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Bright ideas, anyone ?
 
Bright ideas! There are positive values attached to the concept. Thinking about bright ideas is an idea by itself Bright ideas spell smartness, improvement and progress for mankind. They imply improvements in efficiency, a better way of doing things or even a new invention in the making. Who has bright ideas? Bright ideas are not the monopoly of only the bright people. Anyone, and everyone, can have a bright idea. One has heard the tone someone uses in exasperation when a bright idea turns out badly in practice. "You and your bright idea!"

However, on the whole, bright ideas are to be encouraged. Isaac Newton gleaned the idea of gravity when he observed the flight of a falling apple. The great scientist, Einstein, wondered about the relationship between time and space and researched on the warping of space and the changes in orbits when planets moved around. Thus arose the famous theory of relativity. Bright ideas have often spawned important scientific discoveries and technological applications. Archimedes discovered his idea that a body or mass displaces a volume equal to it when he immersed himself in a tub to bathe. This important scientific notion, later confirmed as a theory and law, led to ships now plying the oceans and carrying goods and passengers. These are large hulks which float using his bright idea. Similarly, the people who observed the birds and bats flying in the air and dreamed of flying machines were the ones who brought about the airplanes and other aircrafts that we know today. The progress and improved standards of living we have now are because of such ideas.

It is in Man's nature to want to improve his life and so he will strive for bright ideas. A father driving his children to school will conceive of a faster and better way to reach school quickly and beat traffic jams. Similarly, a harassed mother will think of better ideas to meet the needs of a brood of children or to improve her efficiency in running her household. Someone, somewhere, will want to improve on a machine, a system, or a way of life.

In business, bright ideas are very much encouraged. A better coffee-making machine, for example, would mean an edge over rivals and improve profits for a company. Corporations and governments encourage their employees to form quality control circles and suggest improved methods of working or ways to cut down costs.

Malaysia is looking very hard into its educational system to make appropriate adaptations so as to churn out students who have creative minds in a very competitive global economy. Gone are the days of the system which encouraged learning and testing by archaic methods like memorization or conformity to past methods. The global economy and sweeping changes brought about by technology like the Internet has meant that countries place a premium on good ideas. An invention can later be imitated by others, but fame and fortune await the first person with an idea which could turn out to be a practical invention.

The old, traditional systems of education particularly in Eastern countries did not foster a conducive environment for people to have creative ideas. Einstein himself was stifled by the lectures. Nowadays, some schools, and particularly those in the west, have classes devoted to creative thinking to foster entrepreneurship.

Many bright ideas have fallen by the wayside. Mankind is still waiting for cures for diseases like diabetes and cancer. Many have attempted to air condition or heat up entire cities. We should applaud any bright idea for it may spell progress for mankind. Man is able to master and improve his harsh environment because of his bright ideas.

     
gleaned   garnered
     
conceive   come out with
     
archaic   outdated
 
 

 

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