Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quotes of Two Idols: Compare and Contrast!

First part is a close analysis of Gandhi's quote than a compare/contrast with a Einstein quote!
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"A 'No' uttered from the deepest convictions is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble" - Mahatma Gandhi

The above quote holds significance in more than just the man whom said it, but the historic achievement of his inspirational political movement.  What Mahatma Gandhi was concerned mainly with politics.  How he would speak was very spiritual - it didn't seem like he was just talking politics, because he wasn't. He was talking with the conviction of how these two concepts are so strongly relate-able, they speak to us religiously (spiritually and politically, in another sense). This particular quote speaks to both counts of human relationships: the spiritual subjects (religion) and the social subjects (politics).'

As a spiritual leader, responsible for uniting the continent of India, in this quote, makes a political statement; a man who is talking about civil disobedience is one who finds that social acceptance leads to some of the larger issues which go unnoticed. The British colonization of India was slowly in affect, and the common people did not know or understood very little about what that meant.  He told the people to ask their local parliaments "What do these new policies mean for our  representation!" "There is an issue with another nation trying to "colonize" our rightful country!" Protest was eventually necessary, but to truly gather the hearts of so many he spoke from the truest of places: his soul.

Gandhi wanted the people who already follow accepted social norms, to instead, question and be inquisitive in why those actions/thoughts are the norm.  His spirituality and secularism allowed him to touch the hearts of so many.  He would quote figures from all the major religion; "turn the other cheek." He would participate in any welcomed prayer.  Yet, most are not so Gandhi-like with religion, most practice one religion and maintain it's the best! The major religion of India were Hinduism and Buddhism in variable sects. Many believing in Hinduism did not respond well with Christianity, and vice versa (the British settlers). The lack of seeing eye-to-eye on religious topics (like God), makes "colonization" more of a crusade.  Still, why was it necessary to be so spiritual to change the political mentality of Indians?

Whether it be politics or religion, there are those who follow ideologies blindly and without great knowledge of "why they are defending that ideology." (There are atheist who know more about the Bible than Catholics!) These people are part of the herd, being sheeple (- being people but herding like sheep), is a common occurrence and one that is appears to be universal. Accepting things as they are, following the methods which existed before you, is easy - it is easy to just learn the old ways and continue carrying them on forward.. Takes real 'balls' to speak out against what you feel is no longer working out for the better.  (Even if you are wrong in your conviction, you would have at least learned a lesson from being wrong and learned, than never have learned anything at all).
The applicability of this quote is wide ranging: Religious individuals will learn to question their own beliefs, to be a better person and to have total confidence in their beliefs.  People who are thinking about politics to do the same; how do you know which decision is the best choice if you do not investigate the choices you have? A"no" that leads to struggle and results, is better than an easy "yes" that leads to nothing gained. "Stand up for what you believe in!" "Be the change you want to see!"

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."- Albert Einstein

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest convictions is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble" - Mahatma Gandhi

A spiritual leader, responsible for uniting the continent of India... And the father of modern physics, responsible for relativity theory, which depicts space-time... Feel as though a common hipster. Someone incorrigible to feel justified in placing these two modern figures in the same writing... Men who would have done different things entirely, compiled in order to craft a singular thought? Why the fuck not.

The above two quotes have one common idea expressed in two distinctions: changing the normative paradigm of thought takes a spark of ingenuity and effort.

1. Einstein would denote the above thought in the sense of scientific exploration. Using his practical geometry he would formulate an alternative idea how to build physics... He was not a man who simply took an already recognized figure of physics and continued his work. No. He saw a problem and approached it in an original manner.  Today, I feel as though most scientist do not attempt to break away from the tradition of continuing an earlier theorist works... Community may have a lot to do with it, graduate school for the sciences are preparing students to be a theorist of their own sort, but a theorist in which takes already made theory and continues altering them to see what happens... This is the contrary to the above Einstein quote.. This keeps the community of science in an elitist nature. To step away from the normative paradigms...

2. Gandhi, talking about civil disobedience, is one who finds that social acceptance leads to some of the larger issues which go unnoticed. Like Einstein, Gandhi wants those who follow accepted norms to question and be inquisitive in why those actions/thoughts are the norm.  While for scientist it comes from a tradition of method, society is no different. Following the herd, being sheeple, is a common occurrence and one that is appears to be universal. Accepting things as they are, following the methods which existed before you, is easy - it is easy to just learn the old ways and continue carrying them on forward.. Takes real 'balls' to speak out against what you feel is no longer working out for the better.  (Even if you are wrong in your conviction, you would have at least learned a lesson from being wrong and learned, than never have learned anything at all).

While one speaks of the genius ability in all of us, and the other for civil disobedience... both would agree looking at the whole picture of reality requires not construction, but destruction...

Thoughts are just as powerful as actions... Even more so - The pen is mightier than the sword.

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