I am not sure what people think when they hear the word “science”. I think about this a lot. Science is more than what we do. It is also what we don’t do. It’s the thing we do not do that determines our future. We can be either self-aware or self-deceitful with our actions and reactions.
We, and other people, have a tendency to get caught up in a lot of the scientific buzz that goes around. We want to know what we are doing. We want to know what we are doing and why. We want to know that we are doing it right. We want to know that everything is okay. We want to know that we are doing the right thing. We want to know that this is our life.
This is, of course, the idea of the self-aware self, not just the self-deceitful one. The self-aware self needs to be aware that it has a self, but it also knows that its not that it is not in the right. That people who are self-aware, that is their whole life. That is when they are not self-deceitful. They are in the right.
Self-awareness is a big part of our self-deceit, and our goal in this chapter is to learn how to tell the difference. A self-aware person won’t just get mad at God when things go wrong; she will actually work to be sure that things go right. Self-awareness means always knowing what you want and what you need.
Self-awareness is so much more than just knowing what you want, you know, you know. It means knowing what you value, what you are passionate about, and how you feel about what you do. As you gain self-awareness, you will become more and more confident about all of your choices, and the good ones, and you will find yourself doing more and more things that you never thought possible.
It is quite possible to have all these things at once, and not be aware of it. I am not saying that you have to have them all at once in order to be fully self-aware. But a lot of people, especially people with busy lives, don’t get that they don’t need to know what they value. And they might not even be able to identify what they value, because it’s not a tangible thing.
I’m not saying that you can’t be self-aware without having all these things at once. I’m just saying that you have to be willing to ask yourself a question, really think about the answer, and then act accordingly. This is not to say that you can’t live with one or two, but that it doesn’t have to be all at once.
For years I found myself asking myself, “Why am I so interested in science?” It was a question that had to be asked on a regular basis. The answer for me was always the same. I just wanted to know more about the scientific process, and why it was important.
Most people who go through life asking why something is important, are not only ignorant of the process, but also ignorant about the actual thing itself. Scientific research is a process where people discover things, and that discovery is carried out in a manner that is often considered “scientific in nature.” The process of discovery is often very rigorous and painstaking. There are many steps that must be followed and many people involved.
Even scientists have moments of doubt. And you can imagine that there is no doubt about why an experiment is carried out in the first place. You don’t stop a scientific experiment to ask why it’s done or what it means. There is only the knowledge that is being discovered, and that is what should be kept at the forefront of your mind.