DIARY: Enactus Selection 2014; Oral Speech

I was a member of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) before, which is basically a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to making a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Later October 2012, SIFE transforms into a new image in the form of ENACTUS, to enable progress through entrepreneurial action.

Last Friday, Enactus HTC opened its doors to an opportunity for individuals who want to be part of the team. Without disinclination, I get to managed to indulge myself and later that afternoon, the Enactus selection for national presentation happened. 29 newbies vied to get a slot to be part of the group via Oral Speech Competition.

Here’s the quote that all of us expounded and my speech after the jump, we are given a 3 minute time to explain, and a 2 minute question and answer for each participant right after. Questions came from the judges including college deans, professors, Enactus coach and a guest judge from the local government office. No result yet, but I am giving you the freedom to judge. Please read. I will upload the video of my speech soon.

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action."
– Thomas H. Huxley 

Knowledge is the condition of gaining information; action on the other hand is the manner or method of performing. Knowledge and action are two different things and they differ in two different ways towards life.

According to Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy knowledge is the first level of the hierarchy of the cognitive domain, meaning it is basically remembering or recalling things that you have learned in an authentic situation. On the other hand, if we should use our knowledge for the betterment of the community and afterwards the country, it is action then. Knowledge is interpreted through action. Therefore, knowledge without action is learning to fly without even flapping your wings.

As an educator, I believe in the principle of learning by doing. Learning is at its best when we command action on what we do. We might fail during the course, but the important thing is, after we stumble, we stand, smile and take pride of the things that we have learned.

Knowledge never proved anything, we don’t exist with just knowledge alone, and there should be an action. In short, if a certain thing is only with scientific method and hypothesis, it’s definitely useless if it is not proven by experiment. Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.

It is not just about what you know and how much you know about finite things, rather having the heart to relate. Feel and apply the knowledge you’ve gained. Simply put, life is nothing if you stay in your own comfort zone, you cannot corroborate or validate what you know in the end result without action, decisions and choices. The great end of life knows you’re human enough to make mistakes despite having the knowledge to choose between decisions in life, thus having wisdom and experience.

To wrap it up, the great end of life is not knowledge but action because with action, we gamble, we risk losing or gaining things, as for knowledge tells us all the risks and gains are but will never achieve them just by knowing. One must risk and take action; and though action is only where we exist, therefore if there’s action, there is life and no action will not lead you anywhere, therefore the end of life.

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