On voting

Sean Loosier - Vote!

Voting, in my opinion, matters mostly as a personal example. It’s good to go and vote, that gesture matters, it’s fine to publicly say who you’re voting for, it’s OK to help your favorite party in any way that you can (time, resources, energy). It’s also good to be informed of the main offers.

But, a vote, other than that, has only marginal importance. Even when the vote difference is tight, it’s rarely the case of a single vote making the difference.

Also, in Romania it matters more, in my opinion, to vote for a person or party who is the least corrupt, rather than vote for an entity that has values similar to yours. In practice, in Romania, political parties, generally, don’t follow nor do what they say they’ll do.

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Ura în creștinism

ahjia1987 - Hate

Teoretic, ura nu are ce căuta în creștinism. Vreau să discut un pic despre asta.

Cred că, pentru început, ar trebui făcută o distincție între “ură” și “nemulțumire” / “frustrare” / “iritare”.

Episcopul catolic Robert Barron are la un moment dat un video în care vorbește despre o doamnă care trece prin necazuri, alături de soțul ei, într-un spital, o perioadă ceva mai lungă.

Și, la un moment dat, iese din spital, și merge la o statuie cu Fecioara Maria și aruncă niște pământ pe ea.

Paza dorește să o oprească, dar o persoană de la capela de lângă spune: “Nu, lăsați-o să se manifeste, ea se roagă”.

Episcopul Robert Barron spune, în continuare, că Psalmii sunt un alt exemplu în care oamenii își exprimă frustrări când se roagă.

Cred că dacă ai un episod în care cineva de nemulțumește / supără / necăjește / irită / frustrează, și poți trece peste asta, poate fi OK.

Nu cred că e în firea umană ca toată viața să fie un zâmbet serafic și o fericire și stare de extaz continue.

Problema apare când disprețuiești și urăști pe cineva profund și pe termen lung.

Și o altă problemă apare când cineva te irită și tu te manifești nepoliticos, cred că asta ar putea fi o problemă cu persoana de mai sus.

Dar, la modul general, dacă reușești să nu ai ură profundă, adâncă, și pe termen lung, ci doar iritări temporare, cred că e OK.

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Caring and carrying

Koan-Sin Tan - Baby

I tend to carry a lot of weight on my shoulders. I worry, I think about the past, I reanalyze what I did at a certain time, I try to think what’s the best option in situation X.

I think these are two opposite sides of the same thing:

  • If you care, you show love, you get involved. And that’s fine.
  • If you care, you also tend to think a lot about a lot of things and put worry on you. And that’s less than fine.

I like to care, and I don’t like to carry weight (to stress about things). But these two come together.

“I couldn’t care less!”. Yes, you could. But – should you?

The dilemma is open.

Related song: Everything’s Alright (From “Jesus Christ Superstar” Soundtrack) – YouTube.

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Why do I play chess?

Tamas Garam - chess

I play chess mostly for developing my ability to think into the future. Not too much, I don’t think all that much, but the process of “If I move X vs. Y, there will be consequences” is great.

I allow myself to make a lot of mistakes, I prefer this approach, to test & try a lot of things, rather than aim for the “perfect” match.

Sometimes, I make silly mistakes, and that’s fine with me.

On another note, I think that my arts blog is going well, helping me develop other aspects of my life, like emotions.

I like to consume media, articles, books, movies, music, podcasts, 9Gag.

These all combine very well.

I don’t think that the spirit enters the world just through reading book. But I do think that some solutions work better for the spirit than others. Here’s one – chess.

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Noile vs. vechile generații – sunt oamenii tineri mai răi decât cei bătrâni?

adriana serra - Old book

Vorbesc în articol despre societatea mai bună acum, comparativ cu cea din trecut.

Sursele că oamenii ar fi mai răi acum ca în trecut sunt, probabil, continue, de câteva mii de ani încoace. Întotdeauna, noua generație a dat impresia de nepotrivire, pe când cei vechi, o-ho!, la vârsta tinereții făceau numai lucruri pozitive pentru societate.

Eu nu cred asta.

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“Person X can think strategically!”. But, really, can he!?

arbyreed - Options

I once encountered a situation when someone told me about another person – “Person X can think strategically!”. But, really, can he!?

You see, there’s a difference between thinking strategically and saying you have a strategy.

I happen to know person X and, yes, that person can justify very well his actions. But does that person really think strategically every step? I don’t think so.

I think what’s most likely to happen is that person X can speak very well, and pick a small reason for doing action X.

I don’t think that’s a strategy, to me it’s tactics, with very good PR.

I don’t think that’s bad, but the distinction between “X has a strategy” and “X does tactics, and knows how to present them well / do PR” is important.

PS: I think, it’s mostly about emotions.

If I think strategically, but don’t know how to speak very well, I’m not clear and persuasive in my communications, I will leave a poor impression, certainly not that of a strategic thinker.

On another hand, if another person acts based on tactics, but can speak in a persuasive/clear manner, that person will leave a good impression on strategy, even if it might not be the case.

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