Knowledge is very significant; it is what propels our world and lifts men higher. Similar to how atoms are the basic building blocks of molecules and elements, thinking contributes to our knowledge, and our individual thoughts are the basic building blocks of our ideas and our network of thinking. Our network of thoughts/our conceptual network is all of our thoughts combined with others’ thoughts to form a beautifully blended web of ideas to form larger thoughts, or chains. This web is connected from many sources, but is not exclusively linked to just one thought. To me, this is what it means when individuals say, “It’s a small world after all” or when researchers mention how everyone on earth is connected to every individual on the planet to the ninth circle/degree of people. That is, for example, I know a person who knows another person––that in itself is two generations. According to this theory, everyone on earth is connected in this way by the ninth circle/degree. Wow! That is so amazing! Likewise, our thoughts are even more connected to others’ thoughts––no matter how unique they are, because we all have unique thoughts––and this is such a beautiful thing.
Over the past two and a half weeks, I have encountered all three of the components mentioned above, and I can’t help but notice that they are all connected, as suggested, and this does not surprise me. Why is this? One does not need to overthink the answer, although it may seem complex or unattainable, because there are infinite answers. Unlike a set math equation, our knowledge––(which we already have) that leads to our formulation of thoughts into ideas and finally into our conceptual network––is such an amazing phenomenon that is completely unique and cannot be replicated by anyone else. For this reason, there are an infinite number of answers to the question of why our thoughts and others’ thoughts are connected.
The Sanctity of Life
For centuries, men and women have killed each other with their bare hands, with sticks, stones, clubs, and eventually, knives, swords, and finally firearms (with the Chinese’s invention of gun powder). Sure, without weapons, damage may not have been as extensive, but surely bare hands can end another individual’s life; therefore, I feel that it is not the weapons that are cruel, but the men and women themselves who wield them. [But, while mankind] may perish in conflict before [it] learns to wield that record for [its] true good, [the applications of science] may yet allow [mankind] truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience.
Thinking, Learning, and Knowing
Oh how beautiful thinking is…. God surely made all of us to think for ourselves, and because the “simple” act of thinking is very complex, that just shows the complexity of the Creator. [Thinking] is my chance to contribute to society, to the world, and to the universe what comes from my brain, my intellect, my soul, and my entire being. Why stop thinking and learning just because an assignment is finished or a task is complete? Thanks to the ease of Internet browsing that I am lucky to have access to, I was able to discover numerous more answers than I was intending and also extend on the subject with new questions. I believe that because of this, research has become a lot more accessible and easier. We will never truly comprehend the impact that our education [and our research] has on us because our learning never stops. Sure, we may earn degrees and get nice jobs because of our hard work and dedication, but we can definitely make a difference in the lives of others because knowledge is power. It is the power to change the world, the power to better oneself, and the power to ultimately help others for selfless reasons because this is what life is all about.
Our Experiences and the Truth Spectrum
Fathers are necessary, but just what exactly can they provide that mothers cannot? Just how important are fathers and the roles that they play in their children’s lives? Everyone comes from different backgrounds, and all of our lives have been influenced by our beliefs, our values, our morals, our friends and families, and our experiences. Because we are all different yet still connected by the web of humanity, our unique and diverse opinions and ideas give this whole experience an entirely new outlook. With absolute truths existing, why are there not that many compared to all of the theories and opinions in the world today? Sometimes, things just are; they exist that way, and their existence just proves that we cannot always prove everything with science and mathematics. [Furthermore], the opinions of today will become the theories of tomorrow, and the theories of tomorrow will become the absolute truths in centuries to come. Isn’t that interesting? I thought so….
Men vs. Machines
Could you imagine a world where computers are smarter than humans? “Mechanical extension” has given way to replacement of men, to automation, and the men who remain are there more to help than to be helped. If we focus upon the human operator within the system, we see that, in some areas of technology, a fantastic change has taken place during the last few years. Unfortunately, [computers] have the power to take away our jobs, but they also make things run more efficiently. No matter how uninvolved humans will become because of the machines that will replace them, humans will still ultimately be needed to maintain [the machines]. Whether one is convinced of an all-out human necessity for computers, or one believes that humans can do fine without them, one thing is for sure: mankind and computer-kind have a mutual relationship. I am [also] reminded that no matter how technologically advanced we will become as a society, nothing will be able to replace humanity as sentient beings that think and reason with both logic and emotions. [Regardless of] how intelligent one is, just the fact that our brains do what they do and are equipped to solve the problems we face is nothing short of amazing.
Organizing Intelligence and Foundations
When one looks at a computer system that is doing a very complex job, he sees on the surface a machine that can execute some extremely sophisticated processes. [However, the] sophisticated capability results from a very clever organizational hierarchy so that pursuit of the source of intelligence within this system would take one down through layers of functional and physical organization that become successively more primitive. Excellent organization is the key to intelligence, and if intelligence has any correlation to organization, some of the most intelligent people on Earth are sure to be organized in almost everything they do. No matter the endeavor, one must always have a foundation––a rock––that is solid and can support the rest of the organization, no matter how simple or complex. So, what is your foundation?