Do we live in Present?


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We live on a “dot planet”, Earth, the only planet in solar system where life exists. Sun is the ultimate source of energy for all existence on earth. The energy coming in the form of light from Sun is converted into chemical energy i.e food by the plants by photosynthesis. All the fossils fuels are derived from plants which existed millions of years ago. The existence of life on earth is dependent on sunlight.

The speed of light is 3*10^8 m/s. Sunlight takes around 8 minutes (precisely, 8 minutes 20 seconds) to reach earth. This means what we see Sun is its past view of 8 minutes. What we view is the past image of Sun which is the ultimate source of energy on earth. Many chemical reactions depends on sunlight which is necessary for survival. The fossil fuels like natural gas, coal etc. which takes million years of formation. These energy sources are created over a very long period of time from decayed and fossilized living matter, mainly plants and animals and the energy in these living matter originally came from Sun through photosynthesis. Sun is also responsible for changing weather pattern on earth. The existence of all forms of life on earth is fueled by sunlight, directly or indirectly.

Similarly, when we see Moon, it is 1.3 second past view of it as moonlight takes 1.3 seconds to reach earth. The speed of sound is 343 m/s. Although, the speed of sound depends on its medium of travel. When we speak, sound takes its own time to reach us. This means what we hear is past. Also, what we see is the past image including that of sun and moon. Our eyes also take some time to process the image.

Having said that, this raises an important question. Do we live in the present? We see the past and we hear the past. The ultimate source of energy on earth i.e sunlight takes 8 minutes to reach us. Our entire process is dependent on sunlight. Then do we live in present or in past. If we use telescope to see some planets of our solar system, we will see the past image and not the current one as light takes its time to reach us. If we see images of stars or planets of Milky Way Galaxy, we will see the past of it. Similarly, if some aliens will view our earth from their place of residence (assuming that there might be some habitable planet), they will see our past and not the present.

Consider an example. Planet Earth reflected its light which took 100 earth years to reach Planet X. Now Planet X people if use a telescope to focus on earth can see the light emitting from earth will be 100 years ago reflected by earth. Zooming in (assuming they have that high precision telescope), they will see us 100 years past image, meaning if it is 2021 on earth, they will be seeing 1921 earth. This will happen for us as well if we focus on say, Planet Y and light takes 50 years to travel to earth, then we will be seeing 50 years past of Planet Y. In fact, what we see in the night, the various twinkling stars, we are viewing their past light emitted from these stars, few years ago depending on the distance of those stars from earth. So is the case with sound. Space science had proved this that what we see is the past and not the present. This means that everything we see is the past and everything we hear is the past. Then how can we live in present? Do we really live in present?

Philosophically, we should try to live in present. But is it practically possible when everything going around happening is the past? This question might seem awkward, but I wanted to share with you all. You may have encountered or thought of this question. Hoping to get answer to this question. The answer to this question is subjective and can be debatable. Please share your views.

Ashish Kumar

Shadow Followed…



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Story which started but never kicked off.
Suddenly, it was closed without a full stop.
Leaving the canvass with sheds of grief.
You landed in your place of dream.
Shadow followed you, nor do I.
As I saw the sun with open eyes.
I did burn as the ray was intense.
Writhed in agony, my eyes became red.
Sanitizing the eyes, I left the place.
Planting a new world in my space.
But…
Shadow followed you, nor do I.
As I sowed the seeds, which won’t die…

– Ashish Kumar

What should I think…


More work and less day.
Want to go on my own way.
Trying to get rid of it.
The more I try, the more I stick.
Paving the way to lose something.
I am not able to think.

Experiencing the thorny situation.
I am having some tension.
Being in dilemma for time.
I am losing my time.
My mind is not able to think.
And my eyes stopped to blink.

I have to take a risk to rise.
Rather than to be in disguise.
Bad moments are my friends now.
Got habituated to deal with them now.
I need to think.
But the question is what?
The pain remains.
The dirt persists.
That I need to revert and resist.
Hoping for that morning to come.
I am waiting for that sun to rise and come.
But for the present…
What should I think ?

thinking

– Ashish Kumar

…THE SPECIAL…


There is always something special.
Finding that special is very crucial.
Life has many roles to play.
Depends on how we take in our way.

Trying to achieve perfection.
One should have a positive perception.
Life will never be without obstacle.
It is we only who have to tackle.

Its better to crush the negative thinking.
Generate a path with creative thinking.
Glow like stars and sun.
Don’t rest even if you have to burn.
It is possible to achieve the dream.
Rather than just seeing the dream.
Question is how?
Answer lies in us.
As…
There is always something special.
Finding that special is very crucial.

special

– Ashish Kumar

…ALLERGIC TO “E” CHALLENGE…


One of my friend from blogging world , Neha from the blog FORGOTTENMEADOWS have nominated me to participate in this “E Challenge”. I was little bit worried whether I will be able to do this or not. 😦 But finally here I am with my post. 🙂  Thank you Neha for considering me for the same. She is a brilliant writer and her posts are refreshing and her poems are poignant as well. Do visit her blog which you will appreciate it for sure. 🙂

The Rules

  1. Write a whole paragraph (a paragraph sounds easy right?)
  2. Without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy for ya?)
  3. By reading this you are already signed up.
  4. Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge.

Here is my paragraph without the letter “e” in it.

Charming rays of sun in morning brings charm in work too.  Body and mind both gains vigor. Looking into rising sun is a big gift for all of us. Rays of rising sun is a symbol of starting your work. Sun always burns and that is why it is always shining. All of us should gain from this natural originator of vigor…

My nominees for this challenge are as follows…

It was a nice experience in taking this challenge and I hope you all the prominent and eminent bloggers will participate. Looking forward to read your posts… 🙂

– Ashish Kumar