How Google gave me Confidence

In the late 1910s when Mahatma Gandhi was travelling across India to talk to people and understand the true effects of the British Rule, he realized what the Indian people really needed. They needed Freedom. Freedom not from the British, but from Fear. But of course one would lead to the other.

I think in its purest form, Freedom from Fear is the real freedom. It enables the practice of freethought. And let’s an individual express himself completely. I do not what is the truth. But, I believe that, to really use Freedom we need something else. And that is Confidence.

When you want to do something and want to feel confident about doing it, you need 2 things:

  1. Information and Knowledge
  2. Positive Feedback

I think its quite obvious how Google helps with information and Knowledge. The internet has information created by millions of users. There’s Wikipedia… About.com… ehow… and lots more. Google let’s us find what we want. Easily. The internet also gave us another good thing. Online Forums and Social Networks. This brings the feedback we need. The nicest thing about the internet is that you rarely ever get negative feedback, unless you specifically search for it.

Yes, the internet powers all of this. But if not for Google, most of the internet would be lost to us. So that is how Google gave me Confidence.

I’ve grown up with the Google (and the Internet). To me Google is like that super-smart uncle which I never had.

Probably in the future, someday, the internet will turn out to be like the air. Its always there. But you can’t feel it. You need it and you probably won’t survive without it. You’ll know that it was there, only when it isn’t there anymore. Its truly a boon and a curse.

That fact led me to think of something. Its just a half baked theory. In today’s digital world, probably, the only things you’ll need for doing anything you want is

  1. Internet and
  2. Intelligence

People will refute that. Its just a half baked theory. My father once told me that to to attain success and to be able to do what you want, a person needs one thing more then anything else. The blessings and goodwill of other people.

That’s more likely true…..

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I found this wallpaper on FiftyFootShadows. I’ve used Segoe WP Light for the Minimalistic Text. And for the “Pull” too.

Wallpaper

The icons are MinimalRounds by xNiikk.

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The True Expression of One’s own Rights

In the year 1931, James Truslow Adams used the word “American Dream” in his book “The Epic of America”. The book deals largely with how USA came to be and how the USA’s Founding Fathers set down the principles associated with, what Adams calls, The American Dream.

The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The American Dream, Adam argues, is not the chase of money and material. He believed that the American Dream was greater than that. He believed that The Dream was a pursuit of rights and freedom. Of personal growth and development. Where all people may express themselves fully and grow continuously, till only their innate capacity limits them.

Adam further argues that, this is The Dream which pulled many million people into the west. People came from everywhere, from Europe where the lands were ruled by the dominating Monarch and the Aristocrat. From Russia, where Terror still reigned. From the arabian and egyptian plains, where the kings ruled in ultra-conservationist methods, denying to people many basic rights.

Today though, we may say that a vast majority of the world has come to realize the American Dream.

The overall realization of that dream came, when on December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly.

I now point to Article 18 and 19 of the UDHR.

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

These two are what I believe to be freedom of the mind. The UN has acknowledged that. The Democracies of the world have acknowledged that. But the problem still lies in people. Within us. Within the brain of the common man.

There are four kinds of people on this basis.

  1. Those who are scared to practice individualism and freethought.
  2. Those who practice individualism and freethought.
  3. Those who hinder the practice of individualism and freethought with concern for what is commonly considered to be ethical, social and conventional reasoning.
  4. Those who hinder the practice of individualism and freethought in order to influence others with their own thoughts and opinion.

Individualism is very, very often connected and/or confused with egoism. Among the differences between the two, the prime differentiating factor lies in the fact that individualism respects oneself and the individualism of others also, while egoism places one’s self-interest at the centre of their morality.

Freethought is the right for everyone to practice their own belief on their basis. The basis for freethought is most usually agreed to be logic and reason derived from one’s own information and knowledge. Tradition, Convention and Social Dogmas are considered to be factors contradictory to Freethought.

I believe otherwise. I believe that Freethinking, by itself, is a means to practice individualism. And Individualism, in its essence, is a practice of independence and self-reliance which asserts that an individual may accord to any means he sees fit to achieve his goal.

And so, if one sees fit to follow convention or to fall prey to the influence of social stigma, he may do so.

Individualism should be practiced by all. It would lead to a happier society. A society where people would respect each other and not fight for the general establishment of what seems to be the truth in their perspective.

A Individualist is one who says:

I will not run anyone’s life nor let anyone run mine.
I will not rule nor be ruled.
I will not be a master nor a slave.
I will not sacrifice myself to anyone nor sacrifice anyone to myself.

“Remember, You are unique. Just like everyone else.”

A Day with My Dad’s Note

 

Tiled

Loved that photo which I found on Flickr.  Just a pair of screens to complement its beauty.

Making it Metro

Oh that’s a Galaxy SII… But I used only my Galaxy S. Inspiration from the Pictures hub in WP7.

The Sitcom Screen

With three of the funniest characters from the world of Sitcoms. Its just three screens. Each with icons relating to its character.

Sheldon’s got Beakers, Nuclear Energy and a Battery.
Charlie has Glasses and Girls. [ If you zoom in on the image, you see a little search bar at the bottom]
Barney has an iPhone, a chick [for contacts] and a icon called blog for messaging.

All icons from The Noun Project

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