Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper and The greatest inventions

The greatest human inventions are, in my opinion, the below:

1. Fire
2. Paper
3. Bread
4. The wheel
5. Cement

According to Wikipedia, the earliest known paper fragment was discovered in china and is dated 2nd century AD. Paper is what allowed us, for centuries, to pass on the knowledge to the next generation. Without it, our minds wouldn't be challenged by the great minds of our past which would of greatly have slowed our growth as a specie.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bread and The greatest inventions

The greatest human inventions are, in my opinion, the below:

1. Fire [Edited - Can't believe I forgot about that]
2. Paper [Edited - Friend reminded me of this great invention that I apparently take for granted today]
3. Bread
4. The wheel
5. Cement

According to Wikipedia, bread as been around for 30 000 years and originated somewhere in Europe. The author of this invention is unknown but we still enjoy his creation today-30 000 years later.

Bread helped generations of human to survive and it's still one of our main food today.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The little boy (by Helen Buckley)

Once a little boy went to school. It was quite a big school, but when the boy found he could go right to his room from the playground outside he was happy, and the school didn’t seem quite so big anymore. One morning when the little boy had been in school for a while, the teacher said, “Today, we are going to make a picture.” “Good,” thought the little boy. He liked to make pictures. He could make lions and tigers and trains and boats. He took out his crayons and began to draw. But the teacher said, “Wait, it’s not time to begin.” And she waited until everyone looked ready. “Now”, said the teacher, “we are going to make flowers. “”Good,” thought the little boy, and he began to make beautiful flowers with his orange and pink and blue crayons. But the teacher said, “Wait.” She drew a picture on the blackboard. It was red with a green stem. “There, now you may begin.” The little boy looked at the teacher’s flower. He liked his better, but he did not say this. He just turned his paper over and made a flower like the teacher’s. It was red with a green stem.

On another day the teacher said, “Today we are going to make something with clay.” “Good” thought the little boy. He could make all kinds of things with clay – snakes and snowmen and elephants and mice – and he began to pinch and pull his ball of clay. But again the teacher said, “Wait, I will show you how.” And she showed everyone how to make one deep dish. The little boy just rolled his clay in a round ball and made a dish like the teacher’s. And pretty soon the little boy learned to wait and make things just like the teacher’s. And pretty soon he didn’t make things of his own anymore.

And then it happened that the little boy and his family moved to another city and the boy had to go to another school. On the first day he went to the school the teacher said, “Today we are going to make a picture. “Good”, thought the little boy and he waited for the teacher to tell him what to do. But the teacher didn’t say anything. She just walked around the room. When she came to the boy she said, “Don’t you want to make a picture?” “Yes, “said the boy. “What are we going to make?” “Well, I don’t know until you make it, “said the teacher. “How should I make it?” said the boy. “Why, anyway you like!” “And any colour?” “Any colour” said the teacher. “If everyone made the same thing in the same colour, how would I know what and which was which?” “I don’t know”, said the boy, and he began to draw a flower. It was red with a green stem.

-The little Boy (by Helen Buckley)-

I originally came across a version of this poem on Page 19 of "A Thomas Jefferson Education" book by Oliver DeMille. This poem clearly illustrate the "cloning of the American mind" problem that we're facing. Our school system is from the industrial age and is no longer relevant in the information age.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Leaving someone behind

I've recently had to part ways with a friend due to some of her life choice that did not go well with my core beliefs. It pain me very much to do so but it would of been more painful for me to witness her, what I believe to be, wrong doing.

Soon after it happened, I came across this paragraph which help me be in peace with the decision.

"Loyalty does not mean turning a blind eye to wrong behavior. Instead, it means that even when you see a friend doing something you cannot approve of, you do not abandon the friend. Instead, address the friend privately and promptly in an effort to point out his blind spot, praying that he will correct his course and not force you to choose between the friendship itself and violating your own principles."
-Page 85 from "Resolved Primer" book by Orrin Woodward and John David Mann

I've learned from this paragraph that it's sometime necessary to part ways with the ones we love when we have to choose between our core principles and friendship.

I hope I won't have to do it too often in my life ...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Giving your ex a Second Chance

People often give second chances to their ex especially if it's the "first love". I know I did but from what I've experienced and seen; it doesn't work out.

We give a second chance thinking that our partner is going to change when really we're the ones that needs changing and changing is hard.

If you're not willing to accept your ex for the person that he is, and work on yourself to become better for that person, then it won't work.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Helping Everyone

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:4

Wanting to help everyone is a noble goal. However, the older you get the more you realize that you simply cannot help everyone you meet. There are just too many people out there.

You either have to be more selective in the people you want to help or find ways to help a broader range of people without actually being there for every one of them. You can do this by:

-Using Audios
-A video
-A blog (tihi)
-Developing leaders that will help you on your quest
-Etc... (you get the idea)

Sometimes, you might come across people that simply does not want your help. While it’s true that those people are usually the ones that require the most help there’s physically nothing that you can do.

Pray for them and move on to the next person.
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