Two tigers and a philosopher

One day a philosopher was passing through a forest. He encounters a tiger with a tiger cub calmly lying down with their chins touching the ground. The tigers see the philosopher and offer a very dumb look. The philosopher says, “Look at yourselves lying down with absolutely nothing to do, no clue of what’s going on, not good enough brains to think, leave aside thinking about thinking, merely existing.”

The tiger blinks and the cub blinks twice. He continues speaking contemptuously, “Does your species even ask questions like – why do we exist and”

The tigers ate the philosopher.



Mathematics, is a way of thinking.

Mathematics is the most superior way of thinking about something, it is more than science. It’s a “tool”, a “concept”, a “phenomena” which can unfailingly help you “think” or “model” something, anything. Although some sciences like physics, chemistry, etc. are huge, they cannot incorporate thinking about “anything” within them. In-fact these sciences, too use mathematics all the time. Mathematics, as we know today has several hundreds of branches and lots of sub-branches. If we look at it carefully, mathematics which started off as a way of counting has emerged as a lot bigger entity now. All of this was because, humans dared to understand the logistics of nature in its infinite forms using mathematics. All our mathematical branches today are just a manifestation of “some” of the problems we were/are trying to solve here. I have seldom seen examples of other specific sciences help create mathematical laws as such.

Mathematics, unlike physics doesn’t require things to follow some laws or certain template. It can even help you think about things, which can be completely untrue or non-existent. Non-existence of the entity – Constant Number 1, is not unknown to the humans. Yet, we have come so far. It is in some abstract sense a reflection of our free-will and wisdom blended together in a fantastic fashion, which cannot be very well perceived by many naive eyes. It is now way beyond everyday counting, still we may be far from anything we haven’t done yet(I know this sounds weird!), still we are on the correct path or maybe the path in this case decides what is correct.


Look at all the great laws, facts and equations: E = mc^2, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, we cannot travel at a speed greater than the speed of light, humans cannot fly on their own, things thrown up return back to the ground, things don’t move within a solid, etc. Why are these our laws? Aren’t these constraints? Roughly speaking, our sciences measure constraints. Everything around us is a constraint governed by so-called laws of nature. But the important thing to note here is that constraints have resulted into existence, constraints have given rise to equilibrium, constraints have given rise to the need for adjustment and hence the capability to adjust. Constraints have given rise to beauty. The evolution reached this particular state out of the infinite possibilities and chaos because of constraints. Every problem we talk about or solve or discuss is all about constraints. The number 1 is constrained to serve as 1 until eternity. The constancy or in general the mathematical numbers which we come across in every sentence we speak is a constraint at some level. In general, all our laws and equations which equate, in-equate or compare things shows us constraints.

Humanly speaking, constraints define life. It teaches people how to survive with less and be satisfied and thus be happy or may be not. Constraints define you. If you have a car, you have different constraints and if you don’t well that’s a constraint. All our life we learn to fight against or change our constraints to a so-called better level of constraints climbing up some human-made ladders. A farmer’s constraint would be to just not send his son to a school and a millionaire’s constraint would be to just not be able to buy a private plane for himself or maybe anything else like say he can’t run because he’s either too old or he has simply forgotten what running is.

Whatever form it is in, constraints are everywhere. They are governing the entire universe in a brilliant fashion. Think beyond reality and try to think of some form of existence without constraints. I am not talking about living beings or the solar system, think about everything. What would it be like to have no constraints? Is this what they call the home of the eternal creator or GOD or intelligent design? Because the creator definitely wouldn’t(/need not) define constraints for himself(/herself/itself). Can you think of any flow, shape, size, color, solids, liquids, gases, electrons, computers, elephants, dolphins, water, oceans, birds, heat, tempertaure, light and lastl but not the least thoughts without constraints?

Constraints are beautiful :) Learn to appreciate them for if they didn’t exist things would be shapeless, tasteless, matterless, etc.