I have made many attempts in the past to have a “specialisation” for my blog- an in-depth exploration of a niche subject. Given my innumerable interests, it isn’t very surprising that each attempt was essentially an exercise in futility. The creation of this blog – and hopefully it is the final one – is me raising a white flag to any further attempt(s). Therefore, this is not a specialist blog. Rather, I aim to explore and explain disparate subjects that pique my interest.
Having said that, I write this blog with a specialisation in mind – that of comprehending and communicating the essence of any subject. This requires a framework to understand and explain any social phenomena that interests me. As it turns out, I already have! What remains to be seen, however, is its effectiveness in in the aforementioned comprehension and communication. This is where any reader feedback will be useful to finesse the framework, or indeed, reject it altogether and develop a new one from scratch.
I will now explain the framework. I realise one can accurately understand any subject by dividing it into three basic components – the principle, the task and the system. In addition to accuracy, this framework has the added advantage of making any seemingly mundane subject slightly more interesting!
Personally, I visualise these components as a flight of stairs, with the lower stair limiting the scope of the stair just above it. Therefore, it is useful to start from the topmost stair and then descend to bottom.
Confused? I don’t blame you. Nuanced understanding requires effort! However, I will explain the methodology below. First, let me explain the different components in the order that you see them.
Principles refer to the overarching philosophy, ideology, big picture – name it what you will. This is crucial. While certainly arguable, there is a reason why most Wikipedia articles lead to philosophy1. Principles are abstract ideas which we intuitively understand.
(to be continued…)