Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cryptocurrency – Good or Evil?


By now many of you are much familiar with the cryptocurrencies. For starters, Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies (Wikipedia Article), built based on the blockchain  (strong encryption) and used for transactions. Since 2009, bitcoins are widely used in several transactions. How legal are the cryptocurrencies? Are they being used for good purposes? In one of my previous blogs, we have discussed how money can do good or evil (Is Money Good or Evil?)

Few countries strictly ban the usage of Cryptocurrency and US impose a capital gain tax for the cryptocurrency. In the United States, the crypto exchanges (traders) are supposed to report the transactions to the IRS. Currently, the value of bitcoin is ~$8000. See the above Graph for the trend (in US Dollars).

                Anything new takes time for everyone to get used to it and the authorities to impose controls. The same applies to the cryptocurrencies. Currently, the controls are not strict, it is hard for the authorities to control and many countries are not concerned about bitcoins, most of the transactions (cryptocurrency to money) happen in those countries.

                So, apart from the new admirers (investors), who use the cryptocurrency? Mostly all of the darknet transactions occur in cryptocurrencies. Not only that, but these are also used in ransomware and data breach demands. A friend of mine who owns a small law firm; years ago, three of their computers got locked by ransomware, and they ended up paying bitcoins worth of ~$10,000 to retrieve their data. They even reached out to law enforcement at that time, but due to the complexity (the demand was to pay by bitcoin through darknet; which is not traceable). This is just an example; in real life, this is how the cryptocurrencies are used!

                Think about it, when you use a credit card or mobile payments, you are not carrying the currency, it is digital. Also, those encryptions are secure as well. Then, what is the difference? The banking architecture controls the regular digital money, whereas the cryptocurrency is not. So, it is easy for people who conduct illegal activities to monetize without getting caught. What do you think?


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Friday, May 3, 2019

What is my Purpose?



Do you know what is your purpose in this World or Galaxy or Universe…? That brings the next question, “Are we supposed to know our purpose?”, Even if we do, “Are we capable of understanding and recognize our true purpose?”… A lot to think, let me take you through a short journey from my perspective.

We always talk about successful people and heroes, but shouldn’t everyone have a purpose? There was this very successful man, who excelled in his trade. One day, an interviewer asked him about his success. He mentioned that his father was a failed businessman and drug addict who didn’t take care of the family and died early. So, the son was determined not to be like his Father and turned his life around. Now, think about it, what was the purpose of his Father??

The perspective differs from person to person. When we study someone (maybe a family member or someone whom we admire or popular personality), we will have different perspectives of their life. There are several influential factors; such as our knowledge, our beliefs, etc.… For example, have you ever thought about what was the purpose of Hitler? Won’t you agree there are different versions based on different perspectives?

Now, let's go back to the initial questions. “Are we supposed to know our purpose?”, Even if we do, “Are we capable of understanding and recognize our true purpose?”. Hypothetically, let's say if we are capable of identifying our purpose, would everyone in the world agree to that? Do we need to spend our precious time chasing to define our purpose or would it be wise to stay on the flow of life?

The world around us continually imposes us to define our purpose based on fame, wealth, health, etc. I have been continuously redefining my purpose over the past several years. During childhood, I thought to live a good life the society is all one needs (mostly influenced by parents), during adolescent age, I thought my life should be in a monastery as a Priest, later in my 20’s everything was shifted towards money, now in my 30’s I feel living a healthy life is all that matters,.. Don’t know what the future holds for me? But, don’t you agree we all keep redefining our purpose in life. While taking a closer look into my life, I don’t believe it was me who was trying to redefine the purpose of my life; it was the circumstances. Why are we forced into situations that define the purpose of our life?? Do You or I have any control over defining our purpose in life??

Monday, September 14, 2015

Do we Time Travel???

     At times, we all do time travel in our imagination. Most of us dream about the future, sometimes about the painful past and fewer times about the good times in our past!! Apart from our future and past, do we time travel to a different time period??? Yes, we do! Have you ever thought about the triggering factors in such time travelling??

     From my experience, the masterpieces of human art are one of the most powerful factors that can make us time travel. For example, James Cameron took us to a different world through his masterpiece "Avatar" (2009 Film). The masterpiece sculptures have the same power as well!

     Nature also has the power to make us time travel! In one of my previous blogs, I penned down my time travelling (pausing) experience through this conversational blog!

     The third and most crucial factor is our imagination. Even though imagination plays a vital role in the above two scenarios; those were triggered imaginations and were highly influential either by the masterpiece or nature. Whereas our imagination at times randomly takes us to a different period; our human intelligence is a chaotic algorithm, which is yet beyond our science and computational advancements.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How life gets balanced???

     Have you ever seen someone who consistently lives a smooth life?? Even though it all comes down to our perspective towards the life and the flow of life; in a way we all are emotional. It doesn't matter whether one is a believer or atheist! 

     We all know that life is a blend of ups & downs, success & failure, love & hatred, peace & violence and so on. I look into life in terms of numbers! Assume the +ve numbers are the ups and -ve numbers are the downs in our life. ...,-3,-2,-1, 0, 1,2,3,... It is hard for us to stay in the ZERO state.

     From my observation, nature always tries to balance our life. Think about your life!! Your successes and failures, in my language, your +ves and -ves!! You will always see a balance. It is true that there is always a silence before the storm! A downfall before the victory!

     Few years ago, there used to be a man, who never did any good deeds in his life! His life was so complicated than anyone else! When he was a kid, he gave trouble to his parents, teachers and anyone associated with him. Once married, he got addicted to alcohol and drugs. He was a bad husband and a worst father; in few years, when his child was eight years old, he died out of drug overdosage!

     In this example, do you think his life was balanced??? In few occasions, we come across such people, where either their life is filled with a lot of positives or just negatives!! Why??? In the above-quoted example, this man made a huge impact on his family and surroundings. The people who knew him decided not to get into any addictions; because, they clearly saw what that would cause. Look at him in this angle, he helped a lot of people to live a good life! Doesn't it make him a HERO?? HERO!? It is not just our life. We are part of the bigger picture, and we all contribute towards the greater purpose. Believers say it's God's plan; whereas atheists say it's just the flow of life!

Why we should avoid Fortune Tellers and Astrologists???



     Before we get into the topic, I would like to share a story that I heard from my father. Many years ago there lived a King along with his Queen and the Prince. One day, the Prince heard about a famous astrologist and went to meet him. Prince always wanted to stay single and to serve the people. This astrologist told the Prince that he should get married within a year. Prince immediately thought that the astrologist is bluffing and left the place. To his surprise, he fell in love within few months and got married within a year.

     In few years, the kingdom was under threat due to an invasion from one of the strongest empires. Prince again went to the astrologist. The astrologist told him that he should win the battle in 6 weeks time. Again, the prediction by the astrologist becomes real.

     Prince was really happy and even appointed the astrologist as Astrology Minister in his court. The kingdom was in peace. One day, the Prince asked about his father; the astrologist told him that his father should die exactly in 25 days. Since the King was sound and healthy, both the King and Prince got angry with the astrologist and sent him to the jail. Nation's best doctors were appointed to monitor King's health. On the 25th day, the King died by heart attack!!!

     What do you think of the astrology? What would have Price done to the astrologist?? Since his predictions were correct, what would you do??? Well, the Prince removed the astrologist from the court and never visited an astrologist for the rest of his life! Why??? It's simple; do you agree that the Astrology or the Fortune Prediction can either be true or false. If it is true, we cannot change it!! If it is false, what is the use in believing that?? So in either of cases it seems to be just waste of time. When we start believe in these predictions, we get into emotional battles and confusion. What do you think?

-Anton

Friday, June 20, 2014

Is Money Good or Evil???

     Have you ever asked this question? I'm sure, most of you have asked this several times! as I do. What is the root cause of destructive wars? What is the root cause of jealousy? What is the root cause of most of our worries in this world? Don't you think, Money plays a vital role in all these issues? I strongly believe Money is one of the major root cause in all these cases!

    Does that mean Money is Evil? Lets assume Money is evil! But, but.. is it possible to kick this Money away from our lives?! How is that possible? What would I do for living? How would I feed my wife and daughter?! Do I have to go back to Stone Age?! Relocate to a forest and live with nature?... 

     Live with nature.. Isn't that a great idea. Don't you agree people spend millions to pass their vacation at nature friendly locations to have peace and relaxation? Yes, we do.. Imagine our world without money... What would happen to innovations? Who would fund them? If there is no Money, won't that change some of us to become lazy???

     When I think deeper and deeper... Money may neither be a good thing nor a bad thing!! It all depends on our perception and the way we handle it! The problem arises when we start giving importance or value to money! But its very difficult to be neutral with money. History shows us again and again that, the people who are neutral with money are really powerful and leads a happy life... Don't you think we should also try to be neutral when it comes to money??????

Sunday, April 28, 2013

When does life travel????

     Have you ever thought that, why we all are getting old day by day? Gaining more and more experiences? Facing ups and downs in terms of materialistic and non-materialistic? Having happy and sad moments? Why there is no fast forwarding or rewind buttons in life? Isn't it good to have those buttons in life?

     Some people believe life starts at BIRTH and ends at DEATH, on the other hand few believe there is no end! The form keep on changing but the inner soul has no END! When you think about this in terms of science; YES, the form keep on changing but the energy or power remains the same. Still Science is unable to explain about the soul part! Nature has answers to all our questions... But if we question about nature!!! It opens up new discussion, arguments and threats.

     When you think deeper and deeper about this process; the reality is that we all are in the flow of nature. Somehow we are forced to travel in the flow. Yes, we are the travelers, but who drives our life?? Is that some external force or we??? Whoever it is, the life keep on travelling either knowingly or unknowingly, as the time clock ticks. As the travellers, what are we supposed to do????

     In the history of humans, it is recorded that most of us are running behind Fame, Power, Money, Love, Comfort, recognition and so on in that line of interest. Eventually we keep on spending most of our time in attaining our desires; few wins and others don’t!

     This reminds me a short story, there were two butterflies they fell into a river. The first one was trying to swim hard to fight with the river; on the other hand, the second one simply enjoys the flow of river! In the end, the first one dies sooner in the fight, whereas the second one lives longer and also had a satisfaction that it was helping the river to flow in its direction! The funny thing is the choice is in our hands. We can either choose to fight or we can simply go with the flow of life! How is your travel? Do you flow with the life? Think…