- James Zhang
- Frisco, TX
- United States
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Understanding, Listening, and... Focus!
One summer a while ago, I was an extremely active forumer on here. But then school happened and I got my ass kicked, hence the inactivity. But I survived and graduated, and now I've got a job, a job that means a lot to me.
To the point, that summer was revolutionary to me. I was actively pondering, talking with people on Ted, thinking about why there are problems in the world, listening to Tupac's music, and then they hit me. I found World Changing revelations. The biggest one is this:
The cause of all human problems is Misunderstanding.
To this day, I have yet to disprove this, and I dare you to challenge this theory. Every problem, from horrible code, to bad IT management, to unengaging teachers, etc. all had this commonality or led to it somehow in some way.
So if the problem is identified, then everyone needs understanding.
by Listening. And I don't mean the kind of "listening" where you're in some russian nuclear physics lecture and you hear the guy talk everything he says just becomes asjfkldsajkfjdfjsdlawhat, or the kind of "listening" where your mom tells you the list of chores like take out the trash, clean the dishes, wash the dog, do the laundry, etc. when you're in the middle of a playing Super Smash Bros. with some friends and you just go "uh huh, uh huh, no NO OH GOD NOOOOOOO". That's not listening at all because zero message is getting to the brain.
This is true listening. True listening is when you're engaged.
It's when you read a good book you can't put down. It's when you watch Forrest Gump and you cried. It's when you're playing Smash Bros. with your friends and not paying attention to your mom telling you to do chores. It's when you heard loud and clear what the shy kid has to say. It's when you didn't understand what a Pointer in Java is and instead of just keeping quiet, you ask the teacher to clarify.
This is listening.
What's the commonality? The revelation I found today is...