Thoughts

Tired of self empowerment

Posted on April 25, 2020

We are living in a hyperventilated society. Entrepreneurs, makers, all of us. There was a time where truly big people were defined by their achievements in life, the accumulated experiences. Now, this has changed. It does not really matter anymore. Your current projection is what matters. What are you doing? Where are you going? Don’t stop! Otherwise, you’re suspicious. What is that person doing standing still? It’s disturbing. Suspicious. Very suspicious. No one will truly believe that you’re resting, thinking,Read More

We got the trolley dilemma wrong

Posted on March 27, 2020

The trolley dilemma or trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics. The problem states that we have a trolley on railway tracks going directly towards five people. They are tight to the tracks and therefore cannot move. The trolley is also unstoppable. You are standing next to a lever with a full picture of the situation. If you pull the lever the trolley will switch to a new set of rails. However, the new direction has one person tiedRead More

Fix yourself before you try to fix others

Posted on February 4, 2020

Many want to eliminate suffering… No shit! Who wants to increase the world’s suffering? I’m against poverty. No kidding, no one is pro-poverty! If you commit to a greater good don’t do it in public; otherwise, your goal is to demonstrate how virtuous you are to the world. The journey starts by fixing oneself first. Fix your own life first and be humble. Doing something privately implies that you care about it. Making it private means that’s real to you.Read More

Countries are monopolies

Posted on December 22, 2019

Monopoly: the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service. Until recently you were trapped in the country you were born. However, things have changed. Now it is much easier to change countries, move assets, and even secede. Society is becoming more fluid. Borders too. Hopefully, the states will soon realize that coercion does not make things better. But right now, only few citizens realize and are able to stand up and leave.Read More

Competing together, not against each other

Posted on August 30, 2019

In many instances people think they should sink the other ships to win the race but that -as it turns out- this is not true. They think in this way because they are thinking about a zero-sum game. However, that is not always the case, there are many environments where you can benefit more from collaboration than competition. There is the case when the technologies are mature enough that standardisation works for the competitors. Competitors will work together to createRead More

Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining

Posted on August 14, 2019

“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining” – Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt seemed to be a very interesting persona. With many wonderful quotes and speeches like the man in the arena, April 1910. This speech I would say is the long version from today’s quote. Complaining about things does not help. We already live in a highly reactive world. Making this world better is not about someone else’s responsibility, it’s everyone’s. So, if you’re not improving it,Read More

External vs internal motivators

Posted on July 16, 2019

Recently I did a post on why do people follow the rules ‎which is tightly linked with this one. One could say that the external motivators may be the rules and the internal motivators the discipline. But in my opinion it does not work like that. External motivation comes from others cheering you but also from environment changes -laws-, the market, etc. Internal motivation is the motivation that people should aim for. You should do things because you believe inRead More

We follow the rules

Posted on July 9, 2019

We follow all the rules is the sentence that rises a big red flag. If a company has to advertise that they follow the law that means that there is something sketchy about it. If a person says that he or she follows the rules be wary that they may be playing on a thin line. But also, when companies say they follow the rules it may also mean that they do not want to build a better product butRead More

Hell yes or no

Posted on July 3, 2019

Most of the time we roam around earth without a clear direction. We let the winds guide us, we accept everything, we take up activities because some friend asked. Just because we don’t dislike something it does not mean that we like it. Yeah, I could read this book, but it’s an ok book. Wouldn’t it be better to read that other awesome book? Just because it is there does not mean that you should take it in. We shouldRead More

We live in a society where we put each other's genitals in our mouth but we don't like the black spots on the bananas

Posted on June 28, 2019

We are full of contradictions. You think you’re smart because you are able to point out the contradictions of the others but you don’t escape them either. Some examples: Work so we have money for our retirement vs. Be with our families and enjoy them now. We need to do both. Democracy vs. People making bad choices. Democracy is not perfect and not good for every society. The problem is what system works better? Enjoy every day vs. Live careful,Read More