So last night I decided to go out into my balcony and just stare into the dark beyond. I kept looking and looking and then I saw the first star I had seen in days. And then another. And then ten more. I wondered. Wondered what it would be like if each one had its own solar system, with its own signs of life. I thought, how mysterious and suffocating it felt to be the only living species we knew about. I felt one of them, whose light was just reaching us, blow up into a supernova and leave behind nothing but a tiny, infinitesimal speck in this vast, indifferent universe. And possibly multiverse.
When I look up the pitch black sky at night, dotted with stars older than human mankind, I almost feel like I’m standing on the edge of the atmosphere and I can see the darkness of the universe, which gives me immense comfort. And even though all we’d be able to see is pitch black nothingness, the realisation that this nothingness will go on forever reassures me. No matter how far you look. Now matter how many lights you put up. No matter how many wars we fight, how many worlds we put out of existence, no matter how many species crumble and fade away into oblivion, the dark will be, and the stars will continue to be beautiful till the end of this universe’s time. And then the start of another.
I used to ask myself why I loved the night so much.
Finally, I seem to have a reasonable answer.
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams
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