I would like to insist that humans are not as remarkable as they think. It’s seemingly overzealous but, for one, our minds, even for the best of us, are very much elastic and our judgments suspect. We can believe anything. Actually, I think this is what forms the premise for addictive behavior, obsession and frustration. An immediate example is the case of Alan Turing, a mathematician who technically curtailed the duration of World War 2 by a few years through his remarkable work in decrypting Nazi communication and yet yielded to the persuasion of suicide. Moreover, in what became known as the Heaven’s Gate Scandal, a man named Appleton convinced over thirty of his followers to commit suicide with him supposedly so they could aboard a spaceship which he claimed was hovering behind a comet that year.
As long as you talk to people, associate with anyone or see things, especially when you do not have strong convictions, you are susceptible to misconceptions and social hacks. Perhaps the best way to defend yourself from this is by being suspicious of self; reserving a part of you to scrutinize every of your actions and being more intentionally thoughtful before you make even the simplest of decisions. How about you do this when you are in bed soliciting sleep?
Maybe I was overzealous in saying that humans are not as remarkable as they think. A more helpful thought would be that we can be more remarkable if we were a little paranoid about ourselves.
About The Editor
This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.