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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 46 – Understandings

Understandings are basically how well you can realize the existence and purpose of what is presented to you. You also need to be able to realize their methods in order to make life easier to live for yourself. If you understand what is going on, it can reveal the truth and thus create a comfortable situation for you. You will worry if you don’t know exactly what’s going on in a situation that you care about. By understanding what is going on, the barriers that would potentially halt progression are removed. A particular instance in which this applies is school. We go by trying to learn and understand the concepts taught by our teachers in different subjects such as math and science and if we don’t know it well enough, we tend to worry when it comes time to be tested on our knowledge. When you are aware of what is going on, it is essentially saying that you have a full grasp on the information being presented to you. In order to do so you need to completely be aware of almost every aspect of what you are trying to understand like how the topic at hand operates and the affects they have on life and in particular, your life. A good way to increase that amount of topics from which you are comfortable with is to ask questions. Questions are a huge way to increase understanding because you are inquisitive and thus take the actions to reveal any potentially obscured points. If you are on the transmitting end of spreading knowledge, you need to know your target audience in order to maximize the amount of people who will fully understand what you are saying or the point you are trying to advocate. It is important to recognize that not everyone will understand the same things mainly stemming from an individualized perspective on life. What a PhD in Med School knows about medicine, a little kid probably still hasn’t even recognized the concept of medicine. To make your point widely accessible to the general public, you need to make your point clearly identifiable. If you want others to understand and thus realize or relate to the point you have to make, you need to make it as concrete and obvious as possible. In life it is impossible for you to understand everything that is going on but there is a negative consequence to this. Misunderstandings and confusion will likely ensue if you are unsure of a particular topic. Because of this, collaboration or progression becomes stunted and it has the potential to waste tons of resources like time and money. Being on the same page increases the flow of productivity and thus the advancement of society. Having an understanding of the world or the topic you are working with removes obscurity and gives you a directed path to work on in order to improve your future as well as the lives of others.

-Allan Nicholas

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