The Need for Knowledge and Change
The Need for Knowledge and Change
The history of human development and the acquisition of knowledge in bringing change has been a long journey. Human beings, understood from the perspective of evolution, have undergone various stages in gaining an understanding of relevant knowledge. The knowledge gained by a human being has been seemingly for the purpose of solving the problems that have troubled him in the course of living his life. The true nature of human being has been reflected in his actions and deeds. However, an appalling question is the human aspect of human beings that has been blemished in the contemporary world. Today, the world is characterized by human beings, who have knowledge but are reluctant to use the knowledge for the purpose of self-interest and gains. Similarly, the world of today is inhabited by a people who have voluntarily refused to take responsibility for their actions, especially those that cause sufferings to others. Consequently, knowledge has lost its taste in the modern period because people have attached life to greater meanings relating to the economic well-being of oneself. Therefore, although there still exist a people with human character and desire to have positive change and positive utilization of knowledge, the world today is occupied by egocentric individuals who are always not willing to change
The human brain and the mind are interconnected organs that shape the way a person behaves and even act (De Wall, 2005). The brain plays a bigger role in the development of the brain, especially as one grows and matures into an adult. When a child grows, his brain and the mind develops at the same time, so that the brain can match the mental activity of the person. The consciousness of a person, aided by the mind, helps one to identify what is good and what is bad. Therefore, as a child grows, the people around him contribute a lot to her consciousness. The ethical definition of wrong and good gets into her mind that she gets to discern what is good and evil from the standpoint of accepted code of conduct. This translates to guiltiness in wrongdoing when the person realizes that his actions are against the accepted values. Therefore, as much as life is sweet to live, human beings are the real determinant of the kind of life they wish to lead. Every person holds his life in his hands, in which he has the power to determine the kind of life he wishes to lead. This idea goes hand in hand with the reality that the human brain receives notifications from the mind. The mind, since is the one that discerns good and evil, informs the brain of every thought as it comes into the mind, in a manner that the brain decodes all activities (De Wall, 2005). Therefore, continuity in evil-doing denotes the brain being harboured by evil recording, where the brain may be always tempted to think negatively.
However, change of the activities of the brain starts with the change of the mind. Since man is the architecture of his own life, changing of mind activities is possible through an understanding of the causes of all the activities (Bai & Scutt, 2009). This easily happens when one assesses the expected outcomes of all possible conscious activities. For instance, when one realizes that an insulting other is evil, he or she must be ready to change his way of thinking so that he or she does not insult others. So that one does not insult others after realizing it is sinful does not necessarily start by not insulting them but by understanding the moral consequences of insulting and also trying to feel what others feel when subjected to insult. It is therefore simple to change one’s brain by a simple change in mind. The brain, as being able to regulate, learn, and select is the organ that receives impulses from the mind (Hanson, 2009). Therefore, positive change in mind sends impulses to the brain so that that it regulates activities, learn the various cognitive activities and even perform a selection of the best activities that are useful. Although it may take time for one to change upon selection of best activities by the brain, the fact is that one chooses what to put in place and the kind of life they lead. It can, therefore, be understood that man has the capacity to subject himself to sufferings and even free himself from the sufferings through change.
Living life has always been seen as sweet, but to some extent, it is experienced as hard. Majority of people believe that living in this world is joyful because of the many sweet experiences they undergo. However, the reality is that life is a double-edged sword that is characterized by sweet experiences and situations that disappoint and make one frown (Dobzhansky, 1973). This reality about life is understood from the fact that human beings are not complete autonomous beings who can stand on themselves. This characteristic of human life makes human mind being subjected to sufferings because of its interactions with the environment trouble the mind. What human mind wants in most cases is not what it gets from the environment. Similarly, many disappointments and interactions with situations that do not go well as expected make the mind suffer from stress. This results in the pangs of the human mind in the midst of sweet life. Additionally, one learns that for him or her to change so that the mind can be satisfied, further interactions with the environment results to further disappointments (Dobzhansky, 1973). Therefore, the nature of life remains as that; being sweet and at the same time hard. Additionally, when one tries to disassociate himself from the world, sufferings get in to place in the form of disturbances and threats. Therefore, man has to relate to the environment in which he lives, and from the very environment, disappointments arise because it is hard to balance between what the environment offers and what one really needs.
Even though the world is intricate and puzzling, human beings have a lot to do to make it a better place to live (Bai & Scutt, 2009). The interaction of human being with the environment that surrounds him results in both positive and negative outcomes, where one may benefit or be disappointed. However, the most important role that human beings can do is ensure that they learn to reciprocally coexist with other people (Bai & Scutt, 2009). Personally, change has happened in my life and as others comment about the change, it has resulted in a complete transformation of my life. Previously, I would rarely interact with people without offending them, either through insults or my general conduct that was distasteful. My change of characters has seen a cordial relationship among diverse groups of people. I have learned to stay positive in life despite the many frustrations that are occasioned by everyman’s interaction with the environment.
Through practices such as appreciation and learning to pay attention to others, I have developed into a skilful person who acknowledges others people’s contribution. The results of my transformation have seen the growth of ability to have interactive discourse with workers, my seniors, and even my juniors. The ultimate feeling of having transformed has been reflected through joy and minimization of stresses since I can share my ideas and thoughts with other people, listen to their views, and make sound decisions. Out of the change, people have developed a positive feeling about me and are even ready to mingle with me for the exchange of ideas. In a recent instance, my family members have suggested that I lead a family kitty program due to my transformation that they have always longed. Therefore, despite the environment in which we live in is at times ruthless to mankind, we have a lot to do to make our interactions fruitful and minimize the threats and disappointments that are ostensibly a must in the course of man’s life (Hanson, 2009).
In conclusion, despite all the challenges that man undergoes as he interacts with the environment, humanity and the urge to transform the society is the first priority. Life is however multi-faceted, consisting of both sweet and hard moments, where man is expected to try his best to have a good life. It is also the responsibility of one to seek knowledge that makes change for better outcomes since every man is the captain of his own life.
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