidential race. There's nothing human about knowing who won the most gold medal at the Olympics.
Human beings find meaning in the little they know. I think there is an addiction for knowledge rampant.
There is nothing human about spending a weekend by the sea, smiling, telling oneself that this is life, the best that life has to offer. Human beings live by the sea and the mountains, fighting hard for survival and keeping food on the table, and learning to find meaning because of what we lack, not because of what we have in abundance. Abundance is sweet but murderous.
Every so called 'revolution' had bad consequences that showed up in time. The Industrial Revolution despite all its benefits brought about the Second World War. The Information Revolution will bring about the downfall of humanity, I am sure.
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And all this talk, because somebody rejected my article. har har.

6 comments:

Akash said...

If you want to learn what true academic learning should be like, then you should attend our history course. Discussions, presentations, movie reviews, plays, literature appreciation (including graphic novels), and art. Man, what an amazing course it was.

Ning said...

don't make me feel bad man. history (in itself, without the amazing classes) is something i am missing.
so graphic novels like Maus speak a lot about history huh?
oh well, its NLS anyway. thats what history should be. combination of all subjects.

Navarino said...

Right from the heart!
So isn't life about looking for everyday, little things whose meaning you wouldn't know until told? Yes, who cares about Rugby in kiwiland or the run for American President. All I want is food on my table and then to come across a new item; then encounter it (audio/visual)with with surprising frequence..Aye!

Ning said...

glad you agree rino.
what do you mean audio visual? rhetorical statement?

Navarino said...

I guess I can run a copyright act on the word "rhetoric"...You guys love attaching it to me. Well I just meant encounter in all its possible sense, ja!

Ning said...

haha
maybe. maybe prash and you can share the royalties that come with every use.