Interviewing Sialo Khan — A Head Full Of Dreams & Passion
I have the pleasure to publish the interview that i had with Sialo Khan.
For a bit of context, i connected with Sialo through Linkedin. I saw him as a highly dynamic individual who was always providing value to others by sharing motivational posts. The top 3 Featured Skills & Endorsements on Sialo’s Linkedin profile are namely : DREAMER, THINKER and TIME TRAVELER.
Having seen that, i knew that there was a big chance that he liked philosophy. I reached out to him and asked him if we could have a talk on philosophy. It was a very powerful interview. I learned a lot throughout this interview. I was amazed by Sialo’s wealth of knowledge beyond business related topics.
I believe that one should be really knowledgeable about philosophy, culture, history and human behaviour. Sialo has this intensive knowledge and understanding of how the world works.
For me, Sialo is the best example of how one can achieve greatness by being open minded.
In this interview we discussed the following topics:
- What is Philosophy?
- What are Sialo’s views on religion?
- Why we should be open minded?
- What’s the future for humanity?
- How philosophy can help you become a better business person?
- Why should you question everything?
- How to make the world a better place?
- Respect and Empathy
- Philosophical Theories
Sialo Khan: I have been passionate about Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics since high school. In my opinion they are similar in many ways. It has always intrigued me as a person to have answers to the most meaningful questions related to our existence. I always wanted to know more.
Q1: How did you become interested in Philosophy?
Since a young age, I’ve been a God fearing person. This is how I was living on a daily basis; doing good because I feared that God would punish me if I did otherwise. When I was in my senior year in high school, my teacher gave me a book by Dr. Abraham T. Kovoor called Gods and Demons. After I finished reading this book, I couldn’t believe in God and religion anymore.
When I reflect on my childhood, I realize that I only believed in God because my parents told me to.
That wasn’t my own belief.
With philosophy, I started to question things.
I started to believe more in science and less in religion.
I then started to read more about philosophy, science and quantum physics. I started to question the world. We tend to think that our world is big enough. There are actually 8 planets in our Solar system. Our galaxy has 4.5 billion stars like the Sun, Our nearest galaxy Andromeda has 1 trillion stars and there are billions of galaxies in known universe. There are billions of universes which exist. This means that there is a possibility that we have thousands of planets like the Earth that exist in our galaxy alone.
This should make us humble. I see people fighting for power and status and it doesn’t make sense to me. We are so small in this Universe.
We should focus on helping others and making sure that we are making the most out of our lives.
Reality vs Illusion
I read about the Butterfly Dream by Chang Tzu some years ago. It was really fascinating.
How do you differentiate reality and illusion? When are you sure that what you are living and experiencing is real?
“Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things.”
The problem of Evil
If we believe there is a God and he is omnipotent, then why Evil exists?
We are saying that God made Earth and he made us.
We are saying that he is Almighty and he controls everything, then why does he allow us to do bad things?
Then religion says that he is giving us free will.
Then why does it say that if you exercise free will to do bad things you’ll burn in hell?
This is not fair. This is not really free will.
On the topic of Love
I know one thing: I don’t hate people. I don’t judge people for their race, religion and/or sexual orientation. I focus on what we have in common, that is, we all want to love and be loved.
Life is too short to hate other people. I want this world to be a better place for everyone.
Q2: How did your family deal with your questions about religion and God?
My family was quite surprised but they accepted my decision. They told me that it’s my own faith and it’s up to me to decide as an adult what I want in life.
I believe that’s the way that it should be.
“We shouldn’t force our faith unto others. I’m not forcing my questions unto others.”
I have always had this compassionate attitude. I believe that we need to exercise empathy with others to thrive in life.
On the topic of Respect and Empathy
What I want to tell other people is that I’m not disrespecting their religion and/or faith. It’s everyone`s right to believe in what they want. I’m no one to judge other people’s faith.
I am just expressing my natural tendencies to question things as a passionate thinker and dreamer.
I believe in universal principles like respect, empathy, love and compassion.
Even though I don’t share religious beliefs, I believe in these principles and I can relate to people because we all share these principles as human beings.
Sometimes people take it too far. They fight for religion. That is wrong. I have only one main goal in life: make this world a better place. Everything that I do correlates to this goal.
The Future of the World| Billionaires | Global Wealth
The truth is that you have scientific data that says that in about 150 years we won’t have enough resources to have a sustainable life for everyone. We may have to find another planet to live on. I am big fan of Elon Musk because he is advancing our potential as human beings. There are a lot of billionaires that aren’t doing a fifth of what he is doing. They are only focused on generating more wealth for themselves and their families.
To be clear, I’m not saying that I hate money. I just want to earn enough to live comfortably.
If I become rich in the future, I will rather use this money to help other people rather than living in luxury.
I have been through a lot of hardships in my life and I know how it feels not to have anything at all.
Making the world a better place
We should strive to make this world a better place for everyone not only for ourselves. That’s why I firmly believe that associating with the right people changes everything.
Everyone has their own strengths. Not everyone can make space rockets like Elon Musk but that doesn’t mean that we cannot contribute by using our own talents.
You, Stephane, you are a writer. You write these amazing stories by interviewing other people. You spread these stories through social media. You are contributing to making the world a better place by leveraging your talent.
I have my own talents and strengths. I’m contributing to this world by engaging with other like-minded and positive people.
People need to find their own strengths and use them to make this world a better place. The world needs You!
Doing the right thing is the right thing | Principles
A lot of people think that if you don’t believe in God, you are a bad person.
I don’t need the fear of God or someone else to do the right thing. I do the right thing because I know it’s the right thing to do.
It doesn’t matter if it costs me money or a business opportunity.
If I spot an opportunity to make a lot of money but it goes against my principles, I won’t do it. I don’t care if I don’t become rich. Self-respect is everything.
If doesn’t matter how rich you are, if you lose self-respect, you lose everything.
You won’t be happy. Happiness should be the goal of our lives. Money doesn’t make us happy.
There was a time when I had no money and no food to eat but I didn’t compromise on my principles. I didn’t do it back then, I won’t do it now or in a near future.
I have the mental fortitude to say no to temptations because my set of principles is strong!
It did pay off. I met with the right people and I’m now on the right path to make an impact in this world thanks to the people who support me on a daily basis.
What is the point of being rich if you cannot live with yourself?
The post human era | having an open mind
I am a dreamer and a relentless thinker. I love to dream. I love to think. I know that one day humanity will migrate to another planet.
There is something called the post-human era where AI or some other entity will take over humanity.
Humanity will take another form. I’m saying this because I think that we need to keep an open mind to learn new things and expose ourselves to new ideas.
If we close our mind, we can’t gain new knowledge. Without constant learning, we can’t move forward and progress.
The only thing I know is that I know absolutely nothing.
It means that I can learn from anyone. I can learn by observing a child who is playing with his toys. I can learn by observing an animal in his natural habitat. I can learn by observing a plant…how it’s growing and how it protects itself from parasites. We can learn from anyone and anything if we decide to keep an open mind. Another important thing is to manage our ego.
We don’t need religion to become good human beings. We need a set of principles and values and a commitment to live in accordance with them no matter what.
Q3: How did philosophy helps you in business?
A lot of people think that business is just about making money but money doesn’t give you meaning. Buying things and owning more and more things won’t make you happy.
That’s why minimalism is growing in importance each year. People are rediscovering what really matters in life.
Philosophy helps me in business to make better decisions. So, let’s say I have 2 options:
Option A: Good business opportunity. Good for my wallet. Bad for my reputation (goes against my principles)
Option B: Will not make a lot of money. Good for my self-respect.
I will go with Option B. In the long run I know that taking more Option B type decisions will not make me rich but it will make me proud of myself.
Philosophy taught me that my decisions have implications.
Our choices have implications on others.
For example if you are a smoker you are damaging your health and the health of others around you but you are also supporting a billion dollar industry that kills millions of people each year.
Philosophy helps me to stay true to myself and have the appropriate mental models when making decisions.
Q4: What are your projects for this year?
I usually don`t believe in new year resolutions but I`m striving to be a better version of me every single day. I want to a better person physically, mentally and emotionally than I was yesterday.
I want to launch my own platform by the end of 2018 to educate and inspire people. I want to change the world for better. I want to be remembered for good.
When you help one person, you are changing one life. When you educate one person, you have the possibility to impact hundreds, thousands and possibly millions of lives.
Watch out for more philosophy talks between Sialo and me in 2018.
Thank you for reading.
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