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Thinking as a Hobby by William Golding
Sometimes we think less and sometimes we overthink. Nevertheless, humans are habitual thinkers by
nature. I believe that the mind is a different entity from the self, more so to the personal characters and
personalities we establish to others and to our own. David Hume defined the self as something that is
constantly changing, and impermanent. Hence, it is definite that our perception towards a person must be
different from how he or she thinks. On the contrary, Rene Descartes may have argued that people are
innately rational, grounded on his principle and legacy I think, therefore I am however, the cognitive
aspect only plays a vital role in transforming the self into how we choose to present ourselves to others.
The classification of grades constructed by Golding has imparted a realization to me that thinking has a
distinct sets of styles and we are actually capable of utilizing each, depending on the situations we are
hooked in to. He also proved that it is true that our thinking is influenced by our experiences, emotions,
feelings, and of course, it is also hinged upon the general societal perception and beliefs. Above all, I have
learned that knowing these thinking styles could be beneficial to better understand and communicate with
a diverse and complex personalities.
The Creation of Discontent by Juliet Schor
It is an innate human nature to feel unending discontentment because we tend to succumb to irrational
comparisons of achievements, material possessions, and physical attainments of others and ours. Once we
acquire something, we tend to become oblivious and eager to reach for more than what we can bear. It is
proper to live by the virtue of acceptance and contentment, but sometimes, we cannot control ourselves
of being greedy for something more than what we have. St. Augustine, a philosopher, once stated that love
of physical objects may further lead to greed if not handled accordingly. It is important to set a distinct line
between our needs and wants, for we could fall into the pit of our dilemmas if we choose to focus on the
whims we wish to obtain. Disordered love results when a man chooses to love the wrong things. The idea
of chronic and excessive materialism does not necessarily equate to happiness nor does it guarantee
eternal joy. We must ensure to be imbued by the value of satisfaction in order to actively respond to the
demands and challenges, and to further achieve genuine happiness in life.
Marks of an Educated Man by Alan Simpson
John Locke’s concept of tabula rasa states that we are born with empty knowledge, and honed by
experiences in our quest of achieving wisdom. Likewise, the acquisition of liberal education skills, according
to Simpson is an arduous process that will take a sufficient amount of time depending on the cognitive
threshold a person possesses. Liberal education is important in recognizing falsified statements and
messages which can be in a façade of a deceiving truth. In learning this, it is vital for a person to leave a
space for doubt and be skeptic enough on things before completely allowing the self to affirm and believe.
In this world where there are a lot of uncertainties and shams, there is only one thing absolute that is
our final conviction. Hence, we have to be vigilant enough in our assumptions and conclusions. We have to
be more literate and observant than those of who practice perfect scamming and fraud, turning us into
fools. Like Socrates who views himself as someone who does not know everything, we should search for
answers on our own to vanquish ignorance. With this, we will be able to find our purpose along our own
pursuit for meaning. Finally, we can save ourselves from the negative consequences of getting fooled.

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Thinking as a Hobby by William Golding Sometimes we think less and sometimes we overthink. Nevertheless, humans are habitual thinkers by nature. I believe that the mind is a different entity from the self, more so to the personal characters and personalities we establish to others and to our own. David Hume defined the self as something that is constantly changing, and impermanent. Hence, it is definite that our perception towards a person must be different from how he or she thinks. On the contrary, Rene Descartes may have argued that people are innately rational, grounded on his principle and legacy— I think, therefore I am— however, the cognitive aspect only plays a vital role in transforming the self into how we choose to present ourselves to others. The classification of grades constructed by Golding has imparted a realization to me that thinking has a distinct sets of styles and we are actually capable of utilizing each, depending on the situations we are hooked in to. He also proved that it is true that our thinking is influenced by our experiences, emotions, feelings, and of course, it is also hinged upon the general societal perception and beliefs. Above all, I have learned that knowing these thinking styles could be beneficial to better understand and communicate with a diverse and complex personalities. The Creation of Discontent by Juliet Schor It is an innate human nature to feel unending discontentment because we tend to succumb to irrational comparisons of achievements, material possessions, and physical attainments of others and ours. Once we acquire something, we tend to become oblivious and eager to reach for more than what we can bear. It is proper to live by the virtue of acceptance and contentment, but sometimes, we cannot control ourselves of being greedy for something more than what we have. St. Augustine, a philosopher, once stated that love of physical objects may further lead to greed if not handled accordingly. It is important to set a distinct line between our needs and wants, for we could fall into the pit of our dilemmas if we choose to focus on the whims we wish to obtain. Disordered love results when a man chooses to love the wrong things. The idea of chronic and excessive materialism does not necessarily equate to happiness nor does it guarantee eternal joy. We must ensure to be imbued by the value of satisfaction in order to actively respond to the demands and challenges, and to further achieve genuine happiness in life. Marks of an Educated Man by Alan Simpson John Locke’s concept of tabula rasa states that we are born with empty knowledge, and honed by experiences in our quest of achieving wisdom. Likewise, the acquisition of liberal education skills, according to Simpson is an arduous process that will take a sufficient amount of time depending on the cognitive threshold a person possesses. Liberal education is important in recognizing falsified statements and messages which can be in a façade of a deceiving truth. In learning this, it is vital for a person to leave a space for doubt and be skeptic enough on things before completely allowing the self to affirm and believe. In this world where there are a lot of uncertainties and shams, there is only one thing absolute— that is our final conviction. Hence, we have to be vigilant enough in our assumptions and conclusions. We have to be more literate and observant than those of who practice perfect scamming and fraud, turning us into fools. Like Socrates who views himself as someone who does not know everything, we should search for answers on our own to vanquish ignorance. With this, we will be able to find our purpose along our own pursuit for meaning. Finally, we can save ourselves from the negative consequences of getting fooled. Name: Description: ...
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