Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Understanding Pain!

There is not a single person on earth who did not experience a feeling called 'pain'. From the pain of getting out of the mother's womb to the pain of the final depart of the human soul; life is always cautious about pain. And the feeling of sympathy comes from the empathy of pain. Let us try to go a little more deeper into pain.

What modern physiology says is that, "pain is initiated by stimulation of nociceptors in the peripheral nervous system, or by damage to or malfunction of the peripheral or central nervous systems." That seems to be very logical, and scientifically agreeable. But let us try to understand pain more than what physiology says, by experiencing pain, by understanding its true meaning and finally by generalizing it .

Pain is always within us, yes, always! You can experiment it yourself. Just sit quite for a while, in a most comfortable position, in a most comfortable environment. And then observe, concentrate on each part of your body, your internal organs, your blood vessels, your brain, or anywhere, indeed you will sense pain from everywhere. In fact we are getting so much used to pain that we cease the feeling of the "pain of existence". You get accustomed to the condition you are in, which is often called homeostasis. A person having less pain than you may feel sympathetic towards you, on the other hand you may not necessarily feel the pain that the other person perceives in you. And instead you may feel sympathetic to someone who has more pain than you.

Now, since, pain is attached to all of us, very intimately and almost always, you may feel a bit perturbed while generalizing it. You may change the name 'Pain' to the name you wish, say an 'X factor'. But the nirvana of it shall be felt only when the word pain is maintained throughout. Hence I am sticking on to the word pain.

Our body can be called as an open system. Like every physical system, our body too tries to sustain itself. And when there is instability, our body experiences pain. While we generalize this concept, pain can be said as “an immediate consequence of entropy". So, when an animal's body is amputated it experiences pain, when a plant's shoot is cut it experiences pain, and when a mass of rock is broken into pieces it experiences pain!

In a world of Big-Bang, pain is inevitable. The birth of world itself was painful. Hope there will be a Big Crunch ahead where the opposite of pain is experienced, and if we are alive, we shall also be a part to experience that phenomenon.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Are Human Beings a part of Nature?

It is often a question for intelligent creatures, that if they themselves are a part of nature or the controller of nature. This question has taken men into surprising conclusions throughout the history. The evolution of religion, philosophies and even modern ethics is a part in the quest of that question.

In search of an answer for this, we may end up in contradictory conclusions. First, if we are a part of nature then, we need to justify every act of ourselves including pollution, unscientific use of natural resources and everything which is considered destructive today because of our artificial indulgences. At the same time, if we consider ourselves not a part of nature, then we have to admit that we have a certain amount of control which others don't, which simply means that we are unnatural, or perhaps supernatural, whatever you may call it.

But as a student In the Quest of Truth I must not break its basic rule of being 'Natural'. On the same context I had earlier written the post 'Are Miracles Religious?'. But now, this post is in a dilemma of justifying the basic rule of 'Being Natural'. But this dilemma can be easily solved using the fundamental law of nature, which is the Law of Creation and Destruction.

Life to death is what is seen in every creation in this world. As Siddhartha (Buddha) says, "Every compounded thing is bound to decay", and as the Quran recites, "How can you disbelieve in GOD when you were dead and He gave you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life, then to Him you ultimately return?"

All created things are bound to get destroyed, from life to death, from atom to energy, from Big Bang to Big crunch, and so are we, in fact there is no exception in science and if there is any exception then that is an unknown 'science'. So is the answer here, yes human beings are a part of nature. If human beings are a part of nature, then what about the ethical problems associated with it? For example, can we justify the destruction taking place on earth? Can we justify the war, and all the suffering taking place? Nature has to justify it, because it is not due to any deliberate attempt by supernatural human ability, but just a course of nature.

Pollution is inevitable; destruction is a process, finally as in the case of every created things our earth also needs to be destroyed. Now what about the efforts done by certain human souls to slow down the process by a lot of environmental activism, ecological sustainable programs, conservatory measures etc.

Now it is not the question of who is right or wrong. But according to the previous post, ' A Treasure Within!', "Good is something which helps the propagation of your species (humanity) to live ahead. While, bad is something which destroys your species." Thus those who attempt destruction are bad in human eye. And they are normally punished by the civilized society. Well the punishment causes the suppression or death of the destroying elements. At the same time the constructive attempts by environmentalists etc are suppressed by the 'bad' elements. If we genuinely consider who these bad elements are, then we must agree that almost all of us are. The exorbitant way of life that we all are succumbed to, is itself the cause of destruction. The 'bad' elements that we perceive are really a minor share of the destruction.

Thus Human Beings are a part of Nature and so is the creation and destruction. No one can stop the destruction. It is really unfortunate that we cannot bring into account any sturdy way of life to reduce the pace of destruction. But, if there is any way to do this then the only possible way is to live in accordance with the nature. To adapt a simple way of life, a life which uses the values which suppress the negative elements that can be understood by common sense like greed, anger and so on. This will only help in the delay in our own destruction, but can never stop it. Even that delay is predetermined!