Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Like the title says, what do you think is the greatest power in the world? If you think this whole post is about cheesy stuffs like "the power of love", please, go sit at that corner there and cry yourself to sleep. Cause I'm not talking about that. Started off my day with a little discussion of "the value of money" with a friend over a Facebook photo. The photo reads, "Don't educate your children to be rich, educate them to be happy. So that when they grow up, they'll know the value of things, not the price".
What'd you think? For me, I completely disagree with the saying. In fact, I think if you want your kids to know the value of things, educate them to be rich! Only when they realized that money are hard to come by, they'll see the true value of things. Personally, I believe that everything has a price tag on it. Everything. Everything we have in this world can be translated to some monetary value, and that's the price tag on it. So probably whoever's reading this will think that I would vouch for "money" to be the greatest power in the world? Well, honestly, I thought so too, not until a few minutes ago. I sat and thought, and I realized something.
The greatest power in the world is knowledge, not money. I'm not talking about academic knowledge, I'm talking about the fact that you know or you don't. Humans are afraid of things that they don't know about. Humans fear uncertainties, and unpredictabilities of things around us creates qualms and worries. The whole idea of health/life insurance feeds on this fact. You're not afraid of the dark, you're just afraid of what you can't see. You're not afraid of being poor, you're just scared because you don't know how to live without money. Knowledge, or the lack thereof, is the greatest power in the world. It drives you crazy for not being able to know. There's not one person who is not curious about anything at all in the world. The urge of needing to know, drives research and discoveries, but at the same time, kills. The saying "ignorance is bliss" is a fiction. It is because you that you KNOW that you choose to ignore, which means that you're just afraid of knowing.
Knowledge rules over all emotions known to men. The lack of it causes insecurities and fear, while the presence of knowledge drives greed and desires. It is truly, the most terrifying power in the world. Last but not least, this whole post, was written because of my own lack of knowledge. Because of the things I don't know, I feel insecure, I'm scared, and I finally realized the power of knowledge.
Monday, January 7, 2013
So Jia Pin told me the other day, "Bro, your blog is dead, the last post is in October 2012!" I was like, wow, now that you remind me, that's true! Nonetheless, I have not been in the writing mood since that time, until today! I took the bus to work in the morning today, and it was very quiet. Probably because it was off peak hour, and there are not many people boarding the same bus. You see, quiet is bad, quiet makes me think, not to say that thoughts are bad, but yours truly here sometimes think too much.
Well anyway, the die is cast, and those thoughts that ran through my head on my way to work, already happened. So here it is. A few paragraphs of writing to myself(and to whoever who's still reading this), hopefully I'll be better.
You see, it's 2013 now. Of course, what's fascinating is not the fact that it's the new year, everybody knows that. Even people who don't own any form of calendars will know that it's a new year from all the fireworks and celebrations going around. As usual, it's a weird culture we live in that we're celebrating the transition of time. Time, as I've mentioned to me, is continuous, not discrete. It doesn't make sense that we're celebrating one particular instant of time. It's weird that new year is the only time of the year that we're making resolutions, so what, does it mean that by the second half of the year we get to slack off the remaining time of the years and wait till it's the new year before we start making resolutions again? Peculiar culture indeed. I don't share the sentiments of having to make a big hype of new years, but at the same time, with all the extravagance going around, it kinda slaps me in the face and make me think, so let me arrange my thoughts properly.
The last event I attended in the year 2012 was a blast. My buddy in Ipoh, Ros Nea, got married. Here's a picture: