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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sortition...!


Few years ago when I used to send 'Daily Mails' to about 1000 readers that had some anecdotes, concerns, incidences, insights and lessons of a sort; one of the most popular mail I can remember of was about the story of a Bronze Rat which you can read here; I recommend that you read it first to set the context of what Brett is sharing in the video.

Well, the story about the San Francisco Rat was humorous yet sarcastic and didn't actually offered any real workable solution to the replacement of the politicians, if we the people could do it somehow. Brett seems to have the answer...

Considering the fact that being a Hungarian and talking to the Hungarian people in Hungary, Brett makes his proposition look not only  logical and sensible, but also almost doable with examples of experiments about it around the world he cites. However it seems like a distant dream in this part of the world with the status-quo, we must not lose hope all the same as, it is only HOPE that could bring transformation and change the things for better.

"But in practice, it's [ideal of democracy] not working. And that's the second question. Our politics is broken, our politicians aren't trusted, and the political system is distorted by powerful vested interests..."

"It would not be government by public opinion poll. It would not be government by referendum. These informed, deliberating people would move beyond public opinion to the making of public judgments..."

"We can experiment with sortition. We can introduce it to schools and workplaces and other institutions, like Democracy In Practice is doing in Bolivia. We can hold policy juries and citizens' assemblies, like the new Democracy Foundation is doing in Australia, like the Jefferson Center is doing in the US and like the Irish government is doing right now. We could build a social movement demanding change, which is what the Sortition Foundation is doing in the UK. And at some point, we should institute it..."

"I have hope. Here in Hungary [in India], systems have been created, and systems have been torn down and replaced in the past.Change can and does happen. It's just a matter of when and how..."

Indeed...! Way to go...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Empathy...!



"We all have become complicit in the suffering of others,
and hence accountable in the crime..."

"We all are connected in this world, 
if one suffers, so do we all...!"

Kindness is the language which 
the deaf can hear and the blind can see...!

- Mark Twain

Friday, May 25, 2018

Relativity...!



The mastermind iconic scientist Albert Einstein was the proposer of many scientific theories that opened new avenues in the scientific exploration of matter and material. The most popular theory Einstein proposed was undoubtedly the Theory of Relativity. Being the notorious and charming personality the scientist donned, there are numerous incidences attributed to him, many of which cannot be validated. However there’s no harm in circulating them as those incidences also exhibit the peculiar nature of Albert Einstein and it won’t defame him as the moral of every such story portrays the scientist and his inventions in good light!

One such extremely popular anecdote is about a comic version of ‘Theory of Relativity’ that the scientist himself advised his secretary about explaining the complex theory in the simplest form that even a teenager will understand. The version says that ‘Sitting with a pretty girl for hours will feel like a minute and sitting on a hot stove for a minute will feel like hours… that is relativity!’ To find out whether Einstein said this or not is a job of the Quote Investigator and let us leave it to him and focus on the reference to context as one would realize that the expression is absolutely true, in letter and spirit, even if you just imagine it, let alone experience it!

The narration in the video above is a passage written by Carl Sagan for the book ‘Pale Blue Dot’ published by Random House, Copyright ©1994 Democritus Properties, LLC. While taking review of the entire human evolution and what humans have made of the only survivable planet of the galaxy in due course, it explains the theory of relativity with profound wisdom as it forces the reader/listener to contemplate on the fact how small and futile an individual and his EGO is when our entire planet is reduced to a pale blue dot in the frame of reference that was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane of our world!

To read the Transcript of the narrative in the video above, please visit - 'A Pale Blue Dot I The Planetary Society'

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bad NEWS...?

The People's President, the Missile Man our Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam raised a question, reportedly, about our media when he asked - Why is the media here so negative? This guy in the video seem to have the answer, not just for our media but for the whole media industry in its entirety, it seems! Check it out...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Free-Fall...?


Recently I watched a video about an experiment wherein a bowling ball and a feather are dropped from a height and both reached the floor at the exact same moment with an exact same speed. It seemed like a miracle that defied the gravity. Was it a trick or was it a magic show where hypnosis is used to control viewer’s minds to make-believe what is being shown to them? Neither was the case and it turns out to be a real-time scientific experiment conducted, controlled and monitored by trained scientists and physicists under the surveillance of many cameras. There was a minute condition to this falling experiment though... it was carried out in a complete and absolute vacuum... in absence of AIR!

In fact, the objective of the experiment itself was to prove that it is the Resistance of Air that causes the weights of objects behave differently in any physical movement, in general, and in a vertical ‘fall’ in particular. Science finds its ways to prove things that cannot be seen with eyes or shown with projecting. Air can be sensed and felt but is not visible and Science needs to prove it otherwise, by making its absence felt. This experiment was not that phenomenal by its own virtue in the world where AI, Bio-mechanics and Quantum Physics are being deliberated, one might claim. What makes this experiment incredible is its philosophical texture that establishes the principles of equality by removing the Air, in due course!

How this experiment could be related to our lives, though? Well, it is based on two fundamental assumptions of Theory of Relativity and Laws of Gravity. Law of gravity works equally for every physical matter that falls in space of its influence and the shape, form, mass and momentum of objects is relative. What makes the difference is the resistance, lighter the object more the resistance of air and vice-e-versa. Now Air is a constant here, unless you live in a vacuum (seclusion, for that matter!), and variable is the resistance that is inversely proportional to the weight (aka- mass) of the object.

Now consider this – everybody that can realize, measure and analyze the element of TIME gets exactly same 24 HRS in a day and 24 x 60 x 365 = 5, 25,600 minutes in a year; just like the law of gravity. Nobody gets an additional hour for his or her position or disposition, not even on Mondays or a May-Day. If there’s no difference in the amount of time everybody gets for a fresh day every day, what makes the difference in the lifestyle of all the individuals that is apparently different from each other? Let us try to figure it out with the experiment of Free Fall in the Vacuum.


The first attribute is the weight of the character that makes a huge difference. This weight is your personality that needs to be crafted with rigorous molding, forget a personality development workshop on weekend; it won’t help you to reach that level. You will have to work on your-self to make a desirable resource that anybody would bid for in the professional job-market. It’s a give and take world where there are no free lunches. The size, type and quality of lunch offered to you will always remain exactly proportionate to the value you bring to the board and add to the table. So there is no alternative but to increase your worth with a consistent and persistent learning and development.

Meanwhile, you need to remove the air, remember? So what’s this Air about in a professional world where you need to be equal, convert the floating into free-fall and defy the gravity? This Air is spelled EGO in the real world. Ego is the state of mind that is conditioned to assume, judge, have presumptions and prejudice that eventually converts to narrow-mindedness, suspicion, rivalry and restriction... to growth in any direction by any measure in any point of reference. Build your Brand, Raise your Value, Remove the EGO, Create a vacuum free of AIR and see the magic... for your-Self!

All the best and way to go...!

Monday, April 30, 2018

What you want to be...?

 
A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do.
 
Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways.
 
This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.

When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.

Source - https://puttylike.com/terminology/

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Status Quo


This week two shops in my vicinity were robbed by breaking-in after midnight. Big deal, one might say. The entire nation is busy in deliberating the heinous crimes with children like rape and brutal murder, what a shop-lifting (by breaking it in the night) counts for? Nothing! A usual petty illegal act like pick-pocketing or casually carrying a weapon or driving a vehicle without license, not a serious organized crime, you know! And though I am presumably proud of my locality, it still falls under the jurisdiction of my City of Knowledge, its sophisticated State and progressive Country it belongs to, I must not forget. So what makes me so irked to write about such a mundane, insignificant and commonplace incidence? 

May be my education, may be my disposition, may be my conscious or may be my status – as a characteristic citizen of an independent nation – that compels me to contemplate on the happenings around me and think about a solution to something that is not even recognized as the problem in first place. We are being conditioned not to look at any fundamental issue as a problem as long as there is no dearth of fickle problems presented as issues that need immediate attention and rabid solution!

Grass-root level problems are beyond the numbers in the files they are dumped in and hypothetical statistics couldn’t be a real solution. Facts and figures sound good to hear and even succeed in making an impression of a calculated strategy and learned decision. However there is a simple indicator to perceive the situation and act accordingly. In management lingo it’s KPI – Key Performance Indicator, accompanied by KRA – Key Result Area, both used to monitor and measure the progress towards objectives and modify the course of action in case developments are found otherwise. In layman’s language, it is as simple as a system of understanding and reciprocating a particular situation.

For example, when a baby cries, the mother understands that something is wrong with the baby and as the baby does not have many demands, the first probability of it being hungry, mother feeds the baby to check whether it resolves the issue. Majority of the time it does and at some rare times when it does not, the mother checks for anything else that might have gone wrong with the baby. With the conventional wisdom and motherly love, she doesn’t think it necessary to take the baby to the multi-specialty hospital and put it under all those tests with modern equipment. Even a baby that does not know anything has a method of communication with its mother and mother uses it as an indicator.

These signs, signals and symptoms are omnipresent all around in the society and any sensitive, receptive and conscientious mind full of empathy could easily read them and (re)act accordingly. GDP, Nifty and Sensex are numbers that provide statistics to represent a hypothesis and not the ground reality. While IHDI is an index that talks about ‘Human Development’, even with an egoistic prefix of ‘I’ making it ‘Inequality-adjusted’, still being just a number in rank, is no match for GNH.

Crime rate itself is the biggest indicator of society’s health. Suicide is a punishable crime as per the constitution, so is murder and everything in between, including atrocity and bribery. Unfortunately every Indian Penal Code is being executed in some place or other relentlessly all around and what is more awful than the rampant crime itself is the fact that we are getting used to it; we turn the pages of the newspaper and switch between the NEWS channels with equal composure that defies our disquiet persona otherwise. We are made to believe that we are on the right path, there’s nothing wrong with our society and moreover, if there is, you cannot do anything about it. This is dreadful!

A stand that ‘it has been like this for years and it’s not a recent development’ is as stupid and dumb an argument as destructive and manipulative it is. For, firstly if it has been like this for years the same could not be a justification for it as people are always hopeful for improvement in the state of affairs and if similar things are continued in multiplicity and severity, all the calls of ‘transformation’ were futile, it will prove.

Secondly, such arguments show the preparedness to accept such incidences as routine and try to ‘regularize’ them with settlement just like any other wrongdoing that can be ‘negotiated’ by compromising the code of conduct. Finally, it is fatal as it, in effect, encourages the mentality behind the crime by jeopardizing the situation and making an ‘issue’ of it for personal and institutional gains. This is not just unacceptable but absolutely appalling and disgraceful.

The last man jumping the traffic signal at a crossroad and the stooges committing hideous crimes like abduction, rape and murder are different only in severity of crime and not in the mentality behind it to challenge the code-of-conduct. The underlying arrogance of nothing can do any harm to them for their wrongdoing makes me worried, concerned, apprehensive and fearful. When even a layman dares to break the law without fear of consequences, the society surely is sick, very very sick and needs to get well... sooner the better! Till then the air of fear and suspicion will keep me afraid...

I am afraid for the farmer that is thinking of committing suicide tomorrow.
I am afraid for the newborns who wouldn’t find a school that would embrace them tomorrow.
I am afraid for the school children who would be drop-outs for one reason or other tomorrow.
I am afraid for every girl child that either will not be allowed to take birth or live with dignity, if borne.
I am afraid for the women who would share the fate of their ancestors even in the 21st century.
I am afraid for the inequality and disparity that will give rise to many law and order situations tomorrow.
I am afraid for the educated youth who wouldn’t find a job to go astray tomorrow.
I am afraid for the citizens of democratic country who would forget their role in the system tomorrow.
I am afraid for myself following the suit and restrain from expressing my point of view tomorrow.
I am afraid for having the point-of-view I am sold to tomorrow.

Are you...?

Silver Lining - Rapist Asaram is sentenced for life imprisonment by Jodhpur Court yesterday; Way to go...