Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ruminating over Pi

Current Read: 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel.
Bookmark at: Where Pi has just caught his first Dorado for Richard Parker

Current Thought:
Innumerable times in my life have I said with unwavering confidence... 'I can never do that' or 'If that happens to me I'll die'. But having heard/read myriad tales of ordinary people who have surmounted extraordinary odds and survived or of commonplace people who have climbed some uncommon pinacle of achievement; my confidence in the impossibility of anything wavers like a seismograph needle at 9.0 on the Richter scale.

All of us display unpredictable reactions and hitherto unknown ability, when faced with even the mildest of threatening or challening incidents. Now imagine what would happen when you are cornered in some life-threatening situation where you need to survive by the dint of your grit and spirit and yes... brainpower. You can't predict what you would do! If your will for survival is strong enough you would fight as if possessed by The Almighty.

Isn't it an amazing thing... the human spirit... unpredictable, daunting, invincible yet also compassionate and giving. It is the true superhero and it lives in each one of us. All of us harness that most elemental in us every single day. The frail homeless boy who lives on the pavement surives due to it and the mountain climber who conquers the Everest relies on the very same spirit to help him reach the top.

The more I read this book the more I am entranced by this ability that the puniest of beings has, to fight when cornered and survive the impossible. Truly... Impossible is nothing!