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.

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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

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

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

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