Thursday, July 24, 2008

The powers that be

Decision making is something we try to be good at, maybe it has something to do with the little bit of a control freak we have in all of us. And we judge some as good decision makers, and some as bad, not pausing to think that the seemingly good or bad decisions can be reversed so quickly by a twist of fate. Of course, there are some who would refuse to attribute even a small iota of it to fate, but then that’s an age old argument, so I'd not want to get in there now.

Meanwhile, though decisions affect any number of people from an individual to nations, depending on who takes them, I tend to believe that the control that we have been given seems to be reducing with each passing period. No, not as individuals, but as humanity in general.

Reading mythology, Indian and otherwise is taking its toll on me :) , so humour me. Every civilisation speaks of gifted individuals, and several of them who could cause epidemics, control the elements of nature, and change things in a way that would be inconceivable to us (that a human could do such things) Our mythology (which I believe to be history as opposed to myth) has a liberal splattering of sages who could give curses, heroes who could change the course of battles with a single weapon and so on.

Stories, you say, but do you think that at some point of time, a higher power trusted humans enough to give them the liberty and the ability to do such things, and because of what we have done to ourselves, it has been taken away from us?

until next time, fall from grace

15 comments:

austere said...

Yes.

But there is a price.

Epiphany said...

I don't think it has been taken away from us...only nowadays it is not as animated as B.R.Chopra's version of it ;)

Cynic in Wonderland said...

..not completely true. havent u heard the "for want of a nail the battle was lost?". small decisions can have huge consequences. reckon that remains

a million different people said...

I think that at some level, priorities changed and we misused what we got.

However, we still have a lot of power. It's still quite underrated and it's good that it is contained in ourselves.

Orhan Kahn said...

Would love to read a story about a single solider altering an entire battle with a single weapon. That would be okay with me ;)

Arunima said...

A higher power? umm, maybe.

Anonymous said...

somehow i believe in the story of the lost city of Atlantis...

bips

manuscrypts said...

austere: true, there is..always

epiphany: :)

manuscrypts said...

cynic: maybe it can, i am only arguing on the scale..

amdp: yes, maybe it is.. what we need is a good hacker :)

manuscrypts said...

orhan : George W Bush could think of something :D

arunima: maybe :)

manuscrypts said...

bips: i believe in most 'myths' .. it happened in some form or the other :)

addict said...

Its the smaller and so called 'silly' things that change the course of any matter drastically. And for me Indian mythology is not a myth at all... every human being has enough powers. What do you think the movie "The Matrix" was based on?

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