Hello! I’m Khush, a systems engineer and this ignite is about those qualities that the disciplines of engineering and life share. Ideas, questions and some of my answers. Let’s start light!
Your existence feeds your spirit and the spirits of those around you as theirs feeds yours. It will change as you grow. Take care of it.
Promises give structure to you and carry a great weight of potential. They will require skills that you may not posses but you have one vital skillset.
Engineering is the skill you can never lose but one that will degrade with abuse or lack of use. Children are some of the best engineers we have and education is vital.
Education is the nurturing and tooling for the purpose of exploration. It is what builds your most precious possession – your ethos.
Your ethos is the shadow you cast across society and is our memory of you. It’s up to you how you are remembered.
There is no privacy but in the absence of thought and action. Be careful but generous in what you share and when and remember there is no undo!
If you reach out to others you will benefit from mutual support. This peering will allow you the confidence and oversight to better experiment.
Working together demands the exchange of ideas and information. The art of communication takes practice and an evolving understanding of your audience.
Find the common vocabulary that will allow both of you to feel comfortable. It’s not a competition so you don’t have to show off, better to keep it simple.
Experimentation is everywhere and in every part of your life. Pay attention to what, how and why you do things. It’s interesting to examine yourself regularly.
Your instincts are good advisers but not the only ones available to you. There is a limit to how far you can trust them and beware of emotional bias.
The theory of mind tries to explore our ability to simulate the possibilities of our lives. It’s worth exploring and understanding. Remember however that simulation is only simulation.
When simulation stops the hard work begins. Do the hard work because it’s there to be done. Remember to keep your focus.
Your mind needs time to absorb and orientate all that it learns. Give it the time and space to do so in the way that make sense to it. Clutter is ok if it’s sorted now and then!
Regular use of theory, experimentation and your practice and you will give you expertise. Yours will differ from another's even in the same domain.
You are small cog in a complex system. But all cogs are important and your loss or inefficiency will be felt. Use your mind, it’s really quite something!
We are all searching for questions that fit the answers we think we know. Advertise what you know with grace and learn what you don’t. Be humane.
Don’t worry! You are already dead. History is just catching up. You will be forgotten. Your deeds and behavior will not. Be Legendary.
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The measure of the nurture of your life.
It will not be taxed nor stolen.
Accept that it will evolve.
It maybe the measure of your worth.
You will leave it behind you.
Promises are the machinery of Life.
Keep as many as you are able.
Promises are not idempotent.
Keeping promises requires skills.
Your are born with one skill.
The discipline of the application of
expertise, diligence, reflection,
communication, innovation and
collaboration in order to more
completely describe, investigate and
further the understanding of any
The nurturing of curiosity.
The tooling to ask the right questions.
The honesty to accept the answers.
Desire to excel our forefathers.
non scholae sed vitae discimus
That which guides your behavior.
You will not hide from it.
It is public so expect criticism.
It will evolve so accept when it does.
Understand your ethos.
You will expose it in your every action.
You constantly leak information.
Facebook/Twitter allows global sharing.
Body language allows intimate sharing.
Nothing is so private that it will not show.
There is no recall button in life so be gracious.
Remember your peers are always watching.
Champion the graceful application of education.
Provide an environment of collaboration and trust.
Constructively criticize and encourage.
Expand your education and endeavour.
You are all peers so be kind in your own turn.
Peers enable experimentation.
Be inclusive and you will be forgiven error.
Engagement is a strong measure.
Know the value of silence.
Assume little and allow for broad questions.
Language is important.
The machinery of communication.
Be clear and welcoming.
Grammar and syntax are important.
Do not invent for the sake of it.
Great languages allow expertise to evolve.
You experiment every day.
Be aware of how you measure success and failure.
The lessons of failure are important to all.
Collaborate more and you will learn more.
Beware of bias.
Persistent failure sometimes means you are wrong.
Gut instinct is telling you to adjust your understanding.
Connects the conscious and sub-conscious.
Subject to emotional bias.
Great for simple propositions.
Terrible for dealing with complexity.
Instinct can be conditioned through simulation.
You simulate hypothetical propositions every day.
The Theory Of Mind explores this.
Observe your day-dreams.
Do not run in your nightmares.
You search for the understanding of complexity.
Your mind is amazing, let it play!
Life is a perilous quantity of entropy.
It is hard because it is constantly evolving.
Something hard requires persistence to understand.
You must orientate the data without distraction.
Hard work has no substitute.
Do not misunderstand pragmatism.
Allows the mind to orientate data.
Orientation builds information.
Allow your mind its own methods and pace.
Clutter is the natural state of the mind.
Reflection conditions the mind to effort.
Leads to better communication.
The integration of theory, experimentation & practise.
A feedback loop that builds learning and understanding.
It is not a competition.
You cannot be taught this, it must evolve.
It is distinctive to your own existence.
Don’t rely on osmosis, do the work!
You are an agent in the system of society.
Your behaviour will influence the system.
You are meant to be autonomous.
Autonomy relies on intelligence and expertise.
Systems are meant to build cooperation.
You are a human being.
You live in a society of human beings.
Be nice, there are always repercussions.
You are allowed to blow your own trumpet.
We are all travelling to the same destination.
You are already dead.
History is just catching up.
You will be forgotten.
Your deeds and behavior will not.