“…But what is consciousness? Let’s see. To try consciously to go to sleep is is a sure way to have insomnia, to try to be conscious of one’s own digestion is a sure way to upset the stomach. Consciousness is a poison when we apply it to ourselves. Consciousness is a beam of light directed outwards, it lights the way ahead of us so that we don’t trip up. It’s like the head lamps on a railway engine – if you turn the beam inwards, there would be a catastrophe…”

(From “Dr. Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak)


One thought on “Consciousness

  1. Since I am removing the Haloscan Comments, I am copy-pasting the comments I got on this post here.

    Consciousness is (like) our inner-self. One need not apply it to oneself, because it is something which lies within us.
    But, yes, it is definitely like a beam of light which, when switched on, guides us in the right direction.
    But, then how many really bother to switch it on??
    These are my personal views and are meant to be innocuous.
    Indu | 01.09.05 – 2:31 pm | #

    Jaya:By the way, I think the time settings of this section should be revived. They always show the wrong time. Maybe, something could be done through haloscan!
    Indu | 01.09.05 – 2:37 pm | #

    Gravatar I guess, It shows the US & Canada time zone.
    Prem Piyush | Email | Homepage | 01.09.05 – 2:58 pm | #

    Talking of conciousness and “switching oneself on”… I would like to remind people that calling one by a wrong name is not a nice thing. Please note that I am “Linux Kernel 2.6.5” and not a v2.4. Calling me that is equivalent to racialism. Just Joking. Anywayz.
    Sometimes we tell a lie to save our or somebody’s asses. Sometimes they become part of us and then we come to accept it. Sometime later it becomes a reality for us. For me, this has been true on several occasions. So am I not “creating” reality. Is not my conciousness driving my life. And I am not bonkers. I am doing quite alright with my fair share of pain and happiness.
    Surely it’s not a catastrophe.
    linux-kernel-2.6.5-7.109.12-vd | 01.10.05 – 12:15 pm | #

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