What All Optimists Can Relate To

The world can be a terrible place. We see it on the news and in our Twitter and facebook feeds almost every day. Young pilots intentionally crashing commercial planes carrying 149 innocent lives into mountains, terrorists taking over cities in the Middle East and attacking a university taking lives of 147 , young women being raped on campuses around the nation. There are plenty of things that could make anyone want to throw their hands up . And there are some that do.

There are some who choose to hang their heads in defeat as they walk away from everything they could be helping to fix. They take the attitude that most of our current situations are hopeless, and that they are the warriors because they face that hard, cold, truth. They are the “realists.” They are more intelligent than the rest of us because they accept the world for what it is. They possess the ultimate strength.

Except, not really. I can’t tell you what our purpose is here on Earth. I can theorize forever, but in my journey, I haven’t found a solid answer. I’ve always had a feeling of what my specific purpose is as an individual, but the human race as a whole? I couldn’t tell you. All I can say is that I’m certain that there is one. I can’t tell you why all these bad things happen. I can’t justify every negative thing I’ve seen happen in my life with “there’s a reason for it,” although some things I can. Sometimes, it seems as though there simply is no reason. Strength, though? I can tell you a lot about that.

Strength is what it takes to keep living life to the fullest and trying your absolute best to remain happy and positive, regardless of all the negativity that may be thrown in our faces every day. Strength is standing up to the world and saying “late it come” to whatever tries to bring us down instead of throwing our hands up and saying “common” in defeat.

Strength is acknowledging the bad but living through it anyways. It’s about smiling in the face of adversity and saying, “bring it on. I can handle this. I got this.” Strength is not blissfully ignoring that there are problems with the world. Strength is fully recognizing them and refusing to succumb. Strength is fighting back against them.

Optimism takes more. It is more difficult to challenge the inequalities and unfairness of the world than to sit back and accept them in a seat of self-pity and recklessness. It takes more to push yourself to be better than the things you’ve seen than to simply accept defeat and be a non-contributing member to society.

I mean, think about how truly easy it is to sit back and say, “well, that’s just the way things are” and then proceed to do nothing to fix it. If everyone did that, how far would we be as a society today? All of the game changers and most influential people in history have made a difference because they believed in something better. They looked at what was wrong with the world and refused to settle for it. They tried to bring the light to everyone who was blind to it.

Throughout my life, I have far too often encountered individuals who hold the “that’s just the way it is” belief, and they come off as pretentious, like the kind of people who would look at an optimist and say “ah well, ignorance is bliss.” We are far from ignorant, my friend, although we do find bliss in the things that life has to offer.

We dig through the rubble until we find a diamond. We stare at dark, shapeless clouds until we see the silver lining. We stare into the eyes of fear and sadness in a blinking contest that we refuse to lose. We see the atrocities of the world and we keep going because we believe that if the world stopped and everyone accepted things as they were, the planet would only deteriorate.

We are optimists. We see the bright side and aim to make it brighter, because the only way you can wash out darkness is with light. And that is no easy task. Optimism takes more.

The Theory Of Nothing: Why Lack Of Curiosity Leads To Mediocrity

He was an infinitely curious person. You would have to be in order to seek a theory that describes everything in the universe. He challenged much of the conventional wisdom in the scientific community. At times he was scoffed at and told that his theories were merely pipe dreams, but later on the movie shows that his ideas proved to be the new model to follow scientifically. I am not going to even attempt to go into detail as far as the science is concerned. The main thing I want to emphasize is how curiosity can propel one to mountainous heights. All of the great thinkers in history were extremely curious people. They looked at the world as it was, and pondered on what could possibly be done to change the world and people’s perception of it. Every invention, from things such as the light bulb, the automobile, the airplane, and many others, were products of curiosity and imagination.

What I see in the world today is a lack of curiosity in many people, and I find this to be a great tragedy. Many people are simply moving through time, going through the motions, and keeping busy or entertaining themselves. I call this way of thinking and living “The Theory The Nothing.” We go through our formal education, and then once it is complete, the learning stops forever. This is why I have some problems with the way our education system operates. As children we were extremely curious, and more than willing to learn. Take a look at a child when it is intrigued and fascinated by something its unfamiliar with; See how their eyes light up with passion, excitement, and interest. Then take a look at an adult who is just going through the motions; Their eyes are devoid of passion, excitement, and interest. Somewhere along the line things got confused.

The word education comes from the latin “educe”, which means “to draw out”. It seems as if our so called education system is doing the exact opposite. It is based on the assumption that children aren’t naturally intelligent and that they need to be taught by a force feeding of information, through a rigid set of guidelines and tedious tasks, in order to learn. I believe that the only thing that is needed is an environment that is conducive to learning and the children will flourish on their own. Why are the teachers talking more than the students? I feel that the majority of class time should be devoted to questions and dialogue between peers. Of course certain things need to be taught under guidelines; technical subjects like math and grammar. Aside from that, however, should be a much more open ended approach to learning. These kids are way way way smarter than we give them credit for.

Our education system beats the curiosity out of our children. It turns learning into a tiresome chore. By the time most of us reach adulthood we are so tired of learning, and we are ready to adopt “The Theory of Nothing”. We go to work during the day, usually doing something that is minimally engaging for most of us, and then we go home and plop our butts on the couch and watch tv for hours. We don’t ponder how to improve the quality of our lives. We don’t look up to the sky and fathom the infinite vastness of the universe. We don’t do much of anything really. The masses of men and women lead lives of quiet desperation, which then turns to resignation.

My challenge to you is to get back the curiosity that was stolen from you in your childhood. Read books. I think I will mention books in one way or another until im blue in the face. Try something that you’ve previously thought about doing, like learning a new language or playing the guitar. Meditate. Get into a state of DEEP thinking about your life and what it means to you. Do all of the things you want to do in life so that you have no regrets. Use google. It annoys me when people act as if they can’t find the answer to basically any question with a click of a button.

The masses who lead lives of quiet desperation will weep and scream in the last minutes of their life. It may sound like im over exaggerating but think about it. Begin with the end in mind. Explore your mind and seek out ways to be innovative with your life. Use your curiosity to fuel your train on the track of destiny.