Sharing Pathways

If I saw someone browsing the internet, and I sat down and tried to teach them computer programming, they might leave confused and averse towards programming. Similarly, if I approach someone that is unhappy, and I try to explain happiness, they might feel confused and turned off by what I’m saying.

Even if someone eagerly approached me wanting to learn computer programming, I might be an ineffective teacher and they could still leave confused and turned off — the same with happiness. Perhaps people can only walk down a particular path when they’re ready and motivated. And perhaps people can’t be escorted, maybe the best we can do is point in the general direction and affirm what’s possible.

Someone might look at source code and find it undecipherable, and think that computer programming is impossible. So my role may be to reassure them that it is possible and that I’ve deciphered it, and that a pathway exists, and at the end, applications are created. The same with happiness: yes, a person can go from a miserable existence to a much happier one, the pathway exists, I’m traveling upon it.

And of course, if some people never know that a pathway exists in the first place, they’ll need to be informed. This is another aspect of pathways: although people can’t be led down a path, they need to know of its existence, so some people must serve as beacons. Sharing a pathway, summarized: Hey, this pathway exists! It’s traversable if you dedicate yourself! And it really does provide a benefit!

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