Understanding Free Will

Many believe that our paths are laid out long before we are born and continue to another after we perish.

Is it true that our lives are predetermined? Is it right to say that we are puppets of a higher order?


In the world of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, the brain is coded to perform certain predetermined tasks. This system never deters from it’s command when it is left to perform since it doesn’t have conscience.


But with humans this may or May not be true. Let’s try to understand this.


There are 2 things predetermined for us- Life itself and death, the beginning and the end. There is no free will to control that. But everything in between is quite bewildering. We come across so many people throughout our lives, live in different surroundings and are influenced by these elements in some or the other way. These influences affect us to take different paths as per our motivations.


In a way we constantly deter from our usual course and work or behave under the influence of something throughout our lives. This cannot be coded by someone before our lives. Here we can say that free will exists in the form of collective consciousness.


But does free will means we can bounce back and fourth in time as per our freedom?

Some scientists will say we can, we just need to grow with our knowledge. But for now we think that time is linear, it proceeds uniformly, Eternally into infinity.
There is no beginning and end in the never ending circle of time. Past, present and future are just illusions in that circle where you can’t differentiate which is which.


If we know our fate in the future would it force us to take decisions to change that?

Well in absolute or broader terms we at least know that we are going to die one day. So all our decisions may take different paths but all those paths would lead to the same point, death. The Circle of time will continue, life to death, death to life, past to future and future to past. But there are some hard questions to answer.

If life and death are inevitable and the end result is death then what we do in between may not be significant .

What’s our purpose then? Our existential crisis?


Here’s my opinion-
When you look at the celestial bodies like Sun and Earth, when you look at nature, trees and plants, you will see that irrespective of their fate they carry on to do their job that is to create light and sustain life .They live in the present and fulfil their purpose that is to Give.


A life has no meaning if it doesn’t touches another life positively. Love, Compassion, empathy, humility, kindness and respect give meaning to a life, give purpose to our lives. The happiness which we feel when we do something for others.


If we live in the hearts of the generation to come then we live forever, this is our free will. The contentment which it brings is too great to express in terms of science.


Our existence depends on both science and philosophy, both are significant. Science shows us the path, Philosophy teaches us how to live that path. This is our absolute purpose even if there is nothing absolute in the universe.


So free will exists in between life and death, it is our present which gives us the ultimate boon of free will.
We may not be present in the form of matter in the future but our existence may survive in time through our Karma in the hearts of others. And maybe that Karma is the God we question so often!


Live in the present, stay blessed!

The Arrow of Entropy

Arrow of time
Pushing us forward to chaos
Our order is melting
With increasing disorder

Aging is difficult
With fears capturing our mind
A man becomes pessimist
With the ticking of clock

This is the law of nature
Law of science
Every system is bound
To collapse or Die

But we have the power
To delay this demon
With firing our love
And Cleansing with compassion

©2020 Piyush Singh

My Life, Our lives

My Life
An ordinary one
My thoughts
May not be significant
But still for those of you
Who think I’ve touched you
You are just like me
Pain, dejection, loss
Have hurt us
Sharing, empathy, love
Have overwhelmed us
Our defeats are small
Just a blink of cosmos
When we stood Bravely
Against the headwind
Our stories
Maybe forgotten with time
But if we live in the memories
Of a single life
Our purpose is fulfilled

©2020 Piyush Singh

Sail through

Sail through
With the faith
Your pursue


Religions are modes Of transport and all roads lead to one ultimate goodness.

Respect other vehicles on the road because we all have to reach smoothly and safely to the same destination.

Also respect pedestrians who are atheists as they too are walking on the same path towards the same Ultimate destination.

Being Pessimistic

Years of failure
No reward to show
Hopelessness rules it all
There’s no chance to grow

Pessimist believe
The world is nasty
Either you are condemned
Or you fail to understand

Pessimism might save you
By taking precautions
But it might hinder
The growth you want often.

The world wants both
Pessimists and optimists
As the world desires
Growth with some precautions

©2020 Piyush Singh

Failures


The agony of failures, the misery of a failed man is extremely hard to comprehend. After many failures, he gains nothing but pessimism and frustration. It is very difficult to get out of that jail and start fresh.


You try to lift yourself up again. You try to be optimistic about your failures and you can only do that by constantly looking for ways or things to inspire yourself. You try to persuade yourself that this time you will get.


If you fail again, then what?


It is quite human that after years of failures you loose hope, you loose energy or motivation to start again. You think that you have fallen into the deepest pit. That is the hardest place to get out of.


But you have to live and for that you must try to stand up, again. You will be hit hard with those punches life throws at you but you have to survive. You have to try to motivate yourself.


But how to motivate yourself?


Maybe, failures are nothing but a state of mind. It could be a tiny ripple in the mighty ocean. You should try to live your life by doing things you love most, your hobby (or create a hobby). Sometimes you loose your way and forget about the things you love most. It is time to get back to that. The secret of happiness is something to do.


Write, sing, play guitar or do whatever you love to do. I bet, you will find solace in That. When it comes to me, writing soothes me, music heals me.


Life is a long journey. Let’s complete this journey together by making connections. This is the right path towards happiness and contentment.


Stay happy, readers!

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What is Patriotism?

Patriotism is the devotion
Of the soldier in the front
Patriotism is the integrity
Of the citizens upfront.

Patriotism seeps through
An honest hardworking man
Patriotism is the respect
For every human

Patriotism is the devotion
Towards your people and nation
Patriotism unites generation
It is the fight against discrimination

©2020 Piyush Singh

A beautiful day in the woods

Drenched in the dirt
Of corrupted society
Suffocated in the smoke
Of polluted city
I longed nothing but
To get out of my anxiety

Far away in the mountains

I walked with the river
Swam with the icy breeze
Felt my life, my sunrise
With the sun shining
Through the misty pines
And snowy peaks.

©2020 Piyush Singh


(Image-Parvati River Kasol)

The Circle – part 2

The Circle-part 1

(Read the first part by clicking above)

I looked at my worried father incredulously. The familiar face with more wrinkles and white hair. He was grasping for breath and struggled to speak.

“Damn! That dream again. Forget it, make it quick.”

He sighed, “It has been raining profusely for the last 4 days. The entire area has been flooded. Ground floor is almost submerged in water.”

I was taken aback as he continued, “Dress up, there is a rescue boat outside. I am waiting for you there. “

I became paranoid, “It has been raining for 4 days?” My head was exploding, I woke up to another chaos. I quickly dressed up and searched for stairs only to find it completely submerged in water. I ran back to my room on the first floor and walked out of balcony.
It was dark and the rain was falling viciously from the hallowed, black clouds.

“Oh boy! It’s not looking to clear up for at least 4 more days.”

Then I observed the chaos in front of me. The rain had become a belligerent river and was flowing through the street. People were shouting, crying and asking for help.

“Is it our judgement day? Do humanity have to pay what it did to nature? Today is a perfect day for that repayment, that revenge! ”

A sudden lightning crashed through the apartment which broke my thoughts. “ C’mon son, it’s getting terrible “, my father interjected me.He was sitting in a rescue boat with 3 people. They were holding the railing of my balcony meticulously to make the boat stable in the vicious flow. I quickly boarded the boat which started flowing towards the south of the city.


I was wondering where we were going? It seemed like the whole world was under water. My father looked at me with a smile and said, “Stay calm, you are in a circle of life. Confront this bravely. “

I nodded but I knew it could be the end. It became a little brighter like early morning. I noticed a girl in our boat who was staring at me. “I am sorry, do I know you? “, I asked her.

She hesitated, “I have seen you somewhere. ”She was right, she looked familiar. But then we could be from the same locality. So why don’t I know her exactly?

My head started exploding again, an excruciating pain at the back of my head. I wanted to shout but I have to be brave and I felt the hand of my father at the back my head. We were shivering and clung to each other like our existence was dependent on each other.

We then reached an open area with no architecture around which gave an eerie feeling that we were in the middle of an ocean. We had nothing to see but the world around us totally under water. I wondered how much time it would take when one of us give up and loose his mind with no food, drinking water and shelter around.


Our eyes searched nothing but a tiny piece of land where our world could prosper again. And then it happened, one of us gave up. A man in front me started sobbing and screaming , “No one is coming to help us. We all gonna die slowly. No one is alive in this world to save us. “

He was inconsolable and three of us watched him in despair. We couldn’t agree more with him. We all became hopeless. He continued shouting ,”I can’t die slowly, please kill me right now. I want to end this misery quickly. “

He looked at me, grabbed my hand and started hitting himself with my hand. I pushed him aside and watched directly into his eyes. Those eyes looked familiar but I ignored and shouted at him, “If you want to die then why make me a murderer. Jump into the water. But I know you won’t because you are afraid. “

He looked down. I wanted to say more but we saw something in the dark. Another boat started tumbling towards us and for a moment we thought we had someone to share our grief. But instantly our hope faded, the people on the boat looked extremely worried. As their boat came nearer , we saw that their boat was wreaked and it was dangerously filled with water. As it got closer, we saw their ominous faces, ready to pounce on us in order to steal our only refuge.

At that instant, the helplessness of the man turned into evil. The man who few minutes ago wanted to take his own life became a predator. He took out a sharp knife from his pocket and jumped on our attackers. And then at that moment something changed, something clicked in my head and all that pain faded away with my despair turning into compassion. It seemed like I found my purpose. I shouted, “ Don’t Ali! Don’t kill them.” I jumped to save our attackers but by the time I reached their boat, Ali slit the throats of 2 of them and 2 were remaining.

After few seconds their boat was completely drowned. I somehow stopped Ali from killing the other two but he was not going to give up. We pushed each other, tumbled on each other inside the water. Ali shouted, “I found my purpose, you found it too but this time you have to die. “

Yes he was right, he tried to kill me before.

“Not so soon! I am their hope and their hope is my strength. I am not going to kill you, just leave them “, I replied.

I noticed our boat was getting away and so I signalled the other 2 in the water to board our boat. I told them, “Please board the boat in place of us and don’t fight because someone has sacrificed. “ They nodded and boarded the boat.

I saw the four of them sailing away. I wondered, “Four of them? Where is my father? Is he with me in the water?” I turned around and saw nothing. As soon as I turned back I saw Ali jumping full length in the air and pierced his knife deep inside my heart. I screamed, my pain became my feeling and my feeling became my pain. I still searched for my father but then I had to continue with my purpose and that time to survive.

I accumulated all my strength and somehow took out the knife from my heart. The pain brought back few memories. I tried to find Ali but he was gone. But how I came to know about him. I was trying to remember but the headache returned. I had to survive. I started swimming blindly and searched the familiar sand.

To be continued….

Read 3rd part – part 3

©2020 Piyush Singh