One Single Knowledge, Zillion Of Branches

I see how people use some and neglect some of the knowledges that we have learnt and studied, be it in college or we did on our own. Some may say “they do not have any relationship with each other” but I beg to differ.

I see the relationships between the fields of knowledge. The science has to do with our everyday lives, the things we consume as well as the biggest things that are used by the country. One example; the nuclear a.k.a nuke. Every usage of science stuff, especially the bigger one must have a limit, precaution and the “do’s and don’t’s”; which are set by law. The law is part of the country’s affairs and is always included in the international affairs conventions. That is why we always hear about the nuke or global warming being discussed in the international level meetings, and they are just two out of zillions of the global political issues. Well, in order to understand the politics, first we have to know how to deal with each individual who has involved in the issues. It requires a psychological knowledge to understand them. Next we move on to the society to see their lifestyles, beliefs, experiences, how they think and deal with the matters. Moving on, we have to look at their country’s income that came from the issues discussed, their investments with the neighbor countries, the economics stability and so on. Lastly, we may also want to have a look on the country’s geographical area and environment to see the logic of why they put the stuff in certain places.

Got the idea now? Those are only a few points and just an example. I am strongly believe that there are connections between the science (including engineering and technology), law, politics (including international relations and affairs), psychology, sociology (including health, history, philosophy, arts and religious matter), business administration (including economics), geography and environment. Unnoticeably, they are all related and make one single knowledge with a lot of branches.

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“I Remember” : December 8, 1962

It was a lovely afternoon when both of us; my father and I were having some cups of tea. We sat together and discussed some random topics till he squeezed out his memory on a historical event, back to December 8, 1962; the Brunei Revolt. He tried to recall all the experiences he had and rumors or chats he heard during the event and spoke out what he remembered.

In 1962, he was still in primary school and when the revolt broke out, they were told by the teachers to go back home as quick as they could but the teachers did not mention about the revolt; instead, they just told the pupils that there was a riot happened at Sengkurong Police Station, which claimed the lives of two constables.

During the bloody event, Brunei had requested for a security aid from Miri, Sarawak by asking them to lend their police force to control the situation, together with the Gurkha unit and Brunei Police Force. Nearly all police stations in Brunei were raided by the rebels except Panaga Police Station, where the security strength was impenetrable. The number of loss of lives was uncertain but for sure, it is included a few constables from each police station across the Sultanate. That time, the first batch of Brunei Malay Regiment was halted from flew back to Brunei and extended their stay in Port Dickson Camp, Malaya for certain amount of times till the revolt is over.

I was truly amazed by how quick the Gurkhas responded to their surroundings, on which some of their actions would have gone wrong when they unknowingly shot the innocent people to death just because the people unintentionally disobeyed the curfew as ordered by the government. Despite their mistakes, it is undeniable that they were a bunch of brave warriors who did not fear of death. It was obviously shown from the way they confronted the rebels who had ambushed them from the top of the Sagan Hill in Tutong and triumphantly overpowered the rebels and had the rebels killed by them.

My father recalled, one quiet dawn was filled up with a non-stop machinegun sound in a far distance. In the morning, when the sound of shooting machinegun finally stopped, both he and his father learned from people around them that the sound came from Tutong Town, where the Gurkhas mistakenly shot the Ibans that were just came back from extracting latex in the jungle for more than a month right before the revolt. Along the tragedy, my father had witnessed many police force’s vehicles passed by, doing a 24-hours patrol and secured the area.

They were just a few personal historical accounts and experiences narrated by my father. There are a lot more experiences that were untold but I don’t even know how to put them into appropriate words and sentences. But for real, I can imagine how the situation looks like; the screams, shots, fears, angers, hatreds, bloods, they were all filled up the sky and colored the ground in black and red.

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Nanotechnology Story

Chips implanted inside human’s brain? Weird but true. And that is one of the nanotechnology goals; to enhance human’s abilities including memory. But the only question that we must consider is, is this procedure complies with the law and ethics?

Oh, well. Eventhough it will cause a lot of controversies among the lawmakers, I’m still interested in finding more about the superhuman abilities and “supersoldier” program that have a mutual relationship with nanotechnology, as well as the genetic mutation. I need to know how do they work in human’s body and assure that they work the way they were planned. Furthermore, I wanna see how the physics elements can affect the human’s anatomy and how physics can be related to biology.

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An Aggressive Battle Between Modernization And Culture/Belief

Reading through some articles that stated the modernization and culture/belief as their main topics has pulled me to convey my own opinion on the issue.

I have recently read an article on how a K-Pop entertainment successfully attracted a lot of people as well as gained an immense income from the concert; this is taken from the neighbor country’s media. It has invited mixed reactions from the citizens; some are agreed while others bashed it harshly, particularly from those with “cultural-” and “religious-” minded.

Firstly, I defined the term “modernization” as a revolution of a country and nation from the traditional lifestyle to the “updated” trends. It includes entertainment, art, technology, economy, culture, health, national policy and education. Through modernization, people get a chance to enhance and express their creativities and knowledges by inventing the new things for the earthlings’ usage everyday. We explore, we discover, we see, we hear the new inventions, consume them, become part of our everyday’s lives and we get use to them.

But not every new invention fits into a nation’s culture and religious tradition. Some are clearly forbidden and considered taboo to implement in certain nations’ administration system whereas in the liberal countries, there are some conservative people opposing the “over” modernization as they regard it as a threat to their cultures and beliefs. For the developed nations, these conservative nations and thinkers made themselves “underdeveloped” because they are strictly adhered to their cultures and beliefs instead of accepting the changes that swiftly swept the globe. These nations will not move forward and make a progression. This statement may has some truth to swallow because too many restrictions will cut off the progression of a nation. But people have to be reminded as well that they have to respect the cultures and beliefs of one’s nations since both of them are “precious” and the heritages that they may not want to see them diminish and vanish from the earth. They are trying hard to uphold their cultures and beliefs so that the young, modern generations will never neglect their roots as they move forward.

Yet people and nations with conservative mind have to reconsider their judgments and choices carefully. Too strict with the traditions will lagg them far behind those the developed ones. It is not a blasphemy to make a change and progress in order to modernize the nation because as part of the global citizens, it is “ugly” if one of the nations is left behind because of reluctant to change. So in brief, hold on to the cultures and beliefs or traditions in the other word, but never neglect the modernization because we do not want to lose the heritages as well as an opportunity to be part of the modern world.

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