Question?

Children question.

Why don’t we?

Philosophers have been questioning things since the beginning but whether or not that brings any value to society is not the point.

However, there is actually value to asking questions itself.

To ask questions is to show that we are curious about something. Children ask questions. And a lot of them. They ask possibly because they’re curious about how the world works, their eyes trying to swallow the information that is fed to them, their brains trying to make sense of it all.

By asking questions, they are able to structure things, categorise things, understand things on how they function and why they function the way they do.

But, how do we reap the benefits of questioning?

For me, questioning reveals gaps in my knowledge and to bridge that gap, I attempted to seek knowledge by asking. Thus, it allows us to solidify the things we are learning, to ensure that we understand what we are learning.

Questioning also develops the mind for creativity. Creativity is an abstract thing and so is questioning. One can question till the end of time asking countless things from the purpose of the universe until the cause of an itch. But by questioning, one gets to reach out to all of these possibilities and abstract thinking sparking creativity.

Questioning like a child might be an important skill for adults like us after all.

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What does it mean to modernise?

In this age of technological advancement and progress, we may call it the modernisation of the human era from small villages to large metropolitan cities.

However, what does it truly mean to modernise?

What is modernisation if one only progress in technology but regress in our culture and society?

What does it mean to have high-tech equipment lying around if our souls are going back to the age of the cavemen?

What is the point of modernisation at all if we, as humans, do not progress in our spirituality and mental health?

Wouldn’t we just be intelligent cavemen? Could we even be called intelligent if our societies are in tatters but the only thing we’re good at is technology?

Hmm…

There’s something missing

To be honest, I feel as if I have something missing from my life. Something that I had once before but somehow, I’ve lost it along the way.

I realised this when my days are no longer structured, I spent most of my time procrastinating and feeling really lazy and unmotivated. I also became less creative. Today was such a day.

I realised that I’ve somehow lost that drive that I used to have.

Is it because I lacked purpose or is it because I lacked external inputs of hustle and creativity?

I honestly don’t know.

However, what I can say is this. The abundance of time that I have every single day is not helping at all. My mind is in a constant battle of either to do something productive or to laze around and procrastinate.

The latter will usually win.

A possible cause might be that I currently lacked deep human interaction. If you do not know yet, I thrive on having deep conversations with people, talking about life, dreaming and playing thought experiments. The holidays isn’t helping. Even though I do interact with people, they are usually one-dimensional conversations that are on the surface and never deeper. Usually, it is about meetings or something superficial. It doesn’t feed my need to have intense philosophical conversations.

Well, I don’t know. Now, I’m watching previously watched videos by Chase Jarvis, ’30 Days of Genius’. Maybe, it will help give me some insight to what I’ve lost and maybe, help to feed the motivation that I sorely needed.

A Different Set of Clockwork

We are all genetically different, each of us having our own set of clockwork that runs us.

All of us have our own strengths and weaknesses and it is up to us to discover what they are.

Once we are able to come to terms with them, to understand what they are and why they are, we’ll be self-aware enough to build up from there.

Many of us are not aware of our own strengths and weaknesses thus, making it hard to know what we need to nurture.

One thing is for certain, to achieve what we truly want, we need to work on our strengths. We need to nurture our strengths to reach new heights because that is what we are innately good at, our talent.

No matter how hard we work on our weaknesses, it’ll never reach the level of the Greats because we lack a key ingredient, talent.

I have always been an advocate of finding, discovering and understanding oneself. Today is not any different. Therefore, I urge all of you to take the time to think, ponder and evaluate yourself. Understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Be self-aware.

To get to utopia, one has to go through dystopia

 

To get to utopia, you have to go through dystopia.

I got this thought when I was watching this video in the early morning (you know, get all the thought processes going). Anyway, what struck me was that to achieve a utopian society, like how communism envisioned a utopia to be, one has to go through a dystopia.

A utopia is a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions whereby everything is perfect… or so it seems. However, the thought is all fine and dandy until you think about the pains and the troubles to sustain or even to reach utopia. A good example is the Communist Regime in the USSR where the idea was to build a utopic world of complete fairness and equality, removing hierarchy and classes. Look at how that turned out to be with the violent deaths and unjustified killings.

A few questions that we might want to think of when we want to build a utopia: How does one maintain social order or complete obedience to one’s envision of a utopia? How would you ensure that people cooperate and act in the way that you want that utopia to be? Finally, on what grounds/level should we maintain/control the human condition?

Now, it looks like the vision of a utopic world has been turned upside down which might be why it is impossible to achieve it.

Well, here’s a thought, is there a way for us to create a society that comes close to utopia? A form of governance maybe?

Ultimately, we have to think whether it is all worth it, whether the benefits outweighs the cost.

P.S. Democracy/Meritocracy/Capitalism and the like does not even come close to a utopic world. Nothing of any human form of governance will ever come close to it. Each form of governance has their own flaws and setbacks. It is not because of the idea itself but because of the human condition of wanting many things, never satisfied, and never able to work as a single organism.

A Tragedy, or so I thought.

Boom.

Today was bad. My phone died on me. It short-circuited or something and just wouldn’t switch on.

And if you had experienced this before, you know how bad it felt, like a blow to your face.

Technology is like an extension of myself. Contacts, information and entertainment at my fingertips, and without a doubt, in the future, it might be worse.

It made think about how we start to grow dependent on technology from places to eat to basic everyday facts. Though, maybe that is a good thing. Technology removes the burden of knowing to them, allowing us to be free to think creatively, to ponder about thinks that we otherwise wouldn’t. We become more human in that case, to be creative. Instead of being the encyclopaediae, we become the curator – compiling and digesting information to find the meaning behind them.

Maybe, technology is good after all. Hmm… A thing to ponder about.

 

The Truth We All Seek

We may or may not know it but innately, all of us are seeking for the truth. Some seek the truth of life in religion, letting their faith guide them while there are others who seek the truth in science, in its many abstract forms and incompleteness. Also, there are a few that seek truth in philosophy, the wondrous world of ifs and whens.

Be it through religion, science or philosophy, we are seeking the truth. The truth of our existence, the reason behind it all, and even, the purpose of why we exist in the first place.

Religion may provide the answers, however, sometimes, people may find that it is littered with flaws and practices that are no longer applicable to the modern age.

So, they turn to science. Science is based on facts and research. Things that are real and can be calculated and computed, tangible things. However, some may find that it is incomplete. Science does not have all the answers and scientists believe that they have the closest truth that they possibly can at that point in time. But maybe, it is because of that closeness and calculatable nature of science that is attractive to many people.

Philosophy, on the other hand, is fluid and complex that many might not even begin to understand. Some truths might be hidden in there but one requires to be able to understand the complexities of it all to even begin to comprehend it.

Three ways that people can seek truth and three ways where people can decide to live their lives by.

But those three ways are not the end.

No matter which way we choose to seek the truth, I believe that ultimately, all of them will converge to a single truth.

I personally believe that those three ways and just three languages speaking about the same thing.