Eduaction, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Vision, Wisdom

360 Degrees Plus


The credit of this blog goes to Mr. Hamza and Mr. Kamran, students of PAF KIET, who raised the question in my class and incited me for the idea to write this blog.

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This is an extension of my previous blog ‘360 Degrees’, wherein I have documented the answer to a question “what is the difference between ‘Vision and Imagination’?”, in the form a blog.

This time again I was asked a question by one of my students during a lecture, while I was explaining the concept through the diagram [similar to the one above, except the ‘observation part]. He came up with the question; where is ‘observation’ in the pic and I was kind of lost at that time and thought, how on earth, I didn’t think about it in the first place. I am now documenting my answer with more elaboration, explaining the significance of colors used for making this pic.

Again, I may be wrong, and would love to read your comments for clarifying my understanding.
[The picture above is my brain child, it clicked my mind when the question was raised].

Everything is data for a kid until the age of 5 or 6 years. The arc representing data has been colored red, as it reflects danger and the understanding of a kid about that data could not be taken as authentic, at this very tender age. The data is way too difficult for the kid to comprehend and the meaning s/he could get out of that data could be dangerous.

When s/he starts schooling s/he is disseminated with information [which is wrongly perceived as knowledge by most of the people, specially the parents] until 12th grade. The yellow color in the pic depicts that by now, s/he has developed in him/her self an understanding of the information s/he has acquired, and is now getting ready to converting it into knowledge, through practically experimenting/implementing the information into his/her daily routine.

The knowledge arc is depicted in green color, as s/he has been through data [red color] and information [yellow color] and is now ready to face the challenges of life [ready to go, depicted by green color].

Once having enough knowledge, by virtue of age and been through enormous experience over time, s/he has wide ocean of wisdom [blue color] in front of him/her to explore and find ‘self’ through reflecting and self actualization.

The line demarcating the circle of ‘360 Degrees’ through the center, cutting it half up with Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom and half down with Imagination and Vision, is ‘Observation’ [360 Degrees Plus, depicted in various colors], as it is observation of the colorful world around him/her, which is enabling a kid to have a deep insight [through observation] into data and convert it into information through schooling, with the help his/her teachers and based on his/her personal life experiences, to convert that information into knowledge.

The journey to understand life begins with imagination [depicted in maroon color, as it can be useful, if proven, scientifically and/or logically, or may be dangerous, if based only on personal biases], which is the driving force to understand data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, through observation. Again it is the observation, which enables him/her to open up a whole new world of wisdom while visualizing life through his/her mind.

Everyone has his/her vision [depicted here in white color], that vision would be small if s/he is limiting himself or herself only to data, it grows with information, knowledge and wisdom.

Vision is seeing the invisible, and invisible is only visible when there is light all around, and light is depicted with white color. White color also reflects, that there is no ambiguity and the person can only be clear about his/her purpose of being alive is through acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is wide spread all around and we can get that knowledge by making use of imagination through close observation.

The real vision is completed when the circle of life is completed after the completion of 360 degrees through imagination, and you get wisdom, that’s why Einstein once said:

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Yet another student came up with another explanation of ‘observation’ line and told me that it touches all the arcs in the diagram, showing that data, information, knowledge, wisdom and/or imagination can have meaning, if and only if, we observe everything with deep thinking, to understand the hidden meaning of life, thus comprehending the very purpose of our existence.

PS:
Since this blog is the continuation of my previous blog adding OBSERVATION as the addition, I like to add one final point here:
“That is one of the reasons why, we have OBSERVATORIES, which are a huge source of information gathering. The information thus gathered, when processed at the ground station, will open up a whole new world, full of wisdom, before us.

Sajjad Hussain

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Wonderful Life


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Wonderful Life by Black

If you are given an option to watch Black & White or color TV, your choice would certainly be Color TV. Why is that so, because we have been seeing the world around, colorful (except for those who are either blind or color blind).

All the glitz and glamour around successful people is always colorful. Though they themselves have been through the thick and thin of life, all through their career, to make it colorful for others. Quite a few of them, have been through traumatic situations, all through their lives, and their ends have usually been sorrowful. Yet we keep craving for that glamorous life.

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Although we do come across quite a few black and white objects in our daily lives, but we seldom care about them, being black & white. We are attuned to look at the colorful world.

In organizations, we do come across people saying, everything needs to be in black and white, and I was kind of shocked to visualize a stark reality. That is, we like everything around, to be colorful, but when it comes to serious business, it has to be in black and white.

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It compelled me to think that life is not what we see around, it is beyond these colors. It actually has to be black and white. Nature sent us to a colorful world, and expected us to ponder through the experience, and explore black and white, from the colors around, to reach to the real truth, surrounding us.

Exploring Black and White from the Colors, is nothing, but Ethics. In our search for black and white from the colors around, we at times mix black and white and come across grey patches in our lives, which creates ethical dilemma to choose from. The more we are able to shrink these grey areas the more ethical we become.

For finding the truth, we have to learn to choose black and white from the colors and shrink the grey area as much as possible to fulfill the purpose of life, as living a meaningful life is a serious business and a business has to be in black and white.

P.S.:

This post was made public yesterday, and today August 15, 2015, I received a comment from one of my student, Sulaiman Dawood disagreeing with me, on making life as absolute Black and White. I have no doubt about it that we can not completely wipe out grey area, which surrounds us. As we keep exploring the hidden realities of life, this grey area will keep us feeling its presence.

Sajjad Hussain