Wednesday, 19 February 2014

We are what we repeatedly do. Now really?

I heard this one recently. This is Aristotle speaking: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. The wise guy probably meant it in the sense of developing a habit to excel or some such. But the 'We are what we repeatedly do' makes me uncomfortable (If it were in my hands, I wouldn't do anything repeatedly and try something new everyday).

Agreed, people see you (and maybe, even judge you) in as little detail as your designations. That's what they think you repeatedly do. But hey, what about the whole melodrama that goes on in the mind, which leaks in little acts and might make a grand entry once the curtain's up?!! What about the thousand and one aspirations (not shekhchalligiri, but calculated, swot analysed aspirations)which keep playing like a broken record at the back of the mind? So then, you might physically be sitting down, repeatedly striking the computer keys and be a something manager. But that ain't what you are, dear Ary. What you are probably leaks out somewhere else(like in blogs!!).

Aristotle's problem was that he wasn't born in a social network world - a world where what you are, what you do, what you want people to think you are / you do and what people actually turn out thinking what you are / you do, are all four different things. For example, you sit at the desk blogging, your mind is snow tubing down somewhere and your skype status is set to 'do not disturb' mode, making people think you are on a conference call or working on a project. If Ary was true, people would be 'whatsappers' for instance. Everyone ought to see the 'Disconnect to connect' (google it if you don't know) commercial.

I recall listening to a medical doctor telling that whatever you fill into your subconscious mind repeatedly, ultimately becomes a reality. So, for the real mixed with virtual world, you probably are what your mind is repeatedly doing. What do you think?

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