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Monday, September 3, 2012

Antiviruses and judgment in the court of life

Learning how to use my own judgment and being confident about it is still something that I am perfecting. Perhaps you could call it a lack of self esteem (probably some people out there do regard it this way, I suppose) or see it as a form of immaturity.

Well, all I can say is that, though I will reach the age of 29 in a few months, there is still so much to this life that I have yet to understand and even more so, master. I have heard it once said that the old and wiser ones tend to take the humble attitude that all they know is but a fraction in proportion to the total knowledge there is to acquire on this Earth. (Not to mention, working on improving one's character, that is).

Just some thoughts I was pondering as I stuck someone else's thumbdrive into my netbook to copy some files over. My antivirus gave me a pop-up saying that there was malware in the thumbdrive concerned. On my closer inspection, I found that it was referring to a program that would autorun whenever the thumbdrive was inserted into any PC. In other words, a false alarm.

Antiviruses are meant to protect our computers and alert us to actual dangers or even sometimes, potential harm that exist in any form whenever we surf the Internet or stick foreign storage devices into our PC's USB ports.

But ultimately, what I've suddenly been reminded through this recent alert from my antivirus software is that sometimes the antivirus could make wrong assumptions and assume a perfectly legitimate and harmless program is in fact dangerous to the PC.

I guess it's the same with my life and the input others give me. It's great to have the advice and counsel of others, but ultimately, I will need to decide what's best for my own life at the end of the day. No one will be responsible for the outcome but me, and if I blindly follow the things that others say without weighing the options myself, I set myself up for possible danger or unnecessary disappointment.

Not saying here that I don't need the help of others. Just that if I don't take responsibility for my own life - actions, words, thoughts and all - then who will?

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