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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 143

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Aramaic language was the language of the Middle East for over 3,000 years; it was spoken by the people of all Empires in that region from current Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and the western part of Iran known as Ilam in ancient history or (Arabestan for late Saddam Hussein regime).  Aramaic is the root language of Arabic; the Arab nomads spoke several Arabic dialects but wrote in Aramaic as all the urban centers in the Middle East.

Every period has its main litmus test of patriotism and progressive positions, especially for public figures of intellectuals and politicians.  “What is your stand on the Palestinian cause” was the main litmus test for decades. It has come back after Trump pronouncement on Jerusalem

Genetic predisposition, upbringing, education, levels of hormones, brain structure, attractive features, stature, social status… all contributed to what you are and were capable of achieving.

Sure, most Lebanese families ruin themselves to have their children graduate. From my experience, at best 3% of the students are serious and dedicated to learning at universities. Most probably, they never witnessed any one of their parents read or write at home or show much of intellectual activities and engagement to study seriously.

The third level in considering “performance” should answer: “How these various performances criteria correlate?  Can we sort them out between basic performances and redundant performance criteria?”.

The Omayyad dynasty, founded by Mu3awiya, selected Damascus for the Capital of the Arab Empire and the people in the Near East spoke Aramaic as well as most of the “Arabic” tribes that settled in and around the urban centers of Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon.

If there is an Arab civilization then it was created during the Omayyad period since the people in that part of the Near East could comprehend and write Aramaic.  The classical Arabic language was established and spread during the Omayyad dynasty. After this period, we can call it Islamic civilization

For the Arab Nations (about 22 States) to exist in the future they have to mind their classical language and enrich it with various modern “Arabic” slang words and expressions to be viable among the Arab people.

Al sokhra bte7lo2 7elakat. Al 7ejjat: 3am netmarran lal competition in 2 weeks, bayn ba3dna. Whatever that means: khod forssat

Ma badkon tabko qawaneen al club? Bass waa7ed yeste7eh wa yekoun 3endo laba2at ye3zom elleh ba3d ma le3eb. wa bikoulo bmashkelha

Maskharat al masakher: mo3zamhom yastakbiroun ennahom al afdal, bidoun jadarat ma7ssoussat

Kenna 12-1. The game finishes at 13 points. wa7ed min farikeh 7ered wa karrar yekhssar. le72o al tani. Team 3edo some potential tan7ar baddo yekhssar.

This Scapegoat tendency of Single Cause fallacy

Tolstoy humored the gravity cause of the fallen apple. He enumerated two dozen possibilities of why an apple does fall “And no thing is the cause”

“People are Not the masters of their own destinies” as Aristotle proclaimed. There exists a complex network of influencing factors.

People are the masters of what Fortune and coincidences made them to take advantage of, making the best of what come to them and what they came to be.

Genetic predisposition, upbringing, education, levels of hormones, brain structure, attractive features, stature, social status… all contributed to what you are and were capable of achieving.

For example, unprofitable companies don’t get corporate loans in order to improve.

Though, the more loans the company is extended the wider the rate of returns, the bigger cash cushion, and the better they can stay afloat and much longer than the companies who are refused loans. And the financial world claim that the profitable and best managed companies are those considered best equipped to receive loans.

The company that went bankrupt do not show up in any study sample group of how these “debt-ridden” companies may fail.

Suppose that due to ill side effects you decide to take an “important” pill irregularly.

This group of  “irregular taking” patient is categorized as “irregular intake” group in evaluation studies of a drug.

The subjects who vanished from the sample (the “irregular intake”) are the ones who should have made the difference in evaluation studies  according to proper procedures and protocols.

The well-intentioned group who carried out the prescription according to procedures and protocols as a minority of all the patients who suffered from side effects. But the evaluation wants to hide the side-effects part of a drug.

Everything in nature and human interactions are intrinsically connected and trying had to discover a single cause is an abnormal behavior.

The Via Negativa concept is “We know things through what it is Not” and yet, we consistently focus on what is only significant.

Warren Buffet said: “I learned to avoid difficult business problems

Read: The Art of Thinking Clear

 

The sophistication of truth

A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear.

Our work doesn’t have to be obtuse to be important or brave.

Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind.

Most of all, the sneer of, “you don’t understand” or, “you don’t know the people I know…”

“It’s complicated,” we say, even when it isn’t.

We invent these facades because they provide safety.

Safety from the unknown, from being questioned, from being called out as a fraud.

These facades lead to bad writing, lousy communication and a refuge from the things we fear.

I’m more interested in the sophistication required to deliver the truth.

Simplicity.

Awareness.

Beauty.

These take fearlessness. This is, “here it is, I made this, I know you can understand it, does it work for you?”

Make two lists

One list highlights the lucky breaks, the advantages, the good feedback, your trusted network.

It talks about the accident of being born in the right time and the right place, your health, your freedom.

It features your education, your connection to the marketplace and just about every nice thing someone has said about you in the last week or month.

The other list is the flipside.

It contains the obstacles you’ve got to deal with regularly, the defects in your family situation, the criticisms your work has received lately.

It is a list of people who have better luck than you and moments you’ve been shafted and misunderstood.

The thing is, at every juncture, during every crisis, in every moment of doubt, you have a choice.

You will pull out one (virtual) list or the other.

You’ll read and reread it, and rely on it to decide how to proceed.

Up to you.

Good at math

It’s tempting to fall into the trap of believing that being good at math is a genetic predisposition, as it lets us off the hook.

The truth is, with few rare exceptions, all of us are capable of being good at math.

I’ll grant you that it might take a gift to be great at math, but if you’re not good at math, it’s not because of your genes.

It’s because you haven’t had a math teacher who cared enough to teach you math. They’ve probably been teaching you to memorize formulas and to be good at math tests instead.

Being good at standardized math tests is useless. These tests measure nothing of real value, and they amplify a broken system.

No, we need to get focused and demanding and relentless in getting good at math, at getting our kids good at math and not standing by when someone lets themselves (and thus us) off the hook.

If you can read, you can do math.

Math, like reading, isn’t optional, it’s our future and it helps free us from our fear of creation.

Can an 8-inch square pizza fit on a 9-inch round plate without draping over the edge?” is a question that should make you smile, not one you should have to avoid.

 

 

 


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