Happiness

There was a time when chain emails and forwarded emails were commonplace, we used to get some good stuff to read and appreciate, but the good stuff was hidden in a huge stack of unwanted and eccentric forwards. One had to go through a lot of forwards to actually find something worth reading twice or even better, worth sharing with others.

That time has passed, or maybe I have lost contacts who used to send me that stuff :). However, I recently received a forward and found it to be quite nice. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I agree with all that is said, or share the author’s opinions exactly, but it is something I would definitely like to share with my readers. Unfortunately, I could not locate/ identify the author of this piece, as this email had been going around for a while before it ended up in my inbox. So, if the original author happens to stumble upon my blog, please let me know and I shall be more than happy to give them due credit.

So here is the email for your perusal, untouched and un-edited (please ignore some grammatical and spelling errors):

Yesterday, I was driving, and the FM radio went off for few seconds. I thought, I should have an iPod. Then suddenly I realized that I have not used my iPod in last 6 months. And then, more things, Handy cam in last 2 years, Digital Camera in last 2 months, DVD player in last 1 month and many more. Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of impulse, I have used it twice only in last 4 years.

So, what’s wrong and where? When I look at myself or my friends I can see it everywhere. We are not happy with what we have but all are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have. You have a Santro, but you want Ci! ty; You have a City, but you want Skoda. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one. Better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money, and .I means, these examples are endless. The point is, does it actually worth? Do we ever think if we actually need those things before we want them?

After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player. When I see my father back at home. He has a simple BPL colour TV, he doesn’t need 32″ Sony LCD wall mount. He has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he always says, “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls.”

And believe me; he is much happier in life than me with those limited resources and simple gadgets. The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he doesn’t want things in life to make it luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier. It’s! a very fine line between these two, but after looking my father’s life style closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 32″ plasma. He needs a car but not an expensive one.

Initially I had lot of questions.

I am earning good; still I am not happy…why?

I have all luxuries; still I am stressed…. ……. why?

I had a great weekend, still I am feeling tired…… why?

I met lot of people, I thought over it again and again, I still don’t know if I got the answers, but certainly figured out few things. I realize that one thing which is keeping me stressed is the “stay connected” syndrome. I realized that, at home also I am logged in on messengers, checking mails, using social networks, and on the top of that, the windows mobile is not letting me disconnected. On the weekend itself, trying to avoid unwanted calls and that is keeping my mind always full of stress. I realized that I am spending far lesser money than what I earn; even then I am always worried about money and more money. I realized that I am saving enough money I would ever need, whenever needed. Still I am stressed about job and salary and spend.

May be, many people will call this approach “not progressive attitude”, but I want my life back. Ultimately it’s a single life, a day gone is a day gone. I believe if I am not happy tonight, I’ll never be happy tomorrow morning. I finally realized that meeting friends, spending quality time with your loved one’s; spending time with yourself is the most important thing.

If on Sunday you are alone and you don’t have anybody to talk with, then all that luxuries life, all that money is wasted. May be cutting down your requirements, re-calculating your future goal in the light of today’s happiness is a worthwhile thing to do. May be selling off your Santro and buying Honda City on EMIs is not a good idea. I believe putting your happiness ahead of money is the choice we need to make.

I think, a lot can be said and done but what we need the most is re-evaluation of the value of happiness and time we are giving to our life and people associated with it.

Think about it……

Reading this reminded me of the emails I had archived from the times when forwards were common and prevalent, maybe I should re-visit my archive and see if I find anymore of such emails worth sharing. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ahead…

Agur

Food for thought

I wanted to share a few lines that i recently read. So here goes… Hope you like ’em..

“Man can be happy with much less that he seems to think essential.

When some article is with you for some little time, you feel it is indispensible and you fo not know how to live without it. Like the silkworm, you weave a cocoon for yourself, out of your fancy.

Do not allow costly habits to grow, costly from the monetary as well as the pain of view.

Watch you likes and dislikes with a vigilant eye and discard everything that threatens to encumber your path.”

Adio…

Cold Fusion

The thought of writing this article came to my mind while reading some news about some scientists who have [supposedly] been able to accomplish cold fusion, or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, LENR as it is now known. I stumbled upon an update from a tweet about the myths and realities of cold fusion as being experimented and the results achieved so far. Reading the article lead to several others on the same theme; all about different scientists or research institutions trying to achieve cold fusion. The one in particular that I read about was about a scientist and entrepreneur Andrea Rossi from Italy, who claims to have achieved fusion at room temperature. Sustainable fusion…

Before I plunge into depth of what all I was able to read (not find- there is so much more), I wanted to mention, that I also stumbled across an article titled, ‘Could starships use cold fusion propulsion?’.  I wanted to write about that article too but then I diverged into that field also, and I feel that separating out the two would probably be the best choice keeping in mind that I do not wish my article to be 5 pages long J. So this one is only about Cold fusion.

Now we already know that fission reactors are being used world-wide as a source of clean (ignoring the small amount of radioactive products), efficient, and cheap (long-term) source of energy. The safety of the reactors has always been a debatable topic and as per me, will remain to be so. Nuclear Fission as a science has made a lot of progress in the last half century with newer techniques of fission which increases the list of fissile materials considerably making it a more easy to use source. New designs of reactors, to increase the safety, reduce the size, make radioactive products of fission handling easier have been designed and researched extensively. Many of the private sector companies have been researching in this field and have shown promising results. There is a lot of social repulsion from ‘useless’ NGOs and so called ‘Public welfare’ groups who oppose nuclear reactor construction owing to the risks it has. I disagree with all of them, they like commenting and yelling to stop their construction but let us see them trying to find another source, better than fission, for meeting the ever-growing demands of the public. I do not wish to go into the details of this subject as this is not what I wanted to write about. I had posted an earlier post somewhere close to this topic on my old blog, which can be found here.

Fusion has eluded scientific minds since it was discovered as the power source to the sun. The energy it holds and promises seems to make it worth the effort and resources to try. This has made it one of the very interesting mysteries of science. Several experiments have been carried out and fusion has indeed been achieved on the earth, we have a bomb based on nuclear fusion already. The Hydrogen bomb, much, much, much more powerful than the Atom bomb. Ivy Mike, a simple name,  a video for a glimpse of its power can be found here. Anyway, making a bomb was the easier part; we want the energy to be uncontrolled, we don’t care about the cost of the bomb. While trying to use this technology, both these factors play an essential role. As far as the experiments in this field have gone, fusion is achievable, but under similar circumstances as in the sun. EXTREMELY high pressure and temperature, in the order of millions of degrees. Don’t ask me how they did it, I have not researched deep enough yet. My point being, the inputs required are very big. Then the resulting energy being produced is not enough even to recover the cost of the inputs. The energy required to start the reaction is not recovered as the output making it highly inefficient, and unsuitable to the used commercially.

Now the solution to this puzzle as expected is to achieve nuclear fusion at low temperature and pressure conditions, reducing enormously the input energy required. This would make it commercially viable and the most trustable and dependable energy source ever known to man. Unfortunately some physicists have claimed that cold fusion is not achievable. It is against the laws of physics, to which I and others argue, the laws of physics are based on the things we already know. It has happened on many occasions before and will happen when the laws of physics known to man have been proven to be wrong and amended. A page which talks about this person’s claims and analyses to some extent the weight and truth can be found here.

So this Andre Rossi says that he has been able to achieve Cold fusion at room temperature in a reaction between Nickel and Hydrogen combining them to produce Copper. He has made claims which have been widely rejected by the scientific community as he has [voluntarily] not shared the details of the experiment, nor published any peer reviewed papers. This and many others reasons have made the scientific community shun his claims. He however reasons that he does not need to produce or disclose any details to the people, the home use generators that he plans to make, nay, produce will stand testimony to his achievement.

My views? He’s bluffing. There is no reason whatsoever not to share the details with the scientific community. He can get a patent and maintain sole rights to the product making the money that he desires. Along with this, there are lots of other reasons which tend to incline me on the non-believer side. I found a very informative page by a theoretical astrophysicist who has given in depth details on why his claims are a hoax. I would recommend everyone take 30 minutes to go through it. The page can be found here.

Cold fusion will be indeed a very useful, perhaps the most useful discovery/invention of science if achieved. But I believe it has a long way to go. I hope I could share some knowledge which I wanted to, I wanted to keep the details as general as possible for general public and not go into too much detail.

 Fiimaan illaah…