LINGUA FRANCA

A 100 different languages and a thousand different accents and yet there is one thing in common. Connectivity. People connect on a daily basis with each other not just in their local vicinity but all across the world irrespective of their race, gender, caste, creed or religion. And yet words are the most lethal weapon there is. Among every language that is used on this planet English is the one thing that acts as our bridge language or the “lingua franca”. People who belong from places where english is not spoken on a daily basis let alone is necessary, learn and practice how to speak because they feel that it’ll make them feel more connected which is true by the way or maybe it has become an accepted reality at this point. But the beauty of language lies beyond the confines of English. The softness of Urdu or the cutthroat feeling of Spanish. The rigidity of Russian or the sexiness of Italian. The true beauty and connectivity lies in all these languages whether they are spoken by you or not. When you roam in the streets of Italy and hear the word “pizza” thats the very moment when you truly understand the emotion of pizza which can and is not conveyed by your local dominos or when a Russians talks about vodka, in that very moment you feel the intoxication that you will get induced with if you ever decide to consume said vodka. That’s where my point kicks in, all of these beautiful moments can and should be savoured(which they are sometimes) but instead lead up to unwanted violence, inherited racism and sexism and most importantly accent and origin superiority.

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Ever wondered why we wage all these countless wars? Or why our so developed society is on the brink of collapse? We put the blame on others instead of going through our very own problems. We point fingers towards the other end of the spectrum instead of mending our own. When two countries collide with each other it’s not because of something that the prior did or something that the latter was victim of. It’s because of words that were exchanged between them that left a scar in their minds and hearts. Words are more sharp than the thorn of a rose. They can penetrate through something which is impenetrable by a .45. Words can kill they are most highly advanced and future proof weapon. More deadlier than an atomic bomb and they funny thing is everyone has equal and all rights to them and you definitely don’t need the second amendment to use them. A modern society is not one that has world dominance or is the origin of the lingua franca but is one that supports all sorts of immigration. That’s where true power lies. People tend to live in ghettos instead of merging into the society they opt and thats where the division begins and moving forward everything rips itself apart and the world starts burning. It’s good to have a bridge language and for us on earth it’s English but it’s even better to explore beyond the horizon every once in a while.

The world will be a much more joyous and happy place if we know how to turn this annihilating weapon into a canon that shoots rainbows, cats and unicorns. Free the world not by taking men’s lives but by taking their tongues(not literally). Don’t force someone into learning some language that they don’t want to. Don’t make them change the way they speak. Don’t tear them away from their origin and make them speak your language. As us human beings are more then capable of getting ourselves out of situations and always feel connected in our own way. We don’t need a change in our thoughts, personalities and how we see right and wrong based on the opinion of some other society.

“Sans Lingua Franca the world will be torn asunder and then it shall be free.” Which is true if you give it thought but isn’t necessary. Atleast for now.

 

*Inspired by Metal Gear and Hideo Kojima san.

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GENERATIONS

generations.pngLet’s talk about generations today. It’s a funny word isn’t it? And yes i am talking about human generations and not the generations of iPhones. Duh. We’ve had so many people before us and so many are going to come after us so we, smart intellectual human beings coined them as our past and future “generations” and what happened then? Well the century long never ending debate of which generation is the best? Perfect! That’s all we wanted and asked for! The most famous taunt of the century is “ugh, you and your generation” that we get quite too often from our elders and is like music to my ears so i figured why not decide which generation is best?

Let me simply cut the chase and say it out loud in the very beginning itself the answer is OURS! And no i am not being biased. The answer is as follows. The previous generation so to speak has been through tough times. They didn’t have the beauty we know and enjoy in technology. They weren’t comfortable enough in public spaces and are simply to say quite reserved. They didn’t and don’t enjoy life as we do. They prefer not to travel by planes as they strongly believe that the particular plane they will fly in will definitely crash and not the million others that take flight on a daily basis. They didn’t drive BMW’s and Mercedes’s, IDIOTS. And for some reason they distance themselves from comfort and luxury but they always wanted a life filled with them! I mean how? What? Why? Old people man. Tough to understand. Yeah, one more thing even when it comes to pop culture these old bags are biased as all hell! They still believe Elvis Presley is the best singer/musician, that there is no one better than directing movies than Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Ridley Scott(duly noted) and for some reason are stuck with Nixon’s presidency.  And oh my god believing all that is one thing but claiming that guitar is for kids and the real deal is an oboe is another! Oboe? SERIOUSLY? AN OBOE? What the hell is even an oboe? (exaggerated, obviously) But with all these problems they are still really awesome and we love them! But can someone please stuff this in their minds that being old doesn’t always mean that you are right everytime! But seriously love y’all to death. Salt on earth.

Step in to our generation. I said we are the best and let me tell you why. Because we are the only ones and luckily will be the only ones on this planet who acknowledge and admire the beauty of both sides. We are the only ones who firmly believe that best isn’t only what the present is providing us with. We love listening to EDM and all the other shit that plays today but still(on days) love to swing towards Elvis and Sinatra. We are the only ones understand and admire contemporary art but at the same time love the work of Picasso, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. We are the only ones that get flattered with the beauty of Christoper Nolan on screen and at the same time know that Kubrick and Spielberg were the original bad boys.  How can you say that Coldplay is bad man!? Grow up! Sorry i mean grow young. Also we are the only ones that want and love to work our assess of rather than being sitting ducks and enjoying (which we can totally do by the way).  And aside from all of this we are the only ones who have the capability and understanding of making decisions in both practical and emotional ways rather than just making them with the computing and thinking power of a potato. So yeah! so many positives! And before y’all get started of us being impulsive, reckless or disrespectful well, make one thing absolutely clear all of that begins from your side. And of course we are reckless have you never heard YOLO? My bad! You only live once(YOLO).

And the generation after us? Well, the less said about them the better. And yes i am being biased here but no they cannot win because we and the oldies feel the same about them and as i know majority wins! So yay! End of debate there.

So yes that was my absurd approach towards that topic which i 100% stand by, by the way. It’s ok fellas someone always has to win and someone always is the best in this case we are and always will be. Signing off.

GIFT

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Humans are a strange being. No one knows how we were created and what gave us life but accept the fact that Adam and Eve were the first human beings alive on this planet without showing much concern about who gave life to them. The funny thing though is that humanity was gifted with only one thing and that gift is your brain. The human brain is till day the most unpredictable and the most technologically advanced thing ever seen by humanity itself. But that’s not just the only thing humanity was gifted with, there is atleast one more thing and that thing is the ability to love. When these two things are combined in the right amount with the right mixture it creates a chain reaction that’s stronger than the confines of an atom bomb. We have excelled ourselves over the years and still try to 1up ourself and all of this was possible by the power of your brain. Your very own supercomputer. Now the actual question is that is it being used accordingly? Maybe. Maybe not. That’s tough to answer because theres no right or wrong when it comes to our very own thinking and mindsets. What Hitler did was in his right mind  but came up wrong for the rest of the world and that poor bastard is still paying for it whereas a mad scientist named Albert Einstein received a Nobel prize and the whole world remembers him and talks about his brilliance till date yet he was the one who basically handed us weapons of mass destruction in the form of nukes and lasers. And speaking of Einstein he once said “i know what weapons will be used in WW3 but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones” which is known as one of the best philosophical quote but the truth is it was Einstein guilt and his regret than made him say that because even he couldn’t trust his own creation. Now tell me which one of these two is the “right” guy? For some Einstein may be while for the others Hitler will be and there are also those who either think both of them were right or both of them were wrong. The point is no one is wrong but at the same time no one is right. There is no one ultimate solution or answer. Just like a coin has two sides. It is for you to use your “gift” and figure it out and convince yourself why you feel so and then move on the world with your opinion and if you so strongly believe in it then convince people to follow that instead of fighting or pressurising them. Trust me everyone has that gift, God was kind enough to provide it to everyone so have faith in your gift and make it full of potential so that you can also be crowned as someone who has their name in the history books. Be famous or inFamous.

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It took years and decades and centuries for people to figure out the true meaning of Michelangelo’s masterpiece “the creation of Adam” what back then was deduced as “God giving life to Adam” had such a deep meaning that it blew people’s minds when it’s true nature was figured. God was inside something that had the shape of the human brain that’s when it clicked to people that the actual meaning of the painting was much more than they thought. It was Michelangelo telling us that “true power comes from within our own mind” and that “consciousness is mankind’s true gift”. See? Even Michelangelo understood. Combine that with our ability to love and trust me there will be no wars, famines, poverty, racism and any other kind of differences in our species. My point is simple. The future is in your hands and the generation beyond you. But right now you are the future. So its upto you to picture and imagine a world that you want to live in and not for some “leader” to decide. You can make your own decisions and not wait for your President or King or Prime Minister to make decisions  for you. You can use all the money that you have to wage countless wars and kill millions of people or you can use it to put food on some needy’s table and educate a kid. You can use your weaponry to create mass destruction or you can spread the message of peace by surrendering them. You can rob, kill and torture people or you can educate yourself and be the peace keeper,   the watch dog of your own land. As the movie Interstellar said “love is the one thing that transcends time and space” make sure you love, love with the fullest potential of your heart and spread that love for your future generations to enjoy and appreciate. It’s upto you at this point to decide to live in a utopia or a dystopia.

God was smart huh? He gave us 2 most essential gifts but didn’t tell us how to use them.  Gave us our brain and didn’t tell us about the extreme depths it can take us to. Gave us the ability to love but didn’t teach us how to love.

Make this world your very own utopia. Live and let live. Spread the love and make sure others receive it. Think, create and adapt. And please if not for your own sake for the sake of the masterminds like Einstein, Newton, Hitler and all the others use your gifts and don’t give up on yourself and your bright side no matter what.