Finding symmetries in an unsymmetrical world ..

A story about a story.. And about a tribe..

Posted on: February 16, 2009

Reading about the silk route years after I left the school and that history book, triggered myriad feelings in me.


So what was it about the silk route? Was it the trade of luxuries such as silk, satins, musk, rubies, diamonds, pearls, and rhubarb, while simultaneously serving as a conduit for the spread of knowledge, ideas, cultures, and diseases between different parts of the world in China, India, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean ?


Or was it something else all together?


To me the silk route symbolizes a story, and more than that the deep down human DESIRE of reaching out and connecting with its counterparts in different parts of the globe.

What is it, when a naïve user in a vastly unknown district of a developing country or a third world country sits at his terminal and reads about what’s happening round him?

Or what is when people come together, and form a group and are bonded by a social cause, a vision they share together and one they live on, breathe on, till it becomes a reality.

So, the so-called “Silk Routes” were not only conduits for silk, but also for many other products. They were very important paths for cultural and technological transmission by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, missionaries, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea for thousands of years.

A Tribe is about creating value, trust and earning the respect from other members of the community. It is about CONNECTING. It is about facilitating a conversation and collaborating, and a lot more than that.

According to Seth, the market for something to believe in, is infinite !

As I type this technologies such as Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, Triiibes is forever changing the way we communicate and connect and generate intangible value out of the relationship we carve with otherwise strangers.

And once we carve theses relationships, the bonding that arises, will not only facilitate an immense amount of learning ,but also add meaning to our survival , for we don’t and cannot exist in isolation, and to progress as a race together, we must not only add value to our own assets of information base, but also enrich the lives of those around us, by sharing what we learn .



I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. 

                            Albert Einstein



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