There was a 20% discount ongoing at my favourite bookshop. Being a lover of knowledge and books, I dropped by yesterday to see if there were any new additions I could make to my library. I was not really expecting to find much since I had bought most of the books that interested me. Still, my mind hungered for new knowledge. I needed to read something I had not read before. I did not even want to read anything that I had some knowledge of since I had been moving in the same circles lately. Unexpectedly, something caught my eye.
The Korean Mind
When I saw “the Korean Mind,” I stopped in my tracks and picked it up. I have been a big fan of Korean Dramas for a few years. But I tend to avoid tragedies and stick to historical epics and romantic comedies. Korean tragedies are very heart wrenching and I am not keen on putting myself through such deep sorrow. Korean epics and romantic comedies are just right. They can still make me feel a range of emotions from sorrow to joy. But here the intensity is much more manageable. In any case, I was interested to learn more about the Korean mindset and this book on cultural studies was perfect.
It is not hard for me to appreciate K-dramas since I am Chinese and have an Asian background. Many of the things that happen in the shows make sense to me. But it was only by reading the book that I realized the things I had missed due to my Western mindset. Suddenly, I became aware of the bigger picture. I gained deeper insights and appreciation of what was happening in the shows. I now understand the reasons behind the actions and choices of the characters better.
At the same time, I also feel a deep sadness and respect for the Koreans. They have faced much hardship in their long history. Their unique geographical location between powerful neighbours makes them a tempting target.
Sadly, for much of their existence, they lacked the strength and unity needed to defend themselves. As such, they have endured brutal invasions and oppression. This in turn has affected society on many levels. But the most lasting influence on Korea today is the choices and actions of the various rulers as they sought to grapple with the challenges they faced. For better or for worse, all these factors have shaped Korea through the ages. But Korea is a resilient nation. After all, while many civilizations have come and gone, Korea still stands proudly today. It is also an economic powerhouse in Asia.
The Benefits of Continuous Development
One of the joys of life is continuous development. Learning for its own sake is a pleasure especially if you enjoy what you are learning. What follows are some of the benefits you can gain from learning.
1. Continued Growth
Stagnation leads to routine and boredom. It can take the spark out of your life when you have no new ways of viewing things. This situation can leave you open to destructive habits if you are not careful. After all, the only way to manage boredom is through distraction. But not all distractions are beneficial.
By taking responsibility and control, you can steer your energies in the right direction. Instead of meaningless pursuits that do little to enrich your life in the end, you can focus on things that help you to grow. For instance, you could take the time to learn something new. This could be a skill, hobby or just knowledge. Doing so will bring back the spark and vitality to your life because you see things with fresh eyes. There is much joy and pleasure you can gain from enriching your life.
2. A Richer World
Continued development reshapes your world. It takes all that you know, blends it with the new and creates a richer world for you. The new insights and understanding you gain enriches your past knowledge. It gives you new angles to look at and ways to apply them. Not only does continued development widen your horizons, it adds greater depth and breadth to your life in ways you cannot imagine. The more I grow, the more I have to share with my loved ones, bringing enrichment to their lives in the process.
3. Creative Solutions
Life often gives us challenges that we have to resolve. But there may be times when we run out of ideas if we just rely solely on what we already know. Again, when we enrich our lives through continued development, we gain new insights and ideas. These insights and ideas may be just what we need to find a creative solution to a problem when we least expect it.
When it comes to problem solving, I draw from a variety of sources for inspiration. This helps me to come up with unique solutions to resolve the challenges I face.
Variety is the spice of life and it is vital to set aside some time for it. When it comes to continued development, the best thing to do is to follow your heart and interest. This makes whatever you read or learn easiest to absorb.
What new knowledge, skill or hobby are you pursuing? How do you feel about continued development? Is there any particular area that appeals to you? What impact has it had on your life? Do share your thoughts and comments below!