And boredom strikes me again, this time, taking ‘virtual me’ to the same lane of thoughts but with mingling and wacky and drunk-like steps drooping here and there squawking around: “Why the hell am I existing?”, “Who must have had just popped the idea of creating me?”, “Why was that idea manifested into such body?”, “Why do humans exist anyway?”….
Then I did what normally every human — post the google and smart phone revolution, does — I typed it in the search window of mighty-the-know-all “google baba”! (Babaji ki jay ho!). There were many posts that tried to sell me their idea of the answer to this question, from different perspectives! First I try to choose which to read and chuck some posts, but then – Boom! – something strikes me! No no, nothing on the screen but something unusual that “I DID”! What you ask? I am talking about the dangerous and rational human’s nightmare – “The Conformation Bias (CB)!” I was taken aback that even while finding the reason for my existence I am having the CB – meaning : ‘the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories’. This means that I wasn’t trying to find out the answer, but was trying to confirm what I already believed!
Confirming to myself that :
- Darwin was right, but he knew incomplete truth;
- Religions have the valuable insights but they are too busy competing with other faiths and proving their importance;
- Philosophers create perfect paradoxes but they spend their lifetime of intellectual abilities on forming arguments and debating;
- Spirituality takes us closer to the truth but they are satisfied in the blissfulness of ‘the now’ that they don’t go beyond it;
- Scientists have made religions named as ‘genetics’, ‘quantum mechanics’, ‘differential equations’, ‘pure chemistry’ etc and have walled their perspectives into an infinite loop!
Though the points I have put up above, now make ‘my thinking’ look less affected by conformation bias, but trust me, there is still biasness, just that ‘the thinking’ can be called to have been ‘broadened’. You ask why? : because I chose to ignore the details luring me into their faiths. I chose to believe that everything is true and everything is false at the same time! (not binary but quantum). I had a belief before searching the question and while googling it, I chose to read only that which confirmed my faith.
Well, this is exactly how we do everything… isn’t it? We have stereotypes and biases for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. For every thought! But if conformation bias is always at work, then how do we even evolve? How do new ideas – parallel and eccentric thoughts – sink in us? How do we change at all?
Our mistakes, successes, heartbreaks, euphoric moments, falls, losses, questions, anomalies, calamities make us step out of our conformation bias and help us evolve. This is the very reason, I believe is the purpose of our lives. To surpass our biases. To break through the comfort zones. To rise above the limitations of our mind and challenge to connect to our subconscious mind and the universe.
We as human race are trapped into the CB of the laws that we have created, so finding the purpose of our existence will only provide us the answer in most human language possible. So to know the ‘truth’ we must evolve more (how much more? I dont know that either!). We must exceed our current boundaries first. May be there is no such thing as truth or purpose, or maybe there is, we cannot be firm. We cannot confirm unless we are free from this dimension. So the purpose is to be free. To disband or dissolve the limitations. To step into that uneasy and intimidating zone of questions and trying to answer them.
Looking around for many answers and philosophies, I have come to few conclusions. Not only for the intention of going beyond but also for surviving in the present, we need to live every day, not just exist, but LIVE! I believe that there are two things one must find and differentiate in life to have a clarity and coherance in living, these two are: passion and purpose!
The purpose here means discovering our fulfillment: what you aspire to do for the humanity or for human race?
And passion is exploring to figure out: what gives you the highest bliss or long term satisfaction?
Asking and answering these basic questions in different phases of your life will bring you a proper balance of material, social and emotional happiness along with soulful fulfillment. And though every school of thought has different answer for ‘ultimate purpose of our existence’, there is lucid agreement of all, over the fact that happiness – rather – ‘true happiness’ is indication of a great human life!
So, I can provide with the purpose of my write up here (at least 😉 ) as:
Find and differentiate purpose-‘fulfillment’ and passion-‘blissfulness’ in your life while identifying and going beyond and above the confirmation bias!
With this, I hope that happiness and fascinating questions spot your consciousness too!
P.S. : Your views on this are undoubtedly a necessity to tame my CB! 🙂