Without problems, there is no problem solving. No inquiry. No asking of why. No math. No critical thinking. No creativity.
Critical thinking is a strength for problem solving, but can also be dark and depressing/suicidal when you cannot figure a solution/ end up in a dilemma/contradiction. My strength in math seem to also be my weakness: of dark suicidal thoughts and tendencies and a lack of connection in social interactions.
My weakness of being quiet and socially awkward could also be my strength: to ponder deeply with critical analysis into the truest/pureness meaning of life. (which is love).
The fate of every newcomer in a little town, which there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think. – Victor Hugo, Les Miserable.
And God said, it’s okay. The darkness is good for my people. Before my people enter paradise, they will learn about happiness, joy and contentment when they are sad, mundane or suffering.
Problem solving grows the construct of one identity. Understand the problem, have a plan, carry out the plan, look back.
Sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding. – Ecclesiastes 7:3
Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time. – Proverbs 17:22
Philosophy comments: Do not think that I would urge implacable war upon Fortune. There are times when her deception of men has certain merits. I think that ill fortune is of greater advantage to men than good fortune. Good fortune is ever lying when she seems to favour by an appearance of happiness. Ill fortune is ever true when by her changes she shews herself inconstant. The one deceives, the other edifies. – the consolation of Philosophy.
One powerful likemindedness that bonds/relate people together is pain with pain. People can bond/relate with one another through sadness/emo/tragedy/insecurity in the hope of overcoming them.
But too much problems and stress makes the heart sick. And people start to step on each other for self preservation. cf. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverb 13:12.
As you desire and seek for meaning, hidden in all the 99% mess of misery, darkness and sufferings of the world are 1% snippets of treasures of beauty.
eg. Jesus. (the secret of Christ).
eg. secret scenery behind alleys and buildings.
eg. invaluable like-minded friendships.
which makes my heart warm, and want to warm others’ heart too.
ie. is warming/lighting up of my heart(and for others’ heart) in this 99% darkness and coldness in this world.
17I ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you the Spirit, who will make you wise and reveal God to you, so that you will know him. 18I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people. 19and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength 20which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world. 21Christ rules there above all heavenly rulers, authorities, powers, and lords; he has a title superior to all titles of authority in this world and in the next. – Ephesians 1:17-21
Is that 1% beauty of hope, in the midst of 99% darkness, worth fighting/searching for? Should I die and be free of pain, or live and fight my sorrows. – Auron, FFX.
Until now, I was always inert, lazy and reluctant to bask/hope/strive in that 1% of beauty for humanity, but perhaps (with more meaning of life’s beauty reaching down to my heart), I am willing to.
What is meaning? and how does meaning reach down to my heart? Authentic social interaction that is loving/caring to one another’s mindset. The mystery of meaning… Meaning as the source of life. Motivation. Reason.
Reason…sounds like mind thing, but could actually also be a heart thing.
Seeing the heart and mind work as one in our students and in ourselves.
How can we escape the grip of either-or thinking? What would it look like to think the world together, not to abandon discriminatory logic where it serves us well but to develop a more capacious habit of mind that supports the capacity for connectedness.
“The opposite of a true statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth can be another profound truth.” – Niels Bohr
Truth is found not by splitting the world into either-ors but by embracing it as both-and. Truth is a paradoxical joining of apparent opposites, and if we want to know the truth, we must learn to embrace those opposites as one.
In the empirical world, there are choices to be made between true and false, choices that must be informed by fact and reason where the rule of two opposites cannot be true at the same time.
But there is another realm of knowing where binary logic misleads us. This is the realm of ‘profound truth’, where, if we want to know what is essential, we must stop thinking the world into pieces and start thinking it together again.
Profound truth, rather than empirical fact, is the stuff of which paradoxes are made. And we encounter paradoxical profundities every day simply because we are human. eg. our paradoxical need for both community and solitude.
What I want is a richer, more paradoxical model of teaching and learning than binary thought allows, a model that reveals how the paradox of thinking and feeling are joined, whether we are comfortable with paradox or not.
Life is 99% tough, but 1% super duper beautiful. To be truly happy is to be in that 1% of beauty that life hides. The journey of going through life’s 99% darkness is in itself a part of the 1% beauty of life.
Thinking back on it, this evening, with my heart and my stomach all like jelly, I have finally concluded, maybe that’s what life is about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moments of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It’s as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that had come to us, an always within never. Yes, that’s it, an always within never. – Josse, 12, French philosopher Muriel Barbery, The elegance of a hedgehog.
And however much you condemn the evil in the world, remember that the world is not all evil; that somewhere children are at play, as you yourself in the old days… – Max Ehrmann