Pyramid of Knowledge

While studying management, I use to wonder, why the management model is always a pyramid, on top of which there is always a one man (CEO) of the company. Another thing used to boggle my mind was that if it would have been a rectangle or square, what would have gone wrong and then came the idea of coming up with this blog.

During school days a kid is taught a number of subjects, like language, science, arts, literature, music, history, civics, religion, maths, and quite a few others depending on the country where he is being taught. At times the books he is to carry along out weigh his own weight. I use to think how a kid could learn these many subjects, when we grown up adults do not comprehend quite a few simple subjects.

As he keeps progressing towards his higher education, the number of subjects being taught, starts reducing, and when he goes for the highest degree (i.e. PhD), he is only required to study one subject and that also, not the whole of it, but a part of it, at a micro level.

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Is it not unfair with the kids. Would it not have been better if he would have been taught one subject in his first year of education, two subjects in 2nd and so on, as shown in the diagram.

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But then after having a deep thinking, I came up with the answer, that the learning capability of a kid is far more than an adult and as he grows in age the learning curve starts decreasing and thereafter, he is only able to make analogies based on his learning and experience over the years to draw conclusions. If we deviate from the usual method of learning as is being practiced across the globe, we will have a whole generations of individuals having a myopic view of the world.

The pyramid thus formed will be unstable as shown here under in comparison with the usual method of education.

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The capability of a kid at the initial learning stage, although is greater than a full grown adult, but his ability to make connections of various subjects to draw conclusions to solve problems is limited.

The kid in his early stages of life is only taught to play with data and gradually bombarded with information. Making use of the mind when he is able to process the information is able to convert it into knowledge through the ability to make analogies and draw conclusions. This ability comes at a very later stage in life through education and experience. The pyramid thus formed is highly stable as the base is wide and strong.

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When one reaches on top through knowledge, he gets the capability to see, what others can’t see and that is called VISION and the person having that vision becomes a VISIONARY.

Sajjad Hussain

Operations Manual

Whenever I buy electronic gadgets, I find something really amazing, that with every such purchase, included in the pack is an operations manual, which I have never used prior to operating that gadget, as most of the time, I have a fair idea as to how to operate it.

I think the operations manual is included in the pack for every one to make use of it and get a thorough understanding of the gadget operation. If we manage to operate the gadget according to the manual, we may increase the life of the gadget.

In almost all the religions of the world, we see that, they all have their divine scriptures in the form of guidelines for living life. Which in a way, we can say is the the Operations Manual for Humans. But we, as Humans, seldom make use of those scriptures to mold our lives, according to the guidelines written in them.

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If somehow, we manage to make use of the divine scriptures, in those holy books, I think we can make our lives longer as the gadget’s life is increased through proper use of the gadget according the operations manual for that gadget. By “increasing the life”, I don’t mean physical life, I mean we can make our lives immortal because we will be living according to HIS will and HE will make our name immortal in the history, due to our good deeds for the humanity.

My this blog is not for or against any particular religion, I am talking in a very generalized terms for all of the religions. As almost all the religions talk of humanity, and human values, which we as humans have to learn to respect.

Sajjad Hussain

Life of Mind

If I want to sow a rose plant (why rose, will be known to you later), I will use its seeds, put them into the soil, water the soil and wait, until a bud is sprouted out of it. Once the flower is out of the bud, it starts spreading its fragrance around and then with the passage of time, it will die down, after completing its life cycle.

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Now if I want to save its fragrance for later use, I will separate it from the plant, and squeeze its juice into a bottle and throw away the mutilated petals into the garbage. The fragrance is saved in the bottle, and can be used as and when needed.

When a baby is conceived inside the womb, first of all his body starts taking the shape, once the body is complete, then his soul gets the spirit and then after completing his gestation period, he is born. Spends his life from childhood to adulthood to parenthood and after completing his life cycle dies. When he dies, his spirit is taken out (by God) and his body is left to be buried or cremated as per that individual’s beliefs.

If we compare the two situations written above, we will find astonishing similarities. Bud is like the body conceived inside the womb, full grown flower is like adulthood and squeezing the fragrance is like spirit being taken out of the body and throwing of the petals is like the body is buried or cremated.

Now I will try to find out another analogy out of it, to understand the topic. It’s been scientifically proved that the human brain keeps growing until the age of 20 – 21 years and after that it starts shrinking. That could be the reason that a kid is sent to school and then college and then university so that his mental faculty is grown to its fullest by the time he reaches the age of 20 years, because after that, whatever he would be learning would be more based on his life experiences rather than new learning.

The learning so acquired by the age of 20 years would remain with him as long as he keeps upgrading it with his experiences through continuous thinking and learning. If he fails to make use of his learning while his brain starts shrinking, he will start loosing track of the information he has acquired over the years, to be used at the later stages of his life. A disease called Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example.

The growth of our mental faculty is like the bud, nourishing it with knowledge through education is like injecting fragrance into the rose. Squeezing the rose and extracting its fragrance is like forcing the mind, to leave its comfort zone and think out of the box to see, what others can’t see. The outcome of making use of the knowledge so acquired, are the words of wisdom (WoW), coming from people having knowledge and spreading them (WoW) to make a better world, is like using the rose fragrance and making the surrounding afresh.

These ‘Words of Wisdom’ (WoW) are the fragrances with which the world will keep smelling, even when the body carrying that mind would no more be around.

Sajjad Hussain

Thinking for Self

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THINK before you are thought. If you will not THINK, someone else will THINK on your behalf. But that someone else will not THINK, what you should THINK, he will THINK, what he wants you to THINK and in this whole process, you will loose track of your thought.

So there is no harm in THINKing, as long as it is for the sake of knowing the purpose of you being alive as a human.

Because it is only you, among all the living species of His creation, who has been bestowed upon, with a beautiful gift called MIND.

Sajjad Hussain

Anger Management

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The black color depicts negativity, whereas white reflects positivism. This blog is an extension of making analogy of Black and White.

I come home in the evening from work and cook something in a cooking pan (which is usually black in color), to eat . Once I am done with cooking, the pan is put under the tap and I see it cools down with a hissing sound and white fumes come out of it into the air.

I made an analogy considering myself as the cooking pan (as I have quite a few shortcomings in my wheeling dealing). When I get angry its like the cooking pan is put on the stove. What is being cooked is like anger (which is actually danger).

Holy  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in one of his sermons has asked his followers to drink water if they get angry, also if you are standing, sit down and if you are sitting lie down.

So as I get angry, it is like I as a pan is put on fire, I drink water which is like putting the pan under tap and the white fumes are like my soul (soul is usually portrayed as white fumes levitating in the air), getting cleansed.

Anger actually suffocates your soul and drinking water actually cleanses the soul to make it pure. Follow this method to manage your anger and share your experience, if it works, thanks.

Sajjad Hussain

Air Balloon

When a balloon (longer one not the round one) is filled with air, it erects upright, and if the same balloon is filled with Water, it bows down.

Exactly the same way, a person without knowledge will always be more egoistic, having a rod in his neck to remain uptight, more  vocal and not willing to listen, start fighting when failing in an argument. Being egoist and empty inside, he will try to portray himself as if he knows everything and rest of the others are dumb.

Its like when an empty glass is hit with a spoon, it sounds but the same glass when filled with water does not give sound, when hit by a spoon. A knowledgeable person is like a glass filled water, so he does not tell everyone that he has knowledge, whereas a person without knowledge always portrays himself as knowledgeable by talking loud in front of the gathering.

Whereas a person with knowledge will always be humble, willing to listen and show humility while interacting with people. Will always be helping and kind to people around him.

Actually it is him, who is supposed to be portraying himself as being knowledgeable but it is always contrary to, what is the norm and that’s what makes him UNIQUE, which is one of the characteristic of Almighty Allah.

Sajjad Hussain

Floating Ignorance

Yet another way of looking at the same principle explained in my previous blog, would help me to justify the title of my blog, which says “Life as EYE see it”.

Archimedesprinciple indicates that the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially submerged, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.

From the pic above, we can make an analogy, that water lifts up a huge vessel with more empty space (air) above. So, if an ignorant (an empty person having no knowledge) gets in touch with a knowledgeable person then that man of intellect will lift him up.

This water analogy has opened up my mind to such an extent that I can’t avoid thinking. The more I think ,the more I am in a state of awe, to see the hidden realities of knowledge. The more I know about the power  of knowledge, the more I feel ignorant, which compels me to seek more knowledge. I feel like I am floating ignorantly on the deep sea of knowledge.

Look for more such analogies shortly.

Sajjad Hussain

Critical Thinking

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