The Accelerated Development

Will humans have a more enjoyable life in a world with fast-paced development?

A brand new phone series always amazed millions of tech-lovers with the feature that seems elegant that improves the quality of usage. With the fast-paced development, the new phone will obsolete sooner than before.

The shifting of attention to something novel is not only applicable in the technology sector. An influencer or singer with countless fans may be ignored faster than before. The tendency towards novelty becomes the culprit of the short attention span.

There are many remarkable breakthroughs in various human aspects due to effective project development and innovation in this modern society. The progress that changes human lives significantly brings unprecedented connectivity among people.

Ironically, the cost of development is often through the sacrifice of resources. The work initially wished to improve living standards to make life more convenient. On the other hand, the hierarchy of society demands more projects to keep the development ongoing.

The development is not necessarily detrimental as it supports the constant progression of society. However, one should avoid creating a project for the sake of running a project, where it will result in a counter-productive outcome and lowering morale.

With the wants of development, one will try to break the capabilities threshold. The development arguably will bring a positive impact to the human being. However, it also will force people to work more to sustain the rate.

It is not feasible to slow down the rate of development (at least nations and corporations won’t allow it). The global scale of competitiveness ensures that development machines work non-stop. For a person, it is profound to decide whether the development aligns with the personal goal and value. Else, the progression wave will affect a person adversely.

The development can’t be decelerated, yet one can reevaluate whether it is necessary to keep it going or slow it down.

What is your opinion of the accelerated development of this world?


Revolution and Development

Do revolution and progress always correlate with development?

The rise of humanity in our mother nature is supported by the countless progression and revolutions that constantly bring changes to the Earth. The changes and progress will change people’s norms to a certain degree.
Progression has been appreciated in every aspect of life.

Progress has constantly brought humanity to enjoy a better standard of life. One often not fully aware of the living standard is through the countless invention and breakthroughs. Progress occurs in different scales from countries development to celebrate a small personal goal. The project should align with the public interest. Otherwise, it may harm the established system.

To a certain extent, it will eventually reach stagnation if there is no innovation. The stagnation is the outcome of the complacency mentality. If innovation and a robust system are absent, the resistance provided by stagnation will lead to a revolution.

The revolution, in a positive way, such as the innovation of novel technology and the finding of new medicine. However, not all resistance happened without any sacrifice. The uprising that abrupt people’s fate will usually come with a cost, such as war or the change of era.

Progression and revolution inevitable contribute to the change of this world. It juxtaposes each other where it is unstoppable as humans will continue progress. To embrace continual improvement and innovation, one needs to constantly adapt to changes while reevaluating the value that has been accumulated.

Revolution and progression are the key factors of human development.”

What is your opinion regarding revolution and progression?

Intriguing Irrelevancy

Are you drawn to ideas that may be irrelevant to your daily life?

This world has an unlimited possibility from countless forces acting upon this world. Humans try to understand the world by studying what happens and reacting accordingly. With intelligence and curiosity, humans can transform possibilities into a controllable force.

Other than understanding the world, humans also can imagine abstract ideas. The abstract is not only reflected one’s intelligence. The idea itself is also a symbol of consciousness. The hybrid of the traits can be harnessed for the positive development of this world.

Human needs information to make better decision to ensure human survival. In this fast-paced era, the excess often leads one to discuss topics that are irrelevant to us. The war ongoing in the Middle East will have almost no direct effect on the one who lives in South America.

By scrutinizing individually, a person may be intrigued by the news that happened to surround us. By overpaying attention to the information, one may ignore the critical agenda. The irrelevant information will mislead one to prioritize other things.

However, the irrelevancy itself could be beneficial in two conditions. First, the irrelevancy thought is supported by the action. Second, the originality of the idea that free from mass influence. The promotion of independent thinking in this era ironically is controlled by the powerful one, which is much more influencing than before.

t may seem that one should avoid irrelevant information. However, intrigue can help one to train critical thinking. To tackle the issue, one should select the correct media to obtain information and not over-focus on things that is not relevant. It is crucial to give attention to the relevant information. The information is not only saving time on trivial stuff but also improves imagination and critical thinking.

How much of your time do you spend on irrelevant things?

The Art of Asking

When one meets people, what should one ask? How does asking affect the impression and perception during the conversation?

“Asking” is fundamentally used for getting answers from any relevant sources. By asking, one can gain relevant knowledge that may apply in the future. With the technology advancement, the information can be acquired through typing several keywords instead of finding multiple information from books/people.

We can virtually know everything by searching the correct keywords on the internet. The overwhelming information can be acquired where one may hardly digest the information given may mislead one to make a wrong decision.

Ideally speaking, most people could get the trivial information by asking, unless the information is premium. Virtually speaking, it would not become an issue for that. Provided the intelligence that the algorithm possesses, it can provide objective input to the user. The data is gathered by processing countless facts and subjective experiences, though it could be manipulated by the programmer.

With the objectiveness and lack of emotion that algorithms have, the focus on the art of asking should shift to human interaction. One could provide the answer through opinion and subjective experiences.

One would tend to share something that one is passionate to others. By asking a question related to one’s hobby, the interaction benefits mutual parties. The person who enquires will gain the information, while the listener feels appreciated with the knowledge possessed.

It is also a way to create a small talk topic by asking something related to the listener. However, there is a caveat: the question asked must be genuine. The effect will be detrimental where one asks a question where the counterparts realize it is used for the conversation extension.

The depth of the question is also varies with the person one talks to. An extrovert may prefer to have a casual conversation. On the other hand, an introvert will be more interested in talking about something in-depth. A person background also could play a significant factor in the question topics. If one would ask a question that is too simple or unrelated, the listener may look down on the asker.

“Asking” in human interaction is not merely a way to get an answer, where this “action” can be supported by technological advancement. However, “asking” still play a crucial role in human interaction, where people can gauge competency and impression. Therefore, “asking” can be a double-edged sword that can determine one’s social skill, where the art of asking varies from one another.

What is your way of asking? Is “asking” important in social interaction?

Displacement of Sanity

Why some people can withstand higher pressure than others?

In a certain period, one may counter sets of challenges. Some people face it easily, while others are overwhelmed and struggling with it. The challenges faced may encompass multidimensional aspects, where the challenges can be solved when one has the bravery and persistence to confront them.

When one goes to a wet market, one may find the action of ox-slaughtering, performed daily by the butcher, disturbing. For an ordinary person, it may change the perception of an omnivoric diet. For a butcher, it’s considered a norm. At this point, can we consider the butcher as inhumane?

Massacre, a more extreme example, involves two parties with a distinct strength. The dominating party arbitrarily exercises the power to kill the weaker one. From a humanitarian aspect, it is deemed ruthless. However, the sad truth, is massacres happen occasionally in human history.

The ruthless action is doubted can be done naturally without any initiation from the leader. The emotional manipulation can be done through training, enforcement, propaganda, or constant torture, where one will slowly shift the mindset, to a moment where the sanity is eroded.

The mindset shift can be harnessed for practical purposes. A military trains its soldier to be unconditional obedience to the order. Security is trained to be disagreeable to ensure the security of a premise. The ruthless aspect is necessary to ensure the proper operation in society.

The displacement of sanity can be implemented to improve one’s daily life. The training or action that is considered overloaded can help one to be more resilient. The reward after going through the challenge may make one feel more confident. However, a greater purpose or goal is necessary or else it will be pure torture.

What is the daunting event that you never believe could be overcome?

The Imprecise Valuation

Why are people unable to valuate random goods accurately?

When one goes to a supermarket to purchase daily goods, one can gauge the price accurately. The frequent visit to the store trains one to be sensitive to the pricing. The ability could be helpful, especially since the store intentionally marks up the commodity price.

Unluckily, it doesn’t happen in every single store. The pricing won’t become precise when one is unfamiliar with the items. It occurs when one goes to a computer store or furniture store. A person needs an additional understanding of technical or artistic sense to evaluate the products accurately.

An understanding of the product does not necessarily make one price an item correctly. When the general market lacks specific knowledge of a product, the pricing will significantly differ from the supplier costs of goods and based on the impression given.

Therefore, familiarity and the beauty of a product play a pivotal role in stigmatizing people to purchase an item that is much expensive than it should be. It is not necessary due to the quality of the products. as human plays a role as both rational and irrational creature,

Moreover, the lack of information also contributes significantly alter the verdict. A comparison is helpful to know the price range. Yet, one still need to have specific knowledge of the products to have an accurate valuation.

Ultimately, one may have a poor ability to price an unfamiliar item. To alleviate the inability, getting specific knowledge, comparison, and removal of bias can be an approach to value goods properly. With these actions, one could prevent unnecessary spending.

What is your approach for pricing a good?

The Beauty of Optimizing a Routine

Why does an experienced cook serve dishes faster? What makes it interesting?

On a Sunday night, I was strolling through the hawker centre around the neighbourhood. To tackle my hunger, I was indecisively ordering a dish. While waiting for the order, I was astonished by the cooking trick performed.

Slowly after the dish was served, I asked the person how long he had been cooking in the stall. With a smile, he answered he had repeated it for ten years. The honing of an impressive cooking skill can be mastered through repetition.

The trick performed through the cook resembles the mundane daily task that one does repetitively. When one performs a task repetitively, one will find a faster way to execute it. Initially, one may take a very long time to finish with a higher chance of a mistake occurring.

With the human ability to work effectively, especially the task is specialized. The work done will have a remarkable quality that completed within a short period. The optimization will improve the productivity of a group if the task is performed repetitively.

During the optimization, one’s brain will eliminate redundant moves for performing the task. However, it will reach a threshold where one can’t improve it at all. Therefore, optimization is possible when one opens to a new idea after mastering the task.

“The beauty of routine lies in harnessing human inventiveness on improving productivity.”

What is the task where you have a knack for it? Did you repeat it before you mastered the skill?

Freedom and Rules

How do freedom and rules play a part to sustain and organizing oneself?

Freedom, a privilege to choose the option without the limitation from external forces, has been promoted to improve human rights. When one is free, one has the luxury to do whatever one wants. Freedom will usually lead to a positive emotion that leads to short-term happiness.

When one has a short vacation, it is freedom. When one can control oneself, it is also freedom. The definition of freedom differs from one another, tailor-made and generally correlated with life satisfaction.

Freedom, pursued by most people, may bring hidden risks long run on a micro-scale or macro-scale. Splurging cash in year-end sales or just having fun and avoiding responsibility, these examples illustrate when one cannot control the freedom given. In these cases, the action done can be deemed unsustainable.

When freedom is not harnessed, it will be slowly taken out involuntarily. Rules are necessary to be there to preserve the available choice. Regulations can be self-imposed for one not to astray and regulate self-control. On a large scale, due to people’s tendency to have a personal interest, the rule can be formalized to have order and collective group interest.

Indolence within oneself will make one lean towards freedom, where both terms closely correlate with one another. However, there is also a downside of rules and regulations. Over formulated rules will reduce one’s flexibility and will result in counter-productive.

Therefore, a balance of freedom and rules are necessary to keep things orderly, sustainable, productive, and fulfilling. Freedom is the one that people aim to be progressive and innovative. On the other hand, rules prevent misuse of freedom and limits complacency.

“A balance of freedom and rules is essential to keep one in order and sustainable.”

What action can one do to maintain the autonomous and compliance within oneself?

A Selective Attention

How would selective attention help one to focus? What is the drawback of paying attention selectively?

Every day there are lots of things that happen around us. Countless events around us, while some are more relevant than others. With the limited energy and attention span, one could only pay attention to things selectively.

One would care about the things that suit one interest and something that related to us closely. If the event affects us significantly, one will pay much more attention to that consequence with ignorance of other events.

Selective attention has its advantages and drawbacks. The focus is necessary for one to focus on the aim. On the other hand, it could make one be over believe that will ignore some negative cues that would make a person fail.

The limited attention span would help someone filter out the noise from other people. However, the presence of attention providers such as news, entertainment, social media let one less focus on the relevant thing. For one to cope with countless events, the attention span is shortened.

However, when one is obsessed with it, by giving attention disproportionally, one will ignore the input from other people that may show an emergency sign to ourselves. By over-attentive, faith and belief can be deemed as stubborn and close-minded.

Attention can be harnessed as an effective tool to reach one’s dream and goal by filtering unnecessary events. By being attentive with the acceptance of others’ input, One could direct the attention in a correct path and transform into a better human.

Are you able to pay attention effectively? How to pay attention properly to the surrounding?

Inheritance and Identity

Are we able to freely choose our own identity?

From the moment that one is born, destiny has been somehow determined. From the family to the society, it significantly shapes the worldview and common sense. Although some outliers grow to be distinct from the crowd, most tend to conform to the local culture.

The impact brought to the person does not limit the environment that shapes one’s personality. It could also inherit social status, religion, and life goals. A person born in a faithful Christian family will be more likely to be a Christian. The same phenomenon also happens to well-off people, that the offspring will remain rich if being nurtured accordingly.

However, people sensitivity to something not conforming will lead to discrimination and exclusivity. People tend to cooperate with people with higher uniformity. The exclusivity works to preserve the best interest of the group.

The inheritance of identity causes the forming of culture. Collectively, it could form a prejudice towards a group. The pre-information would help a person to guess another people behavior and action that a person to do. However, the status of a person should not be the basis of treatment.

One should not use his background to discriminate against other people. On the other hand, one should highlight and embrace the difference. Eventually, it integrates other people view into our view to be more open-minded and adaptable.

Ultimately, one cannot choose to be born in what kind of family. The inheritance of the view from progenitor and environment make one understands right or wrong subjectively. Therefore, the omittance of prejudice is necessary. Conversely, one needs to highlight the fundamental difference during socialization with other people.

“The inheritance of identity should not be the reason people are treated unjustly.”

What kind of identity do you have? What prejudice that you receive from other people?