How to become clever?

Have you ever felt like your intelligence does not suffice for you to make a sound argument, judgement or decision? Have you felt that others constantly produce better ideas and communicate with more ease than you? Do you want to stand out as a wise and integral person in the eyes of your peers? Yes, – well, listen then!

  1. Collect diverse information. Obvious as it could be, being clever means operating with large amounts of data. This takes significant time and effort. What is more, one should not gather just any data; the information must be versatile and complex, stemming from different areas of social, technical, cultural, and interpersonal spheres of knowledge. Do not emphasize on only one skill or area of development. The secret to cleverness is to master a selection of abilities where you are best but also to accumulate knowledge for all other aspects of life.
  2. Organize the gathered information systematically. That is a very important aspect of collecting not just fragments of data but amassing personal intelligence. The latter is an integral state of the mind, so one needs to grasp everything learnt from outside into an internal coherent base of knowledge. A person may know of art, science, sports and yet the most challenging task is to systematically relate these data and produce more elaborate conclusions thanks to the their synergetic inter connection in our way of thinking.
  3. Think critically. Everything you learn is somebody else’s thought. That means it is not the final truth. You have to hear the broadest range of opinions and theories on a subject and evaluate them, according to your personal mindset and ethical system. This is when you learn how to optimize information and turn it into knowledge. Not every data is worthy of trust and recollection and thinking critically will help tremendously in selecting what sources and theories correspond to your intellectual build.
  4. Be solid and ready to change. These are two contradictory qualities, yet they are vital for any intelligent being. Solidness implies that you have mastered an integrity of the mind and spirit which would make you an example of intellectual prowess and trusted source of information. The second aspect means that solidness does not stand for rigidity and narrow-mindedness. On the contrary – the mind should always be open to innovations, novel ideas and exiting theories. That is how mindfulness grows. Development is the constant and natural state of the intelligent mind.
  5. Observe and listen. That is what the ancient word theory means – observation. Any sound vision of the world needs time and patient consideration to be properly formulated. Do not rush with conclusions and judgments. Listen, read, doubt, check, verify, over and over again, until your conclusion meets your highest standard of credibility. And remember, no truth is final, so we always have to change in order to follow the pace of life.
  6. Be respectful. It is true that most intelligent people are highly argumentative and assertive of their knowledge. Though this is an important aspect of critical communication, one should always respect the ideas of others and try to find the truth inside them, too. Chances are the other party spent the same amount and effort as we did on the subject only to reach a different conclusion. Listen to them carefully, if you recognize the depth in their words, for they may show you different approaches to a topic, untought solutions and even, the possible mistakes in your thinking. Being clever means learning from everything – including others, opinions and our own errors.
  7. Make the world a better place! A clever person knows intelligence is nothing if not effectuated to produce a greater outcome – a visible result that can change the lives of many. Cleverness is not found in words and declarations. Many mistake it for exquisite word-joggling while in fact it is just the opposite. The measurement for the effective mind is the practical effect its solutions have on the lives of others.

Think, observe, listen, collect, systemize, optimize, integrate, change, respect and develop! That is how to be a clever person!

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How to be a good person?

How to be a good person

Hey, there, good people! I am glad to see you here, on Antheya’s channel! Today, I will share with you some insights of how to cultivate the qualities of a genuinely good person.

We live in a world where good seems to always be deficient. The modern human condition interpretation seems to be focused on acquiring technological prowess and multifunctional tangibles and yet, the things we miss the most are guised in the basic, intimate human relational space, where we have developed in disengagement and reluctance, rather than in understanding, closeness and harmony.

And yet, you are here, watching this video, braving to accomplish something many are afraid of even trying – find the genuine version of yourself.

Now let’s see, how do we do that little magic?

Step 1. Try to understand the world as it is. The first intellectual and spiritual premise of a good man is to accept reality. They do not complain or try to change it. The good man, therefore, is always wise. He knows that the ways of the Universe are too complex for any single mind to comprehend.

There is a fragile balance that exists in the world, and the good person knows that its goal is to find that equilibrium within and project it outside the self. Complains and worries never solved a problem. It is so true. Neither has angst against reality, when it is confronted without a deeper understanding. To be good is to be open and comprehensive, collecting knowledge by observing things and learning about their and not our logic.

Step 2. Be patient. All things here said are correlated. Being understanding and observant requires time. What life demands is our quality time dedicated to the world and others, not to ourselves. Patience is time spent with the desire to connect to the world with peaceful understanding. Good people do not violate or rush things, they let things take their inner flow and follow it, learning about the world while observing it in its most natural state.

Step 3. Be genuinely interested. A good heart is a true heart. Lies may deceive others but they have only temporary effect. Concealment and deceit have short lives. A heart that dwells in lies would eventually lose calm and control over itself and the situation. That heart is too stressed to be at peace and too concentrated at the moment to see life’s bigger picture. It distorts the connections of reality while its untrue creation compromises them. Lying, cheating, pretending and bullying are all shortcuts of the Ego to get what it wants, but they come on the expense of the most essential bonds of each relation – honesty, trust and loyalty.

Show the ones you love that you care. Ask, share, participate, encourage. Be there for your people, always, with body and soul. Look inside and remember there is no greater gift in this world than knowing there is someone you can call your friend.

Step 4. Accept we are different. The fact that we like or want something doesn’t make it a Universal value. A good heart knows that. We all have our ways and preferences, tastes and desires, and that is what makes life so versatile and fascinating. A friend is a friend even if they don’t share all our interests and passions.

Being good does not stand for being uniform or liked by all. It means that we are who we are, respecting and acknowledging the other and that we value and celebrate their difference and uniqueness in expectation for their reciprocity.

Step 5. Make people happy, don’t please them. There is a great difference between genuinely understanding someone’s needs, and blindly conforming with what is expected. We are different, that means we naturally gravitate towards our circles of interests and friends.

Being accepted by everyone, means you don’t possess a well-established and substantial identity. You fluctuate and change at your core, where you must be unquenchable. Being good means being both solid and respectful.

Sometimes, what one wants is the contrary to the other’s desire. How could one please all sides when their demands are opposite and contradictory? We can’t. And we should not try.

Being good means to do what is in your heart, confidently and consistently, setting a good example of benevolence and integrity, aiming to make people inherently happy, not just temporarily satisfied.

Step 6. Be consistent. Do not falter or betray your words. Those around you should feel that you are a stronghold of your beliefs and trust you for who you are. The declaration you make for your identity should equal your identity.

Good men are committed and decisive, bravely standing for what is in their hearts. Defending our beliefs means exploring both the world and our perceptions, and finding what truly matters to us! Goodness, therefore, is directly connected to self-knowledge and observation, a long path one must take on their way to betterment and wisdom.

If your behavior lets people think you are uncertain in your mind and feelings, this is a genuine indicator you subconsciously sent to your close ones and partners for possible untrustworthiness and disloyalty. A good person doesn’t let people question or doubt his true intentions.

Step 7. Goodness is enacted not declared. It is vital that people can trust you judging from your actions, so that they believe in your good will and not only your desires and intents. Your words are declarations, promises for the future. It would be a duty to the good man to fulfil them and encourage others to do the same. Igniting people’s hopes and then failing to fulfil them may lead to permanent loss of trust and credibility. It is not rare where one ends broken-hearted not by evil intents but merely by unfulfilled promises. A good man values the credit of trust he had been given and does not let others down.

Step 8. Being good is for champions. A good man sets an example. The good do not need shortcuts and excuses to achieve what they work for, while usually they set for the highest goals. The benevolent do as they feel because they know their hearts and always follow their call. A champion is a conqueror and victor of life full of trials and tribulations, unafraid and prepared for all challenges at hand. He knows that meanness is for the petty, who think values and relations are subjective and interchangeable. A good man is always stronger than those of evil, because champions know they are an exquisite minority who would have to endure more to achieve the best.

The good soul knows it is so easy to be bad and break the rules of common life’s fabric. It is also aware that caring for life and preserving its balance is much harder that living in greedy selfishness and that its efforts would not necessarily be welcome with gratitude. Still, the good knows that protecting and sustaining life is the deepest meaning for all living beings.

Step 9. Smile. The good man radiates happiness and kindness. He is like a mountain of serenity, a secret keeper of the gentlest heart. A good man nourishes the child within, never foolish or naïve, he cultivates an inextinguishable attention and curiosity for the world, blended with high spirit and uplifting humor. Good people never put others down, corrupt or use the world for their own purposes. It is their task to construe a reality of positive thoughts, where everyone learns and develops in the spirit of mutual trust and shared harmony. The good encourages acts of closeness and peaceful communication, avoiding all conflict and protagonism.

Step 10. Know evil, yet do good. Good people know evil, to the surprise of many, even better than the ones enhanced by its dark charms. The good heart has experienced and grown beyond affliction. It has faced doubt, betrayal and injustice, but did not stumble and succumb to their disruptive rule. On the contrary, it grew stronger. Being good means cumulating immense inner power, and using it for rectifying the deeds of the wretched, immature, impatient and hurt.

The good knows that evil comes from grief not properly proceeded. This is when the week mind encounters pain, multiplies and externalizes it in respond to its callous effect, rather than accepting pain as a teacher, carrying lessons to be learnt and overcome.

The good does not compare – nether themselves, nor the others. They think of everyone as a treasure, valuable to the world like no one else. The good heart realizes its mission to help others see their unique qualities and celebrate life’s diversity in harmonious unity.

Thank you and be good!

On Love…

We have, for what I know by romantic poetry and storytelling, uplifted love on the highest pedestal of immortality, perfection, absolution, and eternity. Now these are qualities that we saw belong to inertia, if they do at all exist, and in no way are inherent to love, which would be the force of change and transformation in the process towards interaction with the outer world and self-fulfilment. Love’s nature is full of dynamics, of alteration, and thus it is changeable and fluctuating, always varying in presence and expression. If love is anything we can claim with assertion, then, deriving from the qualities of the force it underlyingly embodies, it is temporary, imperfect, incomplete, and final.

 

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Closeness

What is closeness, in the first place? It is, simply put, he desire to unite. I would even deem that desire is more essential than the actual state of closeness between things, but that argument I will make in a later point of this conversation, if you allow me. – The girl continued. – Closeness, as you described it, is a type of selective abstraction from what we can observe and formulate for ourselves, assisting the mind to make sense of the unencompassable Universe. That is a closeness the mind sees and calls objective, since it needs only the discovery of an observable similarity to be detected. But, I deem, there are types of closeness that are beyond what we can formulate by observance and in one of these occasions, I see the possibility to explain a specific mechanism of love’s operation.

In the world of things, many alike are just similar but not close because of desire, for they are attracted to things away from their most common counterparts and yet more appealing to their senses. Attraction functions sometimes rather counterintuitively, for it does not look for the best match in relation to objectively observable similarities, but follows the principle of want in search for traits that may not be beneficiary to any involved in the desire-driven relation. I would therefore say that what we think love should be, it is not. If we tend to find sense in it, as we do when we define similarities, we won’t accomplish much.1

Damaged people damage people

Be good! Everything you do, comes back to this world in one shape or another.

We are all born good, and then, hurt. No one escapes the road of growing. Purity, suffering, realizaton. In the end, this life is nothing but a journey and a lesson.

He, who harms and destroys, shall live in harm and destruction. He, who loves and protects, shall build a loving and appreciative world.

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Feel!

We may not know everything about this Universe but we might even not have to. Knowing is only one aspect of human perception, and we are gifted with so much more…

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