The situation in HongKong is worsening lately. Coincidentally, it started when the relations between USA and China turned sour due to trade disagreements. The protests not only tarnished the image of HongKong but also resulted in destruction, arson and casualties. The law and order was on its knees. Even though the bill was withdrawn later, the protests only turned stronger. Perhaps, it had little to do with the extradition treaty.
The black shadow of our ego
Ego has been a weapon of survival for our species since the dawn of time. As a matter of fact, it transcends to animals as well. The world is full of predators and preys. The sense of ego or self-esteem gives the brain an additional boost to triumph survival. This sense communicates to our conscience that we are special hence we deserve to keep standing on our feet.
Ego can drive passion, enthusiasm, desire, creativity and at the same time put you in misery, self doubt, make one arrogant, pompous and so forth.
Journey of life
In recent years, It has been concluded based on statistics that more people die by committing suicide than wars or natural disasters. As civilized society, we somehow did overcome medieval period of deplorable bloodshed but we found ourselves in another sinister adversity.
The adversity of depression is not natural phenomenon per se. Isn’t it strange that depression has seen this huge growth only in recent times? Technology is a two edge sword. It can help in instant communication but at the same time create anxiety in its absence. It has raised our expectations vis-a-vis with people.
Propaganda of patriotism
There is no glory in war. War is a tool to establish supremacy built on the human tendency of greed & selfishness. From time immemorial, government across the world spend lots of money and resources in order to propagate patriotism in people and boy it has worked like a charm.
We are so brainwashed in to thinking that a soldier exhibit courage, valor, grit, gumption and what not. We are conditioned into thinking that they are sacrificing our lives for the country. Truth is far from the projection. Nobody wants to lose their lives and live in horrible environment of fear & fight.
Life in debt
Dubai is a place full of shopping malls, skyscrapers, high end hotels, luxurious cars, giant supermarkets and many other places that will lure you into a spending spree. Most banks here provide free for life credit cards, loans at low interest rates & mortgages. I get call every other day from some bank trying to sell any of these products. Most of these banking products look very attractive and beneficial from the face of it. it gives you opportunity to get those expensive shoes or the latest iPhone irrespective of your current bank balance status.
Burgeoning population & the shadow of war
About 20 years back, having a graduation degree was a hallmark of excellence in academia. A graduate had a specialized knowledge and it was fairly easy to land up on a high paying job. As a matter of fact, it was quite common to first start on with the job and learn about the role subsequently in those days.
Believe it or not, few months bank i got to know about an individual who has a masters degree and working as a janitor. When he was awarded with the degree, his ambitions had no limits.
Food for thought
Every living species need to consume nutrients to create energy via which it can survive. We, the human species, generally eat 3 square meals a day. We make sure we plan our meal so as to ensure necessary supplements of vitamins, minerals and proteins. With advances in agriculture, We have enough flexibility to carefully plan our meals.
Food is an essential part of our being. Nature can provide to everyone unfortunately we fellow humans cannot. Everyday scores of people die due to hunger and malnutrition in the age where we are commissioning missions conquering frontiers of space.
Bloodshed & beyond…
War in Yemen
13,700 people died due to war in Yemen
50,000 children died of starvation in 2017 alone
17 million people are affected due to the famine caused by the blockade of supplies inside Yemen
3.3 million people are suffering from acute form of malnutrition
612,703 cases of Cholera has been confirmed due to the devastation of sewage and sanitary system in the war. The estimated number of Cholera cases are as high as 1 million people in last 1 year alone.
2.5 million people have been displaced because of the bombing and destruction
Why do we have different skin complexion?
Lately we have been observing a spike in racism related incidents since a couple of years. The fundamental question persist. Why do we look different? Is it due to the evolution process?
The answer is yes. In around 1835, Charles Darwin on his exploration voyage arrived on Galapagos island near Ecuador where he made a startling discovery. He observed different variations of a songbird called native finches. The Galapagos islands were a group of 13 island and he observed different variations on different islands.
Restaurants – the art of deception
Restaurants like any other business want to increase their sales. In my previous article, i had outlined the same about Supermarkets.
The ultimate objective for restaurants is to do sales of the items which are priced high and in general make customers eat more hence, make more money.
The first step is lightning and the decor of the restaurants. Nice dim lightning makes body comfortable, brain relaxed and hunger levels up.
Humans – The most destructive species
There were close to 17,460 white rhinoceros in 2007. Today, only 1 northern white rhinoceros is left today in 2017. The last male of his species counting his final days in Sudan Zoo.
Our greed for rhino horn has led to this. Its a systematic extinction cleverly engineered by us. We are the smartest, strongest species and we are taking undue advantage of our prowess.
A life not lived
Kowloon walled city was demolished in 1993 after a lengthy eviction process. The settlement was insanely populated due to large scale migration of Chinese during world war 2 and occupation of Hong kong by British.
Most of the settlement was built haphazardly by the settlers themselves. As it was not governed by any authority, crime flourished along with illegal trading. The population was an incredible 3.25 million people per square mile!!
Pursuit of paradise
If you need unconditional support from anyone, make them believe in a narrative which promise them paradise and fulfilling afterlife.
If you need short term benefits then you hire a person by paying money but unwavering / no questions asked support cannot be achieved by means of money.