July 31, 2010
Employ-ability of the spirit….and the spirit of Science…
Speaking my mind about as arcane an idea as “employability” is a difficult task. In what and how many ways can one employ oneself?
And if one does so gainfully while pleasing his spiritual quests it’s an outstanding way of employment.
The more or less unconnected ways are the ones that satisfy one’s needs. The second kind of employment is available in multitude of ways but when you break them down they reduce to just a few.
At the level of needs there are infinite numbers of needs but at the level of consumers it’s a few type defined by the unity of pattern of consumption.
But if you look a little more closely with the first kind the list of opportunities are boundless and the employability can be gainful. Gainful employment that can be pleasing to our spirits.
Isn’t scientific pursuits a bit like that? It’s gainful as long as its pleasing, to our spirits, and as long as we pursue our quests to know. The motto seems to be “Aspire to know and perspire to share…”
The scope of employability with something as arcane as spirit is therefore infinite. It’s not only science, one may argue, which so adheres to a holistic principle of self although in the case of Science it leads to a discovery of self because of its uncanny nature.
One may argue any branch of human pursuit as aesthetic as the arts or music or even writing about folklore can be a spiritually pleasing exercise. This can be gainful and passes the litmus tests of employability.
I do not have any reason whatsoever to deny that. But in retrospect something as aesthetic as the arts or the music or writing about folklores takes away human effort in terms of focus and practice and gives in terms of the art or music-works which is readily perceptible by the common person.
It can be argued that the arts and music and so on are varied and not necessarily perceptible by all alike. True, to the extent sometimes, as esoteric a pursuit as throat music isn’t quite alluring to everyone alike, nor is a big fan-following seen towards the cultural overtures of Mayan aboriginals.
Science on the other hand isn’t quite like that. Its beauty isn’t quite expressed or appreciated like the beauty of a flower or the beauty of a scenic valley. You or I or anyone can’t just open up his eyes widely to appreciate the beauty of science.
It’s not a beauty of emotion. It’s not a beauty of feelings or thoughts. It’s a beauty of vision. A vision which is not necessarily optical or illusive. It’s a vision which is spontaneous and uncanny and spiritual.
Did I say it right? Yes, spiritual. The beauty of science has a connection with spiritual joy. This beauty of science is visible when one truly learns to appreciate the joy of spiritual enchantment.
This joy is like devouring the sweetness of honey and smelling the aroma of a flower. The visual joy of a flower is as captivating as the sensual joy of aroma. Science has made it possible to preserve that aroma in a timeless journey of “culture du jour”.
The spiritual attires of science are often a refined fabric. It can come from the uncanny beauty of feathers of a peacock to the rugged roughness of the “Rudrakshya”. But it has to provide a beauty, wearable by only a few.
While such attires belong to the common place it has a rugged beauty and spirit that often reminds us of the spirit of science. Science is often a great deal of exploration and exploration is often the “el paisaje accidentado”.