Pratik Mishra

Pratik Mishra was once designing 'future of the workplace' with fortune-500s and may still be doing that in a parallel universe. In this timeline, half a decade ago, he got addicted to day-dreaming and left his day job to chase moon rises across the country. He can stuff all his belongings in a back-pack because he once liked the word minimalist. He can talk in bumper-stickers, and sarcasm is the only language he loves more than silence. It has been a while since he returned to the lands of civilization, and now he reminisces and muses at his blog (established 2011).

Universe isn’t made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories!

Our society unwittingly gave us–among many other things– the most paradoxical gift of all: a confusion about heroism. Human beings are naturally anxious because we are ultimately helpless and abandoned in a world where we are fated to die. Since the terror of death is so overwhelming we conspire to keep it unconscious. We defend our natural impotence by creating a hero system that allows us to believe that we transcend death by participating in something of lasting worth. We achieve ersatz immortality by sacrificing ourselves for a timeless cause.1

The Luxury Debt

“One of the history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations” – Yuval Noah

Our tools simplify our lives. We design the world with these tools. The world we create ends up designing us. We shape the world and world shapes us. It’s a feedback loop that started from the first time we held a stick to reach a fruit on a really high tree. Since then we have used tools to constantly redefine the boundaries of who and what we are. Today, creating a portrait of a contemporary man, without a hint of wart in the pocket suggesting a cell phone is unrealistic.