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心齋 | 14th Sep 2006, 01:17 AM | 評論是對現實的不滿
I suddenly realize that my English level is deteriorating faster than I have ever imagine. So I am going to write this post in English.

So people nowsdays, especially those in university, are complaining what they learn is useless for what they are going to do. Nearly no job advertisement in the newspaper requires calculus or matrix. Why waste your time learning all those nonesense. It is even harder to face this absurdity when your professor simply sucks, or the course is as boring as in hell. "Why study something for nothing" is a question that keep lingering in our mind.

I think the main problem lies not in whether what you learn is useful, but rather you have tried to use it. There are many ways to Rome, some faster, some slower, some are more difficult and the other is so straight forward that when you drive on it you will fall asleep. But certainly, different routes will have different sights, and different sights will give you different inspirations. It may need some effort (money) to get there by plane, but it is faster, it is more elegant, and probably it will be more puctual. The same is true for computer programmes. Certainly you can use a pen and paper to record down your monthly income and expense. Theoretically, Excel is just something Microsoft invents to get your money and hence lower your quality of life. Nevertheless, using Excel can let you change the numbers more easily and perform calculation and organization more effectively. Similarly, for what you have learnt in school, they are not necessary for live (otherwise Homo sapiens will go extinct 6000 years ago in when none of the books in your library exist). They just provide one more option for you to choose from. You can feed your goldfishes very day by your bare hands, or design a electromehanical device that can feed
it every 9am and 9pm.

Knowledge is always not necessary for live or even some of the jobs. But it provide you with an option. It "liberate" you from the constraint of nature and ignorance. It is always useful if you use it. It is only useful when you start to think about how to use it. Remember that knowledge is for live, just like getting a job is for live, but not the other way round. Some people think that what their lives for are just getting a job and stick with it. They are good. They devote their entire lives for the well-being of the society, but not for themselves. But I am selfish. I am not going to devote my entire life to the people sitting next to me in KMB. I am going to make myself happy. I will use my knowledge for my live. I will use my job for my live. They are all means. What I learn is for myself, but not for the application letter.

Knowledge is always useful if you use it. It is only useful when you start to think about how to use it. Not for your CV, but for your live. Sometimes it is not bad to be a little bit selfish.


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Yes, it is very true. People here are very different from what I have met before.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 15th Sep 2006 00:37 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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Mr Tam:
Your response in the previous comment wonders me.(assuming you knew that long ago)
I think studying in PolyU would enhance your perpective about life, as you may closely observe how people think quite differently from yours. This should be good.


[引用] | 作者 Dick L | 14th Sep 2006 23:49 PM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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Cris:
"Once I decide "serving others" as the reason, then I'm living my life for myself"
wa, a very good thought! Never think about it. mm........let me ponder upon it.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 14th Sep 2006 11:15 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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Yes, I know your keyword, but I intended to not mention it (I have been playing word games with my boss lately, so I wouldn't miss it).

I understand what you said, they are fundamentally different. But my goal will finally converge to yours also. Once I decide "serving others" as the reason, then I'm living my life for myself, not for others. I think we do represent two dominant thinkings of people heading as a researcher/scientist.

Though, as you said, at this point, it's important not to get frustrated easily. Let me use researcher/scientist as an example as I guess at least for now, that's what we are heading. Not everyone can be Nobel Prize winner, and your works won't even be known to many people most of the time. But, don't overlook the tiny things you've done as you've already made a difference already. From these small achivements, you may become big one day (but at the same time no need to be upset if you don't).


[引用] | 作者 cris | 14th Sep 2006 10:37 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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Oh, I find that I have written something about this topic years ago. Please see this link if anyone is interested.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 14th Sep 2006 09:49 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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P.S. the key word is "entire" here.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 14th Sep 2006 09:32 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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Cris:
I suddenly find that we two are very different fundamentally. I am a person of philosophy and you are a person of facts. In my point of view, of course devoting your entire live to the world is a lofty deed, but man is no saint. You can't keep yourself going just by moral principles. If you do everything just for others, sooner or later, you start to doubt what all that's for. Sometimes, we wanna help others simply because we want to get their affirmation. We want to get others' affirmation probably because we can't get it within. So we start to give ourselves to the world, in the hope that it will return the confirmation we need. But most of the time, people won't remember what your have contribute and just neglect you. Then you will lose yourself and lose your direction of living. By nature, human sapiens lives on desires, not moral principles. Of course, reason is one of the thing that distance us from the other animals, but it is never as fundamental as the instincts. Just like the devil comes from Lucia the hightest archangle. Setting too hight a standard will fall too low.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 14th Sep 2006 09:31 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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ar.........cris, actually no. It have nothing to do with the Maths class specifically.


[引用] | 作者 心齋 | 14th Sep 2006 08:59 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]

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So obviously your classmates are mumbling about the Maths class all day long. To see it from another angle (which I'm sure some will do later), you will only realize what you learn is never enough.

And I have a slightly different perspective than you. For me, I plan to devote my life for any stranger next to me. Not just that person, but also many many other people in the world. As I want to make a difference to help other people. Just a different perspective with different priority.


[引用] | 作者 cris | 14th Sep 2006 02:27 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]