A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Monday, July 21, 2008

"The Source" by G.

A problem starts from somewhere. Its roots dig into the ground and it starts to grow. It springs forth and causes chaos. And from that single problem, more problems branch out. And one of those branches from the tree will affect someone in some way. So, now what?

A problem can be a tricky little thing indeed. Because you see, I use the word "problem" loosely. A problem can be anything we want or need it to be. To fix a problem, you must find it's source. And that is the hardest part. A problem can cause many side effects. Stress. Anxiety. Fear. Anger. These can manipulate our judgment. Our Logic. Essential things that we need to solve problems. If you try to fix what you only believe to be the source of a problem, you will only slice a branch of the tree.

We have to do our best to look at things clearly and unbiased. We are human and we make mistakes. But the human mind is a powerful entity. If we could only learn to harness our minds and have some control over our emotions, then many of our mistakes will never become problems. But that being said, problems exist, and we should deal with them with caution and a flexible mindset. Sometimes, in the spirit of trying to fix what ails us, we end up doing more harm than good.

Let's say the world finally wants to have peace. All countries disarm their military forces. Sounds good, right? But they could still be attacked. By terrorists or madmen or natural disasters in a way. They think that the source of the "problem", being a lack of peace, is everyone having a military. Do you really think that's true? Most of the time, the source of a problem is very big, sometimes to big to handle. Violence is not caused by guns. It is caused by humans. But that is a hell of a big problem to solve. Finding the source can sometimes be a problem in itself, because it can be very intimating.

So simply, to fix a problem you must find and get the source. But that is easier said than done. The best laid plans don't always translate to real life that well. But lets do our best. To really think about what we do before we do it. To look at solving problems with a fully open mind; a mind open to change. We are all capable of this. I hope one day, humanity will prove me right.


Sir said...

We all hope that, and we never know, it might even happen!

But until then we just have to keep going the right way :).

And if you can't find the source, there's always help to be had!

The cup is half full of something I don't like said...

I've heard a process somewhere, it probably has a name although I can't remember it, that I've had success with. Basically you ask and answer why 5 times. The answer to the fifth why is pretty close to the root cause.

For example:
1.) Why are so many high schoolers dropping out of school?
answer: They don't see the value of education
2.) why don't they see the value of education?
. . . .

Majik said...

One of these days mankind will get it right and start helping others more. When people are more open minded about helping others changes will happen, I just hope it starts during my lifetime!

G. said...

@Sir: Always help to be had? Optimistic of you heh heh.

@The cup: That is a clever way of doing it, but obviously it wouldn't just be up to five every time. And finding the "why" isn't always that easy :P

@majik: Hey its a nice thing to think about, but at the very least we can start with ourselves.