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Letter to my husband from future

An honest letter from a girl to an imaginary husband from distant future.

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Dearest you,

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I am waiting for you. I know I will find you when the time is right, but I also can’t afford to take the risk of missing out on you just because I was too engulfed on myself. I don’t know who you are yet and what you are doing, but I pray to God that wherever you are, you be happy, safe and sound.


Damn, I wonder how you’d be like. Honestly saying, I don’t need someone perfect, the kind people write novels about. I will still fall in love with all your scars and imperfections. When we meet, feel free to tell me about your journey, the highs and the lows, the happiest days and the darkest nights. I wanna know your dreams and your aspirations, your fears and your hopes and every little thing that makes you who you are. I want to listen about all the demons in your mind, so we can fight them together. Don’t worry, I won’t get scared or run away, for I have accepted you as we you are, the complete version of you.

My darling, I have already started to picture our life together.  I wanna spend my Saturdays with your arms around me, just appreciating your existence in my life.  I want those Sunday mornings when I will make breakfast for you and you will drop the kids to school. I want those “You never fail to make it magical” Mondays and “With you, it’s easier to tolerate” Tuesdays. The “Is it midweek already?” Wednesdays. The “I wanna fall in love with your lazy morning face and sleepy voice” Thursdays and “Let’s movie marathon” Fridays.

I am saying all this even without meeting you in real, that itself means I am here being too honest and pure as I am, as I could.  That’s me.

I wanna explore places with you. I wanna be fearless with you, stubborn yet quick-witted with you. No,  I won’t expect us to be similar in everything we do. I will understand that we will have individual differences. So I wanna learn every corner of your heart and your mind, getting surprised by the new discoveries every time.

And as we grow old together, life will test us. There will be times, one of us may act moody or completely irrational, but I hope we always communicate whatever we are feeling without any hesitation and try to sort things out. I want us to keep our love before our egos. Whenever misunderstandings arise between us, which will happen for sure, I hope we don’t give up on each other at the heat of the moment. I swear, I don’t care how hard it gets, I wanna walk my whole life with you.  See I am saying all this even without meeting you in real, that itself means I am here being too honest and pure as I am, as I could.  That’s me.

Now, all that being said, I still have a deep fear inside my heart. Whenever I see the pain and the struggles of married women in our society, it shakes me to the core imagining what if I have to go through the same as well. They sacrificed so much for their family- even their dreams – but still they don’t get enough respect and support because patriarch sense of entitlement thinks that a woman is secondary sex.  So in my life with you, I like to see myself at equal par with you, supporting, suggesting, sharing responsibilities as a life partner.  That partner in there? That’s what I want in literal sense.  Please consider me equal on all our highs and lows.  Will you stand by my side given someday I face the worst? Will you be my voice when I stand there helpless?  I hope that when we raise our children, our daughter never has to feel inferior to her male sibling.  Let our children learn from us about gender equality and the essence and beauty in it.   I hope you are always a strong role model for them, and lead them through example. Most of all, I hope that you are a family man, for whom “family always comes first” before anything else. Hope, I am not asking for too much.  I am just making things clear from the distant past itself.

Anyway, right now, I am struggling to find right words but one day when you are by my side, everything that I am feeling right now, will fit to make perfect sense.

Can’t wait to see you and meet you for real.  Until then, take care of yourself, your health and your world.  As the time comes right, Universe shall connect us and I will show you this mail written for you, long before we met, and we will laugh together.  Yes, this little crazy soul you gonna meet some day.

Lovingly,
Yours in ways you don’t know yet.




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  2. PladdSB

    September 16, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Dearest Mine,

    How have you been? I’ve been missing you in my life for some time now, your presence, our togetherness. Some times I just want to get out there and search for you. But I don’t know your name, how you look and where you live and the sad part or should I say the most let down part is I have no, not even one preset criterion for you. Maybe I should’ve set that to meet and be with you sooner but I just want you to be limitless, surprising and unorthodox.
    I guess I can wait as long as it takes to get to meet you.

    Fast forward to when we meet, I want to share with you how the universe perfectly timed my directions and journeys just so we could be together and I’ll hear all the exciting small stories of your life you’ll tell me, all the dark whispers that you couldn’t tell anybody and also the little fancy fantasy pieces you’ll have wanted to share with me. I shall hear it all, your dreams, aims that we will thereon work together to achieve, your fears that we will train together and you will fight, but of course I will be besides you always ready to protect you.

    My beloved future wife, as I picture our life together, I don’t have any title days in it. It’s always a ‘me and you’-> we-day for me, apart from 8-10 hours that will be work hours in weekdays. For weekends, I’m not much of a guy with plans so anything you have we will work it out. And also some days might be friends day, and I shall take you there as a friend – an addition to the gang.

    Just know with me you can be whoever you want, I’ll love the angry-bird in you as much as the sweet you, the stubborn you as much as the witty you. You can be the goddess of tears and we will together tear those with mighty laughs.

    And as the years pass, when… when we will have started being together like, since forever and maybe one of us starts getting moody, a little irrational I promise to be the first one to start the conversation and I also promise that I will try and not let any fights get on to the next day, because the next morning I’ll want to start with you. Whatever be the reason for the fights, our love shall always conquer our differences.

    And for the fear of society that you hold, I will be right beside you no matter what the circumstances. We will be living our life with love and respect for each other. Our children will be learning from us that we and everyone in this society/ world might have different perception of looking at everything but regardless of sex, age and social status, every one deserves equal love and respect. And we will together lead our children as examples.

    As of now, I hope you and I find us, each other real soon.

    And when I find you, the first thing I’d do is save the date because I’m really not good with dates and with every major or minor life events we get through I’ll continue to do so just to start our anniversary day with a special anniversary kiss regardless of the fact that either one or both of us might miss remembering all dates.

    Till then, you too take care of yourselves. Stay awesome, stay yourself!!

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Philosophical Enlightenment: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

This article talks about Plato’s allegory of the cave which heavily influenced the thinkers in later centuries and became one of the causes of European enlightenment or, the Age of Enlightenment.

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Enlightenment in western philosophy was given a platform by European thinkers such as Voltaire, Diderot, Montesquieu, Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Reid, Immanuel Kant, and Christian Wolff among others. Philosophical enlightenment during the 18th Century Europe was thought to be an answer to dramatically improve Human life. This enlightenment was born out of the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th century. The scientific revolution broke age old thinking patterns and gave birth to realism.

Philosophical enlightenment as a concept urges its followers to aspire for intellectual progress. Such progress could improve individual lives and also the society as a whole. Thinkers such as Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and others stressed on “logical arguments” which could be achieved through research.

This article talks about Plato’s allegory of the cave which heavily influenced the thinkers in later centuries and became one of the causes of European enlightenment or, the Age of Enlightenment.

Plato’s cave is a chapter in The Republic (514a-520a) which explores the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature. Allegory of the Cave is written as a conversation between Socrates and Glaucon (son of Ariston and the major conversant with Socrates in the Republic).

Plato writes the allegory to show the importance of philosophical education. In this allegory of the cave, Socrates tells Glaucon to imagine a cave where there are a group of prisoners. These prisoners were born there and are chained since they were children (the hands, feet and neck have all been chained). For the entirety of their lives, these prisoners can only see what is in front of them – which is the back wall of the cave.

Behind them at some height, there is a blazing fire. Between the fire and the prisoners is a low wall, behind which, there are men who carry various objects around. The fire casts the shadows of these objects directly on the back wall of the cave. These shadows are the only things the prisoners ever see and thus they think that the shadows are themselves the objects.

When the people who carried the objects spoke or engaged in conversation with each other, the prisoners could have thought that the sound came from the shadows – making the prisoners strongly think that the shadows were real.

“Then in every way such prisoners would deem reality to be nothing else than the shadows of the artificial objects.” (Socrates to Glaucon, Book VII, The Republic by Plato)

The prisoners talk to each other regarding the shadows and their meaning of them. They feel that the shadows give them wisdom to learn about life. They form dialogues and are happy that they have found meanings in life.

When one of the prisoners is freed from the shackles, the first thing he finds is that the shadows are similar to the objects that were being carried. But the objects that were forming the shadows had so much more to them.

The prisoner is now taken outside of the cave and is in front of the great sun. He sees the sun and is temporarily blinded by the light and thus suffers pain in his eyes.

“…, what do you suppose would be his answer if someone told him that what he had seen before was all a cheat and an illusion, but that now, being nearer to reality and turned toward more real things, he saw more truly? And if also one should point out to him each of the passing objects and constrain him by questions to say what it is, do you not think that he would be at loss and that he would regard what he formerly saw as more real than the things now pointed out to him?” (Socrates to Glaucon, Book VII, The Republic by Plato)

At first, he is only able to see the shadows that have been formed on the ground, because the shadows are familiar to him and the sun has caused pain in his eyes. He is slowly able to see reflections and finally shifts his focus from the shadows of trees and animals on the rocks, the reflections in the water – to the “real” objects that are creating them.

He sees the colors of the birds and the flowers, the patterns on rocks and the intricacies of tree barks.

He sees the objects as they are – in reality. This makes him confused, for he was habitual to the shadows. He denies the reality of the objects at first, but then questions if the fire that is burning so bright behind the objects actually created the shadows. He now starts questioning more. But this time his questions are more guided by the complexities of things “as they are”.

“…there would be need of habituation…to enable him to see the things higher up. And so, finally, I suppose, he would be able to look upon the sun itself and see its true nature, not by reflections in water or phantasms of it in an alien setting, but in and by itself in its own place.” (Socrates to Glaucon, Book VII, The Republic by Plato)

The prisoner finally understands that the sun is the cause of everything. He figures out that the sun causes light, sight and then reveals the true nature of the objects.

He then sees the world grow darker – the sun has gone and the moon is being seen. He sees the patterns of stars in the sky. He starts questioning about the vastness of the universe that surrounds him.

He sees objects in their own place and not just as reflections.

He finally starts contemplating about the sun as it is. He starts seeing objects first as they are and then starts to reason about them.

He sees that the shadows are nothing but illusions created due to the direct contact between realistic objects and the sun.

He can see clearly now that the world is not finite. He sees that knowledge is not finite.

He is astonished by this new found knowledge and searches more for truth. He becomes realistic and is now unresponsive towards the shadows which previously governed his thought patterns.

The prisoner has now risen above the wisdom of the cave.

He is excited to share his knowledge with the prisoners he has lived with.

As the prisoner returns back to the cave, he finds out that his visions have been changed. He can now see less in the dark and is less responsive to the shadows that had governed his life. It takes some time to adjust to the darkness.

The other prisoners laugh at him for having his visions destroyed by going out of the cave. They laugh at him because – he now no longer shares the same belief. They then start becoming angry at him for going outside the cave – he has become blasphemous. The prisoners think he should be executed.

He is now a stranger in a pack that he was a part of. They despise him – for he is an offender.

For Plato and for many philosophers after him, the allegory of the cave is the story of enlightenment, a story of the time before philosophy.

We as humans are born in the shadow and many of us live the rest of our lives in it, without ever questioning the actual truth. Many of us never question the reason for shadows and blindly follow what is shown to us.

We are forced to experience things as the desires of the society (the cave) we live in. We derive our understanding of cultures, traditions, religions, romance, fame, power, politics and other concepts (shadows) as per the desires of the group (the men carrying the objects behind the wall).  Humans are pleasured by the false conception of these things. They have been created by the society and reflect as shadows on the walls of our mind. These phantoms or shadows are what keeps us from being enlightened or “Conscious”.

When we get out of the cave (that is our society) and see the light (the world of ideas, thoughts and reality), and finally start questioning, we are primarily mocked for being cynical. This could discourage many who have seen the light and thus send them back to the cave that they were liberated from. But some of the humans revolt against the stronghold of the shadow.

But Plato discourages us to share our “new found” knowledge, bluntly with the others. This could anger others and surely get us into troubles.

Socrates was executed by the Athenian government under accusations that he was corrupting the youth with false ideologies and that he was guilty of impiety (not believing in the gods of the state). He was killed by the decision made by the majority of fools. Plato hated Athenian democracy because he saw the possibility of cave dwellers having majority power to take false decisions. These decisions were based upon the concept of the shadows and did not include higher consciousness.

But Plato still insisted that willingness to step outside of the cave is not enlightenment alone – and that there must be a willingness to return back and educate those who are yet to see the sun. However, this is to be done carefully.

This process of carefully educating the masses is known as the “Socratic method”. Those who have seen the sun should not be indulged into forcing people to see “what is”, but rather give their arguments and stimulate dialogue from the listeners. This would generate critical thinking and eliminate hypotheses by eradicating those ideas that lead to multiple contradictions. This is Plato’s ideal method of dialectics.

Plato insisted that “wisdom starts with owning up to ignorance”. We should confess that we actually know nothing. This would make us open to understanding things and listen to different views of people regarding these things. For, not knowing, according to Plato, was paradoxically a kind of knowledge in itself. This has been referred to as the “Socratic ignorance” which paradoxically is also known as “Socratic Wisdom”.

We need to understand that we indeed do not recognize how life is supposed to be. We should understand that we do not comprehend the ways some concepts like politics, government, relationships, and others work. We need to lay out our ideas and welcome others’ to eliminate contradictions. One way of eliminating contradictions could be through logic. Logical interpretations of our ideas, and, citing resources and existing patterns of behavior of humans when faced with similar situations should be done.

The allegory of the cave describes the metaphor of life and shows us the relation between education and truth. For Plato, the major function of education is to dispose us towards the truth and not just show them to us. Education should be able to make us face the truth.

For Plato, education was awareness of “being”, along with, the awareness of other objects. Education is the source of enlightenment.

The stages of enlightenment in the allegory of the cave are:

1. Owning up to ignorance.

2. Reaching knowledge.

3. Building the capacity to understand “the good” (the sun).   And, finally,

4. Raising questions and fostering dialogues.

Those who have been educated are the teachers (Socrates) who do not themselves bring the truth out, but rather by means of questioning create a platform for dialectics and then cause the learner to rationally speak out and finally figure out the truth.

Plato further says that one has to have a desire to learn. Those who do not desire cannot be forced to learn. Thus, acquiring knowledge is a transformative process that requires painful movement. In order to learn, one has to be willing to turn their chained bodies towards the light, one has to be willing to turn around their soul and be willing to change their ideas.

We are all prisoners of the ideologies fed to us, by our society, by our state. Many of us do not dare to seek knowledge outside the cave. Many of us remain prisoners for the rest of our lives, but at times there are those who seek to learn more than what has been offered. These individuals who are willing to learn are open to new dimensions of truth that they had never before encountered.

An enlightened person for Plato means that this person is willing to learn and stops clinging to ordinariness and pleasures and is willing to rise above and look upwards.

In conclusion

Enlightenment is not something that opens portals to secretive universal knowledge, but is rather what gives rise to inquisitiveness. This inquisitiveness to learn about “the good” (the source of reality) fosters individual development. Enlightenment is thus, a process of understanding the difference between the illusions that create a facade and the reality behind those facades.

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Word Of The Day: Tump

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Definition 1

a small rounded hill or mound

(eg: There is a little tump over the pond.)

Definition 2

to tip or turn over especially accidentally

(eg: He tumped over.)

Synonyms

accident, sudden, bush

Antonyms

intentional, huge

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Word Of The Day: Tousle

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Definition 1

to make untidy

(eg: Nathan’s tousled head appeared in the hatchway.)

Definition 2

to mess up

(eg: He always had time to tousle a young boy’s hair .)

Synonyms

untidy, messy, unkempt, disordered, disarranged

Antonyms

arrange, unsnarl, untwist, disentangle, tidy

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