Thursday, November 3, 2016

On Perception, Reality and "Real" Beauty

Is there anything we can call “real;” a Truth bigger than our awareness, objective and completely free from perception?
The moment I see or know something—anything—it’s not real anymore. It is my perception of what is real; my version of reality, filtered through my unique sensibility which in itself is a construct of my limited experiences and knowledge. Something can come into existence in our consciousness and be recognized as real only after it has been discovered or perceived by someone who is then able to share his perception with another.
That is, the only way to prove something is “real” is to make it “perceived” (and thus not real anymore!)
I’m not the first to grapple with this idea of perception and reality. I’m only applying to the study of communication, the age old concepts of our ancestors—this world is maya. What we see is perception and therefore unreal, coloured by our rationality, our limited understanding of the universe and our animal desires.
What we cannot conceive of, what lies beyond our rationality, what is outside our selves is the only Truth worth attaining and striving for.
The Ancient Greeks had a similar conception in the Platonic Ideal. Our world, the reality we inhabit is a poor, defective shadow; a distorted reflection of the other—an imagined perfection—that the Greeks called Utopia.
Beauty is perception, not reality. 
It is personal.
It has no fixed and codified self, no permanent design.
It is a kaleidoscope; a shifting composite of little, fragmented, brilliantly coloured pieces of all my experiences, all the cities I have inhabited; all the diverse lives I have lived.
Beauty is in the I of the beholder.
It is in the Aye of the beholder.
It is in the Eye of the beholder.
Beauty is a process, not an existence. It is becoming not being.
All forms of being, however nanoscopic, are whole and universal in themselves and at the same time, they are all constantly caught in a continuous process of change--of "becoming" something else.
Each becoming whole is an integral and organic part of some other, bigger and becoming whole and so on, past the becoming universe. The universes are intelligent, living, expanding and forever becoming as are the stars, planets and we who inhabit them, bacteria, viruses, algae et al.
Only in becoming true to ourselves, can we be truly beautiful.
It is our duty every moment to desire to find our changing roles in the changing universes and discharge those roles to the best of our capacity as long as they last.
If we are cancerous cells in the kidney of our universe and it is our role for this moment to cause renal failure in order that a nephritic cure might evolve for other universes, then we must fulfill that potential to be truly, really beautiful.
Satyam. Shivam. Sundaram.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Communication Terms PowToon


I created my first PowToon today to tell you the story of 4 common communication terms that are very often totally misunderstood (those poor, poor terms!).

How is information different from meaning?
Aren't medium and channel the same thing?

To get the definitive answer to these vital questions, see this 1 minute wonder, click here

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A-Z of Soft Skills: Z is for Zest

Back to the April A-Z.  It's Z day already! I'm going to miss the discipline of thinking and writing a new post every day.

Z is for Zest, a word that epitomises enthusiasm and energy in doing something. It is such a positive word, active and hopeful and happy--a good way to end the series, don't you think?

Like the other meaning of "zest," (remember, orange or lemon zest? the peel part of a citrus when shaved or grated and added to food?), this positive energy and enthusiasm adds an edge, a tang, a something special when it is added to your thoughts and activities.

Those who achieve greatness are reputed to have an inexhaustible supply of zest for life  or, as the French say, "joie de vivre."

Add some zest to everything you do. Think, feel and behave zestfully every day. It will change you.


The author, Dr. Ranee Kaur Banerjee, is Managing Partner of Expressions@Work, a studio for the development of communication and soft skills.