Saturday 8 September 2012

Why Crack Our Brains?

Solving problems is never easy. If we remember our schooling or university days, I am sure we could recall the anxiety we felt when faced with toughs questions in completing our course work or during examinations.

At least at school or universities, we were provided with facts and the chances are we could spot the problems to be solved quite easily, I hope. In the real world, our first challenge is to be clear of whether there is any problem in the first place and what are those problems before proceeding to resolve them. This is more challenging when things appear to be nice and beautiful, as portrayed on TV and other mass media. What is the problem and why we should be worried when others are singing and partying?

Inadvertently there would be groups of people who will argue that we should not be worried unnecessarily and should not crack our brains to solve non-existence problems. They may also point us to other directions, albeit minor and not relevant and try to impress upon us that those are real issues waiting to explode. Why not join the crowd, sing and dance and your problems will go away, suggest these 'enlightened' people.

Given the power of media nowadays, it would be fairly easy to create the sense of celebration among the mass, despite impending problems. However, many of us choose to party rather than taking those problems seriously because partying is fun but solving problems is though and difficult and may require us to forego things that we have.

Time and again I cannot help but to remind my friends about the frog which was cooked slowly and died while enjoying the warming water. Some may argue that this is a myth but the message is you could die from what you perceive to be good for you.

As the society, environment and circumstances around us will continue to change, we cannot help but to continue looking for danger signs around us and respond accordingly. This requires our brain to continuously working. Some people don't like to think and reflect, especially when they were brought up to trust those who portray themselves as 'leaders'.  From small this simple minded people we conditioned to believe what is shown on TV or published in newspapers.

Again, the choice is ours.

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