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Paradoxical or equivalent ?

Well, I made up my mind this evening that I am surely going to blog about this issue tonite. So here it is.

First of all, the whole of this blog is based upon the well-known philosophy of " The Genius of the AND and Tyranny of the OR". Anyway, let me put across my interpretation of the above philosophy. As the statement itself conveys, using AND is the mark of a genius, whereas using OR is that of a losers. How? If you believe that you can do A AND B, while everybody think that it is stupid to think like that and believe that they can do only A OR B; then you are a genius. If you believe that quality AND quantity can coexist , while most of the mortals here dont, you are a Genius. It is this unsurpassable spirit of man (applies to less than 1% in the world) that has led to the exponential progress throughout the ages. Dichotomies do not exist, man creates them. It is all in the mind. Free it.

OK. Now the second part, Well...I am in a hopeless state in one of my subjects whose exam falls 2 days from now. If I study hard, i mean REALLY hard, and i am lucky, i mean REALLY lucky; then I have a chance to make an A grade in it. But...then there is a movie tonite. I hear that it is a really good one. Now according to the basic philosophy of management, you never get results unless you work REAL hard. Now , if I see the movie, I'll be losing 3 hours + about 2 more hours sleep because of the strain. My best option would be to sit and STUDY. The Genius of the AND says , why not both ?

Sounds really paradoxical at the first instant. My conscience says "Dude, sit and study. Just dont get carried away. This is your last chance. It is now or never.". I reply back - "Hey there mister. I believe in the Genius of the AND. Why cant I do both?". I dont see sense anywhere. Both these seem so fair enough and logical. I pondered over it for a few minutes, wondering whether it actually is a paradox?

And i pondered whether these actually are the same?

When realization struck me, I was heading towards the movie hall. I watched the movie, came back thinking how asinine I would have been to miss such a cool movie. Now I am studying, REALLY hard ( i hope so!). But then , I just realized my obligation to blog, and am currently doing it.

What conclusion did I reach ....obvious isn't it. Both the scenarios are equivalent. How ? The mystery is solved easily when you actually think carefully and more deeply about " The Genius of the AND". I realised that the second scenario was just another subset in the bigger set that the former belonged to. As i earlier said " Dichotomies do not exist. They are created by the human mind. "
I put restrictions on to my mind that I can do either - Movie or Study for an A. Thinking superficially will obviously yield the result - "It is bufoonery to say that both are possible ". But a careful thought, and one shall realise, one shall question the very orhodox belief that one only of them is possible. Grow up! You can do both!

I believe in the Genius of the AND, and the tyranny of the OR.

Maybe, I may fail once; but I am willing to risk that failure coz. I know deep inside that I can do better with this belief....that I am a more happy person with this belief...


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