The Quest For Knowledge, One Approach For Enjoying Life

March 06, 2016 at 3:00 AM



Tags: Star Trek Knowledge Learning Life Experiences Outlook Positive Negative
Category: Social Issues

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I grew up, from a very young age, being exposed to Star Trek. It was ALWAYS on the TV, my family watched it, we had one TV, so that meant I watched it too. Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, those were the main ones. This experience, early, and throughout my childhood, had a great impact on who I am today.

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It instilled into me that there is no greater objective in life, than the quest for knowledge, learning, experiencing, working to better ourselves. Not only that, but, with a scientific mind, observe, learn, and enhance your understanding of not only yourself, but the world around you. 

I am, however, not here to sing the praises of Star Trek, or any other TV franchise for that matter. 

What I AM here to talk about, is the approach on life I take, and how I feel it has enhanced my satisfaction/enjoyment of the experience of being alive as a human being.

The problem is, I don't know if this behaviour can simply be adopted, however, I do believe it can be learned. To start, you have to care. It's the want to know, to understand, everything you see, everything you experience. You see that light fixture near you? How does the lightbulb work? what gasses are used? What is the filament made from? how does it differ from the reaction inside a different style of bulb? It's about wanting to understand the little things, the big things, and even, even the dark and terrible things. 

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They say curiousity killed the cat, but that is not a saying I subscribe to.

How does this approach enhance one's enjoyment or satisfaction with life? When you make knowledge the goal, every tidbit is an accomplishment, another stamp for the collection, so to speak. It brings order to your understanding of the world, and de-blurrs the mysteries, makes everything clear. This also gives a sense of power. You are in control of your surroundings, you understand them, you know everything about them, and if you don't you will soon. You'll conquer the unknown, and that's a mighty feeling.

However, that is not the only way this outlook can 'help'. When you are going through rough times, things are falling apart, sure, you of course go ahead and do everything you can to fix it, and that is great. Things will still ultimately run their course, though, and we're not always able to solve every problem immediately. Sometimes we are powerless. This is still however, an occasion that can have some benefits. You are experiencing something, meaning you are learning something. You now have first-hand experience, on what it is like to go through that situation. This gives you a greater understanding of the human experience, as well as being able to better understand others who have faced similar challenges, and helps you relate to these people. Understanding is a powerful force for good, and, of course, Knowledge is power.

So, let me use a personal example. My experience since coming out as transgender, has been the most disasterous, and negativity-filled part of my life, ever. I've been totally ruined. Lost my family, my home, my job, many friends, everything has been affected. It's also been hell emotionally and psychologically. But now, let's apply my aforementioned view on life, to this situation. I have gained so much knowledge and experience. I know so much now that I didn't know before. The sheer amount of information I've taken in is truly astounding. That is not even counting the first-hand experiences I've gained, which gives me new insights on what it's like to be a trans person, a minority, a woman, a member of the LGBT spectrum, and more. This helps me understand, and relate to, so many people, who were merely a punchline, or an anec dote, to me before. That makes me a better person, it makes me treat others better, and in some small, tiny way, that helps make the world a better place. In the end, is that not justification enough for the quest for knowledge?

The best part is, there is so much you could possibly learn, you can never learn it all, and we can all learn and experience different things. 

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Ihis article may sound to many of you like "well, isn't this obvious stuff?". However, in today's society, I don't think it is. It seems less and less people want to learn, want to understand, or want to relate. Too many people care only for themselves and their pre-defined little bubble, with no curiousity or interest in things outside of it. I think we all know someone like that.

Perhaps, they simply need to be inspired. 

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