Survival

 

Gulping down breakfast. Catching the bus just in time. Checking out what friends, sports-persons, and politicians are up to. Opining until I get agitated. Finding motivation to work (and go to work) from traffic jams and the faces of the people that made them, all eager to start a good day.Ā Beginning work on a high – picking from where I left the previous day but with greater energy and a clearer mind. Running into fresh problems. Devising solutions. Talking to colleagues. Tidying up my thinking. Drinking water. Writing and editing. Lectures. Meetings and more meetings. Two or three glucose shots that go by the names of lunch and snacks. Excitement during the last hour and disappointment after it. Exhaustion. Exercise and the positive vibes. Slow and chatty dinners. Internet. Hitting the bed after eyes burn and sense shuts down.

This is me on autopilot. This is Survival. It is not before long that motivation to jump-start the next day crumbles, and charging and discharging the mind and body cyclically looks like the most perverse way to live.

Only good books, good movies, and good friends can save me. Can I ever be grateful enough for all they have done?

[Response to the Daily Prompt: Survival.]

My answer on Quora to “What is the most misspelt word in the English language?”

“Spelling definitely is certainly a problem for many people – who insist on writing deifinately.”

A bunch of guys made a survey and found that definitely is the most misspelt word in English language. Here are the top ten most misspelt words in English and their frequently misspelt forms:

  1. Definitely (not definately)
  2. Sacrilegious (not sacreligious)
  3. Indict (not indite)
  4. Manoeuvre (not maneouvre)
  5. Bureaucracy (not beaurocracy)
  6. Broccoli (not brocolli)
  7. Phlegm (not phleghm)
  8. Prejudice (not predjudice)
  9. Consensus (not conscensus)
  10. Unnecessary (not unecessary)

Definately* the most misspelled word in the English language (*it should be definitely)

This survey is at least four years old, but chances are that you’ll get at least one wrong šŸ™‚

Great answers in this thread! Do go through them all.

What is the most misspelt word in the English language?

The Human Network

'Wearing multiple hats and having different opinions, we are a part of a massive synthesis of ideas.'

‘Wearing multiple hats and having different opinions, we are a part of a massive synthesis of ideas.’

While continually looking for reasons to write on blogs, one recurring theme, or the primary idea is that of sharing. But why would anyone be interested in my thoughts? Thus the tiny sliver of motivation is killed. But, come on, you can’t be cloistered forever. Sharing eases you up. By opening up, you get hold of a strand in a grand web of human thought. In other words, one becomes linked. That idea which social networking guys are so fond of.

Here isĀ one stream of thought that developed itself as I sat down to write. Presenting as it is, in one paragraph because there are no breaks in it:

‘If I can put what I think into a written form, I will be satisfied. The point is not thinking good thoughts. Of course, if I don’t have good thoughts, I can’t have anything good. But it ought not to stop with thoughts alone. The point is in keeping them down, to go over them from time to time, to put them before my friends and open to discussion, to put them for posterity and my own future self. “If I have all good thoughts and I keep them for myself, there is no benefit to anyone else. So publish your work from time to time,” said the scientist. In fact, keeping them for myself doesn’t help me either, I feel. It is kind of selfish to not share my ideas, in not opening up myself to criticism, improvements or approval. By sharing, without an unduly expectation of being approved and not being criticised, I can get more done. It is like this: a thought takes birth in my mind as a result of so many experiences to which my own contribution isĀ minuscule. Then, I give it back to the ones who were involved in these subtle and indirect ways. I do not own it any longer. It is freely floating in the air, allowing itself to be picked up and scrutinised. I shall want to develop it alright but I may not have the final say. I may be attached to my dear idea but others’ additions and deletions should be readily welcome. I happened to house the thought for some time but I do not own it; nobody does. In this way, a beautiful picture takes form: in the wide space of personal interactions, human minds are the nodes, melting pots if you like, where different streams of thought make a confluence; and having assumed a new character, they progress to their next sojourn. Node to node, ideas are forever making a journey, changing flavours, acquiring nuances, sometimes getting too heavy to digest, sometimes just slashed down and reduced only to its essence as that person deemed fit, and on and on…

Here is a closed, self-sustaining system that had no singular origin, nor will it ever vanish, a system that has come to be the defining feature of our species as a thinking animal. That’s Social Networking for you.

As an immediate consequence, we learn that we are no wiser than the wisest chap in our group, time and context are primary in assessing any idea, and sometimes we can fail collectively. There can be little help on such occasions. Speaking of context, we must remember that ideas unfit for now may become very important some other time. That alone is a reason to respect and preserve an argument; because it has been said, and “some thought has gone into it”.