Limits of Life

April 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM 14 comments


There are no limits to anything!!! This is what we all want to say. However, this is not the case according to me. Oh yes, we can keep saying that to ourselves. But it still doesn’t change anything. There are limits to EVERYTHING! Many people may(WILL) object to this saying that Imagination is not limited. But all I can say is… We cant imagine something we don’t want to or don’t know. Which implies that there ARE some limits to even imagination. However, they are very HUGE in the case of imagination.

But, when it comes to day to day life, NOTHING is UNLIMITED. Not even the unlimited meals advertised by hotels πŸ˜› Which brings us to another question. How can you say everything is limited???

To this i answer, I don’t. What i mean to say is… There have been boundaries for everything right from the beginning. Think… there were always things you did… and the things you COULD do. But why didn’t you do them??? The answer?? LIMITS!!! Universe has set itself many boundaries. So have many living things.Β From the beginning of time, there have always been some boundaries.

This brings us to yet another point. Are setting boundaries good or bad? This question can be answered by everyone if we just think for a minute. Imagine a situation where we did not have limits. Nothing would be organized. Everything would be chaos. Limits provide a comfortable surrounding for each and every one of us. Each person sets his own limits voluntarily or involuntarily. Sometimes they can be wrong. If that happens, it is what we call “Inferiority Complex” or Lack of confidence. It can also be explained as the incapability to set your own limits in life.
Now many people also say that the power of god is limitless. I do not want to delve any further on that comment as views on whether god exists or not differs from person to person. If anyone wants to prove me wrong, You are MOST welcome. Let us see if we can reach a conclusion on this matter.
I conclude by saying “Nothing is limitless” and so is my post. Good Day!
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  • 1. harshasrisri  |  April 29, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    limits… its not easy defining them! because, its a very big number of definitions u’d have to deal with. but according to me… if u consider yourself limitless, there will be a day (atleast one) when you will be limited by your own limitlessness…!! as long as you are clear about your intentions, the factors they depend upon, the events they result into, you should find yourself in a limitless space within the limits of ur inner self. I can say its more like the hyperbolic chamber… ‘only so much’ from outside and ‘WOW… SO much’ once inside…!!

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  • 2. Anniyan  |  April 29, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Thanks for the comment dude… am actually looking forward to a discussion on this if anyone is willing

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  • 3. Manoj Sterex  |  May 1, 2008 at 2:34 AM

    Very interesting post. Like you mentioned, the first thought that crossed my mind was — you’re wrong! Reading on, I realized you do make valid points. πŸ™‚

    We cant imagine something we dont want to or dont know.

    That’s the limitation of the person and not of imagination as such. For me, imagination is still limitless.

    Haha.. Unlimited meals at the hotels just test your stomach capacity that’s all. They are a marketing strategy where they lose at times, but gain at most times. Of course, even the hotelier knows that he cannot provide unlimited food for his customers if they all were to be like me! πŸ˜›

    And like Harsha said, limits are something that’s decided upon by the person, society, laws, and other factors. Living upto them, or soliciting them is at the discretion of the person. If you want to kill a man, your action is limited by the law, your conscience and also your ability to do so. πŸ™‚

    Well, if the universe sets itself boundaries, why hasn’t it set itself one? Only because we don’t know the limits of the universe, we are accepting it to be limitless. In the same way, we cannot say it is limited owing to the fact that we have no precise knowledge of its boundaries.

    Let me imagine a situation where I have no limits. I’d change the way I lived, I’d change the people in power, I’ll change the way things are happening around me. This sounds so organized for me. There would be chaos, only when there are so many people doing this at the same time, because what I feel is right, need not be so for another person. So, its not the person who is setting the limits, its the society as such. Its no inferiority complex if I say, I cannot kill a man, just because my conscience wouldn’t allow me to. There may be another person who is actually willing to kill someone. So, comparing us, you cannot say I have inferiority complex/lack of confidence, can you?

    Coming God, yet again, its the same as the universe; we do not have sufficient knowledge to conclude their boundaries/limits.

    Many things are limitless, just like your post or my comment, it continues to propagate as a thought in the minds of readers like you and me. πŸ™‚

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  • 4. Anniyan  |  May 1, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Hmm… very strong point you have there Manoj… I am happy that someone has accepted the discussion… Anyways, I still stick with my statement.
    Considering yourself to be limiless can be very reassuring. But not true.

    And your point about a person killing another… well, all I can say is…
    I think I made a mistake by attributing it to Inferiority complex. Now I see theres another angle to look at this statement.

    Anyways… thanks for showing me the flaw… I din think this post would turn out to THIS level.

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  • 5. Manoj Sterex  |  May 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Considering yourself to be limiless can be very reassuring. But not true.

    My mind and my imagination are limitless. I wouldn’t call myself limited, that would either be hurting my confidence or my ego — not sure; however, all I’d say is there’s one limit that applies to me (and all of us), time. πŸ™‚

    Everything is limitless. The limits are superficial, governed by our ability to achieve them.

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  • 6. harshasrisri  |  May 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    The main catch in the discussion, i feel, is that the number of (so-called) limitless things present, or happening around us is limited. Even if you are carried away by stating that imagination is limitless, u have to check one point! Imagination is limited. It is limited by ur character, ur personality, ur being, ur bringing up, and possibly a few more factors. Your imagination may be a gift from god to compensate for what you cannot be. True. But it cannot extend beyond the limits imposed by the above-said factors.

    Coming to time… this particular aspect of life is tricky. This is often considered to be limitless. In a broader view, it is apparently true. But we’ll come to this a little later… Coming to a person’s life… Time IS limited… but the limits are indefinite and unpredictable… the lower bound being your birth and the upper bound being your death… This apart… the broader view is of the universe and its time… this concept has two theories supporting it…

    One : universe and time started together at the time of Bigbang. and possibly end together with the Bigcrunch – the phenomenon which occurs if the objects of the universe start to come closer due to their gravity being greater than the force with which they were thrown out during Bigbang… So time can be assumed limited, i suppose.

    Two : universe started with Bigbang which was just another event in time. It is possible that Bigbangs could have occurred before this… and could happen in the future too… so time can be imagined as a continuous flow… Like an infinite loop with apparently no bounds at all… just because the (re)start and end are the same… So this is a tricky and perspective-dependent aspect.

    the next interesting thing is the mind… whose subset is imagination… there are a lot of things which our brain remembers and the mind recollects… but when there cannot be infinite number of events taking place in your life, how can your mind be limitless…? (i understand fully that i look at MIND as a physiological form whose physical form may be termed as memory)

    I am glad to be a part of this… and i am looking forward for MORE…!!! πŸ™‚

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  • 7. Anniyan  |  May 21, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Nice argument… ok… I made 2 mistakes in this post. The first being the lack of planning. The second being the comment on “Inferiority Complex” but the rest of it… I am quite satisfied with it.

    Now coming to the point; as Harsha accepted, even imagination is limited. However, if we want to dwell on the vastness of the universe or when it started, it would have to be told in an entirely new topic[am thinking of doing that too]

    And now we come to the most intriguing part in the whole universe… TIME.

    Now whenever we say “TIME”, we tend to think of a watch or any other instrument which measures time. But I argue that time is the occurrence of any particular event or many events simultaneously. And why do I say its limited??? The answer to that is in Harsha’s reply. But I wont disappoint you by only referring to it. My explanation is:

    ANYTHING THAT CAN BE MEASURED IS LIMITED
    So that means anything that cannot be measured is limitless??? NOT AT ALL!!! All I am saying is… I think I can be safe in assuming that it has already been established that things can be measured are indeed limitless. But when did it all start??? When will it end??? I am as clueless about this as thousands of great thinkers and scientists all over the world. So I conclude by saying that “TIME IS LIMITED”. Why else the saying:”Do not waste time… it is very valuable and very little”???

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  • 8. Manoj Sterex  |  May 22, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    No offense but I feel the whole discussion going towards pessimism when you say everything is limited. Is it the fear of having something unlimited, that you don’t want to accept it so? Or, you want to be self-assured and protective about things around you that, you want everything to be within limits? After all, man fears the unknown. Unlimited = Limited + A little more of unknown. πŸ˜›

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  • 9. harshasrisri  |  May 22, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    @manoj : i strongly disagree that defining or recognizing limits is being pessimistic….. the laws that are universally acceptable, such as, those in science are sometimes being questioned at…. whereas here…. we r dealing with individual ideas, not universal….. i can state an example…. science is the limit within which we can use nature…. and technology is a means to exploit what we can, by redefining the limits suitably….. similarly…. limitedness is analogical to science and hope, to technology….. as long as u have hope, u can exploit the limits in any field…. if u say u r afraid of limitlessness, that my dear, may be pessimistic… coz fear and hope cant go hand in hand…. when either of them is high, the other is abysmally low…. and i am not afraid to be bound by rules…. coz i wish to modify them accordingly…![;)]

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  • 10. Manoj Sterex  |  May 23, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    @Harsha:
    Here, it seems so. Because, we are not exactly defining or recognizing limits here, we are limiting everything! Correct me if I’m wrong, we are not defining limits or recognizing them, we are enforcing them!

    Besides, I feel this topic largely deals with individual ideals and thoughts, can never be generalized as such. Go tell a painter that colors are limited; he’ll argue that you can only see this much, while he can see more.

    Coming to your example, science is the limit that exists right now. There may be more advancements later on to tap (or destroy) nature further. So, the limit is temporary until there’s expansion, and this be definition is limitless. πŸ™‚

    This takes us to a new conclusion: Do you mean, that everything has a limit until something breaks it and creates another limit to it? In that case, what I said about enforcing limits comes into picture.

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  • 11. harshasrisri  |  May 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    @manoj:
    i have specified in the example…. if science is the limit…. technology is to redefine it…..
    enforcing limits on people is not happening everywhere… u see… the whole world is not communist (thankfully…) and in countries like ours… the people set themselves the limits within which they lead their life… so there is no enforcement in most cases… just to exaggerate, i can call it individually-self-enforced-psychological-communism… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    for now… i agree with ur conclusion… limits are not prone to just perceptions… but even to changing times…!! πŸ™‚ and its not about enforcing limits… its just redefining them… how far it can continue upto… is left to individual imagination…!!

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  • 12. Anniyan  |  June 1, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    I think this topic can come to a close now that we have all reached a decision… but we seem to have made our own individual decisions about this topic… which shows us something……..

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  • 13. smallstar  |  June 29, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    I would be WITHOUT limits… But I know that this unfortunately isn’t always possible… And I want ever more freedom. LOL

    great post. ^.^
    *HUGS*

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