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Our Obsession with ONE

The human mind cannot take too much. Too much data, too much information. It is programmed perhaps (socially), but basically, as far as Ive seen, it is difficult for it to manage with more than ONE.

That is the way of Nature too, for humans...I will not extrapolate for other living beings.

One Mother, One Father (dont laugh, serious...look at plants!)
One Spouse
One Body

Mentally
Even if we do "multitask" it is only ONE thing that we actually do at a time. There is ONE window open at a time and it may be some time before you realise that the song is not to your taste. If you are concentrating, it may be tough to do that at all...at least for a few minutes. Things go into the subconcious. But the concious takes only ONE data at a time.

Materialistically
We want ONE of everything in the least. In fact, if we have more than one, do we like it? It gets boring.

Physiologically
We may have 2 hands, but then both of them do ONE job at a time...for most normal ppl.
2 legs, but one direction in which we can move at one time. Try doing something different with both at the same time.
And same for other bodily functions.

Philosophically
We all try and believe in ONE god, ONE religion. we think thats the best way.

Politically
We want ONE world. with same rules, same standards of living (not personal, but look at TRIPS, GATT, WHO, etc etc)

On a Macro level
We somehow believe in ONE universe. Perhaps thinking of 2/3 universes becaomes a little too much to imagine for out small minds not yet exposed to even the full extent of the present universe. Yet...

I am not saying that there arent things that we dont do more than ONE of...there are 7 basic notes. There are 3 Primary colours. But then, somehow there is only ONE of us to notice.
Everything is a multiple of one.
And we try to break down everything to one.

Yes, we may try to develop multiples of some things, but then we remain loyal to ONE. you may have 3 blog IDs, but you will be loyal to one of them. Else your articles will overlap...which makes them ONE article. Same goes for emails.

Then our curiosity. It does not suffice or satisfy anyone that you can probably like 2 things equally. questions from chilhood slam books to adult hood registration details "what is your favourite xyz". Your ONE wish. Your FAVOURITE actor. Your favourite colour. and the list goes on. OK as we grow we try to make it 'best3' or 'best5'...but still, u ask for the ONE thing...unconciously. "What is the one thing about me that drives you crazy" for example. why ONE?

What is it with ONE that intrigues us to much?
Ok...you may say that same goes for other numbers. But there is something about the number ONE that permeates our daily lives, in everything, the way we think, we prioritise, we work.
We are all sticklers for any ONE thing.


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rexjournal
26th May, 2005 22:28 (UTC)
Interesting Notion !!!!!
Hmmm... pretty interesting thoughts !!!!
See if you like my comments ::::

1. One Mother, One Father :: I AGREE IF YOU ARE TALKING W.R.T. PHYSIOLOGY.

2. One Spouse :: THERE ARE MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF MULTIPLE SPOUSES. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO POLYGAMY AND POLYANDRY????

3. One Body :: I AGREE.

4. Mentally :: I DON'T AGREE, SINCE THE PROCESSOR (The Brain) CAN SWITCH VERY QUICKLY FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER. Multitasking DOES NOT MEAN 'DOING MORE THAN ONE THING SIMULTANEOUSLY'. IT MEANS DOING THEM SO QUICKLY THAT THEY "APPEAR" TO BE SIMULTANEOUS. THE BRAIN CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT !!!!

5. Materialistically :: PERSONALLY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE MORE THAN ONE..... AND I WON'T GET BORED AT ALL ;-)). HOW ABOUT MORE THAN ONE SALARY PER MONTH.... SIMULTANEOUSLY...

6. Physiologically :: WHEN YOU THROW A BALL WITH BOTH YOUR HANDS, THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THING... SAME MOTION. WHEN YOU PERFORM LONG JUMP, YOUR LEGS END UP IN THE SAME POSITION (towards the end of the jump) TO GAIN MAXIMUM DISTANCE.

7. Philosophically :: I THOUGHT YOU WERE A HINDU !!!! THOUGH YOU MIXED UP PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY !!!!

8. Politically :: DO WE WANT SAME STANDARD OF LIVING??? AS HUMANS WE ARE BORN CAPITALISTS..... SOCIALISM HAS TO BE ENFORCED DICTATORIALLY ON US. WATSAY??? WE ALWAYS WANT TO BE BETTER THAN THE 'OTHER'.

9.On a Macro level :: HMMM.... NO COMMENTS !! AM NOT THE RIGHT PERSON TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MULTIPLE UNIVERSES.


note:::::
EVERYTHING IS A MULTIPLE OF "1" BECAUSE WE CHOSE "1" TO BE THE BASIC INTEGER.

And I know after reading my comments you want to hit me more than once !!!! Tai na???? Ha ha ha ..... chill out, dearie !!!!

dippyblogs
27th May, 2005 04:59 (UTC)
Re: Interesting Notion !!!!!
Thank you for your comments. I would like to dissect some of them, and appreciate some others.
bUt would not like to start this over here...comment likhecho bhalo, tai bole ja ta likhbe? naa. jani jaa taaa lekho ni. kintu tao.i mean look at point 6...what are u trying to say?
and polyandry/gamy...ta hoye, kintu koto? tader moddhey-o onek preferences hoye..tai na? there is always a 'fevourite queen'.
in 4 again u are conflicting what you are saying.
so what if i mixed up philo and theo *blush*...the point remains the same. and by the way Hinduism is a philosophy not a religion. and, there may be more than 103 gods, yet, there is this quest for GOD....
Socialism may have been thrust upon us, but then ask the majority. Unlike you and me, they believe in communism, in equailty of rights, in one world. and there is a reason we allow ppl to thrust thingson us - we want them.
well, even though I thought ill not comment. i have.
nitpicking - two or more cna play at this.

na choti tule aami marbo na. tomar kotha jani na!!! :))
rexjournal
27th May, 2005 20:44 (UTC)
Re: Interesting Notion !!!!!
Not sure about the rest of stuff.. But I can certainly talk hours on socialism and communism and capitalism and human nature and....

I think majority of people would not want equality of status and wealth. We have been trying to acquire more and more throughout time. It's inherent in human nature to want for more. As soon as he wants for more, he'd want to deprive others, so that "more" means something to others as well. People who believe in socialism and communism and "power of the proletariat" are trying to mould human nature and eons of habit in a different path. That's what makes it imperative to use force in order to implement communism. I haven't read what Marx had to say about the proletariat and it's obvious victory over the bourgeois culture. But I can tell you this much that to impose the "obvious" victory, thousands of lives were lost. While historians throughout the ages had tended blame a particular person, I think it is the inner ideology that exudes violence. You cannot make a person believe that his land, his house, his earthly possessions does not belong to him but belongs to the state. It's not sane. It's not human !! To impose such a society means to use totalitarian methods.

Anyway, we can have a better discussion when we meet face to face. So, let the matter rest for the moment. I'll listen to all you have to say in favor of socialism and produce counter-arguments if I can.
dippyblogs
30th May, 2005 04:59 (UTC)
Re: Interesting Notion !!!!!
:) agreed. But when is that meeting going to happen ;)
rexjournal
31st May, 2005 02:57 (UTC)
Re: Interesting Notion !!!!!
Soon ;-)).
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