"Huh, who's that?"
"Some call me God, dear boy"
"Yeah right. And I am the sexiest man alive."
"You do think highly of your sarcasm, don't you, my son? Pity it's not all that good though..."
"ok, ok, no more sar-caustic comments from me. But seriously, who are you?"
"I told you. I am God"
"Hey, didn't we just agree on a 'no-sarcasm' pact?"
"You may choose not to believe. I don't have to prove myself anyway."
"Ok, whoever you are. What's with the chuckling?"
"Oh that! 'Coz of the Happy New Year greeting"
"Why? What's wrong with wishing someone a Happy New Year? What else do you do? Wish 'em a Miserable New Year?"
"So much for the no-sarcasm pact. Anyways, I was just chuckling at the marvelous stupidity of you humans to always wish for a happier future. In spite of knowing that you might end up being as miserable tomorrow as you have ever been."
"Hey, that's called Hope! That thing that is supposed to keep us going in the face of all the hurdles that you throw at us!"
"Hell, I know what it is called. I'm not called Omniscient for no reason. I'm just chuckling at your foolishness. Where has your hope led you anyway? You were born a loser. You are still one and chances are, you might remain one forever."
"Hey, I have a gold medal in academics. And I was awarded the 'Best Student' in my undergrad college!"
"Precisely what makes you a loser, in my opinion..."
"Er... can we also have a no-inconvenient-truths pact?"
"You can have any number of pacts. They'll be as useful as Kyoto was to the world's climate."
"Also, a no-stating-the-obvious pact. After all, we are not Arun Lal."
"Don't ever do that again! Compare me to Arun Lal!!! I'll ensure you rot in hell for eternity!"
"Ok, my bad. Coming back to the topic. If I can't be hopeful of a better future, I won't work towards one anyways. And if I don't work towards one, I'll end up with a bleak future! So, aren't you like, trying to trap me in a self-fulfilling vicious circle?"
"Tip for the day: Re-read the awesome discourse I gave to Arjuna on the battlefield. You ought to do your work regardless of the result. Not just in the hope that it'll lead to a better future."
"Er... I am a banker. I don't do work if I don't see a possibility of a big, fat bonus at the end of the year. If you want selfless workers, go talk to some teachers."
"You see, that's the problem with you guys. You are overtly greedy. You don't work because you love what you are doing. You work for more money, or rather for the 'more money = better life" hope. To me, that's like living on perennial dope."
"Your lecture is more than my little brain can cope. See, I can rhyme too!"
"Shut up and pay attention. I am telling you the secret of happiness!"
"Which is? To live life bereft of all hope? Sounds like a really ecstatic life to me..."
"No, you effing idiot. The secret of happiness is to be ambitious and contented at the same time."
"Whoa! Now you are sounding like one of those inane positive thinking books. The secret to winning is to never quit, but also to know when to walk away from a losing deal. The secret of success is to be yourself and not pretend to be something you are not, but to also emulate role models and imbibe their qualities. Be assertive, not aggressive. Help other people, but know when to say 'No'. Stick to your principles, but have an open mind. And my personal favourite: the secret to a happy relationship is to screw your girlfriend but not impregnate her!"
"Whoa, that was some rant. But I stick by what I am saying."
"Ok, let me process it a bit slowly. The... secret... of... happiness... is... to... be... ambitious... and... contented... at... the... same... time. Still doesn't make sense."
"Ok, let me give an analogy. Imagine you are walking along the road. It's a nice, tree-lined path. You are enjoying the scenic beauty all around. You are... contented. But that doesn't mean you just stop at the same place. You'll get bored soon. So, you walk, at your own pace, because you choose to walk. Not to keep up with your fellow pedestrians. And keep walking. You might end up at an even more scenic place. Or you might end up near an overflowing dustbin. It doesn't matter. The walk is what is important. And that's the 'ambitious' part, your choice to walk... of course, you should have the ability to look at the dustbin and still feel contented..."
"Ok, that just ended up confusing me even more than I was..."
"That was the idea, my son..."
PS1: New Year Resolution for this year is to 'be happy'.
PS2: On a totally different note, long periods of inactivity on the blog can be partly blamed on being timed out at work, it can't be denied that sometimes I feel I have run out of ideas. And that's why I am caught writing stupid posts on philosophy. And of course, on past crushes.who bowled me over. And if you ask me whether spending too much time on cricinfo has anything to do with it, I'd be stumped for an answer. Dismissed.