You Know What You Are, But Not What You May Be

“We know what we are, but not what we may be” ~William Shakespeare

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Nice to collaborate on this site and in perfect harmony with the universe around me (thoughts, people, planets, stars …) I write this short article to Mousumi and intelligent readers of Success Stories.

This is a reflection, I think of the appropriateness of this time of change and uncertainty that occur at a dizzying pace in most parts of the world. We live in a fast and stressful environment that doesn’t not allows us to think quietly. It is a world that ignores fundamental values such as ethics or effort, where honor has lost its prestige and greed and material success are the main reference.

We have formed societies where there is a plenty of information yet people lack knowledge. And those who have plenty of knowledge lack judgment. And a great majority suffer from prejudices and lack wisdom.

Then the problem is education?
To some extent yes, but not quite. Jaim Etcheverry says that “Education is to show what each is capable, giving an idea of the extent of their possibilities.” But from there is the individual who must assume his own responsibility, work on his own growth and generate his desire and determination to shine… or fade.

George Trevelyan says,

“Education has gotten people to learn to read, but is unable to point out what is worth reading.”

No one doubts that education is a fundamental pillar for the individual and collective development, but the problem is that the educational system rarely addresses the core aspects that shape students as a person. It rather emphasizes on rote learning and the curriculum. In other words it’s a uniform and automated process that lacks personalized training. So the great minds and artists of all time did not adapt to the system and were diagnosed as failures, with Einstein as a paradigmatic example.

I think education is all about reflective thinking, self-awareness, and connecting with our “Source”, whatever name one can give to that source.

The wise teacher Aurobindo teaches that one who believes that his thoughts arise only from his very own mind, is like one who believes that news, movies or music are generated inside the radio or television. Our mind is like the radio receiver tuned to a frequency and can receive information from wherever it originates, however far it is.

From my point of view, it is self-awareness, reflective thinking or connecting with “the Source” the key that generates the desire and energy that connects with a transmitter point in the Universe….

History shows that the greatness of thought and creative vision are not in books or in school. This greatness is born in the uneasy conscience of someone who thinks deeply and tries to solve creative challenges. At the bottom of this self-consciousness is born the power of creative thinking. Our mind becomes sharper and brighter the closer they get to “the Source.”

Antonio Blay Fontcuberta, a master of psychology and author, says:

“Our individual mind is connected to the Universal Mind, which derives all its knowledge and knowing.”

If we still have doubts, here we have Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Max Planck, Pauli, Faraday, Edington, Einstein, Edison… all great physicists who, in different ways, reached the same conclusion: “I do not know what that power, but it exists.”

In other disciplines it is the same. Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin or Tchaikovsky created subtle beauty with invisible rhythms and thrilling harmony in every note.

In other disciplines it is the same. Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin or Tchaikovsky created subtle beauty with invisible rhythms and thrilling harmony in every note.

The author can be contacted on an.ibaez@yahoo.es