The Complex Human

It always surprises me that humans keep tending towards more and more complexity in their lives, which ought to be simpler in the first place.

Somehow, complexity adds to the mysteriousness of folks we meet, specifically the new people that we are introduced to in get-togethers for instance. There is some aura when people speak up confidently, almost in some sort of pushy manner with a self-projection which is unabashed. I have seen this many a time, and I am not taken aback, for sure. What puzzles me is the consistency of these folks who seem to be living a larger than life scenario, and project a picture of consistent self-confidence that overshoots my assessment of their self-worth.

Such behaviour confirms my view that people are happier to live in their self-defined world scenario which is unadulterated by more sober creatures. To a certain extent, I would not blame their tendency as the world around us indeed tends to get confused and muddled with happenings so varied in their nature that consistency becomes a prized possession.

I keep observing how people move about in gatherings and how they interact with others, especially the newbies. With familiar folks, the buck does not go very far, as the assumption of familiar folks about the self-serving proclamations is more or less correct. Nevertheless, the familiarity itself brings about a belief that the chest-thumping is expected in any case, and gets defeated in a sense when that action is not performed.

Well, I wrote something above which I am finding difficult to understand myself. However, I believe that simpler people who have accomplished things in their lives tend to be humble, self-driven and almost simpleton in their approach and behaviour. I am always impressed with such folks who communicate in a subtle and firm manner, and do not make claims though they may deserve the same given their accomplishments.

Complexity in thought processes is not a bad thing in itself. Many people think in complex terms on simple matters. There is no issue with that. When it is something to do with one’s life, that may not be a bad thing at all, as life is always complex to start with.

However, when one carries that complexity into daily interactions, then it becomes challenging as other folks may not understand the need for complexity, and may be wish to deal with stuff in the most simplistic manner. Hence performance and behaviour need to be simplified so that there is much productivity in interactions to be achieved.

People tend to be more complex than they need to portray. Complex human behaviour, in itself, does not add significant value to human interactions. Simple people who interact in a simple manner are far easier to understand and deal with by most of the people around.

Unfortunately, I tend to think and also act in a complex manner which I am trying to address as life goes along. The objective is two-fold: one is to have more meaningful interaction in every aspect of life, and the other is to accomplish things in a faster manner.

Think about it !


Vijay Srinivasan


Third Anniversary of My Blog

Tomorrow is the Third Anniversary of My Blog, which I started off, with some friendly persuasion, towards end December 2005.

After nearly 250 Blog Posts, I should say that I have really enjoyed writing about various kinds of things in my Blog. Not only that, I have had the privilege of various readers commenting on my Blog, and sort of maintaining continuous readership throught these past three years !

It has been feeling real good to express oneself via the Blog Medium. It is as good as writing in a newspaper or printed publication. After conceptualising on an idea to write about, it usually takes me a day or so on collating my thoughts and drafting the same into a readable piece on Saturday late evenings. After couple of edits, I am good to go and publish the piece on my Blog site.

I feel really great when I click the “Publish” button and the output of my thoughts appear on my Blog. Bravo, yet another thoughtful contribution to the world of the published word ! So I think !!

However, it has taken a long while to reach some respectable readership or atleast viewership. Several people who I know have been reading my Blog Posts regularly, and have also commented on my Blog against many of my Posts. It is gratifying to see their contributions. My network is small but growing slowly and firmly.

I also enjoy teaching others how to set up their own blogs. It is always a good effort when young kids learn to express themselves in a thoughtful, or even, playful manner. Kids ask lots of questions, unlike we adults, and these questions are ofcourse, thought-provoking. Overall, it is a positive contribution to the society to teach its emerging kids and teenagers on the power of communication.

Well, there it is……..after 3 years, I am still continuing on my Blog.

It has been a good exercise, and has had a stong impact on my own self-development. Strongly encouraged. Look forward to more action from my side in the weeks and months to come by !


Vijay Srinivasan
27th December 2008