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Curiosity beyond the Skies

image credited to Majed Athab of joystiq.com

Beyond the Skies – image credited to Majed Athab of joystiq.com

Often we look to the skies and wonder, what is beyond. How far does the universe stretch? How small are we if we are looked upon from beyond. How could it be that, our planet Earth is just right in the spot where life exists. When it comes to a question like this, there aren’t many answers to it, except the existence of a creator, a God.

Have you ever sit and wonder, how could you, be you? How are you not some other creatures, but  human with a mind and the ability to think about this? What force put you here, putting your very soul into this body you currently own?

Christians and most other religions believe in the existence of a creator, a God, a divine being. Could it really be that someone is truly watching over us, providing us what we can never see nor realize?

I had always tried to answer all these questions and doubts. I tried to research lots and lots about astronomy of how our universe works, but could it be that, a huge blanket of stars and galaxies was cast towards and fooled all of us? No matter how hard we tried to search and search again with our powerful man-made telescopes yet, we could not find a true and final answer.

All we had were theories, speculations, and debates of how our universe are assumed to be.

In science, it was explained that, our universe was created according to the occurrence of ‘Big Bang’. If so, galaxies are communities of solar systems and planets, and so Earth was a coincidence, so is the existence of life. Through science also, the law of probability suggested that, there may be plenty of Earth-like planets out in the universe.

Comparing the size of our mother Earth to the universe, we could even find individuals of different cultures, races, and background, yet identical in features. How could the probability of Earth-like planets be lower? Thus the theory of aliens must be true. However, what should we do when we find them? What if they are hostiles, or what if we got greedy?

Through religion, we know Earth and life itself is created by God. Then how do all the galaxies and stars and planets explain themselves? Were they too, created by God? Then why isn’t there any stories about the other species or races regarding them in our religious writings?

Once, I came across a statement that today, curbed my curiousity. It says…

If one day, we were to possess the knowledge and truth about the universe, we may be God.

Such a quote is familiar to me, but never had I bothered myself to seek out its owner, knowing that I really did get it from somewhere beyond me.

The moment the writer of the quote mentioned God, could it means that, it is a task, not achievable? That it is so hard, beyond our grasp as human beings, that only God could.

Or is the writer an atheist, and meant an ultimate knowledge would be obtained, if one is to acquire such a knowledge?

Only time will tell the answers to such questions…

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“Education” that has no Educational Values? What?

Education, is perhaps the most crucial concept to almost every human. Where would one go, or how would one progress without education? But how is modern education efficient enough for human endeavours?

When we send our children to their schools, did we ever ask ourselves, regarding what quality of education our children had been receiving? Some may see quality, in terms of great discipline and excellent grades. But that was not the point of education.

We all understand that, human will only progress if we learn efficiently. It is also inevitable, that the best way to learn and progress is from failures. But have our modern education system been encouraging it? Certainly not.

The purpose of education, is to produce outcomes from decent to excellent youngsters. However, the society believes that we should train these youngsters to be robots instead. Feeding them with all the so called ‘knowledge’ that is 80% unused when they grow up.

Prioritization of Morality and Religion

If kids are expected to grow up being civilized citizens, why not prioritize in morality and religion subjects instead of having them as sub-subjects. This ensures youngsters to understand the importance of morality and religion is beyond one’s achievements.

Provide chances and room for failure

When children are not rewarded for failing, instead the opposite, what makes you think that they will ever try to venture outside their comfort zones? What geniuses have we known that are ordinary compared to the rest? None. If we want to encourage progression and learning, let them have a try. Give them space. Never ever shut them down just because they failed.

The ability to choose

Children are always forced to learn what they dislike. Everyone is born different and unique. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Let them choose what they want to learn and become at young age. Yes, they may still be too young to know what is best for them. If it does not suit them, let them re-choose. Give them time to choose and fail and re-choose. Some may, at this point think that such a procedure is a waste of time. But, what happened to education is forever? We will never cease to seek for knowledge until the day we pass on. There is no difference between a 15 years old and a 45 years old genius. They are both still geniuses. Better late than never.

Besides, for one to be good at what he or she does, is for him or her to like it. If children find no fun in education, certainly they will find no fun in learning. Let them understand that it is an adventure, to constantly seek out for themselves. Let them choose what they want to learn and only learn what they wish.

I believe a maths geek will certainly score in maths and not in literature or history or even languages. You can’t expect children to be born God-like or a Jack of all Trades. And there should not be any judgments to a person who can’t do well for what he dislikes.

Everyone is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

I do not believe they will ever be any changes made regardless of how much people protest or agree towards our modern education system. Or at least, not now.

If we want the humans to be a more progressive race, start by allowing them to progress.

After all, at the end of the day, when people ask what do we really gain from schools and colleges, the answer would be the skills to pass an examination and of course, how to live with constant judgments.