Skip to main content

School of Thought: Existentialism | Hri-Write

Existentialism is a philosophical school of thought that deals with human existence, trying to explain the purpose of a human life. Existentialism, like many other schools of thought, is of course only a speculation and something we made up, take what you read here with a pinch of salt (after all, I don't know any more about life than you do!)



If I were to try to explain existentialism easily, I'm afraid I'll lose out on its intricacies, but I'll give it a shot anyway. Existentialism, at its most fundamental level, says that every person is responsible for defining their own purpose in this world and that we are governed by our free will. Existentialism says that we are not here to 'find purpose', but rather to 'create our reality and purpose'.


It sounds simple, but that's because I've tried to break down roughly a few centuries worth of study and philosophical evolution into four sentences.

Existentialism originated as a school of thought in t…

India in Rio

If you've been following the Olympics, you probably know it's not been a great year for India. At the time of writing this post, we've won only two medals, a silver and bronze, respectively. In fact, looking at the numbers, this is India's largest contingent of athletes being sent to the Olympics.

From athletes being offered only peanuts for food to Indian politicians strolling around on Rio's beaches, it's been a tough and disappointing year. Antics like Vijay Goel's social media blunders, which include mixing up athlete's names, photos and misspelling star athletes' names are just few of the things going wrong this year.
Meanwhile, a nine-member team representing the state of Haryana arrived in Rio “to encourage the Haryana players.” However, the group, led by the state sports minister Anil Vij, has been noticeably absent at key events—even those involving their state’s athletes. Instead they were found sight-seeing and frolicking on Rio’s beaches.
Unfortunately, many of these "gentlemen" flew business class, while the athletes themselves had to endure a 36-hour journey to Rio. One of these athletes was Sprinter Dutee Chand. She did have some choice words for the officials, “If players are treated like this, what kind of performance will we give in (the) Olympics?” she questioned. 



But let's not put all the blame on the athletes and the rest of the team. We are a part of this problem too. Every four years, at the olympics, we expect our athletes to win us medals on an international platform. However, right after they come back, we don't care about them anymore.

I'm sure you've read cases of previous Indian olympians having to work roadside because the government doesn't take care of them post retirement. Our athletes are also trained very poorly. sometimes with no equipment. The government cares so less they wouldn't even bother giving them the proper jerseys, resulting in athletes being disqualified. I mean, really? And perhaps the greatest atrocity, some athletes were even denied physios! If you treat them like trash, you better expect nothing better than trash performances.

A writer named Ainee Nizami wrote a pretty compelling apology to the athletes, so I'm going to quote her to show you what I mean.
"We will start by apologising for the way we treated you on the plane - snatching away business class seats from those of you who needed the comfort the most, and instead allotting it to corporate babus who tagged along on the pretext of cheering you. Yes, someone genuinely thought that they needed to be more comfortable than you, and for that we are extremely sorry. We also need to put in a word of apology for all the seats being taken up by our politicians, and officers, instead of being allocated to your coaches and physiotherapists.
Sorry for not yet being a nation that understands that the Olympics goes far beyond gold, silver, and bronze. For not appreciating the struggle that you put in, just to train everyday, sometimes without any equipment, money, and encouragement. We failed to understand that many of you didn't even have the resources to own a decent pair of shoes, and yet you have managed to come so far, proving your worth as the best of the best this country has to offer."

Dealing with this problem will need to begin with acceptance of the harsh reality. Every four years we send our athletes to compete, we only care about numbers of medals. Most of us grew up in privilege, having the ability to buy what we wanted. Most of these athletes didn't. If we need them to win and make us proud, we better start investing time and money into their cause. We need to aggressively push for reforms in the sports sector, so that the next olympics, we can proudly say that they are OUR athletes. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

School of Thought: Existentialism | Hri-Write

Existentialism is a philosophical school of thought that deals with human existence, trying to explain the purpose of a human life. Existentialism, like many other schools of thought, is of course only a speculation and something we made up, take what you read here with a pinch of salt (after all, I don't know any more about life than you do!)



If I were to try to explain existentialism easily, I'm afraid I'll lose out on its intricacies, but I'll give it a shot anyway. Existentialism, at its most fundamental level, says that every person is responsible for defining their own purpose in this world and that we are governed by our free will. Existentialism says that we are not here to 'find purpose', but rather to 'create our reality and purpose'.


It sounds simple, but that's because I've tried to break down roughly a few centuries worth of study and philosophical evolution into four sentences.

Existentialism originated as a school of thought in t…

Where is all the 'alien life?' - Fermi Paradox and other theories

My first blog, ever, was about understanding the odds of alien life. I've gotten much better at writing blogs since then (or so I like to tell myself), and it would only be right if I reinstate the legacy of that one.


We should openly admit that when we happen to be under a starry night and see a sight similar to this, we all have a react in a different and interesting way. Some people are left boggled by the immense size of the universe, others by the sheer glamour of the scene and if you're anything like me, you're paralysed by the sudden realisation that you have a negligible impact on the universe. The point is, we all feel something.

When he looked up at the sky, Italian physicist Enrico Fermi too felt something, a thought that lingered around this question, "Where is everyone else?" It's been half a decade since Fermi passed on, but he left us with a fundamental query and idea.

Fermi realised that in a universe as old and vast as this, there should be…

The Science of Dark Humour | Hri-write

I'd like to begin by saying this blog isn't meant to offend anyone. It's all for the sake of fun and entertainment, and to satisfy my sadistic desideratum. If you're easily offended, or if this blog offended you in any way, it's because it was meant to.

(If that last line offended you, get out right now. It's going to get much worse.)



It might be worthwhile to address the question of 'why we laugh' before dealing with comedy styles such as dark humour.
We believe laughter evolved from the panting behavior of our ancient primate ancestors. Today, if we tickle chimps or gorillas, they don’t laugh “ha ha ha” but exhibit a panting sound. That’s the sound of ape laughter. And it’s the root of human laughter. Apes laugh in conditions in which human laughter is produced, like tickle, rough and tumble play, and chasing games. Other animals produce vocalizations during play, but they are so different that it’s difficult to equate them with laughter. Rats, for e…