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Kaleidoscope and life…could there be any resemblance?

Posted on: April 17, 2009

This term I was introduced to the term kaleidoscope…few weeks ago, I was forced by few of mates to try out  for public speaking (fortunatelly I didn’t make it in…phew), however in the trails I was asked to make speech based upon Kaleidoscope. Today after so many weeks this term flashed back in my mind and the curiosity to further explore this term arouse.

Initially this word only meant an instrument which changed patterns, and was created by the Greeks. But of course my curious mind wouldn’t let me be in piece, so I started to form few thoughts based upon Kaleidoscope. Seeing that its holidays and I’am getting bored , so I thought I should start to compile my thoughts together and form a blog, dedicated to hidden meaning of life represented by a kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope is an instrument, which aims to represent countless lessons, which have to be learnt during lifetime. For some it may highlight the aspect of variation in life. We so often refer to the rotational motion of the tube, as it emphasizes on the perspective of a turning point, process of growing up when the inner core of strength is discovered, and just like the changing in patterns, a leap is taken into new experiences. It varies from an unripe child, to an elderly person, each individual embarks on this journey some point in life, and use their own unique methods to adopt the new lifestyle.

Suddenly when individuals are placed in situation, where it’s challenging to relate upon an older experience, many are greeted with shock. It’s a human- nature to act in such a manner, however by obtaining a mindset to take upon such scenarios, makes the new experience much more pleasurable and relaxing. At the beginning it’s likely to feel as though it’s a bumpy ride through another stage in life, but after a few repeat experiences, we tend become more tranquil, as we become accustomed such situations.

This process of understanding new experiences could be shortened if we are lucky enough to possess a guide (Its meant to be a joke!). If not, then I guess process is time-consuming. This longer period time is acceptable if the experience is a positive one, but is very displeasing if it is negative. “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.”

At the opportunity to glance at the dazzling shapes, created within a kaleidoscope, does our creativity take over the mind and produce beautiful imagery. Creating real life objects suppressed within shapes and patterns. For many a peek in kaleidoscope is entering a virtual world, place where individuals are grasped by the fascination. It’s a mean to explore and witness objects well beyond the lavishing dreams. An additional learning that we are taught by the theme of a kaleidoscope is- identifying values, facts and feelings, which are concealed within real stories. This aspect looks at upon the saying, “not to judge a book by its cover.” You can’t make a judgment about something based upon its looks; it’s a sin to make a conclusion on someone by the clothes that they wear, the car they drive, or the way that they walk. Repeatedly we are reminded not to trust our eyes, much rather dig deep and investigate until unless each and every question is answered. As a philosopher once said,” everybody has a world, and that world is completely hidden until we begin to inquire. As soon as we do so, that entire world opens to us and yields itself. And then we see how full and complex it is. ”

Another aspect that we are informed of is ‘reflection’, where the theme of self-observation is kept underneath the microscope. Just as colourful beads reflect upon mirrors within a kaleidoscope, similarly actions, behaviour and academic knowledge reflect from individuals. This is a process of reporting inner thoughts, desires and feelings. It is a procedure based upon developing the skill for an individual’s intelligence, it is based on thinking, reasoning, and examining one’s own thoughts, and feelings. In more spiritual cases, one’s soul. Qualities such as meta-reasoning and meta-cognition are closely connected with the introspective experiences. It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

As stated earlier reflection is ‘looking within’, but of course we do not visually inspect the interiors of our brain. With use of the term introspection we claim that we can recognize our own mental states through some sort of non-visual attention, whose immediate objects are thoughts or sensations within the individual himself. Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.

Pure experience is the name given to the immediate flux of life, which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories. By the combination of the three methods we are able to learn wisdom- First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by Identifying, which is the toughest; and third by experience, which is by far the bitterest.

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1 Response to "Kaleidoscope and life…could there be any resemblance?"

I think you are leaving us for dead Tanuj. Your depth, knowledge and general intellect far exceed that of any year 10 student I have ever encountered. Keep up your quest for knowledge I just hope we can keep challenging you!

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