Duties didn’t stop the philosopher from doing her thing….

Lately, I’ve been busy with my everyday duties, therefore I didn’t have time to write long post here on my blog. What’s for sure though, I didn’t stop thinking. I constantly consider many important issues inside of my mind, and as soon as I get to any conclusions, I write them down somewhere, so I don’t forget. Today, when my last final marks were officially confirmed, when my thought stream stopped being the main base for my school journalism work, I can write a blog that relates to us all.

Be honest…

Have you ever thought about what stops you from doing the majority of things you’d like to do? From talking to the boy/girl you like, through raising your hand in class, ending at going on a journey around the world. As soon as the idea gets into your head, you automatically start going through all the pros and cons that might come out after you take a step. Thinking about consequences is, of course, an amazing characteristic of human common sense, but sometimes, it catches us in a trap.

I often find myself thinking about our brains as seperate beings. For example, our brain catches us in a trap of fake danger when we’re overthinking a problem. It seems pretty fine, everybody makes mistakes. It gets worse when you realize, your brain isn’t separated from you. Your brain is a part of you, and it’s what keeps you going. How ridiculous it is to get cheated by yourself?

1:0 for Overthinking

Let’s analyze a situation. There’s a history student, let’s name him Student A. He’s very fond of the subject and always listens carefully to lectures, reads all the extra books. One day, a teacher asks a very difficult quesion, and he knows the answer. The teacher offers a good mark for a correct answer. On one hand, Student A, realizes the mark would be easy for him to get and he’d get credit from the teacher. On the other hand, he’s afraid of getting it wrong, getting excluded from student society or making it seem like he considers himself the alfa and omega of the class. He gets nervous, in the end he decides to stop himself from the urge to raise his hand and speak up. Another student, Student B, did the opposite – he rose his hand, he gave the correct answer (the answer that Student A figured out first). None of the bad consequences that Student A thought might occur, actually happened. Instead, Student B, earned all the pros.

Rationalism…?

That’s a really good example of how our mind can entrap us into the negative kind of thinking. Instead of making us take the risk, and usually get whatever’s best, it gets us to hold. You can call it rationalism. I’m calling it: bad spectre of pessimistic thinking. And it’s all our choice – if we let ourselves stop ourselves from actions, or we take a step forward. It’s our choice – if we develop and take the credit or watch other people with jealousy. What we need to learn, is to be able to control our pessimism. Taking full control of your mind is what I call rationalism.

Role model

A few days ago in Social Studies class, one of my classmates asked the teacher what he’s doing for his summer vacation. We all expected a typical teacher-ish answer. What we got instead was: “I’m going on a more than a month long expedition around Asia. I’m travelling with my hand luggage only, I know none of the languages. It’ll be amazing to see countries I’ve never been to. Last year, I was in Iran for a month.” Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? It’s not at all “rational” in the public opinion meaning of this word. It doesn’t at all look like a teacher’s plan. I’m sure our professor will come back with amazing experiences and stories about the actual world to tell us. That’s a kind of teacher we all want. He’s got the courage to stand out and he wasn’t scared to raise his hand. He wants it, he does it. Sounds absolutely logical to me.

The moral of the post is to stop making up excuses and call it rationalism. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Do whatever you see any positive aspects in, whatever will help you develop your experience, gain knowledge, see further. Stop being your own limit.

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