So there’s this TV show named Westworld. Its in-depth intricacies are nothing short of intriguing and mind-boggling.
So there’s this TV show named Westworld. Its in-depth intricacies are nothing short of intriguing and mind-boggling. The show is sort of a manifestation of Albert Camus’ argument of The Myth of Sisyphus.
The Myth of Sisyphus is centered around a Greek Mythology that tells of a cursed entity, Sisyphus, who was condemned to an eternal task of pushing a huge boulder up a great mountain and then watching it fall down again. He was to repeat this task forever. Needless to say, this task was meaningless, with nothing to gain except enduring the pain and frustration that came with it. Its absurdity required an action to either stop or disentangle from the paradox.
Isn’t this a valid parallel to human existence?
By all accounts, life is nonsensical, but people have always sought meaning and logical sense in it.
One of these actions to understand human existence has been a concerted effort to advance science.
However, science can only render a rough description of existence and not a comprehensive explanation as to why there is existence.
The apparently shallow human understanding of life presents a rather interesting paradox: We strive to be hopeful of a better tomorrow, yet the same tomorrow brings us a step closer to ultimate death. This is both absurd and frustrating, which mirrors the Myth of Sisyphus. We’re condemned to hoping, yet we’ve already learned that this hoping brings no meaning and neither does it end in enlightenment. It always ends in eventual death.
However, this paradox only exists because life exists.
Without man, it doesn’t. So what if man were to eliminate himself from this equation?
That brings us back to Albert’s argument in his essay: Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers, “No. It requires revolt.”
And that’s exactly what happens in Westworld.
Ever heard of the Twin Paradox?
Let me explain.
Say you have these two cute humans – 15 year-old twins. Get one of them in a rocket and fire it up. Let that machine shoot into deep space and reach a little less than the speed of light (say 99.5%). Sit tight and let it travel unfettered. Meanwhile, leave the other twin alone and stay the hell out of their way.
Now, according to the Twin Paradox (it’s actually a theory derived from Einstein’s Special Relativity), there would happen a discrepancy between the ages of the twins.
The theory posits that when an object approaches the speed of light, time slows down by a varied magnitude, and therefore the twin in the rocket would experience time at a much slower rate than objects outside the rocket
(because I just said time is slower inside the rocket, dumbass).
It’s called Time Dilation. While the travelling twin would experience, let’s say a 3-year journey, the one on Earth would miss him for decades. That means if the rocket travels for 5 years, the travelling twin would be 20 years old by the time he gets back to Earth. On the contrary, the twin on Earth would be much older – maybe 70 years old by then.
So if my current age mate has a little daughter today, and I happen to board a fast rocket to space, I can return after 6 months and marry the daughter who will, by then, be slightly older than me. Mmh? Uh!
PLOT TWIST: No object with mass can travel at the speed of light. Light is extremely fast because photons don’t have any substantive mass. Another hmm? Uh!
I’ve been a very disgusting idiot.
I’ve been a mind-clogged little-head; a fat-nose that couldn’t get the meaning of a very common term even after coming across it dozens of times. I’m even ashamed to admit it. I mean, just how hard could it have been to grasp the meaning of “an elevator pitch?” Okay, now you’re fretting. Stop that.
If you’re bumping into this strange “vocabulary” for the first time or you’ve already come across it but still remained in the “idiot bandwagon,” this is your shiny day. This is the minute that you get to realize that an elevator pitch has zero to do with catching elevator rides to the 6th floor and everything to do with actually pitching stuff to people. Sounds strange, uh?
Well, I did break out of the comfort zone to liberate my poor self from the ignorance, and guess what I found? Turns out, elevator pitching is much like aggressive marketing – albeit a charm-offensive that needs to go out in simple terms and in the shortest time possible. Think of it as a scenario where you’re battling against all odds to convince a potential investor to buy stocks in your company, and then imagine that this whole convincing stuff has to happen within the 30 seconds of an elevator ride from floor 1 to floor 2. An elevator pitch is an Olivia Pope moment!
Now, as a freelancer, you do realize that clients don’t just fall from the sky. You’ve to put yourself out there and dig out a stand for yourself. You do this in perfection if you can hit the right people with irresistible pitches. When go out all armed with your linguistic weapons of attraction, your job is to make the target party like you and get them to subscribe to your idea. They need to see you as proficient and a doer. Spark their interest in your offer by focusing on what they like. Play to their expectations but never make a promise that you can’t deliver. That’s what an elevator pitch is all about. It’s basically ELEVATING yourself to a status of favor. Interesting!
Next, we’ll learn how to prepare for an explosive elevator pitch that’ll make your target audience lose their balance. Stay tuned!
Most people hate death as a thief of life, the bringer of sorrow and lamentation, and a scary, ultimate journey whose immediate destination is still a subject of speculation. However, all evidence retrospective of the beginning of life on Earth points to a rather radical suggestion that death could be a liberator in its active actuality. Let me tell you why – in respect to human existence.
For one, humans have, up to now, done exactly zilch to dodge death. In fact,and from a critical perspective, all humans have done on this planet is to devise myriad and more effective ways of risking their own existence. From manufactured diseases and weapons of mass destruction to instigating climate change and sparking horrific armed conflicts, humans have always had one goal: Self-destruction, albeit unconsciously.
Therefore, from this human example, we can deduce that the primary goal of any intelligent species is to find the most efficient and fast ways of exterminating its own self. Ever wonder why the most advanced technologies always originate from weapons research? Exactly. But even if death doesn’t come from outside forces like wars, catastrophes, and epidemics, an organism is intrinsically tasked with self-extermination from the inside. That’s why there are diseases that originate from within an organism without necessity for external infection. Cancer, for example. Also, that’s why people age. Old age is in itself a fail-safe for assured eventual death of any organism.
In essence, death can sometimes come as a liberator to prevent extended suffering of a species looking for painful ways to kill itself. This leaves you with one conclusion: That the only reason you’re still alive is because you haven’t either killed yourself or you haven’t been killed, yet. That said, you’ll agree that except from an emotional point of view fueled by the fear of the unknown and loss of those you’re emotionally connected to, there’s no real reason to hate or fear death. You live so you can eventually die. There are no two ways about that.
And by the way, what the heck is death in the first place? There’s only one way to find out…
Belle is at home, with her big cake sitting comfortably on the table before her very drooling self. She’s itching to get a taste. She’s dying to taste this sweet mix that’s sure to fly her spirits to heaven. She loves cakes, and the neighbors know that. They’re privy to this fact because sweet Belle always puts on a certain romantic song whenever she’s into this kind of juicy feasting session. Somebody said these cakes will kill her.
Her doctor has given up on her. “This woman is on her way to 6-feet under,” he said. He recalls of decades ago when a panic-stricken parent showed up at his office door with a fat little thing that looked like a fed doll. Little Belle had the look of an inflated ball made of human skin. But Dr. Kent was known to possess the wit of an old fox. He knew exactly what nasty Mrs. Johnson was doing to her child. “I’m afraid that woman feeding her kid junk food will make her grow into a big ball,” he once told his friend.
Twenty-Five years later, huge Belle is still at war with her health. A neighbor’s kid says she carries the weight of a pregnant elephant. Somebody got drunk in a local bar and said Belle can displace the water in a nearby swimming pool. This neighborhood is affluent. Belle had the grace of being born into a wealthy family. She can surely afford the biggest cake in town. But she can’t find the guts to keep her weight meter functional. Just outside in her trash bin are 3 weight scales that got broken under her very formidable mass.
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She pops into some nice-looking cake store and walks out with a big, chocolate bake with the seller attaching a promise of all the good feel in the world. She won’t walk home or ride a bike because she hates the tire and all the hassle of troubling the grease in her joints. She’s the perfect manifestation of a lazy female battling tooth and nail for a taste of something sweet and ego-inducing. She hates expending energy except when cute Mr. Sparks cracks a joke and makes her laugh to a drop of sweat. She’ll take a cab.
Watching her leave a step for another as she makes her way down the few stairs from the store, you notice that Miss Johnson is fat. She moves with a wobbly drag that screams “obese!” But Belle thinks that people who worry about her weight are paranoid. She knows that she’s all healthy and in pretty shape. She’s a cook damn it!
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Facebook has had its fair share of criticism from all possible corners in light of the many vices being spread through the platform of late. We’ve watched in shock as people get raped and others murdered on Facebook Live. Fake News and the spread of extremist content are the ultimate blows that blew open a can of worms on how Facebook has been lax in moderating the content propagated via the social network.
The company has since sought to institute strict measures and installed an Artificial Intelligence system that’s smart enough to zero down on suspicious extremist content by rules of an algorithm. If a user posts a photo or video featuring a known terrorist, the AI runs it against a database created from the already blocked content and censors it.
The company has since sought to institute strict measures and installed an Artificial Intelligence system that’s smart enough to zero down on suspicious extremist content by rules of an algorithm
As an additional measure besides implementing the same on its other affiliates, WhatsApp and Instagram, the company has partnered with Google, Twitter and YouTube to come up with a common database for this purpose.
However, Facebook opines that this war will take a combination of both software and human input to really achieve anything meaningful. Facebook has a 150-member strong counterterrorism team ready for the job. So good to see the biggest social network all out to digitally throat-punch terrorists.