09 March, 2007

The Point of Life is...

...that there is NO point.
No, no I'm not in a suicidal state of mind or anything..don't get frantic.

Maybe I'm just slow on the uptake (we all know I'm not always as quick and witty and smart as I portray myself to be on this blog heh heh), but I'm starting to realise life isn't about One Big Answer at the end of the road.
There isn't any '42'-esque sorta climax (or anticlimax, as anyone who read The Hitchikers Guide the Galaxy would know. If you haven't read it, then "Shame on you.". If you were planning on reading it, then "I'm sorry I spoilt the ending..but read it anyway coz its the funniest book EVER." If you read it but didn't get the humor, then "Tsk, Tsk". If you HAVE read it and did INDEED get the humor, then "Congrats, you're as smart as I am. Pat yourself on the back..NOW.")

Okay back to my point- I think life's about the little triumphs. One triumph is supposed to tide you over till the next one arrives and we hope its bigger and better than the last. And if it's too tiny to tide you over then you sink into a stupor of sorts, secretly waiting until the next triumph arrives. Such is the form that the Opium of Life takes.


And therein ends my chunk of wisdom regarding The Philosophy Of Life.
But don't take my word for it, coz I'll have an entire new (and probably contradictory) chunk of 'wisdom' the next time I have another epiphany/a new crush/completed a new painting.


'Kay I used up like 3 months worth of accumulated brain power over this...I know coz my brain, like, hurts.

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Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

I have a point to make. I am smart mainly because I have read H2G2 and I got the humor as well!

On the curious periods between two moments of happiness, etc. I am reminded of a friend of mine who used to quite smoking till the next time he smoked!

and is it pms?

12:20 AM  
Blogger Rajesh did the happy dance and finally said..

Opium of Life....I like that...

Considering the roll i played(however small it was) in the creation of this post...i must say this is gonna be in my list of Mahi classics!..

Now, i wonder...between "epiphany/a new crush/completed a new painting" where do i fit in?? ;p

12:32 AM  
Blogger Indian Stallion did the happy dance and finally said..

Me didn't get the book, me only chuckled once, me stupid!

1:17 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

tetra - i hope you patted ureself on the back buddy!
nono its not PMS..this is just smthg ive been mulling over for a while..thought it should debut on the blog, no?

rajesh - thank u!
Now, i wonder...between "epiphany/a new crush/completed a new painting" where do i fit in?? ;p
haha..errrr....is 'none of the above' applicable? :P

gilbert - TSK, TSK.
*turns nose up*

11:03 AM  
Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

yeah definitely it should appear once. for heaven;s sake, i have been on the other side of it for a long time and would love to hear what actually goes on at that time!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous mabel did the happy dance and finally said..

That was the exact points adams' made-- that there is in fact no one answer and that the expectation itself is ridiculous, exemplified by the ans 42.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Urban Bourbon Ninja did the happy dance and finally said..

What about `a priori'?

9:11 PM  
Anonymous ds did the happy dance and finally said..

as Mr Linderman (Heroes) says:
"Life is either about Purpose or Happiness...To be happy is to live completely in the present moment always. To have a life of purpose, you have to obsess about the past and always worry about the future...you cant have both happiness and purpose"

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Faith did the happy dance and finally said..

http://ezinearticles.com/?Being-Single-And-Opening-Up-To-Love&id=480821

1:05 AM  
Anonymous the pooh did the happy dance and finally said..

hmmm..wot? okie.. i think i get it ..naah ,my brain hurts tooo...damn gurl!

2:08 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

tetra - huh? uve been on the other side of what? life or PMS? :P

mabel - i like you. you're smart. you got the book..ure also new here, yes? keep visiting!

ninja - yup..what about it? :P

dev - lol now youre quoting linderman?? i miss the old Tuvok-quoting dev! (psst..i saw that episode..hehe so cool!)

faith - i read the article..it was really nice :) i think i get what it means..thank u

pooh - haha go indulge in something pink and fluffy and watch a chick flick! that ALWAYS gets rid of the brain pain :D

11:13 AM  
Blogger Nath did the happy dance and finally said..

Your sense of timing is interesting.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

nath - indeed. talk about being on the same frequency :)

1:51 PM  
Blogger Renovatio did the happy dance and finally said..

Impossible... and not worth trying either, just let it... happen, because it isn't going to tell us why...

8:20 PM  
Blogger Raindrop did the happy dance and finally said..

Yup, life's pointless, now all I want to complete my transient existence is pots and pots of money. Moksha through cold hard cash.

I am a sybarite and a materialist, and I'm also in the wrong profession to be either a sybarite or materialist. Unless I marry rich. Which is bound to happen as soon as my boyfriend who I'm in a long-term relationship with wins the lottery.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous ds did the happy dance and finally said..

in actual fact: the meaning of life is "seva" (doing service). ie. doing charity. The meaning of life is being able to give back to others. its nothing complex or profound. Its simple and its easy to do. But not all of us do it. that's what makes it a challenge.

btw, this is not my line - its from my guru's.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Nath did the happy dance and finally said..

ds: in actual fact: the meaning of life is "seva"... btw, this is not my line - its from my guru's.

In actual fact: that's just your guru's meaning of life. The meaning of life is not objective; I've found my own, and would advise you to do the same, rather than just running around quoting gurus.

(My purpose in life is to gather all the world's pop tarts into one giant pile. And then burn them. Damn overrated toaster pastries.)

10:45 AM  
Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

other side of PMS! for other side of life, i guess i got to wait!

11:39 AM  
Blogger chitgo did the happy dance and finally said..

quite cool mahima, i like the theory.
i saw the pursuit of happyness yesterday and this 'triumph theory' fits in well with the movie's take of climbing one mountain after another...(a must watch if you like flicks on tales of human struggle)...

1:40 PM  
Blogger rossoneri did the happy dance and finally said..

just saw requiem for a dream and then herd joplin say "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" (deadly combo!)
the conclusion being LIFE'S S**T!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

renovatio - aye..i totally agree

raindrop - hehe i like that 'moksha through cold hard cash'. dont worry babe..im psychically vibing the boyfriend to win a potload of money

dev - hmm i wouldnt neccessarily agree...but i respect that u believe in it

nath - exactly. the meaning of life is not objective, which is why if dev fully understands and accepts his guru's point of view, then saying that he runs around blindly quoting his guru is INCREDIBLY condescending of you.
its definitely not appreciated by me, regardless of what dev might have to say about your reply. please refrain from using this tone of condescension the next time u comment.

tetra - lol

chitgo - thanks chitgo! ill definitely try and catch the movie now :)

rossoneri - welcome! woah thats depressing :S but there is a point to it!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Nath did the happy dance and finally said..

exactly. the meaning of life is not objective, which is why if dev fully understands and accepts his guru's point of view, then saying that he runs around blindly quoting his guru is INCREDIBLY condescending of you.
its definitely not appreciated by me, regardless of what dev might have to say about your reply. please refrain from using this tone of condescension the next time u comment


Well, it's your blog, so I'll drop this line of argument if you wish. However, I stand by what I said.

Why? Well, I can't read ds' mind; all I've got to go on is what he wrote. And this is what I got from his post:
"The meaning of life is [foo]. This is true because my guru said so."

Is this what he intended to say? I don't know. But that's what I understood. I find the "it's true because my guru said so" attitude responsible for a great deal with what's wrong with the world, and it's one of the few things that really infuriates me. (Pop tarts, of course, being another.) In this case, it just so happened that the guru in question gave him some good advice. But plenty of peoples' gurus advise them to 'destroy infidels' and so forth, and I think we all know how that ends.

Now, if I've misunderstood ds, and he has some valid reasoning that he didn't mention, then I owe him an apology. But based strictly on his post, I see no reason to suspect that that's the case. If 'ds' can give a well-reasoned answer to the question "Why is seva the meaning of life?", I will be glad to apologize.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous ds did the happy dance and finally said..

Hi Nath,

I appreciate and respect your comments. And you're right - people should have the ability to think for themselves and not blindly follow a guru's teachings without question and personal belief.

If anyone knows this: i do. Its one of the reasons why i left my 'group', as many people began worshiping the guru instead of appreciating "life" itself.

However, my reference to a guru in my initial comment was purely to add validity to my words as such a topic would be better received from a person with credentials in this matter then your average person making references to pop-tarts.

I agree with his comments however i don't expect you to understand or agree with them. Its a question with no right answer, such as "what is love" or "what is justice" with the sole purpose to generate thought and share ideas amongst a forum of peers, and sometimes (in this case) spark debate - which is always healthy.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

nath - while paraphrasing is great and all that, IF dev had explicitly said "The meaning of life is [foo]. This is true because my guru said so." then u wouldnt have been the only one having a problem with him. trust me on that.
your infidel line of arguement is rather silly in this case nath. devs comment was neither belligerent nor blasphemous, so i dont understand ure chagrin. IF dev had indeed said something like 'in actual fact: my guru told me to destroy infidels' he would've been banned from this blog. agreed, guru's doling out shitty advice is a huge problem in this world but with reference to dev's case it would not seem so. i dont neccessarily agree with him on what his guru said but thats my opinion and he has his. i am NO ONE to tell him to change his mind and neither are YOU.
this is a light hearted blog and is definitely not a good platform for a religious debate.
stating an opinion on my blog is fine. i welcome it. but do it under the right context. feel indignant at the right time. not for the sake of creating an argument which, ill be honest, is what your comments look like.
this matter ends here. if you want to discuss or clarify even further, you know my email address.

10:06 AM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahi, stop posting philosophy. It ends up with people arguing in your commments!

Lets just stick to selling hair, going pantyless and pushing you into rehab! Life seems more meaningful then! ;)

10:07 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

oh apoo..this is why ure one of my favourite people! u keep it real :D

10:08 AM  
Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

oh lazy kid, after so much of thinking of so much philosophy (i studied this subject once just for the history of it), u r back to what u can do best - being lazy!

get your ass off and start writing the next one!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Nath did the happy dance and finally said..

this matter ends here. if you want to discuss or clarify even further, you know my email address.

OK. ds/madame mahima: if you have further questions about why I object to that comment, we can discuss it by email.

(And no, it wasn't to create argument for its own sake.)

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Dude did the happy dance and finally said..

interesting theory... (he said, leaning back contemplatively, scratchin his goatee and taking a drag of his gold flake)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Urban Bourbon Ninja did the happy dance and finally said..

ooh. people take themselves seriously around here :)

7:59 PM  
Blogger Silvara did the happy dance and finally said..

All this discussion on the meaning of life makes my brain hurt. It could also be due to that I puked out half my brain yesterday due to a Thai Chicken Salad that will go nameless...umm..oops. I agree with Mahi on this one.

8:13 AM  
Blogger exclusively_me did the happy dance and finally said..

congrats! you jus figured out what the point of life is!

9:39 PM  
Blogger DewdropDream did the happy dance and finally said..

If anything Mahi, that entire debate proved how fiercely loyal you are and boy do I envy ds for that :) Here's to your friendship and loyalty!!! And it makes me doubly glad that we're friends too... in whatever measure :) Cheers!

2:37 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

tetra - siiigh yes sir..soon soon

the dude - indeed *mahi watches the dude scratch his goatee and feels like giving him some anti-dandruff shampoo*

ninja - i know..sheesh.

silvara - eeew what was in that salad anyway? thanks! :D

exclusively me - lol im telling ya...ill have an entirely different theory the next time around

dewdrop - thank u babe :) but really more than anything..i felt the entire thing was uncalled for.
you're a star! :D

10:59 AM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..

Oh life! I won't get into it because I think REM did a fine job of it and now, you! WOOH!

Yep, a series of baby steps and as for the destination? Really, there is none... 'tis all about the damn journey! Grrr! ;-P

I missed you amiga mia and it is good to be back reading you!!!!!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

mizb - *mahi jumps on Miz B and gives her a bone-crushing hug* miz b..this is going to sound extremely cliched and corny but ive been thinking about since the past few days!
i MISSED you!
im glad youre back...i dont blame you for leaving for a bit..i think this year a lot of us had a crisis of faith of sorts (am i making sense? who knows but i know u get what i mean :D) yaaaay!

7:20 PM  

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