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The Illusion of Control

My human instincts of laziness made me put this topic off for so long. Until, that is, when the "persuasions" became overwhelming.

First, there was the actions of someone very close to me and then there was Kung Fu Panda and then, today, Jurassic Park. Then I decided, its time. So, here goes.

All of us, at least to some extent are under the Illusion of Control. We Think we wield some power over the things that we do or own. We tend to weave a web of complacency that we are the master of those under us , our juniors, our children and wives (though I have neither) and sometimes even our friends and relatives. But Do WE?

Hard Question.Simple answer, NO.

Try making someone do something for you. No matter what you do, if that person decides, no I wont do it, then that's the end of it. One may try a path of coercion or of persuasion but neither may yield results if the latter's will is strong enough. In some cases, you could try physical or mental force, but to what extent and where all? On contemplation, not many places. Neither in the society nor the workplace.

Where else?
School? No, not when you get up to the age when you really want to control people. At college? Better get some insurance before trying something like that! At home? The Biggest (with a capital B) misconception of all! All you can really do is big talk and nothing more!

Over in Kung Fu Panda, a beautiful movie, by the way,

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Oogway: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control.
Shifu: Illusion?
Oogway: Yes.
[points at peach tree]
Oogway: Look at this tree, Shifu: I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.
Shifu: But there are things we *can* control: I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed: that is no illusion, Master!
Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!
Oogway: Maybe it can, if you are willing to guide, to nurture it, to believe in it.
Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.
Oogway: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu, promise me you will believe.


shows just what the Illusion of control means.

And over in Jurassic Park
Ellie : It's still the flea circus. It's all an illusion.
John : When we have control again –
Ellie : You never had control! That's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too. I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love. Alan and Lex and Tim … John, they're out there where people are dying. So … [takes a spoonful of ice cream] it's good.
John : Spared no expense.


We never had any control and never will! Neither over ourselves, our friends nor over the nature. Your best bet is to go with it. Which brings me to a personal incident which shows just how useful working with nature can be.

There are a good number of mosquitoes over here and most of them are really dumb! At night, they manage to get themselves killed by coming right under me when I roll about in my sleep! Now, that may be funny but it leaves a lot of dead bodies on my bed and that isn't really a nice thing, is it? Now the really surprising part. There are these tiny little ants that start raiding my bed for these mosquitoes but only after I get up. And by the time I'm ready for the bed again, it would be all nice and clean and not an ant would disturb me in the night! A symbiotic relation ,if you may. I get my bed cleaned and they get their meal.

The same thing goes with some tribal farming practices. They leave the ferocious ants of the area on their own and they help the farmers get rid of all the nasty bugs that feed on their crops. Free extermination services!

So, point is, fighting it on your own or fighting it at all is not going to win the war. Maybe a single battle but not the war. Instead working with them have added advantages, especially if it is with the nature.

Coming to humans, we seem too preoccupied to identify or utilize such symbiotic relations often. So we need to start talking and persuading. This is where the control aspect usually comes into play with its bag of tricks. There is no way of forcing a person into doing something but only convincing. You have to convince the person that what he/she is about to do is in their own good interests or is in some way beneficial or at least is not malevolent. Love and good old talking seems to be the only way.

Remember swim with the flow, its easier but feel free to get out of it as soon as you feel like it.
In fact be sure to get out of the flow and rectify the flaw and if needed get yourself a good set of friends... And... Let Go of The ILLUSION!!!

C'est la vie...

4 Thoughts:

magicdarts March 27, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

Food for thought - you can't beat a bit of Kung Fu Panda philosophy either!

Diff.Thinkr March 27, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

Thank you magic darts,
True, Kung Fu Panda has a lot to teach us!

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