Che Guevara Quotes in today’s context – 1

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1. Betterment is a bitter mint.

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2. Dilli chalo ya mumbai, bus chalo befikar.

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3. Accept defeat, but never concede it.

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4. Better be whatever you are now rather than bowing to the unknown in hope of achieving your deepest ambition. For those who say bow down never know the meaning of ambition or courage. For ambitions are truly achieved only when done without ever bowing once.

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5. There are phases in everyone’s life where the things they take for granted are put under threat. It means there is a change around the corner. To embrace it or fight it is left to each man himself.

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6. Ud ud meri yaaro na mud mud yaaro, duniya dekhi saari par ab hai theri baari.

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7. Take at least half measures to meet change when it is around the corner.

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8. Hiding behind words like realistic, pragmatical etc is to climb high in this corrupt world is fine but at last one has to live with his conscience.

Capitalism, fairest of all.

What does America stand for? What is our American dream? (am Indian, what a chameleon)

Washington, Jefferson, Emerson and other forefathers on whose thoughts the union came about was built on individual liberty and freedom of enterprise. A different thought arose with other nations and died with time. Now the capitalistic thought echoed by Nietzsche and strengthened and spread by Rand is the only theory standing.

As people become tyrants with time so do concepts get corrupted and touted wrongly by its champions to become tyrants in newer times.

At the time of the great depression Keynesian economics worked gradual wonder in the form of big public projects and money pumped into the hands of the common man who in turn revived the economy. This isn’t a fall out of capitalism.

All those sipping coffee in the canteens of MBA grad houses discussing politics and economics, have you wondered of other things.

Why was and where has gone the hippie generation. Oh! there are always some streakers around, but why paint peace on their body and stand before the Capitol. What is the reason.

Yes we may have a lot of psychotic reasons to do such crazy things. Don’t you?

Money, pent house or even better lifestyle for your asthmatic mom may be your motivation, we look only at what you stand for, industry, and we respect you for that.

Dare to look beyond the façade of protesters and look at what we stand for, fairness. Fair chance, fair competition and a fair fight if it had to be that. Fair chance for the third world countries, fair chance for the less moneyed and unconnected right here in America, may be some day a fair world.

In the 2008, hundreds of billions of dollars in the bill to help the sinking banking sector, passed on to redeem dubious investments of the big businesses, especially these minimum utility high paid paper pushers. The increased taxes fell on the fair players. This was the 5th time the government had to finance private players. Salomon brothers the biggest of the bailed out has then been in a scandal where it has hidden loss figures of dubious firms making America a laughing stock across the world. I don’t want to make ignorant comments on this. But this wasn’t what Rand envisaged.

In effect a perfect scratch back system is in place, you scratch mine and I scratch yours and the rest discarded. They call this capitalism now. Then may be the time has come to end it or reinvent it.

And the winner is…

As a young and gracious person, it doesn’t matter what berth I book in a train, I always end up in the upper berth. For how can I refuse the old, I do give them space. I have to use the restroom often at night, but I don’t tell them that. There are some who don’t do even these little things.

As a man, I do all the legwork for girls who ask, driving in crazy unknown city lanes that I don’t normally do. I give them space to take rest and ease.

As an old person I’m sure I’ll be giving space to the headstrong young to find their place in this world.

By popular notion, when will a person have a space of his own? The answer is simple, when he has a need for his own.

So people say I got a wife and kid, I got a bad leg, I’m mentally disturbed and claim space. This need based world is what Ayn Rand fights to the core. But the flaw in an ability based system is what ability and by what standards, and why the chance to develop the ability was never given to a broad section of people.

So after this, what am I going to say new. Nothing. Life is like a race between the hare and the tortoise, but forget the moral about who will win the race, for what if they ran in different directions. We gotta race, for what else are we here. But never judge others harshly and utter callous words, thinking it is for their good.

What direction I am running is in the About section, but it is those running in the opposite direction that I respect and admire, for it is they who set my pace.

Ignorant hatred

Ayn Rand, the name reverberates even today, and shall for eons to come. For those that don’t know her, she is the one shaping the modern world and the way we live. She is to capitalistic thought as Che Guevara is to socialistic actions. She abhorred the Indian mystics more than the communists. She must have based her opinion on a few mystics who led her to believe that spiritualism was fatalistic. She stood for human supremity in thought and action. Her hatred is far from the truth, as all of Rand’s notions have place in Indian spiritual texts. A poem and prose, abstractions and concrete, are different. A thousand concretes can be derived from an abstraction yet only the concretes are of the most direct use to society. Ayn Rand’s concrete objectivism is most valid to the modern world with exceptions. Even the remote exceptions are taken care of in divine thought or spiritual abstraction.

Firstly, Ayn Rand’s projection of the ideal man, Howard Roark, in Fountain head, whose passion and commitment to excellence in his work is such that, he isn’t after money or fame, but stands for truth, value and work. With this a fool could try to argue it is about work and excellence that Rand emphasises and not ego and thus equate Rand with the Gita where Krishna clearly exhorates Arjuna to do his duty, without passion. Except for the lack of ego and passion in the Gita, Rand and the scripture are in perfect cohesion. But that would be a lie as Rand clearly exonerated ego and selfishness. The equaliser comes not from Rand but the scripture Gita, which states if one can’t disengage from one’s ego, it is still okay to do one’s duty with great ego and passion.

The next is deduction. In Atlas shrugged people who mattered and moved the world, withdrew from it and the world crumbles. In mythology God Shiva withdraws from the world, this can be construed to be just ascetism, but the world around him loses warmth and freezes when he withdraws.

This isn’t to belittle or equate things, this is to show things to open your mind, to spiritualism, socialism or capitalism, there is always some value in honest ideas and seeming polarities also have things in common.