Monday, November 12, 2007

Dear Diary-10

Dear Diary,

I just read these lines in the Brittanica Blog :

The sum total of all the text we have collectively produced over the ages does not add up to anything more than a gigantic closed system with no real information value outside of this closed system.

Taking it a step further, let’s say we transmit all the English language books in all the libraries of the world and just to make sure we got it all, let’s also add the entire web – once again, just the text and nothing else. "
Do you think this will make any sense to the aliens outside the closed system? No way.

What this means is that whatever has ever been written by human beings, starting with the Sumerian civilisation is completely useless, outside this closed system.

No doubt, the closed system the author is referring to is rather big, but how does that help?

What’s the point in writing all this in one’s diary, if it has some value only inside this hermetically sealed enclosure ?

What is even more disconcerting is that if we were to read the text of a diary imported from outside this closed system, we won’t be able to make any sense out of it.

Most upsetting.


dipali said...

If only all the things happening within/written about in our hermetically sealed system made sense!

Usha said...

Just imagine the selflessness involved in our lives - we live it with so much zest and enthusiasm even after knowing it is totally useless and makes no sense at all beyond this system and many times not even there.

Raj said...

dipali, it makes sense inside the system.

usha, trust you to look at the brighter side. This "dear diary' series is to bring out the 'darker' side of Raj.