(1) A starting premise
It is often said that the more you know, the more you realise how much you don't know. Therefore taking that opening sentence to its logical conclusion is it not better to know nothing at all. No, I say because I feel life is a voyage of self discovery and the fun is in making the journey not arriving at the destination.
(2) A learning curve
I feel the biggest development in social activism throughout the ages has been the invention of the printing press and the poorer classes becoming literate. Information could now be disseminated to people explaining how they were being exploited and they didn't have to take it anymore - If they joined together they could become a movement that would push for reform.
(3) Putting on a show
With the world becoming more egalitarian a person is allowed to project their true personality to the world so therefore how a person perceives themselves will be the image that the rest of society sees.
(4) Self improvement
Armed with the knowledge that how we conduct ourselves is being presented to outside world, a desire for self improvement grows so a simple I will be a better person each day becomes an inspirational mantra to say to ourselves.
(5) A positive image
A person on the journey to self improvement will serve as an example to others and this may motivate them on to the same path then together they all help raise the bar of expectation for a better world and humanity.
(6) A life quest
Is a lifetime searching for the meaning of life a good thing ? - I believe so, constant analysis of what is happening in your life allows you to think about what has passed, what is occuring now and what will happen in the future. It is like a computer program when you input a number of variables into a process to produce an end result in this case the meaning of life. By introducing constant upgrades, you are perpetually moving in right direction.
(7) The end game?
For some finding the meaning of life is the holy grail of their ponderings. It is felt that by achieving this ultimate understanding you can move on to an utopian eternity of reflective existence but that actually sounds quite strange to me - I much prefer the constant pursuit of knowledge fully aware I will never get a definite answer.
(8) Open mind and open heart
Constant learning leaves you open to new things. By trying to educate yourself, it leaves you receptive to the possibilities of learning about any new thing that comes up in your life, you become more flexible and adaptable for whatever the world throws at you.
(9) In conclusion
It is often a tough trek but in the end I feel it is a very rewarding journey. A machine that is not used will get rusty probably not working if you try to start it again so keep the machine serviced, oiled, maintained and ready for use. In this analogy the machine is the human mind/psyche, look after it.
Thanks for listening.