Friday, December 4, 2009

Are we moving forward or backward?

Isn't it funny how humanity today declares itself as way more progressed and civilized than it ever was? It's interesting if we try to understand what criterion they're using to measure this progress. Because if I wanted to analyse where we are, I'd arrive at that by observing how humane we are.

Are we more humane today?

Let's see.
We've discovered so much more in our laboratories. We have mastered all possible diseases, their sources, their cures. We've conquered the atom and we've made it to the moon. We've learnt how to clean up the air. We can make a clone of anything. We've used drugs to control our emotions, to control other people.

Yet we've used these discoveries to threaten and destroy nations, to cause the most number of killings with a single click, to frighten people and fetch their money out of their pockets, to try to defy God and His Creation... We have healthier body states, but have forgotten to acknowledge and cure the illnesses of our hearts- the cruelty, the hatred, the jealousy, the greed

We have invented revolutionary communication methods. We're able to reach anyone in the world. We can find out the exact position of anything on the face of this earth. We can transfer, edit, spread sensitive information in a second. Thousands of nations, security systems, airports, railways, enormous corporations, any processes you can think of rely on the existence of those minute computer chips.

Yet we communicate with each other less and less. We enslave ourselves to machines. We have used these inventions to eliminate any sense of privacy. We entrapped ourselves in a big web where anything, everything we do is exposed.

We have transformed business ideas- we've built enormous companies that make billions, invented "brands" and labels- we've created a world of cut-throat competition, produced more varieties, come up with more names, set up the standard image that everyone must look like

And we attach our own value with these made-up brands, we have allowed our thoughts to be controlled by advertisements, submitted to being a sheep in the flock, blindly copied any trend no matter how bizarre, spent millions to pump those not big enough breasts or puff up those little lips.

We spend billions producing romantic movies, fret ourselves over break-ups, degrade ourselves to whores to be avoid being single, put all our energy into shallow relationships.

And we have more divorces, more misborn children, more torn-apart families, more lonely people. The word love has become over-used to the point of having no meaning. We speak of finding love but we are more filled with hate for ourselves, our close ones, our lives than ever.

Bigger homes and smaller families. More medicine and more diseases. More money and more depression. More degrees and greater ignorance. More discoveries and more killings. More democracy and more injustice.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Career choices are the most frustrating on earth!

I'm so indecisive that I've probably set the record for the number of times I've changed my mind on what I want to be. I've gone from the standard choices of all kids-being a teacher, doctor, engineer, cashier (thinking all that money goes to me!) to seriously considering dentistry, therapy, journalism, social work, psychology, languages, human resources and finally settling on accounting. You must have realized the randomness of these; I know these are on different sides of the spectrum, but oh well...

I've only started doing accounting this year, after trying for days to convince my school to let me take it without doing the O-Level first (trying to communicate and convince Mr Shebu of AUS is an extremely challenging task- I wouldn't even wish those situation for an Israeli soldier, and that's saying something) and eventually having to write a note that I won't be holding the school responsible for the consequences (very encouraging, aren't they?). Anyway, I must say after completing all I need to know for A-Levels that it's the most satisfying subject I've done, and I definitely want my future to involve it. Which is what made me decide to become an accountant. And I still am happy with my choice- I don't regret any decisions I've made (I haven't even made any long-lasting ones anyway) because I know that I've chosen something I like.

But then... =(
I still can't help thinking about what I could've been. I'd love being an accountant, but I'd also love doing something different- like speech therapy- or studying psychology or even photography.....and it doesn't help when university representatives come to my school giving presentations just reminding me of all the other fascinating courses I didn't choose to take.

Anyway, this is so totally pointless =p because everyone obviously has diverse interests, and just because these interests can all be transformed into a profession, not making them one doesn't eliminate them. I can still become a great photographer without studying photography, and I can still learn about human minds and understand them without studying psychology.

I hope I've made a rational and practical decision.

Mark Twain is so freakin awesome: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

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