Are We Balanced?

Every object in the universe, despite moving through space at a hectic speed, is balanced. The world at large, is balanced. The bodies of all living creatures are balanced; the left side is balanced with the right. Engineering draws from nature and demands static balancing before dynamic balancing. Aerospace Engineering (Rocket Science) is nothing but static and dynamic balancing. The working principle is that of a firework rocket, which, as per Newton’s Third Law of Motion, postulates that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The best example of nature’s static balancing is a tree whose roots grow deeper and wider as it grows higher. The expanding roots make the foundation strong enough to balance the size and shape above the ground. We have yet to create this technology that allows the simultaneous construction of a structure and its foundation.

If everything is so harmonious about nature, why do natural calamities occur?

The problem lies with the human mind, which is unbalanced and the source of conflict. Our unbalanced mind is responsible for interference with nature. It is this action to which natural calamities are the reaction.

The left side of the brain is the rational side, which we call the controlled mind, while the right side is the emotional part, which may be called the free mind. The controlled mind is based on reasoning and logic. It teaches us survival tactics, social norms and ethics. It understands science and mathematics. The free mind is illogical and it thrives on art and creativity.

Most of us are one-sided, hence unbalanced. This gives rise to conflict. The closer we get to the centre, the better off we will be. The ideal would be the golden mean between the two.

To achieve this balance, we must understand the positive and the negative aspects of the controlled mind and the free mind. While the controlled mind gives rise to negative traits such as attachment, ego, insecurity, fear, jealousy, greed and aggression, it also inculcates discipline, stability, reliability and ethical behaviour.

The free mind can be naïve, childish, silly and unstable, with a propensity for monkeying around. On the other hand, it retains the purity of the new-born. It is the repository of faith, creativity, positivity and morals.

We are born with the free mind, but when the umbilical cord is cut, Newton’s First Law of Motion applies to us. Everybody continues in the state of rest or of uniform motion, unless acted upon by an external force to change its state. Social norms act as the external force to make us worldlier. The controlled mind assumes charge.

With maturity comes wisdom. This helps us control our mind and lead a life that’s both, adventurous and stable. As we approach the completion of our life’s orbit, some of us we enjoy the pleasures of becoming returning to the purity of our childhood.

To bring harmony back into our lives, we must strike a balance within ourselves and create a sense of order. Our unbalanced mind is the cause of all the chaos in the world.

Author: Tapan Ghosh
Film maker, writer, thinker, rolled into one The creative me is a lot of fun. What you see here are my expressions true I hope they strike a chord within you.


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