Perfection is a superstition which does not exist in nature...
Forget what you think you know. I'll never forget this one time I was in an after school daycare program, maybe 2-3 grade, conversing with a girl about the books we read. I don't know if you're familiar with the Accelerated Reading (AR) Program where you're from, but you get points for testing after reading so many books, and the difficulty and length of the book determined how many points it was worth, and if you had so many points in a grading period, you could either earn different rewards and prizes, or some teachers would use the points as a way of determining your grade it that class. The girl and I had both been a part of the AR program, and when she noticed I was as well, she was quick to tell me she read at a 12th grade reading level, and then asked me what level I read at. Not knowing the amount of grades there were in the United States public school system, I told her I was reading at a 13th grade reading level. She caught my error, and was quick to point out that there aren't 13 grades. I sat there stunned stupidly and embarrassed for a second before defending my error. I'll never forget what I said. Little 3rd grade OMA responded "I know there aren't, but if there were, I'd be reading on it", both lies, to which she agreed. And we were silent for the duration of the rest of the after school program that day. I probably could've sounded out words at the collegiate level at that time, but I'm certain neither of our comprehension was at that level at the time. Now at 22, I know better than to blatantly defend my mistakes, and admit my ignorance, in order to embrace knowledge. Unfortunately, some people I've met, and especially some on the Internet on Facebook and YouTube comments claim to know everything. The better of us know that no one is without fault, everyone makes mistakes, and that nobody knows everything. So forget what you think you know, and accept the fact that we know nothing.
Philosophers often state "All I know is that I know nothing"
Einstein: "A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing"
Yoda: "You must unlearn what you've learned"
If you think you know everything, you really know nothing...
We're starting this series for a few reasons. Among those, it would seem as though I got ahead of myself with our Motivation Monday series. Motivation is necessary to keep going in the direction you're already projected towards, like gas in your car. But if you don't have direction, or a destination for your car, what's the use of motivation, if you don't know where you're going? You're just spinning your wheels with no purpose, to no avail. Motivation is temporary; it doesn't last. Your perception of reality, the wisdom and knowledge you learn are eternal. It reminded me of last year when I was building my bookshelf. I didn't know how to make a bookshelf, but instead of admitting this to myself, I tried to put it together. After a few hours, I eventually realized I didn't know how to do it myself, so I looked at the instructions, and from there, it was among the easiest things I've ever done. Motivation didn't make that bookshelf, intelligence did. I had to unlearn what i had learned, so that I could learn properly, because sometimes we can become a product of society, therefore slaves in accepting everything society teaches us, and sometimes, even subconsciously. So this series is designed to assess the way we see life, our progress, ask ourselves where we're going, and if that is indeed our desired destination. Not too long ago, I wrote a list of things that i want in life. To my surprise, they were fairly simple demands, but among them, I realized that ever since I was a child, there is not much more that I desire more than freedom and happiness, both of which are acquired through understanding. There are also things that I have questions on, and am curious enough about to get other perspectives, questions, comments, and ideas that don't exactly fit the description of Monday Motivation. So I proudly present to you Thoughtful Thursday, because if we never relinquish our inaccurate perceptions of the world, how can we call ourselves free in good conscious? After all, perception is reality. If you have topics that you'd like discuss, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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