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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 227

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 of backlog opinions and events is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

You must select a few tasks that require total concentration during you daily achievement program. The more you learn to focus the more the frequency of good “luck” tends to increase

The more maintenance tasks (at home or in office) you plan in your daily achievement program, and the more in touch you are with real life, and the rarer are the depressive mood swings you say you suffer from

Consider the basic facts of Facebook’s scandal—that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica violated the social network’s rules for third-party apps by obtaining the profile data of 50 millions of users, and Facebook responded ineptly—it’s hard to understand the current level of outrage and disgust.

Just because the feelings are visceral doesn’t mean they’re ill-founded. The outrage that’s driving the #DeleteFacebook movement—as with its predecessor, #DeleteUber—is fueled Not by rational evidence, but by visceral concerns about the growing power, suspect motives, and dubious ethics of the tech firms involved.

Michael Coren looks back at how it took us 90 years to get a 90% drop in human-driven vehicle fatalities.

This week marked the 15th anniversary of the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq. In the New York Times (paywall), Iraqi novelist Sinan Antoon movingly relates a harsh truth: “I never thought that Iraq could ever be worse than it was during Saddam’s reign, but that is what America’s war achieved.”

Actually, during Iraq of Saddam, schools and university were free, health care was universal and Iraq was the leading Arabic county to reading what all the “Arabic” countries published.

A quarter of Japan’s population is 65 or older and some of those seniors, particularly women, are turning to petty theft in order to find a place of unexpected community and stability: prison. Shiho Fukada tells their stories in Bloomberg Businessweek

The most educated and well-to-do among immigrants from the Near-East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine) went to Palestine, and then on to Egypt at the turn of the century, where they were the vanguard in creating daily presses, translating scientific research and the newer technologies,  and disseminating the notion of freedom of expressions and promoting the values of Western Europe in matters of democracy, republic, equality, constitutional political systems, and justice to all under the law…

John Stewart Kenneth wrote:

1. 61% of the US “Arabs” earned the highest university degrees versus 30% of the average US citizens. The “Arab” citizens are mainly Lebanese (40%), Syrians (12.3%), Egyptians (12%), Palestinians (6%), Iraqis, North Africans (or 60% are from the Near East States)… earned the highest university degrees versus 30% of the average US citizens

2. The average “Arab” in the US earn $54,000 versus $43,000

3. 57% of the “Arabs” in the US own single family homes versus 43% of the average ratio.

4. The “Arabs” in the US hold the highest posts and the most private businesses than the other US minorities, including European, Japanese, and Chinese.

Bye, bye Earth. It was okay to meeting with you

You should have realized by now that life is mainly a maintenance process, including procreation.

Life is basically learning how to survive, just to keep living as long as our physical potentials have not been exhausted.

What kind of maintenance tasks can you recall? Dusting, mopping, washing dishes, cooking, taking care of dirty children, gathering anything to eat, fetching water, bathing…

By the by, communities invented a fictitious splitting of tasks. Women were allocated the maintenance chores, by tradition and customs, while men went hunting and bragging about their prowess, including how much they could drink non-alcoholic beer.

By the by, communities were organized so that 95% of the people get engaged in the maintenance tasks, including the monotonous production and caring for the comfort of the other 5% who appointed themselves “above the fray

By the by, a group of clergy was instituted to mind the soul and after life conditions of the people in the community, particularly initiating the community to the rituals and attending ceremonies according to rules and proper attitudes.

For example, you have priests who visit homes, sprinkle some water in all the room, and wait for a handsome bonus for his well-intentioned zeal and for remembering the needs of the households, and offering the prayer for the occasion.

The 5% were supposed to have plenty of time to reflect on:

1. the meaning of life

2. How happy the community can be if it obeyed their prescriptions and rules of conduct

3. What a waste that my talents are not appreciated to their true values

4. The hardship that I suffer for seeing my dream projects ignored

5. How it is boring that I achieved my project and have to restart this exhausting cycle of anxiety and endurance.

6. How my potentials are not taken seriously and how cruel it feels to be mocked…

7. What’s the point. After all the only certainties are death and taxes

Now and then people revolt and demand that these customs of separation of tasks be changed and “reformed”

It is not this 5% of mankind will make any substantial difference in diminishing the maintenance chores, due to their inability and lack of skills to making any significant difference in the oiling of the social mechanism, but it is a nice boost to the community morale.

A morale boost observing the 5% contributing their time and leftover energy getting on with the maintenance tasks of the living, of getting accustomed of what it takes to have the time to think and reflect properly.

Just a nice reprieve that the 5% will shut up for a while and desist sermonizing and complaining about the meaning of life.

And we end up food for the other species or dust for the vegetables.

And maybe, a billion year from now, we’ll be components of a lousy organic species, here on earth or somewhere in another planet.

As David Hume stated 3 centuries ago:

Since reason is incapable of dispelling these perplexing philosophical clouds, nature suffices to that purpose and cures me of this philosophical melancholy and delirium. Nature relaxes this bent of mind, or by some evocation and living impression of my senses, which obliterate all these chimeas

Can we at least preserve nature?





March 2023

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