Language, mind, software learning, and liberal arts

5 years of fighting in China, I experienced true love and felt free. 7 years of fighting in US, I am stilling struggling with many basic things. This fight has been so long.

In order to form memory, the mind is trying to reach some more solid ground, some kinds of conclusion. In doing so, it has the tendency of shifting away from the real original experience, jumping into conclusion, or out of habit, interpret the new experience according to old long stuck views and reinforce the old view (either plus or minus). So to avoid this, it is important to at the time of significant experience, acknowledge what is truly experienced or the more reliable evidence as is, don’t jump into any conclusion, just keep what you can reach as is. This, of course, is the function of the notebook.

The same as our bodies subject to various forces, our minds also subject to various forces. For example, past, present, future. When we see or hear things, they are all forces. Forces are applied to create memory, to recall memory… How do you tame your mind?

As I can envision, since software is my art of life, by achieving greatness in this art, I will have a lot more grounds to play other things. Indeed, everything will be natural after that. But to achieve the greatness in my art, I need the same level in other arts as I had in China. At least, I need more space, more familiarity with various kinds of space. That is where the great flexibility of software learning comes from. (For example, project choosing. Choosing which tech to learn and being very brave with it. Use the bottom layer knowledge with great flexibility and accuracy. More aware of the context. Be brave and intuitive to use direct approach, short cut…) It is very much needed. It will greatly accelerate the speed. Indeed, your learning of software programming will be at least 1000 times faster if you have a very strong liberal arts and business background. In Chinese, we say Ru Yu De Sui (like fish getting into water), Zuo You Feng Yuan (the source is everywhere).
2 years ago, I felt the acceleration. Then gradually used it up because I have to work. I need to go back to that. Get my other arts to a whole new level. Then apply great force to my major art. (It seems I am a little trying to jump to conclusion here. 🙂 )


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