Here, your write up throws up four or five main issues for which or through which or to grasp the relevance or relationship of these things life churns up its experiences and encounters. These things are not necessary in this order but 1. What is happiness or what factors lead to real happiness? 2. What is reality or have we realized the truth of what is reality to declare with axiomatic certitude that something is reality and something is happiness etc? 3. How we perceive things, i.e. what is perception? 4. Evaluation, what is it and how do we evaluate anything or anyone and how can we be sure that our method of evaluation is the best one? 5. What is the role, relationship, relevance and our interaction viz à viz gadgets?
Before we get into explaining all these we must accept a broad premise, that is , we can neither defy nor deny the importance, relevance or existence of anything or anyone .Everyone and everything is a piece in the jigsaw puzzle called life . Life is not a mere biological accident. It is boon to be enjoyed, enriched, experienced and enlightened by every individual with a sense of gratitude for everything that happens and towards everyone that we encounter.
I am flooding you with some very lengthy materials with lots of links but I can assure you that all these will be inspiring and instigating the thought process.
1. On reality
Coming to the aspect of evaluation, how to normally encounter and evaluate any subject or topic?
It is preferable to immerse any topic or subject matter, primarily and basically with its intrinsic elements/components/aspects/attributes intact, into a cauldron which has a mixture of all these- knowledge based analysis, limited perception based on frames of reference and scales of observation, skepticism , criticism, intellectual scrutiny, compassionate emotionalism, humane socialism, rational thinking, contextual relevance [ which includes too many components] , traditions, practical viability, psychological comfort, aesthetic sensitivity, scientific scrutiny etc and churn the cauldron without clinging on to any particular restrictive social, cultural or political or religious identity.
This process inevitably will bring out lot of outputs. We can exercise our freedom and sometimes select and choose some of the outputs. Sometimes the outputs will draw us. Sometimes away from all or any of our intended searches and seeking, outside the circle of these known paradigms, almost tangentially serendipity will drag us to an oasis of serene clarity.
At all costs the intrinsic attributes must be the predominant factor. So that, whatever is thrown into the cauldron and however it is churned, the ultimate output must include those attributes to ensure that our evaluation is not distorted or desperately doctored to fit into any predefined and expected outcome.
So, what pans out ultimately depends on various factors and aspects some of which are explainable within the ken of logical and rational thinking but some are beyond these.
We can also observe uneasily how the human intellect polished by a rare faculty [compared to other species] of conscious awareness, capacity to think, store the knowledge, retrieve it for reference etc, is mostly, unwilling to take the risk of accepting the uncertain; the intellectually undecipherable and the inexplicable outcomes, even if such acceptance is branded, extolled and promoted as virtues of humility or modesty.
For example if one is evaluating music, one must ensure that music quality/musicality as an intrinsic aspect must be highlighted and then evaluate the other extraneous factors like who renders it, how it is rendered, who is the composer, what is the composition, what is the lyrics, how is the acoustic quality, how the person who is rendering it is dressed, how was the ambiance of the place where it was rendered etc.
This blog posting delves rather deep into the process of evaluation
Specifically the link in that http://contentwriteups.blogspot.in/2013/12/story-of-mango-fruit-sambar-and.html
If you have enough time you may go through this as well.
But for spectacles most of us would all be grouping about with defective vision. Without microscope we would have never known the microbes or molecules. So every garget also is born to fulfill a specific need. Without recording devices we would have lost lot of great music etc
Gadgets are semi gods, if not gods.
I wish all of you read the wonderful book by Thomas Crump ‘A brief history of science as seen through the development of scientific instruments’ to get an idea as to how these inventions have shaped our lives in many ways.
6. Gather knowledge from as many sources as possible
“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.”
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.” Grace Speare.