Struggling with Meaninglessness

searching meaning in meaninglessness

Are You Smart?

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When i was young, i thought one need to be extremely intelligent to solve problems. The more complex the problem is the more intelligent you need to be. But today, i realised i was dreadfully wrong. Let me tell you why.

There are several approaches a person can take to practically solve problems. Through my observation, i noticed a common method which most people do to become smart – keep reading and learning. Read tons and tons of books and articles and remember all of them by heart. When a situation arises where you need to solve a problem, this is what you will do – whip up all the knowledge that you have learned, apply relevant solutions to problems from your knowledge and there you go, problem solved. Sounds simple isn’t it? I bet almost everyone is doing it all the time.

I have came across a number of individuals who from my first impression, i thought they were intelligent people. But as soon as i get to know them better, i realised they are just book-smart people with average intelligence. They read a lot, they are knowledgeable and they are sharp of manipulating their knowledge well to solve problems. But there is no depth in their thoughts. They were just following ideas of other people all along. That’s the difference between smart and intelligence in my opinion.

I deduced two reasons on why this approach of solving problem is widely adopted. For the first reason, I believe this approach has become popular due to the extremely fast-paced world we are living in right now. Time is gold. What is the fastest way for myself to become a super smart guy? The answer is to read, read, read and read. Whenever i encounter a problem, i will recall on all the relevant things i have read, and then apply, apply, apply and apply. It is fast, effective and practical.

The second reason is due to the global education system. In school and university, we are basically being constructed a mindset of following and memorizing a chunk load of stuffs. They do not aim to produce thinkers and innovators but rather ‘robots’ who have substantial practical knowledge to tackle problems faced by business corporations and organisations. Basically, we are being chunked out by schools and universities to help run the country’s economy and get manipulated like a pawn by corporations and government. That’s the reason why i have always been rebellious and disliking the education system from the start. Until today, i still do not understand the purpose of having exams and test which we are expected to give text-book answers rather than answering from our own thoughts and ideas. But many people do not question such practice anyway, so i guess it is a blessing for the government and business organisations. Quoting Adolf Hitler, “What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, i do not against or despise this approach of solving problems. This is merely a result of my observation and i’m just making a point. However, if there’s one concern i have out of this situation, it would be the slow death of ‘aesthetic expression’ in our thoughts and ideas. The world has became a punishing place today for ‘elegant-hermit-style-thinkers’ who love to take their sweet time to conjure their thoughts out, such as myself. This is now an express world where everything has become quick and instant. You can’t afford to take your time or else you will lag behind. The fast pace world basically discourage people to spend considerably amount of time to develop complex thoughts and ideas.

At one hand, i really believe we should adapt and keep up with this fast-pace-ever-changing world which is a good sign for our societal advancement. But on the other hand, the lack of aesthetic and originality in contemporary thoughts certainly raised some concerns, to me at least. I’m not such fussy-perfectionist person who bothered about the artistic side of thoughts and ideas. Rather, it is my concern of people falling in to the lazy habit of thinking by just blindly following other people’s thoughts or accepting the current life systems imposed by other people without questioning. I don’t know about you, but generally, i have certainly felt the ‘lazy’ aura in modern thinking today. Most people are not bother to think deep enough and happy to settle with superficial answers. Also, it seems people no longer interested to invent and innovate their own thoughts anymore. Most people will just .. follow. We can easily see that in marketing and management world.

“Hey, we have a marketing problem, what should we do?

According to Philip Kotler, he said so and so and so. I’m sure if we follow this so and so and so, we will boost our sales by 1000000%. Or should we try a way which Seth Godin has been using? This one may look appealing to our customers!

Alright, let’s try out Godin’s idea. “

Aesthetic is dead.


Written by elan85

February 11, 2008 at 3:20 am

Posted in Philosophy

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  1. You write well to be honest. I enjoy reading them. Take care.


    February 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm

  2. […] have made my argument several posts ago that most people today are striving to be ’smart’ not so much on […]

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