Life and Cynicism

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How often in our life have we pondered upon the question that what is the purpose of our life?  René Descartes had said Cogito ergo sum i.e. “I think, therefore I am”, implying the existence of something because it is capable of thinking. It answers the question regarding if I exist or not. However, it doesn’t answer the question about why do I exist. And that is the fundamental question which we ask ourselves rephrasing it in different words like ‘what is the meaning of life’, ‘what is the purpose of life’, ‘ why am I here’ and so on.

Some have spent their entire lives thinking about it yet finding the answers to be elusive. On the other hand, some have spent their entire lives without even thinking about it even once. I am not trying to undermine the act of finding answers to such questions. However, isn’t it often the case that such questions creep into our “restless” mind while our body is resting in comfort, perhaps leaning against the cushion on the sofa-set, having just consumed the delicious dinner, probably bored of browsing internet or surfing the channels and staring aimlessly at the ceiling. Have we ever searched for these answers when we are hungry? I guess we would rather be searching for food. After all,we should first think about surviving and then later on, we could think about why did we first think about surviving. In simpler words, ‘you can’t think about the purpose of your existence if you don’t exist’.

Have I figured out the purpose of my existence? Perhaps not. Moreover, I am cynical about the idea that the moment I find the purpose of life, it would change the way I would live the moments to come thereafter in my life. Maybe my cynicism would prove to be unwarranted when my “restless” mind would succeed in searching these answers. However, for the moment, my restless stomach wants me to search for food.


thinking ethically

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a few days ago,i never considered giving solved assignments to my friends for copying as something wrong and i even helped them in the exams(ya,unfair means!). but now my feelings have changed as i have started looking at things ethically.what i considered as a help is now it is raising ethical issues before me. am i actually helping them? am i not making them dependent on others? am i not making my friends negligent towards their studies?am i creating a pitfall for my friends ? and the biggest question is that am i doing an act of true friendship my helping the out in this manner.
probably the questions are stirring enough to change my outlook towards these issues and inspire me to follow my heart and it shows that i should help out my friends by not “helping” them the long run ,they could suffer and i consider a part of the blame would go to me too if i continue helping them makes feel horriby guilty and it calls for a change in the present situation.when i shared my views with my friends the first response was ” which prof told you all this stuff?”.another point of view was that even if i become ethically correct the copycats would always find someone to act as the source.such comments made me realise how we are becoming a bit lazy and are ready to accept the state of things as they are.

maybe my small step would not lead to a revolution but it wil give me a satisfaction and a sense of being the modern world ,many of us do not believe that there exists something like “ethics ” but it is just an under-rated virtue.

my friends maybe the step taken by me is small but if you follow in too, it would no longer be a small step.