I've written before about living with hearing loss and today I go back to this subject.
My main purpose with these post is to give you a real account of what does being hearing impaired can be like. It's only MY account so take this with a grain of salt.
One of the things that I get asked is if my other
senses have increased. Do I have superhuman eye-sight now?
The short answer is: NOUP!.
The long answer is: NO WAY!.
Well, I wish that this could be a thing but unfortunately this is not case here.
I wear glasses!
I can't tell from a sniff if a coffee is from Columbia or Ethiopia
I can't taste the deep history of an oak barrel in my scotch
And for sure, my tactile sense is nothing to write home about
Now all this does not mean that some people have enhanced senses when they have an impaired one! It might happen because this is such a common myth that I think it must come from somewhere..
I think that in my case, my impaired evolved over time so that could have affected how I responded to this.
It is rather easy for someone to get emotionally charged and point fingers if something goes south. Our auto-piloted brained works much the same whether we are priests, lovers, CEO’s or scientists. Although we are well aware of this automated discrepancy, we are terrified of the thought of losing control. We do understand how helpless we become. Much like cats we lose it at the sight of a laser pointer. All logic falls under the instinct’s mercy.http://www.success.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_main/public/main/articles/Put%20Your%20Brain%20on%20Autopilot.jpg?itok=n4PzKMwp
Reason is not really promoted from evolution. You see, in the Savannas of Africa about half a million years or so, our ancestors that wanted to app
I love the freshness of a night
A road illuminated by the moonlight -
I need the emptiness of streets
Flicker of stars like a heartbeats -
I want to get away from all
The loneliness, like prison walls -
Dedicated to my friend. July 28, 1981 - May 22, 2017
There is already an abundance of research surrounding the effect that income has on happiness, but what about happiness in relation to spending money on others? Well, it turns out that this might be a way to easily go about trying to increase your own happiness.
Previous studies have shown that spending money on other people, rather than on oneself, is likely to have a more positive impact on personal happiness.
When it comes to spending money on others in an effort to try and boost happiness, researchers suggest that the benefits of giving to others can be witnessed in both the body and brain.
In a previous experiment on the topic, researchers set out to approach 46 people on a school campus and they then would give them either a $5 or $20 bill that they were allowed to spend by the end of the day.
*Half of the participants who
For one to answer this question they would have to be objective about reality. For most people, if not all, the search for love is at the core of their existence. Whether love comes from children, a lover, family or friends is irrelevant. The key part here is for one to recognize that whenever the concept of love is involved, sex will soon dominate either directly or indirectly.
I don't mean to be a cynic or a provocateur. There is something cruel but also profound when it comes to this basic realization about sex. We acknowledge our design, our flawed organs that are subject to disease and decay, but neglect to take into full account how the whole process of sex unravels meaning in our lives.
Any hopeless romantic will simply switch off at the tho
Well, everyone seems to be talking about blockchain constitutions these days, and as expected, there's a lot of concern and confusion. This is a big change, to embed a construct of law, namely, a constitution, into the very genesis block of a new blockchain. I can all but hear the voices crying out,
But didn't we create blockchains to get away from these tried-and-failed, stone-age legal constructs? Why would we throw all that away by incorporating that very same thing we're trying to progress beyond into the innermost core of a new chain?
I understand this perspective, because it was one I might've held myself had I not studied law, the good parts and the bad, and come to understand, at its most fundamental level, what law is, and how law differs from the legal codes imposed by modern nation-states, codes which are a corruption and inversion of a system of law that, properly understood and applied, forms a consistent and principled framework within which disputes can be handled.
For a second I was almost tempted to see it as a
wasted trip. This is almost always wrong, though, and if you want to be paid, you will.
Wherever you are, payment, whether in money, valuable observations, experience, revelations, or even totally banal and useless-seeming (at the time) information for the future, will be there.
(DISCLAIMER: Sometimes it pays you in the realization that what you are doing is a waste and you should never do it again! :) Gotta keep it real!)
While drinking my iced coffee and thinking about some various plans I have been concocting and how to tackle them, as well as other, somewhat difficult-seeming situations in my life right now, I looked up and saw the sign on the used electronics store across the street. I've seen the sign a million times, but today I saw something new, in between the lines.
Do you have a personal growth challenge for 2017 ? Something that scares the shit out of you and you can do nothing except keep moving forward because there is a pull you can feel from within ?
With the dawning of 2017, after being a doctor practicing medicine for the past 15 years, there arrived opportunity to challenge myself to become comfortable sharing medical & life experiences in a totally new way. With newness comes discomfort and I have circled in and out of self doubts around whether any of this was a good idea.
My first video is actually YES, MY VERY FIRST VIDEO. There was no trial run, no practicing..this was an on-the-ground-running experience. I have criticized every single sound, head shake, eye contact and have proceeded to make four more videos in the past two months. I am attempting to face my self doubts by trusting the process.
With each new video, my mannerisms are changing...I am speaking more comfortably...I am attempting to develop a lev
We all hate. Not one single person reading here, can say with all honesty that they have never hated something or someone. The word HATE has become part of our daily vocabulary, but I think that the word hate is often used in the wrong context.
Why do people hate so easily? Hate is such a strong emotion. People hate because they want t
Every so often I like write a blog article about the prison industrial complex. I have taken to calling what I wish to talk about Con-Sourcing, though in the past I also called it insourcing. People are very aware of outsourcing jobs overseas, often to a sweatshop. Yet there was some wizardry that occurred when the 13th Amendment passed. Many people know it ended slavery, though it didn't. Really all that happened is they found a way to hide it from the public eye.
The 13th Amendment clearly states that slavery is illegal EXCEPT when used as punishment for a crime. Should it be any wonder that we have so many crimes that have no actual victims but have long prison sentences? We mentally have the image of prisoners breaking rocks with hammers and picks, or manufacturing license plates. This long ago ceased to be the case. They increasingly add more and more products and services
The above image is created by me ( Angelo Borg )
We are trying to hard to be liked. We usually do so ignoring our own needs to self explore our own selves. Why we feel the need to be liked by others more than the need to be liked by ourselves? It does not make any sense to pursuit in vein goals that does not fulfill our dreams. We are individuals.
We are social beings for sure. We find greater pleasure knowing we are liked or favored by everybody else rather our selves. We sacrifice time and money to impress our small circle of friends or our small communities in vein. Self respect comes usually as a result of self exploration, that is easier said than done. We do not dedicate the time to explore our selves our needs and our inner world as much as we do to impress people that are irrelevant to us. Humans in our times are trying to hard to project a certain image to their circle that usually has nothing to do w
It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.
- Lionel Trilling
One of the things that makes reading so enjoyable to me is becoming a part of the story.
I remember losing myself for hours when I first read J. R. R. Tolkein's
Lord of the Rings. In my imagination, I was transported to Middle Earth, where I rubbed shoulders with Hobbits and wizards.
Likewise, reading the adventure science fiction of Robert Heinlein's
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, I became Mannie Garcia, experiencing the revolution through his eyes.
If we constantly nit-pick what seems implausible, we miss important details and lose the flow of the story.
But isn't it also necessary to suspend disbelief in order to achieve positive change in our lives?
My observations are from a natural point of view, uninfluenced by science or religion, all that remains is TRUE.
Rich money comes and poor money goes, middle man money just flows.
Only very few want to see you make it big, and at the top of my pyramid, I'm alone.
Belief is emotional attachment to in-formation and know is experience of now.
The internet is the active imagination of my computer... Craig :)... read more
The more I think, the better I understand that there is no injustice in the world. People who say,
why me, God? Why me? when something bad happens, usually deserve what they get. I don't say that we should not feel sorry for unfortunate ones because that would be ignorant. In contrary, we must always help the ones who face trouble. That said, there is always a reason behind anything that happens.
I faced a million and one problem while traveling in Central/South America. I got poisoned, robbed, exhausted, sick, broke, and you just name it. Of course, at the moment of any problem, I felt as if I didn't deserve it. However, I started thinking... only to understand that everything that happened had a reason behind it.
If we sometimes are too stupid to decode nature's laws, it doesn't mean that those laws do not exist. People ar
I never went to church, nor was ever religious. However, in the spirit of Sunday-morning services and cleansing oneself of their sins, I have a confession to make:
I have been leading a secret double-life as a ruthless, genocidal dictator.
It first began during my years living in Bali. And I thought that upon returning to Canada, I'd no longer be put in situations bringing out my demons to be unleashed upon populations of poor, helpless creatures.
But I was wrong. And the killing has continued.
I thought it was only the conditions of the third world, where my horrific destruction of life could be somehow justified. Yet, here again, I find myself striking down a ceaseless stream of enemies to preserve the order my ego demands...
Sometimes, it's just a few odd lives I take here and there, amongst carrying on my business.
At other times, it seems I have no choice but to unleash a full-on assault, crushing dozens of bodies at a time in order to
Life poses interesting challenges.
Such as: what is our responsibility when confronted with bullshit?
Humans are funny creatures. We tend to propagate alot of bullshit. Alot.
As we mature and become wiser, some of us develop the ability to see through alot of the B.S. people - often well-intentioned - buy into and spread. Yet, it's not always clear what the most appropriate course of action is when perceiving others disconnected in fantasy worlds of distorted belief systems.
At some stages of our development, it becomes tempting to become a warrior for
the truth - taking a stand for the uncovering of
evil lies, rebelling against the forces of ignorance, fighting for a
freedom of mind. The problem is there - given it's merely one stage of an incomplete development - there are still layers of B.S. yet to be cleared, and self-righteous tendencies can often creep in to infect one's fight against bullshit with more covert rose-scented bullshit that goes unrecognized as such.
This often corresponds t
Someone has probably said something to you that has made you look or feel foolish. At the time, you may have stood there befuddled (yep, befuddled) unable to think of a witty retort quickly enough and remained silent or maybe attempted something that didn't really work well.
Have you ever found a better comeback for their statement? Only, it was hours too late? Why is this? Why didn't it come at the time and even if you managed a half decent response at the time, how come the better one didn't surface when needed?
What do you do when you face a problem? Solve it probably. And then what?
Generally, after we put out a problem fire, we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done and get on with the day. The problem I see here is the same one with the witty comeback above except, missing the follow up.
The reason we do the follow up thinking when teased is that we are trying to soothe an emotional hurt. We work to prove to our self that if given better conditions, we could have
The future is something that has been keeping the human mind busy since we’ve had enough cognitive power to start planning it, dream about it and in many cases, trying to predict it. We are fascinated by the endless possibilities that may lie in it but also troubled by our inability to control all aspects of it. Scientists have been trying for many years to speculate about how our civilization will change throughout the forthcoming decades, centuries, even millennia. Most of these speculations are usually products of sheer imagination combined either with optimism or pessimism, depending on each individual. But what happens when we try to speculate about the technological future of humanity (or the technological present of extraterrestrial civilizations) using ‘rules’ of the universe tha