The Theories of Everything
The crux of the school-based learning involved the understanding of basic concepts and theories related to different subjects. These basic concepts were like pieces to a puzzle; to understand the bigger, final picture, we first needed the individual pieces themselves. Back then, the purpose of these little concepts was to get a good grasp on the subject. Now, I am not sure that was the only reason we learned them. Every concept, whether it was English or Biological, boomeranged back to our daily life in one form or another. Their meanings, which when clear, not only helped us excel in that particular subject, but also provided us a hidden meaning. This meaning aligned itself with life’s most problematic situations and provided a way out of them.
Theory of relative laws
Remember when we used to study about the relative laws of motion, of how a man, sitting in a train is moving with respect to a man standing outside the train, but is at rest with respect to people in his train compartment? These laws presented the idea that the laws of motion and rest change with the position of the observer. Thus, what is important is the fact that we know who the observer is and where he is present.
Taking it a step further, the laws of real life work on these principles, to some extent. The laws change for the same person in different situations, that seem to generate the same idea. For example, honesty is an essential virtue in every walk of life. You must be honest with your work, your family, friends, choices and yourself. But in certain situations, honesty is not requisite. The attendees of a patient with a failing heart look up to the doctor with hopeful eyes, and in that one second, telling that attendee about his patient’s failing health will crush his hopes forever. The attendee himself knows about the condition of his patient. He just wants to expect a miracle. It is the doctor’s job to refrain from throwing an honest opinion, and encourage the attendee.
Theory of perfection
Once, my father and I, we were having a conversation regarding airplane control. He, being an aeronautical engineer, told me that the control and stability of an airplane, are two very important variables in flying. But, unfortunately, both can not be achieved simultaneously. If you have control over your aircraft, like in a fighter plane, you will have to compromise the stability. If you achieve stability, as in a passenger plane, the control of the plane will be very weak, as evident by its poor steering capability. The engineer and the pilot work to achieve both the variables, to achieve maximum efficiency of the plane. Ideal conditions suggest both occurring at the same time, whereas in reality, there is an almost situation in which you compromise for a midway deal.
Another example of the same type is in chemistry, where chemists try to locate the electron in the shells around an atom and determine its speed. According to the principle, you can get one or the other. If you successfully locate the electron, the speed of the electron will not be correct (due to some experimental effects). If you determine the speed, you will not be able to locate the electron. So you develop a compromise in which you try to get to the closest to the correct value for both the variables.
The point of the above mentioned, nerd discussion is; there is no perfection. There is always a perfect place, an ideal situation, we all are trying to achieve over the course of our lifetimes. Ideally, you are trying to bring all the variables together to achieve that perfection. In reality, you are searching for the best possible compromise between all the variables. In the process, we will be the right definition of a human being.
Theory of linguistics
In the book, The Alchemist, the author portrays a very significant point through the protagonist’s journey. The boy did not know the language of his sheep, but they understood him. He describes it as universal language which is applicable to everyone because it roots with the basic instincts of mankind. Love is the strongest of these languages. You need not write long paragraphs to express your feelings to the person you care about; you only need to smile and he’ll know. There is no need to give flowers and gifts to your pets to make them feel special; you just need to pat them and they’ll know their master loves them. You don’t know that beggar you saw on the road today, but your penny won his affections for a lifetime.
These theories are just a drop in an ocean. They constitute our daily life, being a part of the things we commit to visual, auditory and verbal memory. What is important is that we sensitize ourselves to the hidden information, so that every time something new passes through the different levels of our brain, we hear a tiny ‘beep’ to indicate that you just passed something significant. We need to open our senses to the world around us and let the world notify us of its mysteries. Our Holy Book, The Qur’an also instructs us to look for signs around us, because these signs lead us to God Himself.
Article by: Kashmala Adil Qazi