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Mind your mind

The break of dawn brings alive the hope for sunshine every day. Seems to be reasonable enough but what happens when we think of avoiding sun altogether. There is an increasing reliance now on artificial lighting. It not only makes the interiors hot but wastes energy too.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2011 00:39 IST

The break of dawn brings alive the hope for sunshine every day. Seems to be reasonable enough but what happens when we think of avoiding sun altogether. There is an increasing reliance now on artificial lighting. It not only makes the interiors hot but wastes energy too.

Several reasons perhaps dictate such a narrowed-down choice. These range from feeling privy as well as to keep the intimacy level with the immediate surroundings to a bare minimum. Thus, our mind becomes skewed and reluctant to entertain others’ thoughts. There are examples galore when two likeminded professionals lived like total strangers for years together. A chance meeting ensued during a failed water supply problem in the housing colony. Lo, every other person started opening up much to the delight of many. Beyond denial, there are always a few people around us who are more than keen to strike a rapport with others.

We now seem to rely too much on the globally acclaimed search engines like Google, Yahoo and the like. Fine enough. A technology intervention like this is welcome but not at the cost of keeping our own mind in wilderness. A right thinking mind is any day better than a man-made machine. Sadly, our egoistic leanings too are becoming responsible for shutting off the human interface much too often.

Our minds are fixated to pre-thought-over notions and biases. This can have undesirable overtones in our dream of becoming a progressive civil society. Nature always loves symmetry, but why not the humans whose asymmetric tendencies do not do good to any one. There is a dire need to move out and welcome the morning sun, feel the soothing breeze and play music to the ears more too often.

The mind-acting humane can be realised only in exposing ourselves to expanded environments more too often. We now witness quite extended movie and television screens but our canvas of mind seems to be on a shrinking spree. The push button operations on a mobile phone for example can at the best be regarded as service enablers.