I have not posted for a while. I know. Got e-mails enquiring why the long silence. Partly because I was reading Henry David Thoreau. He said this that got me thinking. "How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live". - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) .
I really do not know the context in which this was stated, but taking it as it stands, it is quite self explanatory. If you want to write on something, make sure you have lived the experience. If that is true, than, I should stop writing. On the contrary, I do agree with Thoreau but not to the full extent of what he said. Thoreau, being a Transcendentalist, emotion rules rather than reason. One cannot write with the head void of emotion. That is vanity.
Yet there is also the other side of the coin. The self-fulfilling prophecy. You do and do and do or say and say and say until you believe in it till it comes true. In other words, 'Fake it till you make it'. First we have to believe in ourselves and make the decision to do it. Then we go out and do it. And make lots of mistakes in the process. Though I like Thoreau and his works, I must say I have some reservations on his quote on 'How vain it is to write when you have not stood up to live'. I do sometimes subscribe to the philosophies of Transcendentalism, but I believe in emotion With reason as oppose to emotion rather than reason.
OK enough with Thoreau. I was silent for a while because it has been one busy month. Major decisions to make. Travelling. Holidaying. In the process, have encountered many experiences, people and events that have somewhat shaped my thinking a bit. And yes, I'm back!