Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Something went wrong.
– Oscar Wilde
This quote really resonated with me. I believe that these days we consume so much from around us. We are overindulging in information that might not be important to us, but that is not the real issue there. I would say that over time the ideas you consume become your thoughts. Our environment shapes us and really can change us from the ground up if we allow ourselves to be exposed to it long enough.
Imagine that you have always admired recipes from a certain chef. You never tried them but know everything there is about them. You have watched how he prepares all his recipes several times and know the ingredients inside out. You also have extensive knowledge of the cookware and about temperature and cooking time. Let’s say that you finally got your hands on all the components to try out one of his recipes. You follow exactly all his steps, but you find out that application is very different from theory. The cake you made was not as soft as expected, was burnt at the bottom and tasted very bland. Now the question is where the fault would lie. If all conditions were the same then the only logical explanation would be the lack of experience. I wonder at this point whether the “knowledge” on cooking was simply information without value yet.
“If you are painted by external things, it is not that they disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now”
Our lives are moving very rapidly these days and constantly are we bombarded with information that we must interpret. Some of them may be pleasant to us, while others may not. This poses the question on whether we are slaves to what we are exposes to or if we can regulate and control those external factors.
In this current day and age technology has become quite advanced. Destinations that would require months to cover can be travelled in hours. People who are on the other side of the planet can communicate with us as if we were right in front of them. We are able to consume a lot of information quickly on a single device. Life has become quite convenient and efficient. But you know what... of course there will always be the misuse of such technologies as well. You see although we have the potential to be more connected, in reality we are more disconnected than ever.
Take everything with a grain of salt. Knowledge is abundant, but the same cant be said about truth. Rather than taking in information as it is, we should seek to find the answers for ourselves and reach our own conclusions. Knowledge can be bent to serve a certain agenda or could have been passed down while losing its meaning over time.
People love talking about themselves. They love sharing their experiences and their point of view of the world. But to share it with someone else, the other person should presumably be listening intently. Well, this is not always the case, as good listening is a rare skill.