Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development Of Common Sense - III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 1



Song:  To Zanarkand (FFX)

Orchestra:  Distant Worlds (Paris 2013)




(Gotten off of Facebook)


I will go over each...point by point...from my perspective...
and how I explain these same truisms to my son, Alex.


This is NOT to say that I have the wisdom of Bill Gates.

This IS to say that MOST people of past generations...
before the idiocy of Political Correctness infected our nation
 (Subjectivity over Objectivity - emotions over intellect)...
thought this way.

It WAS common sense.


Before I start...
these are general truisms.
There are always exceptions in specific instances.

However, you may neither nullify, nor demonstrate, the general with the specific.

It is only when you may demonstrate that which is logically correct
in a set of normal parameters...do they naturally come to a certain conclusion.

ANY truism may be faulted by extraordinary circumstances or variables...
especially if you change the set parameters.

To be able to find an exception does not nullify a truism or principle...
so long as it does not falter in its given parameters.


Example:

In the parameters of mathematics...
one plus one equals two.


If you go outside the parameters of pure mathematics...
and into real life examples...
there are plenty of exceptions.



1 + 1 may equal 1

One glass of water + one glass of water (both poured into a larger container) 

= ONE (with twice the mass).




1 + 1 may equal 0


Certain chemical reactions may change the nature of both components...
or convert them into energy in the form of heat and pressure...
leaving you with essentially no mass.




1 + 1 may equal a negative integer!


In certain nuclear reactions...
1 mass plus 1 mass may leave you with not only no discernible mass...
but destruction of a wide area of no mass beyond itself as it converts mass
into energy.

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AHA!!! 
(says the court jester)

There are exceptions...
therefore, it is not a general rule!

It is invalid!

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OF COURSE NOT!

(In the above general rule)
It is a good general rule which applies to calculations
which presume no change in energy levels or mass...
even though it is not expressed.


Where would we be were it not for general rules?!

A general rule or basic truism is just as it implies...
something which in the realm of its parameters...
 does NOT change UNLESS new variables
not expressed or implied in the truism...are introduced.


This needed to be said
(I am sure many of you have been repeatedly frustrated by the court jesters in life :)


SO...
in the spirit of the above...

Bill Gates':


 Rule 1)   Life is not fair - get used to it!


My perspective:  

Were life fair...it would be a strict meritocracy.
Life is not a strict meritocracy
 (because of intelligent, or even unexpected natural, interference)...
therefore...
it is NOT fair.


However...
this is not the point.

The point in life is one of adaptation.

You must either adapt the surroundings to fit your needs...
or you must adapt to that which you cannot change...
to reach your ultimate goals.

We each have limited resources...
limited energy...
limited time.

The rewards go to the ones who can intelligently utilize each...
becoming efficient in, not only the application...
but in the correct balance of each at a given time.


UNFAIRNESS WILL HAPPEN IN LIFE!


It happens to all at some point in our lives.

It is in how we react to it which will determine the ultimate outcome
being either, a negative, or a positive experience.


Life is a marathon...correct pacing is part of a winning strategy.


Each of us may be thought of as hot air balloons
(yes, I know...some may be filled with more hot air than others :)

We start out in life with a set amount of fuel (resources / energy).

As we cannot change the wind...
it is up to us to use what we have, to take advantage of favorable winds...
 to launch when it is safe... and to use the fuel to reach the heights necessary
without burning it all up at once so as to not have enough fuel to reach our destination.

As circumstances are not always favorable...
it is the person who prepares himself ahead of time who may take 
best advantage of circumstances, when they may arise, who ultimately comes out ahead
(while on the ground waiting...studying meteorology...
being able to predict the wind patterns which would 
flow in the correct direction and which would speed you to your destination).

Depending on your initial location...
there may be storm warnings...
while for others...
it may be fair skies.

Unfair?

While it may seem to be so...
some things we cannot predict...
however, many seemingly unfair events in life are somewhat predictable...
with just some forethought.

By allowing yourself to just pick a day to launch at random...
or because it has some emotional significance...
rather than be based upon thorough research into the weather patterns
ahead of time...
is not unfairness...it is a lack of proper preparation.

Much of the so called unfairness in life...
comes about because of our lack of foresight...
which arises because of our lack of forethought.

Now...
for the truly uncontrollable and unpredictable events in our lives...
yes...they will happen.

You can either let it deflate your balloon...
whereupon you will sink to the ground and not reach your goal...
or you may use it as additional fuel.

Instead of sinking into despair...
you may sublimate the negative emotions...
and convert them into a directed form of energy.

Anger can be redirected into drive.
Fear can be redirected into excitement and a sense of adventure...
or used to control future events to prevent a calamity.
Out of depressive thoughts...an inner awareness can bring about creativity.
All of these things naturally manifest themselves from negative to positive 
with a simple and viable plan of action.


Unfairness will happen...
obstacles will happen...
and thank the heavens for them!

It gives us the opportunity to conquer them.

It is only through great suffering do people realize the true beauty of life
(a natural appreciation of all around us naturally manifests itself).

The lower the lows...
the greater the highs.

The more difficult and extensive the training...
the more that is learned.

The more that is learned...
the more capable you become.

The more capable you become...
the more potential for that which may be achieved.

The greater the potential for that which may be achieved...
the greater the battle for which may be fought...
and won.

The greater the battle for which may be fought and won...
the greater the rewards.


Fear not unfairness...
fear stagnation and boredom.

Unfairness provides us the impetus for change (fuel)...
if we but choose it to be positive.


Stagnation gives rise to complacency.

Complacency gives rise to boredom.

Boredom gives rise to depression.

Depression robs us of the most valuable commodities in life...
that of energy and time...
of which none of us can escape their very limited nature


One point I must make...
I, in no way, wish to imply that all unfair situations are recoverable for everyone.
Everyone has a breaking point...depending on the perceived depth of loss.

For me...I can face almost anything...except the tragic loss of my son, Alex.

I know many parents had to face such events.
For me...I cannot bear to think of such an event happening.
I do not think I could turn it into a positive.
For me, it would be a breaking point.
I don't think I could sublimate my anger or sorrow.

As a general rule...sublimation applies.
For me...this one exception would, I fear, be too much.

I have personally known parents who have lost a child.
I simply don't know how they had moved on in life.
It is my greatest fear.

So I speak, not from on high in this regard.
It is a situation I hope to never have to encounter...
and one I don't think I would wish to survive if encountered.

However...
it is this great fear which drives me to look forward and prepare...
to prevent situations which are the most likely to occur...
to perpetually scan the surroundings to avoid potentially dangerous situations...
to always put safety first.

So while I have turned fear into a drive to prepare and prevent...
I also know that not all events in life are controllable.

I just don't wish to have those who have been through such an event 
to think that I think they are somehow weak if they cannot sublimate the event.
I fear that I could not either.



OK...
enough said.

I know...
many will think...
too much said :)

Believe me...
there is much more I would like to say...
however...
I know through experience that most people start to avoid me when I get too wordy  :)


So as to spare those who read my articles...
I will make the pain more bearable by breaking these into
an article per rule.

I will try to go through the rules without break...
and then back report on events which may take place before I am finished.

These rules are so important for children to realize...
I think a thorough discussion on each is warranted.

I have seen too many people unknowingly sabotage their lives
because a lack of understanding of these common sense rules.

With just a subtle shift of thought...
a whole new world of common sense may be developed...
and greater results in life may be realized.






















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