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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Disconnection

Tonight when I walked in a 7-Eleven shop in my local town, a “foreign” person caught my attention.

I don’t know his nationality, by only seeing he can’t speak Chinese I know that he’s a foreigner. An Asian guy, probably Korean or Japanese.

Through time, China’s economic status has increased, it seems more and more foreigners are flowing in in this newly emerged power.

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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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Talk Too Rational

I talk too rational, I don’t get to humor girls.

I talk too rational, everything I got has a schedule.

I talk too rational, I get nervous every time I talk to my favorite girl.

I talk too rational, I jump from A to B to C straight to D, and I show everybody D without explaining to them. Because explanations are hassles, and people know what I’m talking have common understanding with me, otherwise they don’t.

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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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Managing Oneself, a Contemporary Way of Working Efficiently by Peter Drucker

Drucker wrote this book on the basis of an already developed person. Which means, this book is more oriented for the people who have tasted the society a little bit and who have entered the corporate life.

Everything in this book stems from the already established strengths and weaknesses of one’s, and one shall improve and avoid upon them. This is clearly stated in the book.

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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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