A Choice For The Ages

Katana Making Oven Flame

Recently, my mentor told me to choose the path that I want to take in my life. Either choose a ‘pragmatic’ option where I complete my degree, and be a cog in the machinery of the universe while giving my small contribution back to the society in accordance with its rules. Or choose the option where I am prepared to ‘Die for Science’, a hunger for knowledge so ferocious that no existing body of work could satisfy. But he also told mge to not stay in the ‘middle’ option as I am right now. Apparently, it’s worse than either extreme because I will not feel satisfied with my choices ever.

Now this is a big decision for me. This decision can’t be guided on the basis of any data from others before me, for the only data that matters must come from within.

Enough to create that one pillar of fire that stands up amidst nothingness. To create something from nothing.

When I chose to reject an IIT and choose IISER Pune a year ago, I set out on a path. A path towards knowing. A path towards Science. A path towards my passion. Whether or not my passion has the ferocity to overcome an ocean, it certainly has enough endurance to keep the lamp burning bright. Enough to create that one pillar of fire that stands up amidst nothingness. To create something from nothing.

A human needs carbohydrates, sugars in the diet to live. My life’s carbohydrate will be science.

I don’t want to die for Science. No, that would be a mistake. Nor do I want to live only for Science. That would be a lie, there are many other things to live for. What I want to do is that ‘I want to live to create’. To create with a hunger for science. A human needs carbohydrates, sugars in the diet to live. My life’s carbohydrate will be science.

So now I hereby announce that I will be delving into fundamentals of each subject that may interest me. And I will be posting a write-up every two days on something interesting to do with that field. And for my first act, I shall put up a proof of the classic square root finding algorithm.

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