Monday, 1 June 2009
LCM-8: A Great Epoch flies at a Tangent
The process to find “Least Common multiple” (LCM) in the arithmetic of practical living does not end here, but continues. It is simple because the “means and end” are one and the same; I am the means and I am the end; there are no intermediaries, no rituals, no rites, or age-gender-status bar. It is unconditional.
The search stumbles upon it: the epoch of the Industrial Society flies at a tangent… to nowhere, or perhaps, a limbo, because of its audacity and arrogance. At an elementary level the tangent is rooted and established, not in the ancient times, but in the beginning of civilised societies. It goes with same conventions, their meanings and sources, in times and places, with local variations in form, context and content. It seems Civilization has not come of age yet.
For example, In Indic civilisation there has been concepts such as, four ends (or goals) of life (for man): “dharma” (religion), “artha” (wealth), “kama” (wants and desires, also sexual desire) and “moksha” (salvation or liberation). How do these survive and now beeing practiced in real life is only a matter of speculation for the collective, and introspection for an individual among the faithful in today's fractured society.
Epochs after epoch have come with new bottle for old wine (of feudal power); in the modern times the driving force of the tangent wants to bend even Nature by its tantrum. Then what about Darwin, Freud, Marx, Gandhi? Eugenics is already on the agenda.
Like any civilised society, Indic civilisation also established the social division of labour and hierarchy in four varnas: “brahmanas” (priests and teachers), “kshatriyas” (kings, warriors and administrators), “vaishyas” (traders), and “shudras” (who provide service to members of the other three varnas). In the course of time shudras were attached with the stigma of untouchable. Over millennia these varnas or castes have incresed in numbers of castes, sub-castes, sub-sub castes, like ameaoba, or in contemparary times, like the specialised services in the industrial socity, which is already reaching a decadant state.
Now in India, and perhaps elswhere also, new hybrid-castes are emerging, among rulers, professionals, pimps etc. Some call them dynasties. Well, they too, like hybrid culture gain seeds, don’t last more than a couple of generations. Because the volatile market forces create demands and supplies of new actors.
We don’t deny or accept any of them, and take a drop, or a jump, from the flying tangent down to Earth. The series on “LCM” does not claim to any hypothesis, or any theory, any discovery, or theology. It does not guarantee any salvation in this life or after Death.
Despite the destruction of their autonomous functions – work, leisure, health, learning and propagation – granted by Nature; despite the destruction of natural environment-ecology-energy on which all the living beings sustain; despite denial of food-shelter-clothing that are facilitated for all living beings by Nature, the millions/ billions continue their struggle to sustain, and fight the invisible terror: This is the mainstream India/ world. Could the Nature’s Law be restored? It is not a matter of mass movement, or any Charter by the UN, but only by internal realization and change.
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(Links to Previous Posts: 1. Arithmetic in Real Life, 2. Dharma or Fundamental Law by Nature, 3. WORK - Breaking the Mind Block, 4. Leisure - Perpetual Crave for Rest, 5. LCM-5: HEALTH - Forgotten Nature Within and Outside, 6. LCM-6: Learning to Learn,
LCM-7: PROPAGATION or Survival of the Species
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