On Progress

We all shall be grateful for being part of a generation that has witnessed and actually still is witnessing the gigantic leap of technology. In two decades the prototype of a computer shrank from a garage-sized loud and rather simple calculator to those brand new high-tech portals of binary code named tablets. The phrase “It can’t be done” has been proven wrong countless times. And so far  progress has only served everyone’s interest – no distinctive downsides except obesity. And probably weapons. They are evolving too and despite the fact that alongside with other technologies powerful weapons  can protect us from all the potential doomsday scenarios they are a threat. Especially the nuclear ones. Probably one day an imbecile obsessed with power and in charge of the big red buttons that should never be pressed will decide to play a real life conquer the world game but apart from praying to postpone this insanity nothing more significant can be done. Meanwhile computer multitasking has allowed many people to focus only on the aspects of life and business that can’t be handled by software.  Less running in the wheel like a hamster and more philosophic hours spent as an owl. In most cases this is a convenient and rewarding luxury. Machines are made to ease our everyday lives. Kitchen utensils , mobile phones , photo and video taking and sharing , exploration ,  you name it. Technology has made a dramatic impact in the automotive industry. A modern car has only the wheels and the steering wheel in common with the moving boxes your father drove. You have a map that shows your current location anytime , anywhere and is leading you with gentle voice and animation to the chosen destination , a friend who is telling you how much space you have before hitting the curb when parking , a mechanic that makes full service check every time you turn the ignition key and all of that embedded in your dashboard.  Ingenious systems even make it harder to slip and crash. And it’s not just cars. All other means of transport nowadays are safer , faster , more reliable and affordable to anyone. Medicine has also hugely benefited from the progress. Life expectancy has doubled and it’s just a matter of time to overwhelm the very few still incurable deceases.  Progress has even influenced the way we entertain. People today  listen to music which would have been classified as “annoying noise” in the twentieth century. Photoshop has made everyone perfect and social medias have more devoted users than any of the television giants. Inspiration is everywhere. More and more people are paid to simply think of new improvements of goods and services.  A nostalgic glimpse to the past makes me think that we’re already near the limit. You can’t squeeze two litres of juice out of a single orange. The unimaginable has already happened. How far will this magical progress go? Well I don’t possess the required wisdom to speculate but as I started – I’m grateful for being part of this era even as an average witness.

Lazy-reader version :  Progress is the purpose of intelligence. It educates and makes life safer and easier. It’s achieved by hard work and inspiration. Scientists are exploring the unknown and deliver staggering innovations to the rest of the world. History is happening in front of our very eyes everyday. Maybe it’s just me but I’m feeling special. The opportunity to see how it all happened is something to be valued.

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On Work

“I’ll get a job!”.  It all starts with this. Driven by either poverty or clinical boredom everyone sooner or later decides to get a grip on his life and start doing something constructive. The global idea is to start earning  experience and own money and eventually independence. The vague contours of the idea seem reasonable but execution is as easy as swimming 100m underwater. If I was a statistics geek which I am not I bet 90% of the population isn’t actually employed in the desired business area. And at least those 90% are convinced that their labor is underpaid. Why is that happening? Why is everyone thinking that they deserve the CEO’s desk? On the outside it seems quite a sweet job. But be careful what you wish for! The luxury lifestyle and the giant salary are as attractive to the normal employee as is fresh meat to starving piranhas but on the other hand the high-profile executive’s life is a nightmare. They are actually in a position to make the type of mistake that may turn out to be the cause of a pulled trigger. Work has devoured leisure time. And the aging process is noticeable from New Year’s Eve to Christmas. Cliches become so for a reason – “with the big power also goes big resposibility”.
So what happens next? Where should we start? All the ambitions are there but the absence of experience and references overcomes your charm and qualification (men only). And there comes the time for sacrifice – lower your expectations and make the first step of the ladder. From that moment on you start to realize that actually things are not quite like you have imagined. The textbook archives in your brain are useful but are not even half the business. You need to level up in terms of professional skills and overall knowledge. And we all know the leveling up happens as a reward for the gained experience. Although it really is simple most of the people don’t make it.  The most common mistake is to forget your goals set from the beginning. To reach an average step on the ladder and to stay there in safety’s sake. It’s another trigger puller. Not that sharp and sound but very prolonged and boring. Personally I think it’s a blessing to work with passion. Athletes , artists , entertainers , writers and all the others that cash out their talents and hobbies are living a dream. For the rest of us – keep calm and get promoted regularly.

Lazy-reader version : Finding the right job is a quest. No matter what you do your effort is going to be recognized at some point. Qualification is an advantage but not an insurance. Dedication and hard work are the foundations of a successful career. Don’t allow failure to tweak your mind.  Get deeply involved in your business and go for gold.


On Society and Relations

The world is mad. If I wasn’t trying to keep your attention for more than two seconds I’d have declared this article as finished. The world we live in is changing so rapidly that certain trends are out of date even before you finish the  bragging phone call to a friend about how fashionable you are. This also involves the way people interact with each other. Nowadays we must have iphones and go to the gym and wear latest fashion and that’s only after we’ve purchased the brand new cars and have finished a fancy financial degree in a “prestigious” university. And all of this is wrong but keeps driving people madder and madder in fact even obsessed with the idea of being as close as possible to the imaginary idol in mind. Maybe I’m too narrow-minded but I can’t explain those trends to my simple self. There’s nothing more stupid than trying to be someone you  are not. Happiness-seekers will be disappointed even when they  no matter the  price provide the social heaven for themselves. Happiness just isn’t there. Based on everyday observations I can tell that many people lack adequate judgement. The label “fool” or “looser” is put on the forehead of anyone that’s a bit different. Intelligence , humor and reliability are considered less important than ABs , sun tan and clothes. Or at least you need the last three fitting in the “cool” category in order to unveil the rest. And I’m guilty too. Recently I met a guy from the neighborhood who I hadn’t seen for years and the “just say Hi and move on” attitude was brought to my conscious just because of his afro hairstyle. So the question is how to prevent this ludicrous judgement. Obviously you can’t talk to people with holes in their ears which are the size of a swimming pools but that’s an exception. The rest are OK. But when it comes to actually spending time with such individuals it’s up to them to prove you that they don’t need to be under medical surveillance. Any average guy will try to go across the street if he sees a bunch of tall , skin-headed  gentlemen singing songs unappropriate for children after midnight. But when you find yourself abandoned by your siblings at a party and a guy with tattoos on his face expressing violence asks for a lighter you don’t have many options. And then the magic happens 9 out of 10 times he will turn out to be very polite and cool guy who simply lives in the body of a rapist (the worst case scenario is the ER). And you’ll be amazed how often the magazine-cover type of both men and women act like they’ve been raised in a prison. Just monitor the behavior of the upper  social class individuals in a traffic jam or at a queue. They emit hatred. And when they get the same in return you can literally see the shock on their faces. Then the government takes all the blame and if it was a living creature it would have quite a disturbing offspring since they’re suggesting incest. The roots of the problem are deep in our lives. As early as elementary school kids are being exposed to numerable options for attitude to choose from. And the passion for the unknown delivers the outcasts of our present society. It’s an evolution process taking place in every individual and it does not respond to advices and/or control. Eventually everyone will follow their instincts and will shape up to be the genuine Mr/Mrs RealMe. The tricky part is to make it happen sooner and without permanent scars from the exploration period.

Lazy-reader version :  Society today represents a rainbow of different people. Even adults are confused when choosing in which category they have to place their selves. Probably statistics are to be trusted and people with odd interests and activities should be aware they’re not the dominant ones. Or they should watch Bear Grylls and escape from the lookalike-human factories called cities. Educate yourself and then make the decision. The less intervention with nature’s idea of you- the better.