The pursuit of ignorance

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By Chia Jeng Yang

Is the pursuit of ignorance a legitimate philosophy? I assume I’m speaking to either dissidents of this theory or hypocrites. I would prefer to have been ignorant about the nihilistic nature of life. I would prefer to have been ignorant about many things. I would have the highest quality of happiness I would have known.

In Alain De Botton’s book, The Social Status, he talks about how the presence of greater wealth and information have directly lead to a greater level of unhappiness. When we know what others have, and what we can have, we find ourselves yearning, he argues very convincingly. Surely then, happiness can lie somewhere in the lines of a more spartan and remote life.

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Comforting Chicken Congee Recipe

Comforting Chicken Congee - Elyssa Liu Jiawen food

By Elyssa L.

Elyssa has serious commitment issues when it comes to blogs and equally serious itches to write, which is why she thinks this is a great idea.

My cold’s been acting up – throat’s itchy and sore, head feels constantly heavy and I’ve been coughing a lot. It isn’t that bad because I don’t have a fever, but it is terribly annoying as it’s getting in the way of my revision. Exams are coming up, I have an essay deadline tomorrow and a mooting competition next week. It’s a recipe for disaster. (Yes I just said all that so I could use that pun – ha, ha, ha).

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An understanding of good work

Everest Base Camp trek - The understanding of good work

By Chia Jeng Yang

If you are like me, you have been caught in the gulf of understanding that exist in the schooling years before working life. I find myself in a stage of definition.

I struggle to define identity, philosophy and life. This blog hopes to be a platform for all of us, the casual blogger, to share their detailed thoughts on any subjects that we find most intriguing. And food, because food. Together, as amateur beings, as we stumble haltingly, let us lift torches of insights from wherever we may be.

The first story I would like to share is about the concept of good work.

We go to exams or work and if we work hard enough, we win praise, awards and commendations. These are intangible trinkets that draw their power from the established social structure. We are happy to receive these intangibles simply because society dictates that we should be. One day, I realized this was not sustainable. It did not fulfill me. It was work, successful and respectable work even, but not good work. Fatigued by a short lifetime of chasing for intangible reward, we forget the purity of physical suffering.

What? Physical suffering? That’s some weird shit.

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