Putting Islamic Perspective Into Philosophical Topics

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I have heard it so many times from people that learning philosophy and science will be dangerous for our faith. They told me that some Islam women started to take off their scarves after going to philosophic class. I even heard a professor said that his students would lose their faith in free will after learning from his class. I don't know about others or whether those cases really had a correlation to a faith erosion, but for me, the more I learned about those things, the more I feel the greatness of God and the more I feel that everything is made with a great balance. I don't think that those concepts contradict to Islamic teachings, particularly about essentialism and existentialism.

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Was Alain de Botton Right on How We Choose Our Partner?

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From his video series in The School of Life, at least several times I caught on how Alain de Botton thinks about human behavior on finding their partner. According to de Botton, humans are only attracted to, even when we agree that we are free to choose our partners, certain type of people. Here, we tend to choose familiar people. This is because, said de Botton, that we want to recreate the feeling of love that we experienced when we were just small. The negative impact of this kind of behavior is that we choose difficult partners. So, there could be a case when instead we choose the kind ones, we choose those who fulfill our needs for suffering in similar ways that we got in our childhood. However, just because this guy talked on Ted and also has a channel that nearly reaches 5 million subscribers, should we just automatically believe in what he says? To know the answer, particularly about this idea of choosing a partner, I did a small research on Instagram. Does the result counter the notion that de Botton brought?

Do People Around Me Tend to be Tournament or Pair-Bonding Species? :))

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It began from my curiosity about the genetic algorithm that I decided to learn more about biology. After that decision, it's like that every day comes with new dissonances. Knowing that animal behaviors are readable was actually hard enough for me, till knowing a kind of species that are called Tournament species. As a fairy-tale believer and infused-with-romanticism species since when I was just a kid, it was the hardest LoL. Did reality just ruin my life? Okay, if humans are in-between these two categories, somewhere between tournament species and pair-bonding species, at least what about in my social circle? What is the probability of me getting the pair-bonding-tended man? This maybe sound cringy, but I really did a small research to find out the answer.

A Legacy from Jun

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In 2015, I was so fortunate to meet an osteosarcoma patient, Junaidi. He was 16/17 years old at that moment. After discussing about life and his dream in a hospital, later he sent me this picture via WhatsApp. I always wondered after that experience, who was here the patient? Why was he the one who gave me life advice? Shouldn't it have been me? Then I realized, that sometimes the one who lost so much, are the ones who can give so much.

Junaidi passed away several months later, only days before he could even try his new prosthetic. However, his lesson of kindness will be with me forever.

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Ketok Bodho Yo Ben

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Aku kelingan terus ngendikane Ibuku mbiyen babagan sinau. Pas aku raiso nglakoni sesuatu, Ibuku mundhut priksa, "Nek raiso ki njuk piye?", bar kuwi Ibu maringi priksa, "Yo sinau. Diunekke bodho yo ben". Tak pikir-pikir yo bener pancenan; wong ki nek raiso yo kudu sinau, kudu wani isin babagan iki. Nek jarene wong bule yo "Swallow your pride!" Nah, akhir-akhir iki jan aku babak bundhas sinau beberapa hal sing kudune aku wes iso ket biyen. 

Meh!

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With the rise of the social medias in our lives, comparing ourselves to other people is I guess a natural thing. I even often compared myself to models like Gigi Hadid and Behati Prinsloo and then became so desperate that maybe only in my wildest dreams that I can have the abs and the body height that they do. At nights I can be very depressed that I wasn't as bright as MIT graduates. The more sickening thing was comparing myself with apparently-blessed-with-everything people who are at once smart, beautiful, rich, can sing, kind, etc. It's bizarre because now we can compare ourselves to anyone, far beyond our friendship or neighborhood circles as people did in the past. It's also a paradox because it's now easy for us to compare, but altogether is very hard for our mental.

Selfies Still Sell

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At the end of 2018, I got an eye-opening finding from my Instagram posts. From 136 posts (image only), my data showed me that the post with natural faces got more likes. In the other hand, the posts that contained merely about ideas (meaning not containing natural faces) got fewer likes. The results can be charted as follows.

Should You Trust First Impressions?

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Up until today, people still tend to make their decisions based on first impressions. They will usually hate or love someone or something till the end of their lives based on the first hour they spend their time with those people or things. This essay will elaborate on why the opposite idea is the best wisdom for people.