The perplexed intellectual journey

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The most important journey in one’s life is an intellectual journey. It matters the most that how much maturity you have achieved while undertaking the so-called dry path of reason. How much psychological toughness do you have to deal with every novel problem in your life? And lastly, how do you make sense of all these things? How do you create meaning in those seemingly unstructured anecdotes? The perplexed intellectual journey:

Moreover, I consider that we all do or try to do these things in our life. We try to create meanings in our lives, we try to structure those disorganized anecdotal data.

But hang on! I am considering something else, why do we do that? And is this the right thing to do; to avoid meaninglessness, to get rid of confusion? Because when we try to achieve a better place in the world, we work hard even very hard, but our basic nature is that we are lazy? And verily, due to this lethargic nature, we can’t approach so many things. The perplexed intellectual journey:

Besides, we want comfort regardless of the hectic struggles. Most of us want a better place with ease. Apart from crossing strenuous obstacles, many don’t grasp the true meanings of events, things, and so on. However, such people don’t learn the true meaning of life and suffer a lot. This is all dependent on intellectual sharpness. One with a broader perspective weighs and considers tiny things, words, and so on. He drives meanings out of everything and compares them with several other objects/events.

Additionally, This leads him/her to a broader perspective of life and he makes his life more structured and organized. However, if he/she lacks this intellectual journey’s zeal, moving ahead becomes difficult. Inside one would feel comfortable and happy with his/her life but for an intellectual man, that person lacks so many things.

Finally, here comes the paradox. Should we be confused, unstructured, disorganized, or get rid of all the above. Because hard work usually makes the world a better place but we don’t want to do hard work, as though it’s the state of nature for us. Let me know how do you perceive this paradoxical puzzle.

Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge Professor Stefan Collini is the Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the relationship between literature and intellectual history from the early 20th century to the present. His current research focuses on the cultural role of, and the historical assumptions expressed in, literary criticism in Britain from c.1920 to c.1970. Recent work has dealt with the question of intellectuals in 20th-century Britain, the relation between academic critics and 'men of letters', the role of cultural criticism, as well as individual essays on figures such as T.S. Eliot, F.R. Leavis, George Orwell, Raymond Williams, and Richard Hoggart. He has also done work on the history, and public debates about the role, of universities in Britain.
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