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If you are wondering where you have heard the above statement before, it is from the movie “Matrix Reloaded”.

The movie, apart from being a huge treat for the eyes with the brilliant special effects, action sequences and acting, delved deeply into yet another very intriguing subject – that of choice.

I have tried many times writing on this topic, but it has turned out to be so complicated (more often that not) that I have had to delete the post everytime – even before I got midway.
But if you are reading this, I was successful in putting my thoughts into words (not very well, but it should be just good enough …)

Anyways, this entire film revolves around the concept of choice and whether we have a choice – if at all.
The very interesting character of Merovingian has this to say during the movie:

Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.

And then, there have been so many situations in my life which have made me feel exactly the same way.

For instance, how can one know whether something that he or she did was a result of a choice – they had taken, things happening beyond their control or just plain fate?
How do you know – that once you have taken an option, that you were not meant to take the other one anyways. Either way, how would you ever know ?
It forms a huge paradox.

“But if YOU already know, how can I make a choice?”
“Because you didn’t come here to make the choice, you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand *why* you made it.”

Whatever we do in our lives, is because of the choices we make, and (I feel that) every little event that happens around us, is responsible in some way for the events to happen in the future. Its like a domino effect.However, I have seen people make choices which have doomed their lives and I have known about it and the moment of them making their choice. So many times have I advised people against it, but to no avail.

Like, I have this friend of mine who took up the branch of ENTC (Electronics and Telecommunications) in Engineering against my better judgement and is suffering for it now.
But then this is pushes it more towards the argument of fate, doesn’t it?

However, though we may never know whether we actually have a choice or whether Merovingian was right – what we should probably make sure is to *really* think about what path we choose at the cross roads and make up our minds, never to regret it later in life – come what may…

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Umm .. blogging !

A non – blogger friend of mine, specifically sent me this cartoon a while ago.
And as I have nothing to blog about today, or maybe I am just tired and suffering the after effects of playing a whole day of basketball yesterday (I realised that I am getting older …), I could not agree more with my good chum ! :)

[Please click on the image to see the actual size]

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I generally don’t link to other posts, but really couldn’t help myself on this one.

Its by Paul Graham and the title reads “Why Nerds and Unpopular”
It IS definitely a long essay but is very, very insightful and well written.

The links here : http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

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Being Prejudiced …

Each one of us has been prejudiced sometime or the other in his or her life and regretted it later.
I know I have …

But I guess its more like a human emotion than a process which everyone experiences and something I really hate doing … but it happens at a sub concious level nevertheless …
The one thing worse than being prejudiced is voicing strong (and loud) opinions based on your (prejudiced) opinions …
Its something that really ticks me off …

People cannot help being prejudiced, but atleast they should save others the trouble of perceiving them as complete idiots when they go announcing that this thing is bad and I really hate that stuff … and oh that is so gay … even without having given the thing a try …

I have come across people reacting very strongly to things that they have never tried …
Like, take the famous Harry Potter for example …

I had never read any of the books till just about some months ago – that too out of curiosity, because basically the fantasy genre was never my type.
But when I did read the first couple of books, I really liked it and realised what all the hype was about !

Recently in a conversation with a person about books, this topic came up and I enquired whether he had read Harry Potter …
To this, the guy gives me a very weird looked (cocked eyebrows and all) and says : “Puh-lese … I don’t read such crappy children’s books …”

Whoever did say they were for children only?

People generally have a tendency to be rebels and NOT do things that the entire world is doing at the moment.
They want to stand out of the crowd and “try” to be different.
I know because I do it many times …

They form false opinions about things just to defend themselves as to why they aren’t doing something which everyone else is doing …
And then later, these opinions turn to convictions and then they start despising the people who form the herd …

How many times have I heard “Oh ! You love the Lord of the Rings movies? Man … you’re weird”
Or, “How the hell can you like Batman Begins? That sux dude …”
And the latest has been … “You listen to Celine Dion … Umm … are you gay?”
Can you believe this?

It’s amusing actually … and, after you have come to terms with the fact that people will continue to be prejudiced about things and form opinions about you from the things that you like or dislike, you can have your own fun by disgusting them even more with harmless things like …
“Oh ! By the way, I also listen to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and N’Sync !”

Hehe .. Good times :)

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