My buddy Vishesh’s blog post finally got me to write my own thoughts on this issue of life. When I had first read the “Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy“, I had not realized the profoundness behind the rather amusing conlusion in the book that the answer to the question of life, universe and everything else is “42″. The answer seems funnily absurd and in its own brilliant way shows how futile it is to try and explain life.
Religions were created precisely for the purpose of explaining life. Why things happen the way they do is often linked to ones “Karma”. So if you do bad things, then bad things will happen to you and vice versa. While, this is a convenient explanation that everybody likes to believe, the fact is that real life is rarely like that. Obviously bad deeds go unpunished. At the same time, nasty things happen to good people. So while I am a believer, I do not think religion can satisfactorily explain life.
So how does one explain life? Perhaps, the most logical explanation is to think of life as a sequence of unconnected random events. The moment we try to link cause-effect relationship to events in our life, we fail to understand life. If one can truly believe that life is just a bunch of random things happening for no specific reason, you can stop struggling with this question. If you can really think that good things are not a consequence of good deeds and bad things dont happen because of bad deeds, you can stop asking the “why me?” question. Why you? Because it had to happen to some random being – it just happened to be you. If you really follow this philosophy, then you would do your good deeds never expecting anything in return. Similarly, you will not hold yourself accountable for an occasional little sin you might commit. Its truly like “living in the moment”. The past doesn’t affect the present and the present will not affect the future.
While I may profess the above, I definitely do not follow that. Why? Because its damn hard to follow that philosophy! The human mind tries to rationalize everything. But if you can, then give this approach to life a try. If it really works, then maybe they can religion after me or something……