Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why violence

Horror movies with ugly ghosts, screams and shouts, or brainless violent movies with dance of cruelty, injustice and blood... we are lucky to be able to choose whether to see them, but there are humans whose life is nothing but a live regular experience of such incidents. People fight, they beat others, verbally and physically abuse others, do injustice to the innocent, behave like some angry reckless beasts that too in their own homes. Every day starts (if there is a day) with extreme fear and uncertainty about the existence, every now and then there's possibility of severe violence...

When survival is a big challenge, thinking about growth and progress is out of question. misery rules lives over there. There are bad even vulgar words; there are moans, groans, cries; there are tears and pathological villainous laughter, there are wounds, bleeding, slashes, abrasions, hematomas, and even fractures... loss of organs or organ functions....

With all hopes wiped out, life over there is synonymous with a blend of stress and pain. Before recovery can progress to healing, another assault follows. Sickness, illness or  decreased working capacity are treated with doses of threats, abuses and physical violence... and they're not some wandering ghosts or renowned criminals, for most of the times they wander in outer world as normal humans. I really can't understand in terms of traditional evolution the existence of mother beaters, wife beaters and child abusers. Do they really gain something by hurting their own kin, by transforming their own homes into live hells?

Many times they are males, sometimes addicted to one or more psychoactive drugs with those drugs seizing their controls over their own brains... sometimes they're hale and hearty, conscious, maybe without any drug flowing in their bloodstreams and they just happen to love violence; some may be very intelligent, using planning and high tech techniques of offering distress to take revenge of innumerable small offenses done against them, such as cooking something they don't like... maybe they're psychopaths, maybe they're frustrated failures attempting to get rid of the frustration by doing something injurious to the innocent.........

What's wrong with their world... who's at fault? What makes the crops of psychopaths so common? Lower socioeconomic status with scarcity of resources, scant facilities and excess of problems is said to be associated with high levels of improper aggression. And such aggression does nothing but worsens the situation. Why do people to fall into vicious cycle of scant resources to aggression to destruction of the resources, rather than using the available resources judiciously economically and effectively for helping themselves and others? Why do they choose to hurt others when in fact comforting, helping and loving others can be a great source of solace and relaxation?

Actually more than the actual socioeconomic status, person's own rating about his socioeconomic status is more strongly associated with such improper behavior. In other words, unsatisfied souls tend to be more improperly aggressive. Their aggression is the major obstacle in progress, and the major cause of distress to themselves, their closed ones and to the whole world...    

I don't know how rational it is to think to alter them... I don't know whether there is some rational way to do so... It's like a huge forest in fire, I don't know from where to start and how. For now I'm trying to keep my sensitivity alive, perhaps by chance someday the destiny might offer a chance to make some difference, it won't be a good thing to miss it mere due to indifference.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Frustrating Stimulating

Stimulus is the prerequisite of any action, it's the soul of efforts, fighting spirit, the thing making us strong enough to sustain and keep working even in highest adversities... some sort of stimulus is mandatory to sustain the urge to stay alive. Adversity on the other hand can be defined as lack of stimuli for growth, it's the scarcity of positive things, positive feelings, a threat to existence... The quantity and quality of adversities we face may be the results of our actions or may be purely matters of chance or maybe a combination of both... but they do come; the bad thing ends and the worse follows; surprises come one after another to the extent that you may stop getting surprised... typhoons come, tsunamis happen, earthquakes occur in your delicate mind and push you backwards sometimes far behind the starting line and you've to strive to reach to the starting line leave apart reaching the finishing line.

It requires a highly developed and strong frontal cortex for animals to think of the future and to keep on pressing the lever even if the food reward doesn't come for one time, two times, tens and hundreds of times... but what that poor frontal cortex shall do if thousands of presses are fruitless, and instead you start getting shocks..... I think frustration is a natural phenomenon if the situation is too frustrating. Frustration doesn't come alone; depression, aggression, decreased cognition are all it's companions. It's a vicious cycle, and it goes on affecting each and every part of our lives, making us a person we hardly would have imagined when we were not frustrated. Firstly we lose our voice and then our desire to have our own voice... the pen is there, so is the paper, but the collection of words is often soulless.

It requires intact cognition, lots of energy and high spirits to search meaning in meaningless tasks... it requires extreme confidence, passion and devotion to search traces of hopes in hopeless conditions. Sadly to frustrated tired brains even life saving tasks seem to be meaningless, slightly joyous tasks seem to be extremely mundane. Dullness, boredom, hopelessness, meaninglessness and also sadness... life gets soaked in such dark shades, we become adapted to them and eventually forget the sense of brightness. We come to a point where life can become extremely unproductive, highly dependent on the very scarce sources of stimulation it has... With all joys disappeared from it, the life can become synonymous to painful suffering.

But pain isn't a neutral thing... it's a stimulus. Frustration sensitizes us to all the little positive things we have in our lives, they all when combined are enough to make us to get up and start again with a different approach. It is painful of course, but pain is I feel a foundation of some sort of creative thinking... though this thinking is totally different from the creative thinking due to joy, it can be very productive. Even the act of imagining of how life would have been if things were slightly different is very soothing. Frustration is better than having no emotions at all, it doesn't feel good and thus can act as a stimulus to do something to get out of the situation... If compared to writing frustration isn't the end of the story, it's not a full stop nor is it a comma, it's writing the same sentences with a different tone and maybe with a different meaning... who knows if tomorrow something blissful happens and the next paragraph contains a tinge of smiling heaven in it.