If you’re anything like a typical 21st-century kid, you study for one of the following reasons:
you have to (you’re a student)
your parents make you
you just absolutely love studying
And if you fall into the third category, then you and I can be besties (yay!) and while away time discussing the benefits and side effects of studying. The benefits would be that not only do we increase our focus and mental capacity, but we also develop the habit of wanting to know stuff. The only major side effect of this would be that we don’t pay attention to anything which doesn’t stimulate our brains in a stunning manner (I’m looking at you, family dinners).
The main reason we study is for educational purposes. You want to get into Harvard and invent something dope, you’ll have to study. You want to know how the brain works, you’ll have to study about it. You want to change the world, you’ll have to study about how the world functions.
But the most important reason is really to outsmart the lies in the present society. In our world today, almost everyone is constantly trying to mess things up. Men and women are being beaten. Shit on. Kids are shamed. This is the new age holocaust. 24 hours a day, for the rest of our lives, ‘the powers that be’ are dumbing us to DEATH. So, to defend ourselves and fight against assimilating this process into our brains, we must learn to study and read. to stimulate our own imagination. To cultivate our own consciousness. Our own beliefs.
We need to study to defend and preserve our own minds.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
― Atwood H. Townsend
The first thing that comes into my mind is film. The entire film industry is either meant to persuade, inform or entertain the audience. No wonder the entertainment industry is one of the most popular streams of work, since 13% of Americans alone watch at least one movie a month.
However, with the growing diversification of the world audience, there are other streams of entertainment, like stand-up comedy, TED and TEDx Conferences, Panels and TV series. Not only do these provide people with different forms of entertainment, but they also provide people with more opportunities to be discovered and share their own stories.
Part of what I do on this blog (besides sharing ideas) is to entertain people in some way. It could be by making a nasty joke or giving you extremely staggering statistics about the number of atoms in an apple (13200000000000000000000000) or tell you the story of someone you need to know. As long as I have your attention and you want more, I am entertaining you.
Entertainment is all about the stories you tell, and the memories you make because of them.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learnt something than educate people and hope they were entertained. – Walt Disney
That’s gonna be the biggest question on my mind, every Sunday from today.
So I thought I’d make my first blog post very honest: I have no idea what to write about. All I know is that I want to write about something that blows my (and your) mind, inspires me and truly, deeply TOUCHES my soul. I want to share stories and write inspirational music and give you mind-shattering stats about things you never cared to care about.
The world we live in, with the advantage of Google, blesses us with instant and ample information about literally everything (from 15 cool ways to tie shoelaces to 4 ways to chop onions). I want to use this to our advantage and know things that we’ve never heard about but DESERVE to be known about. I want to use the web to actually make a change.
It’s time we create ideas that empower and educate.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe