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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Teach a man to fish

There is a lot of truth in the saying -

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Simply put, learning is the key to be successful in one's life. Do you agree?

Did you realize that the world is never static? If you did, it means you have probably adapted well to the new changes around you, and are a happy person. Otherwise, you are probably wondering what is wrong with your life.

There is a well-known principle of detachment (or non-attachment) in the Buddhist teachings. My basic understanding of this principle is that we need to let go of our old ways if we do not want to suffer any longer. This suffering comes about because we are not willing to change and are still hanging onto the old things while the circumstances around us have already changed.

There are many examples in life where we encounter such situations. For example, you may be in love with somebody who no longer loves you anymore. If there is really nothing you can do to win the person's love back, it is better to just let go than to cause more miseries to everyone. Well, I am sure you can think of various examples with similar circumstances. But I think the idea is the same - let go of the old ways and learn new ways to adapt to the new environment.

So, learning is what Nature intends us to do. If we accept it, we would have gained new experience. We never know what is in store for us. So why not be a little adventurous about it.

There are really very creative people out there. For instance, I came across this website called videojug while reading Ladan's site. I think you can learn or plainly enjoy the many videos that you find here. Its slogan is 'Life explained - On film'. Here are some of the videos I embedded here. Maybe you can learn a thing or two ;)

How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala

How To Make Naan Bread

How To Kiss Someone Passionately

How To Be The Perfect Girlfriend

How To Perform The Perfect Golf Swing

How To Serve: The Basics

VideoJug: Stephen Fry: The Internet

How To Put On A Condom