Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Counterclockwise


This is the final blog in the series on counterclockwise.

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While watching Oceans 11, I conceptualize this blog which is in continuation of my previous 6 blogs on counterclockwise movement, (namely Ticking Clock, Reverse Thinking, Discuss Throw, Scroll the Wheel, Listen the Silence, and Odd Man Out) and this one is the last in series.

In movies, when the bank robberies are committed, usually the palpitation of our heart beat surpasses the Ticking Clock, and when the bank vault is opened by moving the wheel in anticlockwise direction, we are mesmerized by the glitter of the gold inside the vault and wish, if we can have all the treasure inside the vault.

I also have a bank in my mind, the ‘information bank’ wherein a huge treasure of information is hidden. The beauty of this treasure is that I don’t have to worry about it being robbed, as it is invisible to the naked eyes.

The treasure inside the bank vault is reduced whenever we take it out and use it, whereas the beauty of the treasure inside my mind is that it increases as I use it. The more I use, the more I increase the net worth of the treasure inside.

The similarity between the bank vault (which can only be opened when its wheel is turned in counterclockwise direction and my mind vault is that it can only be opened when it is subjected to Reverse Thinking.

For reverse thinking, I have made use of the quote by anonymous, ‘If you continue to think like you’ve always thought, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got’. For more on this thought read this blog by Michael Michalko.

If you try to draw a spiral using the center as the starting point, you will have to move the pen/pencil in anticlockwise direction, I call it ‘Inside Out’. But if the same spiral is supposed to be drawn the other way round, i.e. ‘Outside In’, then you will have to move the pen/pencil in clockwise direction.

While teaching in the class, instead of explaining everything upfront, I make a story line or a kind of drama to inculcate in them curiosity to know what would be next, so as to develop their thinking capability and finally culminate to the point where I want them to be, which I call ‘Outside In’.

I ask my students in the exam to write their answers such that, the main point of the question is answered first, and then elaborate further, to express their learning and then come up with their creativity through reverse thinking (counterclockwise) to generate new ideas to let me know their learning for grading purposes.

Since I started thinking the other way round, I have developed  in myself a habit to make analogies to understand the complicated intricacies of life to open up new vistas which has been the source of inspiration for me to come up with this blog site Life as EYE see. And in order to inculcate the same spirit among my students, I ask them to follow the unusual path by going against the normal learning in my lectures, and put that learning using creativity of their mind in simplified form in the exam for me to grade them.

I leave here to let my audience, think and try to find out things around, which when moved in the counterclockwise direction will open up insurmountable wealth of information scattered across the globe, to increase their own potential to ‘think out of the box’ to explore the hidden meanings of life for their own good and for the people around, to make this world a place worth living.

Life is beautiful and the beauty lies in the eyes of beholder.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Humanity, Leadership, Symbolism, Wisdom

Villain Heroes


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Kids are a wonderful gift of God, but are we taking enough care to look after the ‘gift’ the way we are expected to? The featured pic, if taken on the face value, would make you laugh, I also laughed in the first place, but then I asked myself, is it something to laugh at or ponder as to why the naked kid is hanging with the hand pump, who made him do this in the first place? Who is to be held responsible for the plight of this poor kid?

Over my life time, I have never seen a movie, wherein a villain is portrayed as hero, except for few exceptions, where hero is a villain (but in those movies also he is actually doing good things (utilitarian ethics), so a hero is one who does the right thing always) as he is shown doing good things or rising against the rulers for the rights of the poor people around him.

The chequered history of Pakistan is either marred by the autocratic dictatorial regime or semi dictatorial civilian governments over the last 60 plus years during which time, both the dictators and civilians have proclaimed that they are fighting for the rights of the down trodden, but unfortunately the reality is contrary to their claim.

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A primary school in Sadiqabad, Punjab, Pakistan

(Temperature in summers soars up to 50 degrees, and the place is usually without electricity during these times and basic facilities are not existing since ages)

This is what they (Villain Heroes) have done so far, and continue to do, to the future generation of Pakistan over the years, yet they continue to be labelled as leaders in their own right.

The economic situation of the country has gone from bad to worse, security of the state, as well as, its citizens is at its lowest ebb, and Pakistan is internationally declared a failed state as its economy is in dire straits, and high security state due to terrorist activities being the norm, and the Western countries have to issue travel advisory to their citizens, travelling to Pakistan .

The rampant corruption in the corridors of power has shattered the confidence of foreign investors, which has ultimately led the ruling elite to stretch the begging bowl to the World Bank and IMF to avoid default on balance of payment position and to be called banana republic.

The very fabric of the society at large has been deteriorated to such an extent that the divide between haves and havenots is increasing at an alarming rate, thus creating chaos and unrest in the society.

Even the basic health and education is not extended to the lower and lower middle class and civic amenities are slowly being reduced to rubble, masses are kept ignorant of their legitimate rights through illiteracy, which is making the so called ruling elite a messiah for all their (peoples) shortcomings and that is one of the reasons why, we see a huge crowd gathering at the reception of some ‘mega project’ inauguration and the ‘Villains’ of the society (the ruling elite) rise to the podium as ‘Heroes’.

Keeping in view the dismal political situation of Pakistan, especially in the wake of 9/11, I came up with this quote of mine:

“In sham democracies, Villains are Heroes”  

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Humanity, Philosophy, Religion, Symbolism, Wisdom

Ailment


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I have been through traumatic situation all through my adolescent years, whose remnants still haunt me even after 30 years of pain and suffering. I tried to find the reason and I did get it. Though I had to pay a huge price for this ailment, but one thing I have come to realize is that every thing happens for a reason, and after having gone through this trauma, I got a chance to ponder and found the meaning of life.

Over these years I have seen people suffering from various ailments for one reason or the other. If we keep thinking about their (sufferings) causes, we will come to realize the fact that there is always a reason behind all the sufferings and hence scientists start working to find the cure and ultimately they get it through research to assuage the sufferings of the ailing humanity.

Are we justified in thinking that the cure was existing before it was explored, if yes then why in the first place we were unable to find it, why did we need to go through the pain and suffering before it could be found.

HE created the ‘suffering & pain’ and HE created the ‘cure’, but didn’t tell us “HOW”, CQUN1zcWwAAZUiF

because HE wanted us to explore it ourselves, so that we can understand HIM (fully, having absolute power) through critical thinking and scientific reasoning and not because some self proclaimed custodian of religion has asked us to know HIM and obey HIM.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Leadership, Motivation, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

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).

creativeBy telling the students how to do, are we not killing their creative pursuits?

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

Leadership, Motivation, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

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

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

Scroll the Wheel


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I am wondering how to start this blog, as I am kind of shocked, as I keep surmising more and more into the counterclockwise movement of various things around.

We are so much engrossed in our day to today living, that we seldom get enough time to observe and think about various things around. The more I observe them closely, the more I am getting new insights into the world we are in, opening up a whole new world of amazing ideas.

As I have been writing in my previous three blogs (Ticking ClockReverse Thinking and Discus Throw) that our life is moving in clockwise direction, whereas it is the anticlockwise movement that lifts us UP.

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To navigate the computer screen, we use the scroll wheel. In order to move up the screen, we scroll the wheel in anticlockwise direction and getting back to the main screen, we have to scroll it in clockwise direction.

Isn’t it amazing to note that our life ends after following the clockwise movement of time, is similar to going to back to the top of the screen on our computer, where we started, for which we move the scroll wheel in clockwise direction.

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The same analogy depicted above, shows that it’s the anticlockwise movement of the pulley, which lifts the elevator up. Similarly, if you opt to capitalize on your unique identity by following your passion, no matter how much opposition (counterweight shown in the pic below) you face in materializing your passion, you are bound to get to the top, by negating the odds through moving in the opposite direction.

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If you think yourself as a pulley, you are helping rise the elevator UP and if you consider yourself the elevator you are a source of lifting the people UP, boarding the elevator. Whatever you are, you have the potential to rise on your own and when you reach to a point, where you are in a position to lift the people (around you) UP, feel yourself duty bound to help them rise also. This is how you will be serving the purpose of you being human and alive.

Continues in the next blog …. ‘Odd Man Out‘.

Sajjad Hussain