Somebody Just Died|Why Am I Playing A Video Game?

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Last week a college mate committed suicide. I can’t imagine the ordeal his parents are going through right now and that’s the point, I CAN’T! We, humans, just have a very lousy limitation to our empathy. This epiphany is weightier than meets the eye. Let me sustain this.

Thought Experiment: Did the Haitian earthquake disaster of 2010 affect you much? Better yet, how would you feel if your nearest shopping mall building collapsed and killed 800 people? Well, would you then be persuaded that it would be ideal to mourn loss of life only if we could appreciate loss of life in the most literal sense possible, ergo from the perspective, typically, of those who are closest in relation to the departed? I think this is just one of those wow moments when Science proves to us that it has no conscience and that it is up to us to employ crutches that can make the difference between us as mere animals and us as remarkable creatures. Science may have made existence possible but only thoughtful humanity can make life flourish.

Knowing the limitation of your empathy makes you realize the extent of your ignorance; whilst you would not likely fabricate emotions from intellect- at least not in this case, you can always learn to deepen your thoughts about loss of life.

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This was written by Herbert Uba. He is basically on a personal challenge to explain Rocket Science through nursery rhymes.

 

A Life Lesson From The Circus Clown.

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People are just painstaking at judgment. They punish each other for lousy decisions and wrong-doing. The fool is quite the outcast in our world…except at the circus. There, children and adults like the midget with passion. He wears a baboon costume and gets hilarity contagious in the auditorium. The clown is adored and celebrated. People pause for a picture or two to show their friends the emblem of cheap thrills.  Yet the implicit truth is that everybody plays a fool sometimes and if we could laugh off some things, celebrate people when they play fools and even play fools ourselves sometimes, we would not be the spoilsports we are. 


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This was written by Herbert Uba. He is on a personal challenge to explain Rocket Science through nursery rhymes.

Should We Police Pregnancies?

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I will be blunt and insist that, for most people, having a baby is not as fun as making one. It’s actually a favorite mistake as far as the typical case goes, which begs the question: Is it for everyone? Is it in our best interest to police pregnancies? I mean, China has done it before.

 

Of course that would be preposterous and having a baby is somewhat a constitutional right (I think I read that somewhere). However, if you contracted your eyes a little you would realize that there is a bigger and more helpful perspective to this. Every right comes with it a responsibility and when this responsibility is not met then this is just social fraud to say the least. I remember sometime back, just to spite a friend, I told him not to call himself a man because of the little hairs on his chin- ‘goats got them’! I guess a similar analogy can be employed. Having a child you cannot take care of is fraudulent and people shouldn’t fight for rights their principles can’t afford.

 

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This was written by Herbert Uba. He is on a personal challenge to explain Rocket Science through nursery rhymes.

 

So What If Science Has No Conscience?

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One of the most poignant of persuasions I have come under in my life is that Science has no conscience. Life is just based in a spin of a wheel or a roll of a die and balance and sense, if any, only exists in cosmic terms, not in themes. But we humans love themes? Love, loyalty, world peace etc. Yeah, as we should because a spite to Science’s ignorance is that a person can grow a conscience. What does this all mean?

I designed a thought experiment to illustrate this. Picture a handicapped toddler. What feeling does this arouse? Well, for most people, it is pity wrapped up in an implicit thought of advantage over that person. This is not only instinctive but also primitive. Growing conscience in a suggested context is deliberately shaping how you feel so that it becomes more thoughtful, fair and reasonable- traits which are the like the golden ratio of morality. In this case, a more poetic and thoughtful reaction would be that there are enough hands, legs, eyes etc., in the world for everyone to live happily. Cheers!



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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Is It Logical To Forgive?

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My girlfriend once confessed that she found it hard to forgive anyone for having wronged her. She thought this was because she just could not forget wrongs. It begged the question, is it logical to forgive or is it a divine act as is that proverbial saying?

Well, generally, the path of least resistance or what comes easier and more natural to us is to do wrong. It seems like it requires less energy to lie than to be speak truth. It is funnier to trespass or be disobedient. The appeal is very cunning and inexorable, even for the best of us, in at least one or two aspects.

A remedy of life, I have learnt, is to make be painstaking in watching other people’s toes and yet make allowances, nonetheless, for another’s shortcomings, not pretending as if doing wrong is difficult or aberrant. In this regard, maybe forgiveness is a testimony that we have understood life, ourselves and other people.

Forgiveness is logical, a trait the progressive should be proud of. It is a chance to sink out some negative energy from the world. Maybe the divinity , if any, is in persuading oneself that it is very much unfair to expect perfection of anyone, let alone punish him for being a textbook case. Cheers!

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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Why Real Life Sucks Compared To Movies.

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I just watched the newest movie in the Transformers franchise. It was quite the screen to say the least. It was far better than real life. My life and I bet yours too! You know what else is better than real life? Almost every other movie I have watched. Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little but I’m sure you get the point. Now, quick question,have you ever asked yourself why movies are generally seemingly better than real life? I think the answer – in one word- is Intention!

In a movie, actors basically have to enliven a script. Tantamount to this is the actor’s proprietary. These two are bound by cognitive intention. I believe that learning these two aspects is key for living a thrilling life and they can be learnt and taught. I challenge you to think up your own narrative; how you want your life to be. This will be your script. Next, learn to bring your script to life by being intentional and extra conscious in everything you do. A good example is the use of intonation when you are speaking to a loved one.


I think the simple reason why movies seem more lively to us is that, compared to our lives, they are lively. Perhaps if we could delude ourselves into thinking that life is just a long movie we’d be better at it. On second thought, maybe life is in principle a movie viewing from others’ eyes. Occasionally smile at the camera, will you?


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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Why We Have Been Looking At Poverty Wrongly.

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Explaining something to his disciples, somewhere in the bible, Jesus makes a poignant point that the poor we’ll always have with us. Can you think of anything truer? You don’t have to be religious to revere this observation as noteworthy at the very least, and potentially paramount in how we can make the world a better place for everyone.

In ancient times, everyone took pride in his work and understood that it was important in the aggregate of society. There was a healthy helplessness, albeit mostly subconscious, amongst the low class people or the proletariat, which stemmed from the persuasion that royalty and wealth were somewhat a birth right. This gave them clarity of dreams which were never understood to be compromised. This was expedient but still wanting. In our contemporary world, the sin is that everyone is groomed to think he can become anything. This is obviously more misleading than helpful, at least without this complementary understanding:


It is okay to fail, to be poor, and the contentions that steal our joy are mostly about existence and not life. Life precedes existence! At any point, one should have life in him, being happy, looking to the left for contentment and to the right for inspiration. This is my definition of a life worth living. A part of the reason why we pity the poor is because they are pitiful and they are pitiful, not because they are rigidly predisposed, but because we don’t count them in our special censuses. To make a difference, stop for a conversation with that beggar who sits by the corner of the road. Smile and learn her name before you can toss some coins into her empty McDonald’s cup. In this way, you deposit both life and existence into the unfortunate life.



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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Racism| What Is The Correct Interpretation Of Race?

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The discussion about Racism is one of the oldest and so convoluted that it is often easy to lose sight of a big question, one that we seldom ask: What can we make of phenotypic racial differences? What significance do stereotypical signature features such as Caucasian pointy nose, Negroid ruby lips, single eyelid Asian eyes etc., have. Well, in one word: Identity!

A race is simply an identity or sanctified heritage. It is not, by any means, deterministic of a person’s behavior. Just to clarify on that, members of a racial group may have similar behavioral traits and this is a case of causation versus correlation, a source of misconceptions. Without getting too abstruse, what determines one’s behavior is mainly social programming. With that out of the way, the surest inference about somebody’s race is simply that it is an arbitrary identity.



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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Morality| What To Do When You Literally Bump Into Someone.

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A wise man once pointed out that it is easy to fight for principles than to live up to them. This is a quite poignant observation and perhaps a good start on the subject of Morality. Join me on a quick thought experiment and see if we can learn a little more from this.

Consider you inadvertently bump into someone, what would be your reaction? Well, you could try to determine who, between you two, was in error. In fact, that is what most people would do. It’s simply instinct, what comes easier to anyone; defensive behavior. Notwithstanding that such reflex sometimes has its place, what if I told you that there is a better way to react? It’s simple, actually! Morally ideal citizens would apologise to each other simultaneously. This progressive mentality of playing bigger brother could be the key to conflict resolution. However, the catch is that one can only control one’s actions and not another’s which begs the question of whether or not it is worth it to be moral in that regard.

Considering the words of that wise man, it is important to note that he was just stating an observation and not really suggesting a course of action. Perhaps an improved version of the saying should be,

It is honorable to live up to certain principles that we agree as right and, to commensurate this, noble to not expect the same of the recipients of our courtesies.

True integrity is the ability to recognise the child in a person when he makes a mistake, making allowances and doing what’s imperative to progress and keep the peace.

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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

Are The Best Things In Life Really For Free?

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Did you know that a few centuries ago, in Britain, a pineapple costed about £500? It was technically reserved for royalty. I imagine just having knowledge about the fruit was something quite fancy or somewhat scholarly. Anyway, at some point it became cheaper and more efficient to transport pineapples by ship to Britain, the price reduced and the proletariat could enjoy them.

Amazingly, the pineapple became the new normal and often ignored; so much that, come to think of it, I have never had one in about a year now. When was the last time you had one? Do you know why you are disinterested about them? The pineapple illustration is obviously not perfect but a moral of that story could be how, oftentimes in our lives, we tend to follow prices and not value. We get swayed so easily by brands and price tags that we forget to consult the depths of our minds and hearts in deliberating choices which would give us the most gratification.

Do this thought experiment, will you? Forget about the price tag for a minute, close your eyes and imagine things that excite you the most. Are you persuaded that the best things in life come free to us? Maybe you could let us know in the comment section.


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This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.