Welcome to my first ever drunken rant. Yes, I am going to rant about few things tonight. If you have something important like saving the universe from super villains, who wear bright color under garments over tight pants, READ NO FURTHER.
I am going to rant about totally disjoint things, so be prepared. Joining me today on my rant is distinguished guests Mr. Mojo Risin', who is playing in the background and Mr.Glenfiddich, who is a good spirit to lift my spirits up.
I go through this once in a while, few things keep coming my way even though I didn't expect it to be found there. In my case it was Stanley Milgram, he is famous for coining the term 'Six degrees of separation'. He has conducted several interesting experiments on human behavior and the results are shocking at times and very interesting. One such experiment was mentioned in the paper 'Perils of Obedience' (The complete paper is around 12 pages).
The experiment involves two individuals randomly selected from a group, one acting as a student and another as a teacher. The teacher's job is to train the student and when the student makes a mistake he can give electric shocks as punishment. The level of electric shock raises gradually to lethal levels as the student makes more mistakes. The teacher can quit the experiment any time. But according to the experiment a majority of the participants didn't quit the experiment when the student was screaming in pain. With little persuasion you could make the teacher administer lethal shock to the student.
Human beings part of a system have been trained and are being trained to obey authority. According to the experiment, even the teacher always had the option to quit he continued and he tortured the student because he was more interested in training the student (he wanted to be more obedient) rather than accepting the fact that the student was actually suffering. Imagine this, if there was a serious threat to the teacher if he doesn't complete the job, he won't mind killing the student. This probably is the reason behind normal human beings committing some of the heinous crimes against fellow human beings.
The more you become a part of the system, you will obey authority and won't even think of revolting against authority, even when you know, what you are doing is something wrong. Those who stand up for themselves against the system either get destroyed or destroy the system.
If you liked the above experiment, also read about Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment.
An interesting aspect of religion is the concept of heaven and hell. Humans can dream and according to me heaven is a universally accepted dream. Think about the all the things said about heaven, you will be eternal, won't be hungry, white angels, good looking males and females, clean white clothes, etc. Wait a second, doesn't this sound like fantasy.
Lets come to the topic of hell, sometimes every human feels he or she is wronged or cheated by other fellow human being and couldn't set it even before they die. So humans came up with this imaginary universal concept of hell, where in you want the other person who cheated you to suffer. It is such an universal theme is pretty much accepted in all societies. Isn't it just unfulfilled wishes taking shape.
According to me there is no heaven or hell, if it exists it is here on earth and thats when you live and how you live.
Want to read more about religion read "Who Knows?: A Study of Religious Consciousness" by Raymond Smullyan.
When few things are over done, it just pisses me off. Flash, is a very nice technology from Macromedia/Adobe. But all the website designers just over do the site with flash, pop up ads, they suck big time guys. Stop doing that sh**. I am mostly listening to some song when I visit your site, ask me before you play the damn audio in your site, don't autostart that damn thing.
If you want to save your state of mind and bandwidth go install flashblocker plugin for firefox. Now, that you are in control, all flash animation will play only when you click on it.