Monday, January 23, 2012

Small Details Are What Life Is All About?

First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(1742 - 1799)

You think you know something. Anything. You read. You listen. You discuss. You summarize what you knew. Or you think you knew. 

You pick a stand based on what you knew. Based on the summary of what you knew. You leave out the small details that you deem unimportant. Quite often, the summary is based upon generalization.

Generalization is powerful. Everything has a pattern. Fractals, numbers. In nature. In concrete. Either you find the formulas, or you create one. One size may not fit all. You create clusters of formulas. Among these clusters you choose what you can fit into categories. The process continues. It's a pattern. A repetition. Only at different scales.

Now. How do you choose the unimportant details? Is it simply because it's out of your chosen pattern? Or you discriminate the details and miss the actual pattern at a bigger scale? 

Just because we aren't well exposed to the "small" details, it doesn't mean that it's right to be taken for granted. What would an integration be without the constant C? It would be impossible to solve the problems. In short, even the smallest detail matters. 

Please don't take anything for granted. What we think is small may already be at large but we're denying the sense that we have to acknowledge that. They may not be the majority but they're there, screaming to be heard and to be put into the rightful equation. Small  quantities does not imply its degrees of importance in the same measurement. Proverb said

"Good things come in small packages" . 

Yes, that's exactly another generalisation but no, it's not completely absurd. 

Yes, discrimination is a big word. So be extra careful with our judgement. Pick ideas wisely. Also, let's have a bit of compassion for the people around us. Life would be much easier with more love and acceptance for diversity in life. 

In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught - Babu Dioum 1968

No comments: