My ultimate conclusion on life is that no one really knows anything about anything. Conclusive, I know.
I find it hard to believe something if I know others disagree just as strongly as I agree, with legitimate reasoning. I’ve tried writing posts with strong opinions before, (supposedly the correct way to blog) but counter-arguments were popping in my head as I typed, making the entire post seem like a contradiction. I’m wary to believe anything regarding philosophies or beliefs in general, (including religion) because I find it foolish to believe in an absolute truth. No offense to religious people.
Perhaps this is why math is so fascinating to me– even with different paths of reasoning, there will always be a truth. There aren’t any “soft” aspects to worry about–it’s just pure manipulation. However, the math taught in school is a complete bore. I wrote more about this in a post about algebra and math education nearly a year ago, but I also want to add that math isn’t a linear set of lessons to be taught one after another. In my mind, math is a complex web of ideas that needs to be woven together and applied collectively, not a bunch of loose concepts that are learned and forgotten. (Yes, this is completely going against what I said about believing philosophies, but this is an absolute truth for me. Tell me in the comments if you disagree.)
I’ve been reading a decent amount on education reform over the past school year, but realizing the faults of our schooling system isn’t exactly the best motivation to do well in school. Nevertheless, my mind has completely picked apart the current system and its problems, but once I get to the root of education and try rebuilding schools from the bottom up, what we have in place right now starts making sense, and it’s near impossible to think of an alternative other than to completely eliminate structured schooling altogether. (Which actually isn’t as bad of an idea as it sounds. See democratic education.)
Of course, this way of thinking lends me no credibility at all and makes me seem indecisive and insecure, (“I don’t know anything!”) but I like to think I have a clearer sense of reality than most people. It’s just disorganized, and I have trouble expressing it. Politicians on the other hand, will say practically anything with conviction and confidence, and people find a sense of security in hearing them, if not an alarm screaming “LIES.” (Hint: My career path: not politician)
For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to write a post about my thoughts on education, but seeing both sides of the issue makes it hard to decide what I’m really trying to say. Even though I’ve had multiple small discussions with people about school and how it should change, it’s hard to put down ideas onto
paper pixels and say “This is what I believe 100%” All I can say is that the current system’s not the best solution, but I can’t think of a better alternative. Excellent blogging skills put into action. *sarcasm
Anyways, what are your thoughts? How do you live in a world with so many competing philosophies? Is it more foolish to believe something fully despite opposing ideals, or to not be able to believe anything at all? Is living through the system without any doubts the right way to go? Are there any perspectives you view life or education from? Is there anything particularly controversial that I said that you want to refute? (Answer: No. At least I don’t think so.) Tell me!
Faith is belief without evidence and reason; coincidentally that’s also the definition of delusion.