Problems are better than solutions
March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
We shouldn’t be afraid of trying to solve a problem knowing that it is going to create another problem.
That is the whole point of discovery. If there is nothing new to answer, nothing new to find, nothing new to say, what else is left for us to do. It is like sitting in a concealed room, inhaling the same air we just breathed out, with maybe a tea spoon of stinky fart as an additional ingredient over and over again. Repetition kills the creative mind.
A problem left by itself will only rot. Its total a waste a mind. But when you rather nurture it, feed it with answers, it would/might develop into something new, something big. We might find something totally unexpected. Polio cure.
Accidents don’t just happen, they are created.
There is no knowledge in the old. Knowledge exists in the finding the unknown. It lies right beneath the mistakes. Now do not misunderstand. I am not saying old is to be forgotten. Old i.e. past i.e. history, is to be considered more as a guideline and not as a rule. Old is where the wisdom is.
Without knowing or understanding the mistakes of history, there is no history to be made.
I read this below quote from someone named Ralph Caplan,
Invent a better mousetrap, and your create the problem of mouse disposal. Incite the world to beat a path to your door, and you create the problems of traffic control, of quality control, of distribution control, of inventory control, of self control.