“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.”
When I first read this, I couldn’t have agreed with it more. People come and go. People do not dictate the workings of our world, their actions do. And their actions bring about events. Events can change the course of history. But it’s not even an event that can change the world. It’s an idea.
An idea was what first inspired Newton to discover gravity, Nikola Tesla to electricity and Edison to steal it from him. It’s ideas that are the beginning of our course of actions. Ideas have changed the lives of millions of people around the world- both the good and the bad ones. It’s not a sane idea to want to erase a community because of their religion, but it’s an idea nonetheless, and a powerful one at that.
And yet we live in a culture consumed by discussing people and events. Actors, politicians, celebrities, sportspersons, musicians, you name it. If it’s not the people we are talking about, it’s their actions i.e. the events caused by them. Honestly, I’ve no interest in knowing the latest monkey-tricks pulled by a teenage-celebrity-gone-bad, but I have, it’s on the news!
A little step-up from people who discuss these things are people who discuss larger events- like the economy, the elections, the World Cup, the implementation of a new nuclear weapon.
Why does our world have to revolve around people’s actions after they’ve taken place. The new anti-terrorism bill passed has thousands of protestors, because the government never asked it’s own people for their opinions before passing it. The women’s safety issue is still unresolved because women- the main victims, didn’t partake in the debate. This goes on forever… every base concept of a problem isn’t thought through. Ideas aren’t discussed anymore.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “God Is Dead”, I say philosophy is dead. Pragmatic approaches are based on full-proof ideas, and for that people need to THINK! Maybe we do live in amaterialistic world, but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the intangible stuff!
It’s the 21st century, we are evolved enough to discuss ideas with open minds without the danger of violence, or so I thought. The intellectual community seems to have sold their brains to the scientists, who have no other vocation than to discuss their antagonistic research and results.
There is a new community emerging, though. They call themselves, ‘the spiritually aware’, ‘the self-realised’ or enlightened, even the ‘Indigo children’. The spiritual, in my humble opinion, ranks higher than the intellectual, simply because it upholds the well-being of humanity to supersede every other thing- something science has still not realized.
Maybe someday, the intellectual, physical and spiritual will simply remain words and humanity will come to self-realisation from it’s own stupidity.