Author: Michelle (Yi-Xuan) Fu
Science cannot solve all our problems.
By studying science and by allocating billions of dollars into research, we hope to expand and organise our understanding of the universe, providing us testable explanations of past and current events and assisting in predicting and preparing for our future. But there is a huge difference between knowing something and acting on it.
In fact, many of humanity’s biggest problems are caused by lack of action, and not lack of knowledge.
“Yeah, but I…”
But what? There is always a “but”.
I know it’s not easy. If you want to change the outcomes, you have to do something different. Change your mindset. Shift your thinking. What isn’t happening right now, doesn’t mean it will never happen in the future. You just need to believe in it and then act on it. Because you doing something, is better than nothing at all.
I like this quote from Albert Einstein:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
He predicted the possible existence of gravitational wave back in 1916, presenting the scientific community with a problem, and through decades of research, we have solved that problem. We detected the first signs of gravitational waves in the year of 2016, and opened the door to a new range of problems. But we will solve those too.
There will always be problems. Often we pretend we live perfect lives, but life is far from perfect. I asked around Monash and noticed a problem. University BBQs are a part of our campus life, something that is inherently important for students to join new clubs, interact with likeminded people and sometimes, just to fill their empty stomachs. However, the food served at these events are typically white bread and sausages, lacking any healthy options.
Thus, when given the opportunity to improve student experience as part of my responsibilities as a Science Future Leader in 2016, I saw this as the problem that I want to combat.
The Monash Science Faculty will be sponsoring a student leader run event, Healthy Harvest, which will have a range of healthy, cheap, and easy BBQ food options.
The event is free and open to all Monash students regardless of faculty and my team and I would love to see all you guys there. Use your knowledge that healthy food is much better for your bodies and your mind and turn it into an action. We need your help to convince Monash clubs to take action too.
Remember, if you have a problem, do something about it. Most people don’t do anything. Don’t be most people. Be bigger than that.
Be bigger than your problems.
Information regarding Healthy Harvest in our Events page.
Date: Tuesday, 16th August 2016
Location: Lemon Scented Lawn
Events: Healthy BBQ (beef patties, mushroom, cheese, rocket, onions corn) and Juice blending bikes
Who can come: Everyone
Let us take the first action
This article is written and submitted by Michelle (Yi-Xuan) Fu, a Monash Science student. You can submit content to the Scapegoat email or click on “Submit Content” above for more information.
To learn more about the Science Future Leaders Program, visit the Monash website here.