I thoroughly enjoyed the last time I put my mind straight onto paper, or in this case, the keyboard. So I thought I’d do it again. There’s something very liberating about writing without hesitation, knowing that anything goes. As usual I will try my best to keep this informative to some degree, however you may find you need to look a little deeper to get the message.
Part of me thinks that indirect advice is more interesting and simultaneously more effective. When I write something with face value, it’s easy to interpret. But it’s only useful in one way. However, when advice is subtly intertwined it can be useful in as many ways as your mind is capable of creating. A vague message can be interpreted a thousand ways. In the world of philosophy, this can create a empowering sense of autonomy. The ability to read or listen to something, then interpret in a way that suits you best is better than reading something that’s written in black or white with zero flexibility on it’s agenda. Im rambling now, you get it.
The above paragraph has given me a desire to write the most subtle, indirect, discrete, diversely interpretable paragraph that I am intellectually capable of. Considering this is free flow thought, I may as well do just that.
This will take me a couple of seconds to generate the begging of an analogy or metaphor, so bare with me while I type and think at the same time.
Ah got it.
I was strolling through a forest the other day. My attention darted from object to object as I admired the physiology of mother nature. A few moments later it settled on a leaf. This leaf was no different from all the other leaves in the forest. It might have been a slightly different shape and size, with a few unique black spots on its underside. However, the reason this leaf caught my attention was because it had a hole in it. The hole was in the dead centre of the leaf’s width. I stared at it for a while, the rest of the leaf still looked healthy. It still clung to the tree in the same manner as the others. As far as I could tell it was still photosynthesising as it’s deep green pigment presented itself in full volume. I picked the leaf and threw it in the river a few steps behind the tree. I watched it sail for a few meters before water began seeping through the hole. A few seconds later it was submerged and began sinking towards the river bed.
It was then that I realised what I had discovered.
To the skeptic’s and pragmatists, the above paragraph will seem like a jumble of bullshit. To the nimble minded and the creative, those words sing truth and understanding. If it didn’t hit you the first time, go back and read it again. If you were left with an understanding, go back and read it again. You might be surprised at your mind’s ability to sway its interpretation. Maybe that in it’s self is teaching you can benefit from.
Funnily enough, that leads me to another point. People who blame their teachers for their lack of knowledge and understanding will always remain dull. For it is not the teacher’s responsibility to ensure your growth, but your own. The people that learn the most are those who understand one very simple rule; there is a lesson in everything. Even when there isn’t, you can still create one. The best learners are actually the best teachers because they understand that learning is about teaching and teaching is about learning.
Imagine a life, where you self imposed a lesson from every smidgen of an experience. Let me give you an example. There’s a lucky bamboo plant to the left of my computer. It has 4 stalks, each has been in the same pot with the same rocks and water for the duration of it’s life. 3 of the stalks are healthy, 1 has fallen sick and is on the verge of dieing. There are many things that this can teach me if I look deep enough.
- Don’t take life for granted as you never know when your last day will come.
- Everything dies some day.
- Just because you have been raised in the same environment as someone doesn’t mean you have a predetermined future
- Sometimes you can’t escape the odds.
While some of those lessons sound cliche, it is very important to have constant reminders of your immortality. It’s conducive to a maximised lifestyle.
Anyway If I can derive such lessons from merely observing the plant on my desk, think what lessons you can absorb from the world around you. Every sight, sound, touch or taste and smell. Every thought. Satiate your inbuilt hunger for knowledge, you’ll be surprised where it might lead you.