Fitter Happier

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like [this post].

Motivational and self-improvement speeches. I don’t usually buy these kinds of things (as for why would anyone do so is beyond my shallow wisdom), but attendance is compulsory; so I came reluctantly.

There were three speakers, all of which, I can tell, are highly distinguished. They emit that kind of scholarly disposition and their achievements are indeed impressive; two of the three were Ph.Ds (or was it the three of them?). So I figured it is a good bet that whatever is it that they would preach, it is likely to be a sound advice. True enough, I wager that these dignified men would be just the type whose companies any of us will enjoy. Intellectually speaking.

But.

I sensed something so hollow about what they preach. It’s not like they’re bad advice; quite the contrary, I am convinced that by following their directions one would definitely be a textbook example of an employee. But still, there is something about it that’s pretty much lifeless.

As I have stated earlier, what they’re delivering in their sermons are sound. They understand it pretty well what it takes to build you career to be a thriving, glorious one. But somehow, that is precisely what’s wrong. What’s hollow. What’s lifeless.

What I envision of the idea proposed by them is, well, rather devoid of meaning. So what I’m supposed to do now is to work to the bone on honing my computer-related abilities as well as this so-called “interpersonal skills”. Once it’s all over I’d be working—again presumably to the bone—at some company, before marrying some girl unfortunate enough to suffer such a fate. What’s left of life for me would be to take care of the kids, socially and financially. Then, in little less than a decade that follows, I would send my kids to start doing the same thing.

Yes I am to send my fucking kids to the very same cycle.

And what would happen to my kids would be kind of predictable. They would repeat that cycle all over again, before passing the baton to their kids. The relay race moves on. And there’s not even a finish line.

What an immense pile of vacuous, lifeless, robotic ideal. I don’t even know whether I would want to marry, mass produce children, or both as for now. Maybe I will be a celibate. Or maybe I will marry but we opt not to have kids. Anything can happen. Now for whatever purpose would anyone, anyone at all, trade their independence and self-ownership to such a system? Money, presumably? I worship money myself, but I doubt trading your life’s aesthetic value to some excessive amount of money would really worth it. Some of us might find it appealing; good for them. But it honestly doesn’t trip my trigger.

Everyone wants to be filthy rich, of course. But all of these career-opportunities-chasing, college-comparing, grade-obsessive economic hunt is just lame. So you got into prep school, went to a prestigious college, worked for an industry giant, marry, had kids, and then kicked the bucket? Big fucking deal. You have become Oscar Wilde‘s target of ridicule; “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” Congratulations.

But of course, it is perfectly fine if you can do so with your integrity intact; bottom line is that “success” thing should be a by-product of some kind of mission. Not a destination. So, personally, that whole “dreaming to be financially successful” thing is bollocks of the highest calibre. Plenty of history’s greatest were damningly rich and successful, but not because they aimed to “be successful”. They struggled for something else, something that were not hollow and lifeless. Then they got filthy rich, well, accidentally.

Life is essentially an exercise of futility. But indeed some of us get over it, just like, in a bigger scale, civilization. We humans will most likely fuck up somehow later on, by using nuclear warfare perhaps, and plunge our entire history into oblivion. Or, in a more optimistic light, we would be something an alien civilization several aeons in the future would marvel on.

But yet we build skyscrapers anyway. We plan for space conquest anyway. We develop nanotechnologies and A.I.s anyway. We get over it. This can be applied to a much tinier scale, that is, our lives. Those among us with a sufficiently strong naturalistic tendencies should know it better than most.

Consequently, given the value of life, personally the idea of trading away my life for that kind of “success” is rather terrifying. It pays to be a little pragmatic, of course, but that life they’re offering is too hollow for my taste.

So maybe I’ll start writing a novel or something. I need a legacy.

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A pig
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RadioheadFitter Happier

52 thoughts on “Fitter Happier

  1. Certainly you have different lifestyle🙂

    before marrying some girl unfortunate enough to suffer such a fate

    You don’t have to do it.
    Just be alone and set her free.
    :rofl:
    *joke*

    They struggled for something else, something that were not hollow and lifeless. Then they got filthy rich, well, accidentally.

    I like this idea.🙂

    Btw, about Radiohead…I prefer Paranoid Android and Everything In Its Right Place😀

  2. Ah, again, “being & wannabe” stuff…😛

    Yes I am to send my fucking kids to the very same cycle.

    Is this a very same cycle you got from your parent?🙄

    Anything can happen.

    Yeah, do not marry or have kids. Just get a girlfriend; fuck her with love everyday & find your “trip my trigger” things with her. Make it for 10 or 15 years & see if you could be happier without repeat anything…:mrgreen:

    So maybe I’ll start writing a novel or something. I need a legacy.

    Novel? You better be a songwriter for punk or heavymetal band…😉

  3. @jensen99 gak bisa login

    Novel? You better be a songwriter for punk or heavymetal band…

    I think it’s better for him to make something depressing, something strange, something…dark…a song for Radiohead will do😀
    …or maybe something like The Beatles’ Strawberry Field Forever and Within You Without You.

    *listening to Karma Police*

  4. @ lambrtz

    You don’t have to do it.
    Just be alone and set her free.
    :rofl:
    *joke*

    But that’s the point. You can choose not to follow the aforementioned stereotypical lifestyle.🙂

    Btw, about Radiohead…I prefer Paranoid Android and Everything In Its Right Place😀

    “Idioteque” and “Electioneering” all the way.😀

    _omoshiroi

    Salam juga.🙂

    @ jensen99

    Is this a very same cycle you got from your parent?

    Indeed. Endless cycle. On a side note, to break this Moebius strip of hereditary enslavement is at the very basis of the Socialism doctrine, CMIIW.😆

    Yeah, do not marry or have kids. Just get a girlfriend; fuck her with love everyday & find your “trip my trigger” things with her. Make it for 10 or 15 years & see if you could be happier without repeat anything…:mrgreen:

    Fucking someone up everyday is so very prone of hitting the bullseye occasionally, and I’ll end up with a kid anyway.

    Novel? You better be a songwriter for punk or heavymetal band…😉

    Here in Indonesia? Fat chance…😛

    @ lambrtz

    I think it’s better for him to make something depressing, something strange, something…dark…a song for Radiohead will do😀

    I like Radiohead’s kind of “dark”. It’s not some kind of gothic bullshit with vampires and darkness and pain and suffering and demons or anything. It’s just plain creepy; like a robot uttering nonsensical words composed with a declaration of happiness, all on top of a music that sounds like a requiem.:mrgreen:

  5. This sounds pretty much
    like [this post].

    *entah kenapa nggak bisa menahan dorongan untuk tertawa*😆

    Well… I have nothing to say. You got the idea lah.😛

    * * *

    But then it reminds me of some quotes from my old PPKn book back in middle school:

    *google dulu*

    Hakikat Pembangunan mempunyai makna membangun manusia Indonesia seutuhnya dan masyarakat Indonesia seluruhnya.

    Anybody define “membangun manusia seutuhnya” ?^^’

  6. Uh, I prefer to listening to the song while I translate the post. Sorry for my poor English skill.
    *downloading*
    @ sora9n
    IMO, it’s like building a house. You’ve to bought the materials e.g cements, wooden blocks, paints, stones, etc, before start building it. So, we’ve to bought the ‘human materials’ such as blood, bones, heart, lung, and else to “membangun manusia seutuhnya”.😛

    Ironically, some of our country governmen has lost their heart. Corruption everywhere, starvation everywhere, poverty everywhere.

    *going to campus*

  7. Just look at it as life’s alternatives, some people think being employee is the only life’s alternatives and don’t think they can live without one you know.
    But you don’t have to follow it if don’t like it, you’ve got the free will to break the cycle if you want. In this day and age, it’s more important to do things that you like – heck even gamer could make living out of they’re hobbies – judging from your posts you’re sure got writing talent and i bet it would be more fun for me to read rather than those blog2book trends.

  8. @K. geddoe

    with vampires and darkness and pain and suffering and demons or anything

    Iron Maiden comes into my mind hahaha😆
    Or did you refer to things like Black & Death Metal?

    BTW…your avatar is pervert! A blushing woman carrying an underwear? Come on! Don’t you have something more explicit than that?😛

    @jensen99 gak bisa login

    fuck her with love everyday

    How romantic😆

  9. @ sora9n

    I got the idea deh. Lagi-lagi kita ada persamaan?:mrgreen:

    membangun manusia seutuhnya

    *angkat bahu*

    @ p4ndu_454kura®

    Jadi, maksudnya manusia seutuhnya itu bagaimana? Tanpa cacat fisik begitu?😕

    @ Shinte Galeshka

    But there’s always peer pressure.😕

    blog2book trends

    I wasn’t notified of this. What about it?🙂

    @ gentole

    Jadi that makes two persons yang have nothing to say.😛

    @ lambrtz

    I was referring to the gothic and nu metal subculture.🙂

    BTW…your avatar is pervert! A blushing woman carrying an underwear? Come on! Don’t you have something more explicit than that?😛

    But it’s a boy.😕

  10. What peer pressure? I thought you’re a loner?
    Blog2book is those bloger who publish their books – the content wasn’t my taste though (not that i read many of them). That’s why i’m waiting for your book or Sora, at least with similar style.
    Btw have you read ‘the world is flat’?

  11. At least peer pressure that’s coming from my family circle. Loner I may be, but there’s that.

    Blog2book is those bloger who publish their books – the content wasn’t my taste though (not that i read many of them). That’s why i’m waiting for your book or Sora, at least with similar style.

    I see. By nature, blogs-to-books are lightweight in content. We have talked about such issue [here].🙂

    So I highly doubt you will be seeing Sora’s bookified weblog in near future.:mrgreen:

    Btw have you read ‘the world is flat’?

    I skimmed through it; haven’t read it properly yet as for now. Is it good? The reviews are convincing.

  12. @ K. geddoe

    But it’s a boy.😕

    *ngakak terguling-guling*😆 😆 😆

    The trap strikes back!😮 :mrgreen:

    @ Shinte Galeshka

    That’s why i’m waiting for your book or Sora, at least with similar style.

    Well… IMO, there are differences in writing blogs and conventional books. E.g. the use of smileys; using references (usually I only need to paste the URLs, but some of them don’t allow commercializaton); etc. I can also update my blog if there are mistakes — something printed books can’t offer.

    Writing in blogs, in some sense, gives more freedom and less responsibility.😀

    Even if I want to write books in the future, there will be some differences here and there… basically because their natures are different. IMHO. ^^

    @ K. geddoe (again)

    So I highly doubt you will be seeing Sora’s bookified weblog in near future.:mrgreen:

    I don’t plan to, either. AFAIK, it would require me to delete my old posts if I’m to do so…

    *while our netizens still misguided about evolution and others! curse if they’re deleted to make money*😈

  13. Yeah family can be problem sometime, but in the face of the change we’re dealing with this day, a drastic change of mindset is necessary i think – that is if you want to break the cycle.
    About blog2book, i just like to point out that you and sora got the talent to write down tough and sensitive topics into something more understandable than those textbook i’ve had while in college and that’s can be capitalized too if you want. But i’m sure you’ve got other thing that you passionate about which in the end – i believe – is more important than employee’s skill.
    The world is flat is quite insightful to understand how the world’s work these day. How different the world we’re facing now than the ones our parent experience. At least that’s the argument i used when i have to explain myself to my parent when i’m quiting my employment.

  14. @ sora9n

    *ngakak terguling-guling*😆 😆 😆

    The trap strikes back!😮:mrgreen:

    Not the first one, you see. Not the first one.:mrgreen:

    there are differences in writing blogs and conventional books.

    Indeed. For a start, of course, we cannot use referential links under the guise of common phrases. Like the word “naturalistic” in this very entry.🙂

    I don’t plan to, either. AFAIK, it would require me to delete my old posts if I’m to do so…

    Again, indeed. But maybe selected, “stand-alone” essays might do. Like, in my case, that Dobzhansky thing I wrote earlier.

    @ Shinte Galeshka

    I suppose sooner or later I would have to stray from my family’s common conventions publicly. Takes courage, but it’s the right thing to do.

    As for the World is Flat, it’s in my wishlist now. Thank you.

  15. Salam kenal, Bung Geddoe. Saya adalah seorang salesman sabun. Membaca tulisan anda ini, saya merasa tertarik untuk mengajak anda bergabung dengan, uh, sebuah klub yang saya dirikan. Anda berminat?😀

  16. Salam kenal, Bung Geddoe. Saya adalah seorang salesman sabun. Membaca tulisan anda ini, saya merasa tertarik untuk mengajak anda bergabung dengan, uh, sebuah klub yang saya dirikan. Anda berminat?😀

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    *memukul Catshade di bagian telinga*

  17. What I’ve got from this post is: Parents always ask their children to do the same way they did. For example, the doctor parents want their children to be a doctor like them. The designer want to pass their skills to their children, hoping they’ll follow their parents’s path.

    Of course I don’t expect the criminal parents pass their skills to their children.😛

    Well, I think it just an old-school thoughts. Kids should follow their parents path. Today, there’re many young kids free to choose which path they want to take, and the parents just supporting it from the behind.

    Or, it just like a MLM System? Creating as many downlines to build a marketing empire?😆

    So what I’m supposed to do now is to work to the bone on honing my computer-related abilities as well as this so-called “interpersonal skills”. Once it’s all over I’d be working—again presumably to the bone—at some company, before marrying some girl unfortunate enough to suffer such a fate. What’s left of life for me would be to take care of the kids, socially and financially. Then, in little less than a decade that follows, I would send my kids to start doing the same thing.

    So you’ve planned it, while I haven’t. But, “before marrying some girl”? C’mon, how much girls you want to marry?😆

    I still don’t know what I’m going to do 5 years later. Maybe I’ll graduate with satisfying score, marry with girl I’ve chosen, and live happily ever after.

    Kok jadi mirip dongeng?😕

    Jadi, maksudnya manusia seutuhnya itu bagaimana? Tanpa cacat fisik begitu?😕

    Tanpa cacat fisik dan mental. Yah, mirip-mirip Manusia Super™ gitu, sih.:mrgreen:
    *ngelirik ManSup*
    *dilempar sandal*

  18. What I’ve got from this post is: Parents always ask their children to do the same way they did. For example, the doctor parents want their children to be a doctor like them. The designer want to pass their skills to their children, hoping they’ll follow their parents’s path.

    That’s not exactly the point I’m trying to make. It’s about society’s demand to force its individual components to engage in white-collarism. This, of course, would include the peer pressure in a family scope.🙂

    So you’ve planned it, while I haven’t. But, “before marrying some girl”? C’mon, how much girls you want to marry? :loL:

    But “some” does not necessarily imply something being plural, does it? At least colloquially.😕

    Tanpa cacat fisik dan mental.

    Jadi “menuju Indonesia seutuhnya” itu berarti membersihkan Indonesia dari para penyandang cacat fisik dan mental? Membersihkan Indonesia dari para tunanetra, tunadaksa, dan sebagainya?

    Now, now, there’s something very wrong with that.😕

  19. Hmm… against office works?😕 A friend of mine do not like that kind of life also; working in the office, get married, have children, get rich, then passed the same cycle to his children.

    Well, I’m sure you could write a good book. About philosophy, maybe.😛 But in Indonesia, in my opinion, living by becoming a writer is rather… difficult. Especially in such serious topic. A writer may need another job that is able to provide some money to live, or someone (maybe a wife?) capable to do so.

    And I don’t think major in college decides what we will be… Marx himself didn’t come from philosophy major, didn’t he? ^^;

  20. Life is about being pragmatically idealistic. Conform when necessary and when it doesn’t damage your personal integrity.

    If white-collarism can be some kind of stepping stone, then by all means do so.

    (I don’t necessarily practice what I preach…)

    And I don’t think major in college decides what we will be… Marx himself didn’t come from philosophy major, didn’t he? ^^;

    Marx was a law student.

  21. Hmm… did I get it wrong?:/

    Marx was a law student.

    Well, yes, but he was not from philosophy major.😛 OOT perhaps, but in a book titled “Panorama Filsafat Modern” it is quoted there is a difference between philosophy professor (which is only an academic title) and a true philosopher.

    Duh, maaf ngomongnya ngaco.😐

  22. @ Xaliber von Reginhild

    Hmm… did I get it wrong?:/

    Actually, no. You talked about occupation, then Geddoe replied about idealism and “white collar-ism”. I somehow feel that it wasn’t a dialog at all.😆

    * * *

    About Marx as law student, actually I have closer example. My aunt used to study economics… but then she worked for years as program analyst. It’s a mystery. \_(o_0)_/

    Life is like a box of chocolate — you never know what you’ll get.

    ~ Forrest Gump

  23. @ Xaliber von Reginhild | sora9n

    Hmm? Of course if you talk about “occupation” these days it would be straightly linked to white-collarism. We’re not collecting fruits and hunting boars no more, you know.😕

    Xaliber told me about being idealistic as arduous, hence my reply about being moderately pragmatic.

    And come to think of it, in what did polymaths majored? Franklin wasn’t taking every course available in college, was he?

  24. ^

    Well, yes. But, to conclude that, one would have to do some “reading between the lines”. You can’t guarantee everybody to readily understand it.🙂

    When one talks about “life’s tough as a writer”, people usually address the technical difficulties first — not the general philosophy behind. Hence the leap. ^^

    And come to think of it, in what did polymaths majored? Franklin wasn’t taking every course available in college, was he?

    IMO the term “major” — in this discussion — is mainly used to refer to someone’s formal supposed field of knowledge. Like, say, I’m a “mahasiswa teknik” (=engineering major) ; or “mahasiswa seni” (“art major”). That will make Albert Einstein’s major as physics, because that’s one field he’s formally trained and competent at. (o_0)”\

    Or, to take it very bluntly, what your diploma and CV says about you. Something like that. ^^ It doesn’t necessarily reflect the polymath quality, though.

  25. @K. geddoe
    About parents.
    I think parents expect their children to be better than them. At least that was what my parent said to me years ago. But to force children to follow their lifestyle, it’s IMO a different story (fortunately they didn’t tell me to). I believe parents just want their kids to be successful, but maybe think (conservatively?) that the easiest way to achieve that is by having an established life.

    BTW was it a kind of course that you are required to take? Maybe you can suggest your university to invite someone who choose to have another kind of lifestyle😀

    @K. geddoe & sora9n

    Not the first one, you see. Not the first one.:mrgreen:

    I smell a conspiracy here….heheh😈
    Do you know what I don’t know?😀

    *laper*

  26. @ sora9n

    Euh, actually what I meant is polymath exists and couldn’t have majored at all sorts of things, thus formal education is not a guarantee for anything.😛

    @ lambrtz

    Of course. All parents are protective to some extent.

    It’s just a seminar we have to attend, not a course in a syllabus sense.

    *laper*

    Want to eat some pretty boys that look like girls?:mrgreen:

  27. Everyone wants to be filthy rich, of course. But all of these career-opportunities-chasing, college-comparing, grade-obsessive economic hunt is just lame. So you got into prep school, went to a prestigious college, worked for an industry giant, marry, had kids, and then kicked the bucket?

    I think I have decided what my cycle will be.
    I will get graduate degree, become a lecture, writing books, and trying to have a family. I choose an academic life because I want to have flexible working hours and learning atmosphere. It’s not really what my parents wanted but as long I can live on my own salary I think they won’t complain much.

    I will tell my child(ren) that they can be whatever they want as long as they can live on their own feet.

  28. Euh, actually what I meant is polymath exists and couldn’t have majored at all sorts of things, thus formal education is not a guarantee for anything.😛

    I know that, and I wholeheartedly agree. But then you know… that formal recognition is of different story.😉

    In educational sense, “major” only indicates that you are trained to excel in one field. That’s why, even if Richard Feynman could *and did* sell his painting, or give lecture about Mayan Calendar, he is best known as “physicist”. ^^

    Formal education doesn’t fully reflect all our quality, true — but mostly it gives a glimpse of what field one is especially trained at. Excelling or not outside that area? It’s up to you.😀

  29. Ngomong-ngomong soal polymath dan pendidikan formalnya, saya jadi ingat kata-kata Calvin dari strip Calvin and Hobbes:

    You know how Einstein got bad grades as a kid? Well, mine are even worse!

  30. @ Nenda Fadhilah

    That’s quasi-white-collarism. Reasonable, but I don’t see some sort of goals?

    @ sora9n

    Ah, but the “best known as” quality is independent from formal education, isn’t it? In Feynman’ (and most others’) case, it’s just that what’s he’s best known as clicks with his formal education (there’s a link, of course)?

    I mean, Glenn Danzig is a musician, poet, comic book writer, martial artist, and he’s not majoring in any of those.

    @ Catshade

    BTW katanya soal Einstein dapat nilai jelek itu cuma urban legend, ya? Cariin di Snopes atau sejenisnya, dong.😕 Katanya sih beliau malah seorang prodigy (as expected) tuh.

  31. @K. geddoe
    Aku baca di komik Gufi, dia prodigy yang nilainya jelek. Terlalu pintar, terlalu kritis terhadap gurunya, sehingga mereka pada sentimen. Dia juga kurang cocok dengan model pendidikan yang terlalu kaku, yang berlaku pada zaman itu.
    Tapi itu dari Gufi sih…hehe…
    Seingatku, dia awalnya gagal kuliah di ETHZ karena nilai ujian masuknya secara umum ancur, walaupun nilai Matematika dan Fisikanya perfect.

    La itu di Wikipedia kan ada?
    Ga validkah?

  32. Ah, but the “best known as” quality is independent from formal education, isn’t it?

    Not as independent as it is in strict sense, however — I’d rather say that it’s “not always related”.

    Point is, sometimes the way you are trained via formal education gives you competence — sometimes quite far — beyond what you can learn independently. E.g. even if someone is at the bottom of his particle physics class, he is still more knowledgeable in that field than vast majority of people.

    Of course then it is possible that a genius come around and understand particle physics, on par with the formal class’ students. But probability-wise, formally-trained people is likely to be better in their field than the untrained ones. Thus, help making the impression of “best known as”. ^^

    Not always — but practically, that frequently happens.

    In Feynman’ (and most others’) case, it’s just that what’s he’s best known as clicks with his formal education (there’s a link, of course)?

    If you mean “link” as in “connection”, then it’s like what I described above.

    If you mean “link” as in “hyperlink”… no, I read it on his biography. So there’s no link for that.😛

  33. @ K. geddoe | lambrtz

    BTW katanya soal Einstein dapat nilai jelek itu cuma urban legend, ya?

    Kalau di komik biografi Einstein sih (kan ada tuh seri tokoh terkenal) katanya bener. Jadi dia nilai bahasa & biologinya jelek, tapi matematika sama fisikanya nyaris sempurna. (o_0))”\

    *CMIIW, though*

  34. My goal is to travel around the world.

    However, for your polymath problem; perhaps it will be a matter at college however according to a large lawfirm partner that have taught me today, he said that we must know other related fields issue when we face an issue that we must solve legally. But that’s in legal department and I’m happy with that.

    Why don’t you try liberal arts?

  35. However, for your polymath problem; perhaps it will be a matter at college however according to a large lawfirm partner that have taught me today, he said that we must know other related fields issue when we face an issue that we must solve legally. But that’s in legal department and I’m happy with that.

    Forget to add, this is happen in a professional work atmosphere.

  36. @nenda

    My goal is to travel around the world.

    What about the galaxy, or the universe?😀 I’m not really interested in travelling around the world, but I am now trying to find a way to get to New York, Rome, Mecca, Jerussalem and Tibet.:mrgreen:

    Forget to add, this is happen in a professional work atmosphere.

    I’m a journalist. I know what you mean. I studied history in college. And I have covered stories from district courts, the Constitutional Court, the Finance Ministry office, the World Bank, the IMF, the global warming conference in Bali, art exhibitions, etc. As a journalist, we have to know a little about many things. Well, actually, nearly everything! This is why the quality of Indonesian journalists are not as ‘good’ as their counterparts in developed countries, and it also makes them somehow annoyingly cocky [believe me!].😕 I knew nothing about economics when I was first assigned to get a story from the Trade Ministry, but I had no option but to get one, no matter what. Hence, poor quality is inevitable. I do recognize my flaws, and often disgust my own writings. But it’s my job, and journalists have deadline.

    One other thing, most journalists did not take journalism as their major. Many of my co-workers in my current office, and the previous one, are ITB or IPB graduates, who for their so-called idealism left and declined to take high-paying positions in giant companies. I once met a journalist who graduated from Teknik Penerbangan ITB when I was covering a story at the TNI headquarters. He’s a great journalists. The bottomline is, you never really know where the the wind blow is going to take you after you graduate. And yes, of course, if you read crappy articles in local papers, remember what I said.😀

    Everybody,

    I believe Geddoe is a polymath.:mrgreen:

  37. @ sora9n | lambrtz

    Kind of reminds you of the stereotype that rock stars are dropouts from broken homes. It’s no accident—when dropouts from broken homes as they are, they spent far more time on music than most. Bottom line is, formal education really is bound to make you get stuck in a particular field.

    BTW, the urban legend I mentioned turned out to be “Einstein flunked at math once”, which is untrue. It is correct, however, that he sucked at everything else besides what’s his forte.🙂

    @ Nenda Fadhilah | gentole

    I’ll remember that.

    I believe Geddoe is a polymath.

    Of course. Aside of my infamous knack to eat my meals without cooling them down beforehand, I have survived a weeklong diet solely of junk food. Not many can do that.

  38. @Gentole

    What about the galaxy, or the universe?😀 I’m not really interested in travelling around the world, but I am now trying to find a way to get to New York, Rome, Mecca, Jerussalem and Tibet.:mrgreen:

    I would love to however the technology is inadequate to do so. I want Venice, Rio, New York, Anchorage, Bohemia, Siberia, etc. And I think that if I’m working on sort of any international organizations I will have options to visit those area, even thought not always in a good emotional atmosphere.

    I’m a journalist. I know what you mean. I studied history in college. And I have covered stories from district courts, the Constitutional Court, the Finance Ministry office, the World Bank, the IMF, the global warming conference in Bali, art exhibitions, etc. As a journalist, we have to know a little about many things. Well, actually, nearly everything!

    I was wanted to choose history as my major but my mother restrained me to do so. The financial matter. As for the journalist, I don’t know it’s not really my first choice at college, since as you have pointed out so many people from any other majors beside journalism can be a journalist. Law happen to suit my jack of all trades tendency. I’m not classified myself as polymath as I often only know general background of so many stuff without don’t know actually the detail.

    @K. Geddoe

    Of course. Aside of my infamous knack to eat my meals without cooling them down beforehand, I have survived a weeklong diet solely of junk food. Not many can do that.

    So many people able to do that, like Morgan Spurlock and so many obese junk food eater have proved that.

  39. So many people able to do that, like Morgan Spurlock and so many obese junk food eater have proved that.

    See? People that do this thing gets popular.

  40. Popular stuff is not always good and you know it.

    People tended to over consume the junk food in specific and food in general. Over consumption take so many natural resources as the ground will be used more to planted anything to provide people food directly and indirectly (like grass that eaten by cow). In the end earth will be unable to sustain human life if this thing always been continued.

    I think that nowadays problem is not only lies with the larger number of human population but also over consumption of food from small number of peoples. If this thing continued, it will lead human to Maltushian Catastrophe.

  41. @ sora9n

    Well duh, it’s a gimmick.

    @ Nenda Fadhilah

    That is thought provoking indeed, but what’s the correlation with the consumerism, transhumanism, and white-collarism we were talking about?

  42. That is thought provoking indeed, but what’s the correlation with the consumerism, transhumanism, and white-collarism we were talking about?

    Consumerism will hamper the process of transhumanism. However, when I’m reading the controversy side of Transhumanism, I think it will be possible in the future that the Transhumanism process can be a commodity that lead to Consumerism.
    Btw, the thought is just a reaction for your tendency to consume the fast food.

  43. @nenda

    I will have options to visit those area, even thought not always in a good emotional atmosphere.

    “This is not a vacation, remember that you’re on duty!” This kind of thought really ruins everything when you’re traveling with your employer’s money.

    @geddoe

    Of course. Aside of my infamous knack to eat my meals without cooling them down beforehand, I have survived a weeklong diet solely of junk food. Not many can do that.

    See? You’re indeed one of a kind!😀

    @sora

    So Geddoe is an obese junk-food eater??

    What’s wrong with that? I always imagine Ibnu Sina and other medieval scientist-theologian-philosophers to be fat. I think obesity actually suits polymaths.:mrgreen:

    *menabur garam*

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