Friday, December 16, 2011
Friday Morning Thoughts
Scientific and technological advancements provide relatively few answers to the questions of life. As philosopher Immanuel Kant advised us, we need to muster the courage to use our own intellect. This intellect, however, is highly dependent on the place you were born, the stimuli you were exposed to and many other factors influencing you and your thinking. Life could easily have looked differently for you. So be careful not to identify with your roles too strongly. Live life as a piece of art, as a journey, make your life an essay. Trade the real life for the possible life, use your imagination and watch this attitude take you to uncharted territory. Reality could easily have looked differently, so make sure you don’t prematurely pin yourself down, and, above all, realize that you create your own reality. An inquisitive mind, courage, trust, perseverance, and a good sense of humor can be great allies in this endeavor. As Dutch philosopher Hans Achterhuis declared: “I want to understand. Rather than bumping my head repeatedly I choose to analyze and challenge the concepts underlying my thinking in order to progress.” What would it be like living, loving, working, and collaborating if we’d all do this? Let’s strive to enquire, to research, to dissect, to question, but also to feel and experience in order to build upon what’s already there but possibly hidden from us.