Saturday, December 23, 2006

The most important things

I dedicate this post to my grandfather along with my wishes for his recovery.

First of all, I apologize for the sad post, but this theme was necessary for me.
The idea for it came into my mind when I realized that lately I didn't pay attention to the important things in my life. Such as family. It should be more important than any job, masters degree, friends. Then I started thinking that maybe I'm not the only one regretting not spending time to visit the relatives (grandparents in my case) eventhough they live in the same city, for example. Then when you hear one of your grandparents gets sick of an utter disease, you start feeling guilty you didn't spend more time with him, because who knows when you might get another chance. Also when you have known a person your entire life as being strong, athletic, healthy, funny and always cheerful and then all of a sudden he looks old, with a hunchback, not able to walk so well, breath or talk at all. You are shocked and besides feeling pity for him and incapable of refraining from crying, you start thinking that someday it will be your turn. And if you don't take care of your life, you may never get a second chance.

Our lives evolve around career, money, social status, properties, valuables and once in a while family and friends. Then, by the time we're 35-40 years old we realize we wasted our life working and we don't know what else to do. When we reach 60-70 years old, we need treatments, doctors and hospitals with other sick fellows like us to stay alive. Few of us, the lucky ones, will be visited by relatives who enrich our miserable lives with joy and feeling that we are loved and we will be remembered once we turn into dust.

The reason why this post is called " The most important things" is that I'd like to read your opinions about your life priorities. What do you consider the most important things to be in your life?


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

We're not getting any smarter....

Contrary to what many people might think, we will not become smarter in the future. Based on dr. Flynn's opinion from Otago University in New Zeeland, mankind evolved almost as much as possible up to this point, therefore we have reached our potential and a future development is considered to be imposible. He considers that the only posible development of other brain parts are for emotion and linguistic skills. Flynn based his findings on standard IQ tests for which the results have stopped increasing. The interpretation of this fact is not that people are getting more stupid but that the maximum limit of development has been reached. Results of IQ tests were improving in the last century due to adaptation to social environment, results were increased. Now in some parts of the world they are still increasing, e.g. in USA, but this is not necessarily relevant for the outcome of the study.
The researcher's advice for mankind is to help the evolution of linguistic and emotional parts of our brain by reading literature books. This may sound like a torture for many of us but still, maybe we can try :). What do you think?

Full story here

Tags: Evenimentul zilei


Friday, December 15, 2006

Do you work on Fridays?

Friday work....Not really work of course because this day is a reminder for working people that weekend is coming soon. Great joy so nobody feels like working anymore especially when weather is sunny and warm. If for example you work, like me, right close to a park and you go outside to enjoy the sun for a short break then all you want to do is take a nice stroll in the park and forget about anything else...what a nice dream. Friday is worse if people who are forced to work with you leave their offices for teambuilding and only you and some colleagues remain to do some "work". Then you find the remedy: stay on the balcony for short breaks, read interesting web articles, write emails to your friends and in all this time pretend to be very concentrated on the difficult tasks you're trying to solve.
You're all invited to share your Friday work experiences and the rest of activities done in the meanwhile.