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Why cross a bridge when you can build one?

In Blog on December 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

evolutionThere have been many moments in my life where I have just thought, what on earth am I doing? Whether it was a job or being associated with a circle of friends. These are the moments you need to just sit down and think, what am I going to do to get past this? How am I going to progress and learn as a person?

The truth is, the only way is to do… From experience if you find yourself unhappy in a situation, get out of it as soon as possible. Don’t just sit there and feel sorry for yourself because ultimately it is you, who has gotten yourself into this situation… Think about the long term effects instead of the short term. If it is a job that you hate, use it as motivation to get a new one, one that you feel comfortable in and find enjoyment out of! If you have the necessary skills, start a business and be your own boss!

If you look around and think there is nothing out there for me to do… You are just limiting yourself. Why would you want to fit into a predetermined role in society anyway, why be someone that you know you aren’t for the benefit of those around you? It is just going to become a vicious cycle of unhappiness and ignorance.

Instead, think of ways in which you can use your strengths, ways in which you can learn and gain skills to achieve what you want in life.

Why cross a bridge when you can build one?

 

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The importance of uncertainty

In Blog on December 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

In order to understand uncertainty it is important to know the basic definition which is to be uncertain; not able to be relied on; not known or definite.

dailythinkUncertainty isn’t a tragic anthropological condition some people believe it to be. It is a fundamental and extremely important survival instinct noticeable within all living organisms, without which countless species would fail to exist. In conscious or sentient species uncertainty is a cognitive adaptation and enables an individual to form a decision within any situation to avoid as an example, a threat from a predator. This behavior however is also noticeable within species of flora such as poison ivy; which releases urushiol (an organic allergen) to protect itself from herbivores.

In relation to science and understanding the nature of the universe, uncertainty is a fundamental principle. If we remain certain about a particular law of physics for example we are limited to our understanding of the observable universe and many of our observations may conflict with said law.

It is with the diversity and collective reasoning of millions of people around the world that we have formed what I would like to call an alpha understanding of the universe. From this alpha (or first) understanding there is a basis for us to expand our knowledge by acknowledging that we are unsure of what we know.

When I hear people of religion, spirituality and superstition claiming to know the nature of life, you have to ask where they got their information from. If they got it from a book, for example the bible… What constitutes it as a credible piece of information? Just because it is an archaic heirloom of society doesn’t make it correct. It doesn’t make its teachings right or wrong, the fact that it is as old as it is, the amount of times it has been revised, suggests that we shouldn’t be learning from it in order to progress.

What we have to remember is we all know as much as each other, we are all subject to the same conditions, we are all branches off the same tree trying to make our way in this world.