Teaching -cism in silence

As a child, just after apartheid, I don’t remember learning about how white, is “better”, and black “is not”. I don’t remember sitting in a lecture being indoctrinated. I don’t remember anything else, but I do remember the subtle cues around me.

I remember certain people being treated differently and later I learned why, more specifically, I learned who.

Today, in our open and free democratic society, I see a new trend. The word race is slowly replaced by class. Some people are still treated differently. Soon our kids will figure out who and then, sadly, why.

The Psychology of Money

Let me tell you the story of two investors, neither of whom knew each other, but whose paths crossed in an interesting way….

…. Some people are born into families that encourage education; others are against it. Some are born into flourishing economies encouraging of entrepreneurship; others are born into war and destitution. I want you to be successful, and I want you to earn it. But realize that not all success is due to hard work, and not all poverty is due to laziness. Keep this in mind when judging people, including yourself.
— Read on www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-money/

We, The people

When citizens self organise, the government of the day may be rendered a mere follower.

In this age, with so many great tools for organising and collaboration, what we need is, a common goal and the will to act without self interest. Without a doubt, There is purpose in self organising around things worth achieving.

The question is, can we agree on the things worth achieving? If we truly set aside self interest are we able to, collectively, obtain success? Put differently, could we align our interests?

All these notions are challenging as it involves a more mature society, which demands a more mature individual.

Is enough, enough?

When is enough enough? How long are we delaying our lives as we struggle for someone else’s picture of perfection? How many more years should we put into building a fortune, for our old age? We all need to read the story below na make up our one minds.

The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment Banker (Author Unknown)

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said. “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery. You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said. “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “Oh, 15 to 20 years or so.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time was right, you would announce an IPO, and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”

Source: http://renewablewealth.com/the-parable-of-the-mexican-fisherman/

I came across this story while reading: https://m.signalvnoise.com/enough-1d48019c7335

9 months with Colemak

9 months Ago  I decided to switch to the Colemak keyboard layout, read more about that here: https://dwain.blog/2017/12/19/colemak-fingers/.

When I started my speed was a terrible and I wasn’t any good at QWERTY .

Now my speed is much better, but still not great. I feel much more comfortable with this keyboard. My fingers remain on the home keys most of the time. The main thing is that I feel comfortable enough to do my job.

I have not reached my goal of 100wpm with at least 90% accuracy. I have not practiced much though it is something I’m hoping to do more of.

The next update on this will be more about my goal moving forward.