Extending your boundary

I look outside through the wooden framed window in my bedroom and see children playing in the nearby park. Two girls are on the swing. Every time the swing goes high up in the air, they giggle. A group of toddlers not very far away from them are running around in circles and on the benches along the periphery of the park, sit concerned mothers who look up now and then to keep an eye on their kids. But there is only so much that I can see, so much that I can hear, from the comfort of my bedroom. I can’t interact. I can’t participate. All I can do is observe and understand from what I can I see through the outline of my window. To know beyond that, I need some other source of information.

Parents are like such windows. They expose us to the outside world to the best of their knowledge and ability at our convenience. What they share is valuable but limited. In order to get a wider picture of the world, we need to extend our boundaries. We need to leave our home to experience reality first hand and interact with the world one on one. The wider the boundary, the more information you’ll have. By observation, students limit themselves to their family and friends when it comes to making important life decisions. It is not because they are not capable of making their own decisions, but lack the information required to make the right decision.

In a world full of information, how do you know what to rely on and what to follow? Too much information can be overwhelming and confusing. It can compel you to think more and make more decisions. In that case, should you just cut yourself off from all the other information? No. Limiting information and knowledge to avoid these problems is not the right solution. What you need to do is focus on what you want and only look at the dominant information. It is the details that make you think so much.

Logic is a very useful tool that can help you in the process. It can answer your questions and decrease thinking and decision making by half. Logic works in a very simple way. When things are logical, they make more sense, which in turn makes it easier for you to rely on your judgement. You need logic to minimize confusions and help you make the right decision.

So, next time when you have to make an important decision, expose yourself to the information but only focus on the dominant part and use logic to see if it is making any sense. Simple right?