Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Swarm Intelligence

Have you ever considered it embarrassing, even shameful, to walk to the garbage can and dump your glass of Coke when you're "chillin" out' with friends. It just doesn't fit with the definition of cool, does it? Its just so much more hep to just fling it on the pathway; and if it's an empty bottle, its sooo cool to kick it far, show off some football skills.

Ever taken a smoke just 'cause everyone around's doing it too. You wouldn't wanna be an outcast, would you. Who cares about parents, they can't see you here now can they. Besides, its the coolest thing to do on earth... just look at all the Hollywood celebs smokin' away to glory; hell its a style statement, it might even serve as the perfect stimulus for that exxxtra effort or that groundbreaking brainwave that you're about to have, that will set you apart from the rest.

Ever made up with a guy/gal just because everyone around has one too? Ah you don't care how much time or money or your soul you're losing... social recognition is everything. Being alone just isn't an option, its not cool, you see! Doesn't it just give so much of security to be like everyone else, so damn difficult to move away from the crowd and use your own brains eh. Afterall, we live in a society.

We've always heard about "those" success stories of a few people who "just had things going in their favor." Of course, we want to be like them- rich and successful and famous and different from the rest, just like them (!) but then we're not all that fortunate, now are we. We have sucky professors, sucky mess food, study in a sucky college, and maybe we don't have ideal support/inspiration from our parents, maybe we haven't had that visionary mentor who opened our eyes forever. No no, we're just normal... besides, its soo cool to be normal.

People hate it when you say everybody's the same. Matter of fact, an integral part of our cultural conditioning is to "believe" that everyone's is different, everyone's unique, just like everyone else. Truth is - everyone's the same. All, but a meager few that one could count with his fingers.. if he could.

Heck, we even go give our papers for recheck, try and get a few more marks, just because the whole LT is doing the same thing. Something 'might' get increased, says a friend, and seemingly, that's way too much peer pressure to retaliate. How about attending class and sitting on the last bench, when there is no attendance criterion. Why would you waste precious hours of your life in classes when you don't give shit about what the guy's trying to teach. Butt... its so overwhelmingly cool just to sit on the last bench and ask doubts and try to screw the prof, or just make fun of him or draw caricatures, maybe play a game of good ol' X-and-0 (we're all six year olds afterall)... and the coolest thing of all - write on benches. That's the mecca of cool, that.... etches your name in the annals of bits-pilani history, it gives you legend status. The more sarcastic, the better. The more abuses to the prof, the cooler. Oh, and its very cool to join the same CAT classes that the whole batch has joined, its waay better than trying to study on your own. 13.5k is hardly a price for the invaluable 'quality time' you get to spend with your best friends in class.

And then people say BITS Goa sucks. Kindly go get a life in Goa Engineering College

Ojas Mehta

Author & Editor

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