Amusing Ourselves to Death

What George Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Aldous Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture … As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distraction.”

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Is Humanity Most Aesthetic in Constraints or in Freedom?

What makes humanity most prosperous and aesthetic?

In Middle Ages, by obeying a set of codes a knight can be well regarded and cherished on his behaviors. The spirit of Chivalry.

However, the most jaw-dropping music is also composed by madman like Beethoven, passionate and wild.

Pliable humanity.

Do disciplines, constraints necessarily make one perform better? Or one needs an environment of freedom, liberty to truly achieve his goals?

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Elite Education and Leaderships

China’s education system brings “intellectual” students together and trains them in a room.

Grade is the only modifier that sets apart students. Students who excel at the system, and who do not.

Over the years, students have gone through several segregations based on their grades.

The end goal is the ultimate university segregation, a segregation so huge that it determines your later life. A good university can give you the resources you need in a future you may not need to fight for.

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Bigotry

I think many people fail on being too conservative, and there are always more reasons to be conservative rather than adventurous.

People do not like to take risks. Risks force them out of their comfort zones.

I’ve met many bigoted people in my life and every single one of them has the ability to change his or her life completely, just by changing the direction a little bit, try some new things. But they stopped, they stopped at the doorway. They backed down.

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The Influencers of Emotional Security

I have been long conducting a research on my own–what affect one’s feeling of being secure? (What are the influencers of one’s emotional security?) Or maybe I have wrote about this topic before in my blog.

I already had an answer but I’m afraid it’s inadequate for this convoluted question.

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The Meaning of Becoming a First World Country

Long time ever since the end of WW2, the rich countries on planet have devised a standard to distinguish other poor countries on the planet.

They title themselves as the first world countries, the “developed” countries. To hit the standard of developed countries, according to Wikipedia,

Economic criteria have tended to dominate discussions. One such criterion is income per capita; countries with high gross domestic product (GDP) per capita would thus be described as developed countries. Another economic criterion is industrialization; countries in which the tertiary and quaternary sectors of industry dominate would thus be described as developed. More recently another measure, the Human Development Index (HDI), which combines an economic measure, national income, with other measures, indices for life expectancy and education has become prominent. This criterion would define developed countries as those with a very high (HDI) rating.

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The Damage of Robotic Education

I ask questions, many questions. And many of these many questions are critical questions.

I don’t see others ask these questions. Why? I don’t see them ask questions.

Humans are born questioners. They question everything, from the infinite night sky to who am I.

But, why don’t I see people ask these questions anymore? Is it that the questions are answered? Is it that they already know? Or…?

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