Posted in thoughts of life

Peace is a possible dream, if…..

People are differentiable into various categories, which means, unity for peace and tranquility requires interaction. Not just any interaction,
it requires honest and open-minded interactions.

One way to achieve it is through travel. Travel as often as you can. It really opens up your mind to accepting differences. Instead of finding faults, you encourage your mind to find similarities. You travel to a new place, you sense the difference of life lived by you versus the locals in that place. It brings to us fresh understanding that beyond the walls of the house we live in, beyond the conversations with our family/friends, and beyond the miseries/pains that we experience, there is another world that visibly looks like ours yet responds to similar situations differently. You open your heart and mind to new people, which resonates optimism. (https://www.smallerearth.com/uk/blog/9-reasons-why-you-should-travel-the-world/)

Another way is to stay curious. Curiosity is the key to knowledge and knowledge helps you evolve towards betterment. Curiosity is my strong character trait. I’m definitely not much of a traveler but I’m curious about the world. It helps me read, understand and learn lessons of life that keep me grounded. A curious mind’s quest takes you through deep understanding of all kinds of emotions: defeat or success, hatred or love, betrayal or unity; if you start questioning your surroundings, actions and life members. For example, if I receive a rude reply for a nice gesture I did to someone, I debate it in my mind rather than express it upfront. A debate keeping both myself and that person’s possible views helps me not get offended, and possibly understand the person better. I take offense (Newton’s third law is unavoidable), but a curious mind helps me resolve conflict as I try to justify the action of the person, so reaction automatically changes.

Third way to bring peace and tranquility is by giving up ego. Having a ‘I am not wrong’ attitude or keeping yourself boxed in traditional belief system is the biggest hindrance to displaying rectitude in the world. However, if that is the choice of someone, Newton’s third law, should still work on such narrow minds. They must be avoided at all costs. It is still debatable as to whether to leave them to realize it by themselves or make them realize it when possible. I choose my battles, that is, I only try to make those realize who matter to me. Others get their fair chance of giving up the unnecessary attitude, if I still find them rude because they have ‘presumed’ wrong intentions in my action, I become indifferent. I am still evolving and I am hoping to discover a better way to handle people with stubborn ego.

Alas, what matters is how much you ameliorate yourself in a lifetime. Peace will find its way out – before or after a war.

Posted in genetics

Limit your genetic worries! 

Everybody wants data sharing. Data sharing is knowledge sharing and helps resolve issues faster. Genetic databases do the same. As much as I support the thought that people must participate in genetic research studies and volunteer to give blood, I also would like to warn you, the world of genetics isn’t immune to corruption. As much as science is associated with brilliance, science is well associated with unethical.

I’m pointing towards submitting your blood to companies that claim to be providing you with disease-risk-based genetic information (not the formal clinical testing suggested by a clinician). There are some that do for cost and some do for free. Irrespective of what you choose, the point you need to understand here is ‘they have your genetic horoscope in their hands’. Genetic information can be misused. Read this blog –http://blogs.asucollegeoflaw.com/lsi/files/2014/01/Use-Misuse-of-Genetic-Data.pdf to understand numerous ways genetics are misused and falsely advertised by various companies and even well-known brilliant scientists.

We, humans, have the tendency to divide and dispute with our own race for color, culture, language, intelligence, food, money, power, resources, and what not. Genetic information can literally be the best and worst weapon for discrimination. It is best and worst for the same reason – it reveals the truth about you and nothing can falsify that.

Excess of one thing is harmful, that includes knowledge. Your genetic information about risk for diabetes, or Parkinson’s or cancer should only be limited to you. Also, it should not be even told to you unless it is certain that your genetic change is well established and seen in other people to cause that particular disease. The idea of uniting genetic information is not to distribute your individual secrets to the world and make you conscious about yourself. The purpose is to find a pattern of information that can be trusted for treating emerging genetic diseases. Don’t fall into the false idea of knowing your genes. The majority of those genes have not been discovered, do not have enough evidence nor are referenced from reliable sources. When a company claims to give you information on possible risk for diabetes or hypertension or heart attacks, they aren’t 100% sure of what they are looking at. What is the point of getting yourself read when you are still a mystery?

Life is beautiful when kept simple. I will still encourage any person reading this blog to submit their blood as a volunteer to any research study so it can be used to study and discover or invent a cure for a disease. That is not to learn about yourself, but to learn about your race. It leads to unity of human race, not discrimination of you based on how soon you will die or how strong you are!