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The Spark


4With the changing times, the ways to teach and learn have changed drastically, thanks to the internet and ubiquitous sites offering free courses. Since anything available for free does not have an appeal to entice, so to inculcate among students, an urge to learn (since they are not paying for the course and also when it is available to them at fingertips, so they seldom care to get deep inside into understanding the concept, and they are more into playing with their high-tech gadgets, which are available to them easily due to low costs) is way too difficult for the teacher to teach and the student to learn and comprehend.

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In primitive times, we had candles to light in the dark. When someone wanted to light a candle, they had to bring that candle close to the one that was already lit. Teachers do the same thing, they burn themselves to light (literally) the ways for their students, trying to understand the concept as they have perceived it to be.

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But those were primitive times, bulbs have replaced candles now. Unfortunately, a lit bulb cannot light another bulb just by bringing the unlit bulb in close proximity to the lit one. It (the unlit bulb) needs to have the current passing through it to get light.

Being a teacher, I am from the past, my students are born after me, we are meeting together in the present, and I have to lead them into future, for which, I have two options, either to push them or pull them.

tunnel-visionPeople usually don’t like to be pushed, they like to be pulled. But how can I pull them into the future, which is physically not existing at the moment? So I need to develop my mental faculty to a level where I can pull (inspire) them to lead into the future.

This pulling is the inspiration for students to get ignited from within. To light the bulb within (the mind), they need current, which is flowing through them but it needs a spark which is very much ingrained in them (by nature) to ignite the bulb (mind) kept on top of the head.

In order for students to learn, the classroom strategies have to be changed drastically. The smart kids are now way ahead of their teachers (who have a primitive mindset) using high-tech gadgets and are way too smart to outwit their teachers. The teaching philosophy now should be to ignite the spark inside the kids and rote learning is sooner than later going to be obsolete.

Now if a student fails to get hold of the knowledge available to him at his finger tips, it is he, who is to be blamed for the failure and not the teacher. As he (the student) has failed to capitalize on the spark within.

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Look at the beauty of the concept, in order to light the room, the bulb is placed on the roof usually in the center. Similarly, the mind in our body is placed on top of our heads in the center.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Motivation, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Eye Opener


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The key to open your eyes is ‘THINKING’………….~Sajjad Hussain

Since I started writing blogs, I kept surmising, why until now, I never thought about the things happening around me, as I am now thinking.

The answer is quite simple; before, I was living for the sake of living; now, I am living with a purpose in my life. So, if you want to understand the purpose of your life, start THINKING, and you will be shocked to see the symbols around, leading you to the very purpose of your life. Finding the meaning of life is, to give life a meaning, and a meaningful life, is hidden inside knowledge, which is available for free all around us, the only thing required on our part is, to open up our eyes, and see for ourselves.

The other day I was sitting idle in my room, enjoying my vacations at home, after a hectic semester at the university. Usually in our pensive mood, we close our eyes to go into the past, I did the same, to recall my interaction with my students.

Though it was 11 am in the morning and there was a bright sun shining in the sky and there was ample light in the room, but when I closed my eyes, it was complete darkness.

I am wondering to know what is unusual about it. Nothing as such, because it is obvious that when we close our eyes we are bound to see darkness, as retina behind our eyes is not being hit by the cones of photo-receptors getting the light.

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I am bound by the tag line of my blogs, i.e. “Life as EYE see” and as in my signature blog Silent Vibes: Voice of My Mind, I wrote that I will be writing unusual experiences of my life in my blogs.

‘Ignorance’ and ‘Knowledge’ are usually depicted by two colors ‘Black’ and ‘White’ and when it is night, its darkness [black] around us and during day time, it is light [white] all around.

When it is night and there is no light, and my eyes are wide open, even then, it will be difficult for me to see things around me. But when its day time and if I don’t want to see something, I simply have to close my eyes and its all dark.

What I am trying to say is that knowledge and ignorance both are ubiquitous, for keeping ourselves ignorant, we don’t have to strive i.e. even during day time when we are able to see unusual things happening all around us, we seldom care to see to find inside meanings. So it is not the EYES, which need to be open to see the invisible, we have to open our MIND as well, as it has the capability to see the abstract realities of life.

If I don’t want to explore the world around, I simply have to close my eyes and I am done with avoiding the knowledge [light], for finding the meaning of life, I have to learn to seek knowledge by opening my MIND along with the EYES. To say the least, I have to keep my eyes (mental eyes) wide open [be it ignorance (night) or knowledge (day)] to see  knowledge [light].

And ‘Thinking’ is the key, an ‘Eye Opener’ to get you into the wide ocean of knowledge away from ignorance.

Sajjad Hussain

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Cherished Possessions


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The idea to write this blog came to my mind, while I was responding to a question on Quora. The question was, “What do 50-year-olds know that 20-year-olds often don’t? And here is my answer which I have put in this blog. 

Today while coloring my beard, I came to an unusual analogy, amazingly different then what I ever thought. I like to look young because it gives me strength to face the odds of life, so I color my hairs. By the way I am having less hairs on my head, which in fact made me think of the situation unusually.

In my 20s my hairs and beard were of dark black color, now down the line in my life, I have to color my hair and beard to look young. The question which would pop up in your mind will be, what is unusual about it (it’s very much normal) and when you raise this question you are rightly justified in coming up with the question.

My analogy in this whole story is that while you are in your 20s, normally you have less possessions, not because you don’t like to have them but because you don’t have spent enough time by virtue of your age to accumulate those possessions which you liked to have.

Contrary to this, usually you have more (if you lived your life normally based on your job, qualification, savings and experience) worldly possessions then you actually need. You do accumulate them not because you need them but because you have to save them for the rainy days.

If you don’t have quite a few life obligations to meet, you become less possessive as compared to someone in his/her early 20s.

‘Ignorance’ is depicted by ‘Black’ color and ‘Knowledge’ by ‘White’. So, when you are in your early 20s, you actually are more ignorant then knowledgeable, which is rightly quoted by someone that ‘Life is a journey from Ignorance to Knowledge’, so when you are ignorant you are more inclined towards engaging yourself into acquiring more worldly possessions. You come to realize the true essence of life only, when you have gone through bitter experiences, which compel you to think that the real life starts when you have exhausted all your resources to live a life, worth living.

According to ‘Maslow’s Thoery of Need’, in later stages of your life, you actually start thinking about ‘Self Actualization’, which is the true meaning of life, which you can’t even imagine in your early 20s.

That’s is one of the reasons why, mostly people after retirement opt for social work and charity, because now they have realized the fact that it is now time for them to give back to the society what they got from the society until now. Yet we see people like Mark Zuckerberg, who in his 20s made fortune, but understood the meaning of life at this tender age and donated his possessions to reach to the level of ‘Self Actualization’.

If you manage to capitalize on this understanding in your early 20s, then I think by the time, you cross your half century, you will be far ahead of me, and that’s how you will grow.

So, to conclude my blog, I would say, when the color of your hair turns to white from black, you start losing quite a few of your cherished possessions, like beauty and freshness of your face, your eye sight, and you are faced with other health related issues. At this time, you are left with nothing but cherished memories from your gleaming past, if you have lived it to fulfill your dreams, else it’s nothing but a feeling of remorse to live, yet another life.

Sajjad Hussain

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Coercion


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As a teacher, I tell my students that I am here to tell you the ‘Why, What, When, Where, and for Who/Whom (5 Ws) about the subject(s), I am teaching. As far as How (1 H) is concerned, I leave it unto you to decide, how to do, what you have been taught.

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Then I came across the following quote by Peter Hitchens.

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I live in a society, where free thinking is considered a taboo, and pupil and the masses, are forced to think the way, their ‘masters’ ask them to think. (For more on it, read my blog: Think Before You Are Thought).

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It is said that all the living beings are born free, but that’s not true, as we all are born out of our own will. Does that mean, that we have the right to live our lives, the way we want to live?

On a broader canvas, yes, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Whether, we like it or not, we are some how or the other, forced to live, as our ‘elders’ want us to live. We develop certain biases, for or against, people around us.

These biases compel us all, to be coercive in our approach, towards the ‘born free’. Even the strong proponents of free will and free thinking people, at times, are coercive to the core, to impose their will on those, who are under their influence, by virtue of their age, gender, culture, social norms, class, race, color, creed, and status etc.

The fight for survival, in this coercive society, ripe with the forces unleashed on the free thinking people, will continue till the D-day. Chances are, that the people on both sides of the divide will keep fighting among themselves and within their own selves, as at times, they also have a tendency of being coercive as described above.

I on my part, keep thinking, if I am approaching my students with that same liberty of free thinking or coercion. This approach has developed in me (to some extent), a sense of tolerance towards my wards.

But to induce this same approach (a daunting task) in my students to inculcate tolerance among them, would it not be considered ‘coercion’?

Sajjad Hussain

 

 

 

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THIN-KING for THINKING


Human Brain is a physical entity capable of seeing things through eyes and Human Mind is an abstract reality capable of visualizing the invisible through thought process. I like to name this gift of God, a THIN KING residing in our heads.

Keeping in view  the potential of this KING, I have come up with a quote, which I am sharing here for your reflecting pleasure.

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Train your Brain

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to convert it into MIND

~ Sajjad Hussain

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Odd Man Out


The search into the anticlockwise movement of things around continues to explore the hidden meanings of life being portrayed through symbols. During a journey, if your car tire gets flattened, you have to replace it in order to continue your journey. But did you ever pay any attention on how the nut tying the tire is moved to remove the flat tire. It is always in anticlockwise direction.

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Similarly, various gadgets in our homes are tied together with screws nuts and bolts and if you observe them all closely, you will come to realize the fact that they all need to be moved counterclockwise either to replace or remove completely.

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Am I rightly justified in presuming that, in order to get things going we have to remove or replace the ‘Odd Man Out’, and once we are done with it, it’s business as usual.

In our day to day life, we do come across hurdles of various kinds and if we want to get rid of them, we have no choice but to opt counter measures to get things in order.

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I use Google Chrome as my search engine to surf the net. While writing this blog, I paid a little more attention to the search wheel (I don’t know the exact word for this, so I have made my own dictum for it) on the left of search toolbar. To my amazement, you will second me, when we write the search term in the toolbar, this wheel moves in anticlockwise direction first and when the secure site is found it starts moving in the clockwise direction.

Can I make an analogy with the real world, that if you want to carry out research, you have to make a counterclockwise move first and then when you are done with your search, you can do your work as usual.

My point here is to emphasize upon the significance and importance of observing things, as no one has observed before to see for yourself, if it enthralls your own imagination.

Look for the sights and sounds around and try to find clues to surprise yourself with unimaginable possibilities surrounding us in the form of symbols by going against the odds to find the hidden meanings of life.

To be concluded in the forth coming blog ‘Listening the Silence’.

Sajjad Hussain