Sunday, October 21, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
This claim comes from human quality of empathy, a new feature that Apple added to Siri. Now, Siri has the ability to offer human-like responses to complex life questions like "Why didn't my parents love me?"
Tim Cook, Apple's CEO said: "We believe that the iPhone5 will make your current relationship obsolete." Wow.....
Friday, September 14, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Here is a link to the article covering Shin Kyung-sook's work in the NYTimes
So, the question is: whether there is anything lost in this triumphant economic fairy tale? Similar to the U.S., South Korea society has seen a widening disparity between the rich and the poor. But that is not the end of the story. Another sad loss falls on the generation that pushes their kids to get good education so these kids can have better lives than their parents. Now, these kids are adults who get caught up in the hypercompetitive circus and have no time to take care of their aging parents. These parents, after spending most of their savings on their children's education, are left to spend the little time left in nursing homes.
As countries focus their attention on economic growth, we end up losing "human-to-human relationship" that sustain all of our lives. Isn't this sad?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
We often have a sense of fear of an unknown when we move from a place of "light" to a place of "dark".
On the other hand, we often have a sense of excitement, or a sense of re-born when we move from a place of "dark" to a place of "light".
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I asked you what you want to be when you grow up. You used to say "I want to be an elephant." But now, you said "I want to be a car." "Why?", I asked. "Because I don't have to work.", You said...
Saturday, August 11, 2012
What does it take for us to connect to others who, on a surface, are very different from us? Sometimes, people surprise us with their sincere generosity that seems to come from their beautiful hearts and their kindness to someone they hardly know.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
A brilliant description of loss and gain happened to Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien:
"The Bagginses have lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill ... and people considered them very respectable, ... because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected ... This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours' respect, but he gained -- well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end."
Monday, January 30, 2012
Silence ... symbol of a person's strength to listen
Silence ... symbol of a person's failure to speak out
Silence ... symbol of a collective's strength to accept its mistake
Silence ... symbol of a collective's failure to do the right thing
Friday, January 27, 2012
"terribly ordinary", is that a good thing?
On a terribly ordinary day, something good or bad happen to someone. If it is a good thing, we often think that this is not a terribly ordinary day, it is a special day. If it is a bad thing, we often think why such calamity happens on such a terribly ordinary day.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America (replace by any country) by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. ... and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. ...
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of perseverance
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of loving kindness
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of resolution
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of wisdom
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of moral practice
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of forbearance
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of equanimity
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of truth
Living one's life .... working toward perfection of giving