Ramblings in an absurd, absurd world

I think it is time to change the name of the blog. I would like to call it “In an absurd, absurd world”. Feels strange that at some point of time I thought it should be called “Miles to go…”. Go where? To an unappetizing future? Or to the unappealing past that, unlike some luckier souls, I can’t romanticize. Of course, to the extent that you are living, you are going somewhere. And the distance might very well be in miles. It doesn’t leave you or the world any better off though. So why have that as a motto of sorts. It is simply a given, a compulsion.


The only miles I would really like to go are the literal miles. That you cover in traveling. But I don’t want to do so to achieve anything, not to make the world a better place, nor to make myself a better person. It seems like more harm is done to the world in the attempts to make it better than just letting it be would have done. And more pride is instilled in one’s person by the attempts at betterment than would have naturally been there.

It is theoretically impossible to create more happiness by creating more things. Either physical or virtual. More things only create more reasons to be disappointed when you don’t have them. The solution to happiness problem today is in distribution. And that solution will not come about, because we, the human race, are not the product of anything “humane”. We are the product of a bloody (literal, not the curse word) evolution. There is nothing inherently (what we call) humane in us. It is all self-interest and an immediate, highly short-term self-interest at that. For one reason or the other we have kept coming up with systems to channel and control the fierce self-interest. Tribes, religion, rulers, nations, democracy, organizations, corporates etc. etc.  We will keep coming up with them, but they will be products of our limited abilities, and each of them will be marred by the same self-interest it tries to control. So we can keep creating institutions, but it is self-interest that has caused our rise (if it can be called rise) and it is self-interest that will lead us to our fall. Because the self-interest is now combined with illusions of grandiose.

But until then, we are at the mercy of man-made systems. They have become so pervasive that an individual will find no space outside of them. And in that system, if you have to eat and survive, you have to keep making things. Things that cannot create happiness.

You are doomed.

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

4 thoughts on “Ramblings in an absurd, absurd world

  1. Jaya, You have said many wise things here but I would like to say that you are perhaps committing the same mistake which almost all religions and human societies have been committing since thousands of years, and that is that you are condemning self-interest.

    Leaders of religions and societies condemn self-interest because they want to use you and want to make you a sacrificial lamb for their own ideals and ideas. They want to use you for their own ends. They do not care for you for your own sake, you are are a means to their ends whether it is this religion or that religion or this ideology or that ideology or this vision or that vision.

    Another point is that what do you think is your self-interest? Is getting more and more wealth your self-interest? Is getting more fame and power your self -interest? Is making the world accept your ideals and your morality your self-interest? Does sacrificing yourself for others your self-interest? I don’t think so.

    So the first thing is to discover that what is your self-interest.

    • Am I condemning self-interest? Perhaps that self-interest combined with illusions of grandiose. But mostly I am being fatalistic here, and not judgmental. Whatever my or anyone else’s self-interests are, we are living and going towards a futile existence anyway. I am not saying – oh, if only we didn’t have self-interest… That’s meaningless. Self-interest (or what I am calling self-interest) is just there. Could it not have been there? Could it have taken a different shape? Could things have been different? Who knows? Except the self-professed gurus, whose prophecies are as futile as anything else.

      Basically in this post I am pessimistic beyond judgment and beyond redemption 🙂

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