“Are humans born as a complete blank slate?”
Our journey in life starts when we arrive into the world as a baby. We begin as a very helpless being, unable to make our own choices. I believe that at that time, our life is like a blank piece of paper. We do not know the good from the bad. But as we grow up, we start to learn. We learn the lessons and knowledge in life through our family and community. Right at that moment, we are slowly filling in the blank piece of paper.
The answer to whether or not we are born as a complete blank slate does not matter. What matters is gathering the courage to become the master painters of our own lives. Just like a painting, what is on the paper in the beginning is not the most important. What matters is the work of art hung on the wall. A masterpiece that makes the painter proud.
As life goes on, things get more complicated. We are no longer a child, but a grown-up who faces reality. Real life is nothing like fairy tales. Problems are not easily solved and confusions are everywhere. There is never a long period of rest and peace. We should always be aware of everything preventing us to live an easy life. Moments of sadness and misery are much more than those of happiness. Life is not only black and white, but is different shades of gray. No one is really right or wrong. Every person you trust may suddenly be gone. Every choice we make in life is a bet. What we can only do is to trust your instincts and prepare for the worst.
We often face the dark side of life, but life can also be full of excitement and surprises. As long as it is interesting and fulfilling, this world is no longer cruel and cold. Warmth and smiles still exist. Although there can be bad times, never give up until your last breath. As there is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining, hope is always there for us.