What if everyone did it?

This question is called Kant’s categorical imperative. We use this theory for things that are convenient for us and not for everything. When it comes to saving money for the future, we usually do not ask this question – what if everyone saved their earnings and not spend at all? We usually take it as a given that everyone spends their money to live in the present and be a consumer.

Since careerism and consumerism go hand in hand, one of the questions I am interested in knowing is what if everyone stopped having careers.

Perception supercedes expression

I came across an interesting article that talked about a yogi’s perspective on marketing. Our education system and the internet has made today’s world the age of expression and not perception. We are enhancing our activities without is trying to improve our capabilities. As a result, we live in a world where confidence rules over clarity.  Our adverts are an example of this.

We have been taught to be too goal-oriented, and consequently, we consider everything as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Goals must be a side effect of the process and not vice-versa. If we become too goal-oriented, our goals are decided by other’s capabilities. Keeping up with the Joneses becomes the norm, hence. We will never think of the other possibilities we could have done. Instead, we merely follow what our neighbors do. Since marketing focuses on people’s wants and not the needs, we had to do ‘marketing.’

Focus is a consequence of involvement

When we are asked to focus on something, we consider focus as an act in itself. That’s why we find it so hard to concentrate on something for a long time. Our social media and smartphone indulgence aren’t helping us either.

But, here is a better strategy to practice concentrationgetting involved. When we are not involved and passively engaged in something we find it hard to concentrate for a long time. However, involvement can make this much easier.

Just like how our actions are a consequence of expression of ourselves and our joy, the focus is a consequence of our involvement.

Making our gut smarter

More often than not we keep hearing that “trust your instincts.” While that works sometimes, what is important here is to make our instincts or guts smarter. Then, it makes sense to trust our instincts. So, how can we do this?

The more we practice something, the better we become at doing that thing. Similarly, we need to practice listening to our instincts often enough, so it gets smarter over time. Here are some ways to making our guts brighter:

  1. Practicing in private making a judgment call on something. Blogs are a great way to do this. They are also, free.
  2. Volunteering for a non-profit is another excellent way to do practice making judgments. It’s extremely low risk.
  3. Finding out a peer group to sharing and talking through your instincts so that they are no longer your instincts.

Education for transformation and destruction

Anything that has the power to transform our lives can also, cause destruction to our lives. For instance, electricity has transformed our lives yet it can cause destruction. Similarly, education can either transform or bring destruction depending on what we are being educated on. Global warming is a stark example of this.

If you think about it, are educated people or uneducated people ruining the planet? I am sure we have a unanimous answer here.

Competence triumphs passion

While we have been taught to dream, aspire, have ambitions, be passionate, and set goals since childhood, not many of us have been taught to focus more on cultivating our competence and skillset.

Our education system is to be blamed for this as it churns out “educated” people to serve a larger economic engine by making us all cogs in the machine.  The system is too much goal-oriented and it enhances our ego and desires but, never encourages us to keep learning to improve our competence and aptitude. As a result, we feel stressed out in the competition. A competent person will never feel stressed out amidst the competition.

Passion and desires without the necessary aptitude and competence will burn us down eventually. It will make us feel envious towards other successful people and is not helpful to us in any way.

It’s always a better strategy to work on constantly outsmarting ourselves instead of simply being passionate. It follows that working right is always better than finding the right work.


Self-awareness for a holistic problem-solving

Many of us are extremely good at providing cosmetic fixes to problems that humanity faces. While some of the fixes such as pain management in medical care are amazing, many fixes are merely cosmetic in the sense that they are symptomatic treatments and doesn’t necessarily remove the cause.
Any problem that can be perceived by our five senses is wonderfully solved using cosmetic fixes. For instance, in the US, waste disposal problem is well organized where trash bins are kept and emptied regularly. A more holistic approach resulting is a permanent fix would be to minimize waste generation by reducing overall consumption, which is yet to happen.
Similarly, modern medicine focuses more on treating the symptoms by finding and making easy access to drugs whereas a more holistic approach would be to eliminate the cause itself by ensuring easy access to quality food, air, and water.
We need to see and understand beyond what our five senses can perceive to find holistic solutions to humanity’s problems. It begins with self-awareness.