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Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Human mind. There is nothing more complex than this. Everything related to human had been studied in great detail and so has the human mind too. Though the human mind was subjected to study only recently, in the twentieth century, much has been done to delve deep into it, and explore the various fragments of it. Sigmund Freud came up with an entirely new scientific stream of study of human mind, where he divided the human mind into three parts, viz, “Id”, “Ego”, and “Superego”. This theory and a series of theories that followed enabled the psychologists to understand one’s character by analyzing the different parts of human mind, i.e. “Id”, “Ego” and “Superego.

Though Sigmund Freud called human mind as “clamorous” in one of his essays, this analysis has to take a different turn by considering human mind as, basically, “good”. Though these two arguments are in loggerheads with each other, both are correct if explained under their own respective contexts.

The universally accepted fact, that man is  a social animal, itself is enough to prove that all human beings have a “good” mind. The adjective used here, “good” is ambiguous in its meaning; but can very well explain human mind as something which can sympathize as well as empathize with each others’ worries and miseries. And, it is this quality of human mind which makes a man a social animal. The qualities that make the human mind “good” are not limited with just empathising and sympathizing. It is also the abilities to take care of, share with and nurse others, which makes a human mind “good”.

Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ are two of the greatest personifications of Love and Kindness. They sacrificed their own pleasures of life, and lived for the goodness and well-being of others. These kind of actions call for a great level of bravery, determination and selflessness. Everyone may not be willing to sacrifice their lives; but some small actions of love and care from everyone can add up to change the miseries of an individual or even an entire nation. This is what religions preach. The essence of all religions being the wellness of man, they preach to share our excesses with those who need it.

In the recent incident of Mangalore plane-crash, it is the concern for others and the selflessness of some people that could save the lives of a few of the people who were inboard. At the same time, it is the greediness of the Developed nations the reason behind the current situation of millions in Africa, where they have to sustain their lives on clay cookies. Here, what Gandhi had said a few years ago stands true, “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed”.

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.

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