To be different!

70,000 years ago if an elder told you to avoid eating a plant, you’d listen.

They’d teach you how to spark a fire, build a shelter, throw a spear.

And you’d listen.

That’s how we survived as a species.

By listening.

By following.

By taking our tribe’s word as gospel.

But modern society has simplified survival.

Shelter, food, and water have become accessible.

Environments predictable.

Yet we continue to obey societal norms unflinchingly.

Because our hunter gatherer brains set off alarms if we go against the grain.

Worried that if we do, we’ll die.

That’s why students go hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Why young adults choose a safe job they hate over a risky passion project they love.

Why strangers avoid other strangers on the bus.

Being different violates our social conditioning.

So it takes a special person to develop his or her own unique path.

To ask why.

To question ‘This is how it’s always been done.’

These are the iconoclasts.

The Galileos and Gandhis.

The Mandelas and Malalas.

Who, when speaking their truth, are ignored, laughed at, and fought against.

But hold strong nonetheless.

If you’re willing to be different, prepare to be judged.

But know that you’re not alone.

You’ll occupy that small club of humans.

Who took a different path.

Ignored their elders.

And pushed humanity to new frontiers.

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What do I know ?

I’m confused all the time.

Every new book I read, every new experience I have, I fall down a deeper well of uncertainty.

There are infinite opinions.

Endless ways to live.

From Buddhist monks to Western capitalists.

Vegans to carnivores.

Gun lovers to gun haters.

Everyone thinks they have the answer.

That they’re living the right way.

But is there a right way?

If there’s anything I’m certain about, it’s that no one knows anything for certain.

Not me, not you, not the Dalai Lama.

In fact, if someone claims they do, be instantly skeptical.

Because we’re all different and fallible.

What may work for me may not work for you.

What will work in one situation may not work in another.

So the danger lies in taking what someone says, especially experts, as unquestionable fact.

Certainty is the enemy.

It’s behind genocides, economic crises, wars.

But luckily, there’s a simple test that you’re doing things right.

Humility and a sense of humor.

The willingness to admit that you’re wrong or unsure.

To laugh at yourself.

And contradict yourself.

To change who you are and what you believe.

Over and over.

Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

Socrates wrote, “I know one thing; that I know nothing.”

And don’t get me wrong this approach to life is tough to swallow.

It hurts the ego to know you’ll never have the answers.

That you’ll forever be confused and skeptical of your own thoughts.

But the silver lining is that it frees you to grow.

To learn.

To pick what works for you.

And genuine happiness can only come from this kind of growth.

But then again, what do I know?

Hello world

Well Hello once again,
Being in a world that is ever changing changes a person drastically and his perspective about all these changes across us.Living in a such technologically advance and competitive surrounding you never get to know where you stand and whats ahead to come.
I have experienced a change and have forgotten my roots where I started and where it all began to change.
I wonder how will be going ahead whats to come for me.
Various in my head are still concerning and I am trying to figure out what i am going to do further and I will always make sure to experiment and evolve my skills to understand and compete with all the problems to come ahead and keep my head up leaving behind things that have made me degrade but not anymore with that said lets see whats about to come.

The role of Rag-Pickers in saving the Urban environment

Rag-Pickers play a major role in saving the urban environment.None really pays any attention to contribute towards society.They collect the garbage and further segregate it.

This is a major health concern for them as it contains all sorts of germs.Due to their unawareness  and no education ,they are left with nothing but only this to do.The garbage that they collect has fine  glass pieces which many a times  injure them.

But to earn their livelihood,they have to bear all sorts of pains and injuries.They collect the house garbage and segregate the articles that can be recycled and sell them to earn their livelihood.

the remaining is disposed off.Virtually,in absence of rag-pickers,our surroundings will a  dumping ground of garbage. They are the unsung saviours of our environment.

River Ganga

Ganga is not only a river but it is the soul of Indian culture and is considered as Goddess.The river originates at Gangotri glacier on the southern slopes of the Himalayas ,some 14,000 feet above the sea level.

River Ganga is about 157 miles long(2506 km).

 

The headwaters of the Ganges comprise many small streams of which the six longest and their five confluences are considered scared.

The six headstreams are Alaknanda,Dhauliganga,Nandakini,Pindar,Mandakini, andBhagirathi.

 

The river is home for more than 140 different species of fish and 90 different species of amphibians,many of which are near extinction today . Ganga is also the home for fresh water dolphins and Ganges sharks,both of which are endangered species with Ganges shark being critically endangered.

The mouth of River Ganga forms a vast Sunderban delta,which is the largest Delta in the world.The Ganga water has self cleaning properties due to the presence of bacteriophage virus.

 

 

Immigrants

Being an immigrant is not easy at all,because you and your family need to just get adopted and used to the culture and the society and always think about the savings.

Being an immigrant is not an easy job but if you have enough cash ,it might sometimes play the game you wanted to.Children wo are immigrants always face a lot of problems with all the cultural and societal changes they are going through.

Presently the situation of  immigrant and their life’s  have got better as people are now getting global and are adapting to a new place very easily.

But things were not as good during the time world war’s.People had to find ways to get out their land to go to other places as an immigrant,during those days  black and white discrimination was often seen among various groups of people.

Though the things are now getting better than before it makes all of us realize that we are moving towards a greater tomorrow where everything is getting global and everyone has  a global perspective of life ,culture and society.

The Nobel Prize

The nobel prize is the most prestigious and coveted international award which is administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm.The nobel foundation was established in 1990.This prestigious award is bestowed to recognize those individuals who have contributed most materially to benifit mankind.

Between 1901 to 2016 ,The Nobel Prize and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations with some receiving the nobel prize more than once,thus makingit a total of 881 individuals and 23 organizations.The peace prize is chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Physics,Chemistry and Economics prizes are chose by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.Medicine Award is chose by the Nobel Institute at Karolinska Institute.Swedish Academy choses the Literature winner.

Each year a maximum of three people can win each award.Winner’s get a gold medal,a Diploma and sum of 10 million Swedish Kronor.The commitee the writes a report with recommendations and sends it to the academy or other corresponding Institute depending on the category of the prizes.

Source:The Tribune Cognizance

by Subey Pratap,HOD(English),Gurukul School,Kurukshetra.