Well over the weekend I came across a documentary labeled “Hackers Wanted”. Naturally I was intrigued.

The film consists primarily of a compilation of the best parts of previous hacker documentaries however it does have it’s own ‘unique’ content also. What was most interesting for me was the tie in with ancient civilizations and how in the past, we have crucified (no pun intended) those who think outside the proverbial box of what we like to call reality.

Civilizations throughout time have feared those that we think are “different”. We label them criminals, heretics or just plain insane. We murdered unimaginable numbers of them by burning them, executing them, imprisoning them and even torturing them. All because they do not confine to our beliefs or mentality.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, have a combined net worth of around 60 billion dollars. All of them being hackers themselves. So why do we continue to shun the hacker community instead of embracing it? Good question.

Personally I believe in free thinking.

Throughout my life I have never been an “in the box” thinker. The moment I first laid my hands on a computer it was like I had found my true calling.

Growing up I always played with puzzles and enjoyed figuring out just how things operated. I’m still largely the same to this very day (read article). Question everything and accept nothing as the absolute way. I wish schools would embrace a different outlook on education and rather than “teaching”  … I mean “preaching” the gospel of how it is, I would like to see an open and free thinking environment.

Maybe it’s a bit radical however would it not be for the better of our children to promote free thinking rather than telling them this is how it is and that’s all you need to know? Contrary to popular belief there are many different ways to solve a problem and therefore if I could have it my way, I would love to hear all the kids in the class shouting out their solutions to the problem and in turn creating a flow of creative thinking unlike anything we are use to today.

These days our children are not taught to think. Most don’t even have to learn to spell. Why when there’s spellcheck? Nowadays our children are taught to believe what the textbook says, and dare they question it…well if it’s in the textbook then it must be correct right?

Essentially we are a dumbed down society without much creativity, intellect nor desire to do much about it. Sorry but it’s true.

I think I will be encouraging my son to be an open and free thinker.

Question everything!

Even if it does mean questioning his own parents. 😉

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