Category Archives: Talented Youth
Something sounds really normal when you are living in Europe, The States or other advanced countries all around the world, But in Iraq, those simple things takes huge announcement and feedback about it, usually I always write with archaic style, and try to express complicated feelings and reactions about what I write about, but today I Was Here, has used the simplest method of expression, and that by organizing an event to make us laugh.
News, Campaigns and NGO’s has extravagantly used death, pain and misery in their propaganda, but somehow Iraqi youth lately have some anarchistic desires, yes most campaigns that have been organized in Iraq are about humanitarian cause, since humanitarian acts are not only achieved by donating cloths, food and shelter to those who need it, but it also by beckoning our inner souls with laughter, and enlighten our life with cheers and joyous events.
عندما تسمع الصدى في غرفة مزدحمة … لكان اليوم كاي يوم طبيعي في اي بلد متحضر حول العالم الا ان كان هذا يوم عراقي و يوم حافل بابسط الامور التي نفتقدها و نتتوق للاقبال على بساطته و مجاراةً لنمطه تركت اسلوب كتابتي الذي يستنزف الكثير من الجهد للتعبير عن مشاعر معقدة و انفعالاتي اتجاهها حيث “انا كنت هنا” استخدمت ابسط طريقة للتعبير عن حبها و هي تنظيم حفل لينشر الضحك في الاجواء و علي ان انوه ان كل من الاخبار و الحملات و المنضمات الغير ربحية التي استخدمت ألامنا و معاناتنا و اخبار الموت باسراف في الوسط الاعلامي لكن بالاونة الاخيرة الشباب العراقي كان ذو نمط يخرج عن النمط المتبع من الاغلبية بغض النظر عن ان اغلب الحملات الانسانية المنظمة في العراق هي حملات انسانية و بما ان الانسانية هي ليست فقط التبرع بالملابس و الطعام و اسكان الفقراء و لكن ايضا تتضمن ايماء الذات بالضحكة و تنوير الحياة بالبهجة و الاحتفالات الممتعة.
I Was Here has chose the perfect timing and the perfect way to do so, very few in Iraq know what stand up comedy is, and fewer who understand the concept of it. This group of young volunteers has organized this event in Al Mansour Hotel, reminded me of very good memory that happened in the same place, it was SWB 6 months ago, which always reminded me that no matter how many times our society, culture, government want to take us to nowhere, some youth come up with ideas that really change most of the calculations.
It was a very good way to start a year, 2014 is now drawn with a smile, echoes with laughter and will be remembered as the first year since 2003 that started with laughter, it was well organized, probably the best organized event by volunteers in Iraq so far.
“انا كنت هنا” قد اختارت الوقت و الطريقة المثلى للالمام بالجانب المنسي من الانسانية لعدم انتشار هذا النوع من الترفيه في العراق و الغالب لم يستوعبوا المبداء منه حتى من يشاهد هذا النوع من الترفيه.
نظمت هذه المجموعة من المتطعوين الاحتفالية في فندق المنصور الذي ذكرني بالذكرى الحميمة التي حصلت في المكان نفسه قبل ستة اشهر ستارت اب ويك ايند بغداد التي في دورها ذكرتني في مثابرة الشباب في تغيير حسابات المستقبل بعد محاولات المجتمع و الحضارة و الحكومة في احباطنا، و كانت طريقة جيدة لبدء عام جديد حيث سنة 2014 مكتوبة بابتسامة و ضحكة ستدوم و ستخلد بانها اول سنة بدأت بالضحكة بعد سنة 2003 و كانت الاحتفالية منظمة بشكل جيد مما يجعلها في صدر الاحتفاليات التي نظمها متطوعين في العراق.
In my own opinion, today star of the show was Ammar Al Safar who is the most talented and made the best comedy.
And I have to give credit to Hassanein Zizo for his creativity and moralistic comedy show
Special appreciation to technical support Abdulkarem A. Abbas who supported us with the full show:
P.S. special thanks to Aws Al Najar for the translation.
Thank You I Was Here, organizers, cameramen, technical, logistics and who made this event, hope this is a good message to everyone, to come up with creative ideas, and implement them in Iraq.
Most people as soon as they get to their rooms, they take off the mask, and they travel from this world to their own worlds, were their own fantasies apply, where they are heroes, where their reality is the perfection they have from their own flaw, deeds, actions and thoughts.
But … A hall at the 11th floor of Al Mansour Hotel in Baghdad near the ancient river Tigers, almost 200 people entered, and they start living in each other worlds sharing their own fantasies dropping behind the infamous Iraqi egotistic, arrogant and pompous spirit, they just simply translocated from Baghdad to another planet, from shattered dreams to the land of dream’s merit.
Mark those days (27-28-29th of June) as the greatest days that Baghdad has witnessed for the past 23 years.
Many years passed and all Iraqis with their great ideas, mentality, skills and profession have perfected the art of playing solo, many people tried to bring together talents together voluntarily, wholeheartedly and zestfully to cooperate, but all the prior attempts were in vain, until new heroes emerged, they called themselves FikraSpace!
Those had my dream, to convene Iraqi skillful, passionate and determinate people in one place to share their ideas, exchange their experience and the most important part is to concur to achieve the ultimate dream by building small dreams together.
FikraSpace have heard about an idea called, Startup weekend, so they contacted them and Startup Weekend wholeheartedly prepared everything with the help of Fikra space, Ngo’s and other companies like the Mercy Corps, USAid, Foras, Shaf Media and other to make this happen.
All tickets were sold within 48 hours, 150 people showed up, and from those 150 individuals, 55 gave their ideas, I was one of them, everyone wanted ….
Wait!! Did you read the number well! 55 ideas, where were they hiding? I tell you! Behind the accusations of the shallow excuses like, electricity, security issues, religious sects and pathetic no-support from the government.
Yes! They have stepped on those excuses and reveled their fantasies and told the world of their secret hidden ideas, and then people started to vote, 15 ideas won, 13 have been implemented, I am like many of those ideas who had less votes we were not annoyed!
What? I want my idea to be the one I want to work on… many of us said so, because that doesn’t reflect our selfishness, it is simply a new way of thinking that we are not used to, so we had two choices 1) either we leave or 2) we help others to fight the monsters to reach the castle and save the princess or the prince.
Willingly we all jumped to help others, you see technicians, non-technicians, designers and others working all together in an environment that just the idea of thinking about it is refreshing and overwhelming, Finally we proved that we love each other, some would say “we already love each other” I would say, this is the first time we prove it!
There was something few can comprehend unless they were there with us, but I will do my best to explain, I have a friend … Startup Weekend, Fikra Space and the supporters and the participants have gave me the opportunity to meet a high school friend, last time I met him was 2006, and he came to the event as a coach, And what a coach he is, he was inspirational, motivational and acknowledging, he was part of Startup Weekend Sulaymaniyah, and he already have an established project Easy Bites and I also met one of my friends that last time I met before 2003 he is a technical manager in Microsoft Iraq, Startup Weekend not only gathered people that they don’t know each other, but it broke the social cumbrance of forgetting old friends because of the excuses that we always try to make as a prison around us, so this event has proven that all the bars and the high walls we build to just give ourselves shallow justifications are only a mental issues, and we broke those bars, and now we started to welcome other people, with other ideas and not only that, we help them to reach their dreams.
The most voted ideas were:
Their Ideas varied about, Banking and economical collaboration between users and National bank and other banks in iraq.
To create an online restaurant delivery application and website to enhance the customer-restaurant communication
To create a cultural awareness to historical and cultural sites, to reintroduce Iraqis and others to our history and treasury
To create Animation Cartoons to address different problems in Iraq and how to overcome them
To build a company to help fresh graduate to acquire what it takes to have more opportunities to find new jobs and build their carriers
To help marking shops in Malls and update with new sales or new coming products
To create an E-House, with simple touch from your cellphone you can control your house
To create an application to know the Internet services around you and help you chose the best one for you
To create a database of people to help all studies to have a practical well-established survey via SMS service.
To help organizers with their logistics
After all these amazing ideas, I will not tell you who won, although it is easy as soon as you go to any of the links and you will find out, but guess what? we were all winners, all these ideas were the source of creativity and success, meeting new people was the key and meeting old friends what makes it amazing, but what made it extremely perfect are the Iraqis who lives abroad and foreigners, I have to introduce you to people that meeting them add a special flavor to the event and we were honored to meet them:
I will start with
Katral-Nada ( Coach and Judge )
Mohammed Al Samar’ai ( Coach )
Zaid F. Jawad
Zaid Al Hakeem And Ahmed Iz Al-Deen from Microsoft Learning Center – Iraq
Dhafer Fadhil Hasan – Project Officer – UNDP- Iraq
And Others, Baghdad is in the debt of all those who made SWBaghdad Happen.
The title is Startup … Baghdad, this event is Startup Weekend, but it is a Startup to Baghdad, it is the initial move to the wheel, that will keep turning. and fun and games were part of the event, people were smiling, and their hearts were flying to new horizon.
The greatest problem now is that those who shared their dreams will stop, if SWBaghdad is over, we are not over, We have to keep on sharing and helping each other and never stop dreaming and help others achieve their dreams, Those three days waere 54 hours from the Prehistoric Era to The Medieval Era, and we will keep moving until we prove that ….
There were judges ( people with experience ) who decided who are the winners, but Youngsters have proved that our time is now, and the youth is taking control, with all respect to the judges and their experience, Young people have proved that they are the promising future that broke all the chains, they are innovative, creative and promising …
Now what is your Part now! share, you help us to reach more people, to help them to help us and to help them back
And the best part of all the event “My Heroes” Teenagers who give the biggest hope in the next generation
I have to apologize to all that i couldn’t mention, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart
Today the sons of Mesopotamia paid tribute to Hammurabi and NebuchadnezzarII under the blessing of Anu, Enlil and Ea.
They rode together from Baghdad to Kadingirra, those who are eager to rejoice to their great history, came and saw just remnants of what was covered of the ancient city with dirt, and what left to be abused by rulers, time has left its mark, those who are so eager have stood in awe and despair.
They were breathing the fresh air, but their mind was mesmerized by ancient odor of the hanging gardens that no longer exist, , as the sun was warm but the river send it breeze to cool the hearts that what was before can be reappear once more.
Babylon now is just a place that people could say that there used to be a great kingdom before but so little of it proves it does.
Everything is underground, why not just tell all the archeologist in the world to start bringing what was lost to become the new lament as it used to beckons in antiquates.
We have no clue.
All we know it might take a century to do so, and so much money to make it possible, and who can pay such money, only those who sit on the chair filling their fat bullies with money, they think that they are great, to be great is to build not to destroy, so will be there more eager people to go visit, as we have understood that there is no much who cares about this ancient city
How can prove to Marduk that we still worship him? How can we prove to Innana that we will bring the masses to walk under her blue decorated gate? Can we prove that we deserve this heritage?
Let’s help each other to make this place great once more !
That should have been my speech, but I didn’t participate ! because hypocrisy was the element of surprise that crippled me.
I will ask a rhetorical question “Why am I here?”
Am I here to make a change? Aren’t we all? But how can we change? Are we just going to call for a new metaphor for change, but the means are the same? I believe I have heard enough about why we need to make a change, I think I want hear about how to make a change, I have an idea, that I believe will be a method for a change, an Idea, that calls not for a change, but it shows change in many different dimensions, if we can show unity for once, and we all delete our blogs and we all become blogger in one huge blog that targets all our followers, and more, and make a newspapers or a magazine to aim for those who still don’t know the effect of a blog.
But, what are we going to write about? It doesn’t matter, what matters is how are we going to write, we should start a new method of targeting people, because saying the obvious, or just transfer the news is not our job. We are bloggers, we are not Journalists, we have to tell the news or the idea with a pragmatic analysis concerning the earned lesson from the certain occasion, adding to it the flavor of our humorous or skeptical or practical method of writing to the transcription, this new way I am proposing could be right or wrong, but I believe if you keep telling me, I will forget, but if you get me involved I will understand.
People know the facts, the news and the plot, and the people know the beginning and the ending for our articles because it is the same, following the old same method, based on the same boring storytelling for well-known information, that words no longer has that mass effect of human ears, words lost the echo for human awareness, and if you think I am wrong, look at us, Everything is backward, lawyers destroy Justice, schools destroy education, government destroy freedom, media change facts.
Let us build a place where we help each other change the news, to stories filled with political, social, educational and practical lessons, because one voice will reach the neighbors that refuse to listen, it is futile, while voice of a crowd in unison and harmony can bring out the whole neighborhood, and If you still think that the old methods are right, and new ideas and achievements are wrong, then the lesson we learned from history, that we never learn any of history lessons. Because it doesn’t matter how many of us calling for obvious unheard demands, what matters is to know how to use our voices.
Because the greatest novels in history are not the ones with great story lines, the greatest stories are the well written stories. And all of this nonsense we heard through history about if you make a change the whole world change, while you think you changed, the only way to change and lead it, is by breaking the limitations and look at things differently, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain” Maya Angelou, that means we have to stop calling for electricity, democracy, freedom of speech, peace or other daily demands that we read every day in the news or we watch it on TV. We are not journalist, we are bloggers. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must be created.
This Article was written by the 2011 best Iraqi blogger, who writes articles in the best blog of 2011, Wameeth Al-kassab, on http://www.iraqistreets.com/ about a 26 years old Iraqi engineer who wrote a book in English.
The original article : http://www.iraqistreets.com/archives/4421
As an Iraqi activist I receive many emails from people over the world how want to help Iraqi people to have a better future, especially young Iraqi youth, we usually try to get help for the sick and most in need to help them to survive, but not every one in Iraq is suffering from material need, sometimes many people need an moral support, need to feel that their work is appreciated, that their dreams can be true if they had faith in them, Iraqi do not need only medical supplies and water bottles and blankets for the refugees, we will not build or nation with guns and angry politicians.
We need painters, musicians, writers; we need people to have dreams and faith in the possibility of it coming true…
My friend Mohamed Amer had a dream , his dream was no to tell the story of his country, but to tell the world that his country is still have good sons, who can rise from the middle of war and death, to tell the world good stories, he always tried to help others who he believed got the talent to stand by their side and help of building new generation, so this young Iraqi youth decide to use his ability of writing to make one step to achieve his dream and he wrote a book, the book title is God Is In The Rain, is a story about an old man who tells stories to children in a fantasy and realistic way to grab their attention , a story a bout an amazing journey into the worlds philosophy about life and religion, romance and war.
I advice you to read it, and to help this 26 years old Iraqi engineer who lived most of his life in Iraq, waiting that someone, finally, hear all the talented youth calling, so how you can help him ??
Well you can buy his book, which is available on Amazon.com and Lulu.com ,,, and you can spread the word, share the link for this article and help other who like to support Iraqi youth to find a chance to do so.
Believe me in the end you will read an amazing story and feel good for helping g to induce change for Iraq future
This is link to the writer book and blog page
This is link to the book on Amazon
This is link to the book in Lulu
So far we have to stories, hope to find more in the future.
Imagine you live in a warzone, away from you family, away from your team, no support of any kind, under continuous threat, every bone in your face is smashed, you lose most of your teeth, and you are out of shape, but in couple of month they chose you as the best in the championship !
It is known that sport is not as important as it should be in Iraq because people focused their attention to the basics of life, how to make enough money to survive. Parents send their kids just to study, no classes for music or sport or art, basically everything began to descend from normal level to zero level, but football never dies, it is always in everyone’s heart, most of the Iraqis played football specially when they are at young age, those who are bad or doesn’t have the talent, didn’t find other sport to go for, because sport was the only major sport, so kids quit sport and as known, most of them get fat, out of shape and undetermined.
And the talented young footballer can’t find the right place to enhance their talent, can’t afford to join clubs, because usually in Iraqi tradition these activities are mere distraction from studying, so the talent wasted like the ashes flew to the horizon.
When I was in high school, I met a lot of the young student who were talented in football, but they only play for fun, some of them play in the streets or in the neighborhood, most of them unfortunately just gave it up and concentrated on how to survive, get married and have children, as most of us, at that time we have no idea how to mix both, and try to both enjoy life and achieve our dreams and practice our hobbies, because of the education, traditions and the bad situation in Iraq.
But I will never forget “Magic feet”, he was a young student who was playing with older student at the basketball field, I never seen such thing in my life, the ball stuck to somebody’s feet as it did with him, he did everything, I always wondered why he plays in a team, he should have played alone.
I didn’t know the guy, but he was my brother’s friend, we were at the best high school on Iraq, a privilege not all kids had at that time, you have to be smart, cool, intelligent and talented. “ did I just say that I am all of these?”, anyway you could be less but he was in that place.
His name is :
Hashim Khalid Al Saraf
Skinny kid, who always enchanted us with his performance, we used to skip classes to watch him play, his father used to encourage him, but because studying at Baghdad college was very difficult, and he usually go back home late, because the high school was very far from his place, so the time he spend at home was barely enough to sit with the family and do his homework.
but he never stopped, the tricky part was the last year at high school, the most difficult year, it decides everyone’s future, what pained me the most at the time, that Hashim got a very high degree, I knew he was going to quit his passion to football, he was going to go to very difficult university, and I heard the news, he went to Medical University, “that’s it, another wasted talent” that’s what I said, after that, I have a lot of friends at the Medical University, I went there and saw “Magic feet” on action, he was playing at the basketball field again, and as always, dazzled me to a point where I forgot about my friends, and kept watching him do his magic.
But I always wanted to go and tell him why don’t you become professional player, but a friend told me that he began his professional career few months ago, he could find spare time to join friend and play Futsal, and one day he met one the famous coaches in Iraq for Futsal and it seemed that he was amazed by Hashim, and he promised him to find him a spot in the 2006 competition for the Futsal.
“Guess What? He was titled as the best player in the competition. Huh, didn’t see that coming”, then he was one of the Iraqi national futsal team, he played his first match against Tajikistan, I asked him how did he feel about the match, he simply answered, “The Chill under my skin, the trembling in my feet, when I was standing side by side with my teammates singing the Iraqi anthem, and the flag was sending his bright colors to the horizon, I felt the world is limitless and everything is great where I came from, I had that awe that told me it is not about me anymore, it’s about the dream of this beautiful place called Iraq, because I am pretty sure that Iraq loves me so much, that I couldn’t doubt for a second how much I loved Iraq”, when I heard his words I knew I was wrong about a lot of things in my life, because personally, I believed that we have forgotten about the love of Iraq and we became selfish enough, that’s why our society and country reach that point of destruction and corruption, but he just proved me wrong.
Hashim, came back from his first appearance with the national team, his spirit high, he knew this is a new page in his life to achieve his dreams, to become the first doctor in the history of Iraq who plays football with the national team and to prove that talents have a place in this country, but the reality strikes hard enough, he was graduated from university after spending half of the time playing with the team in Japan, Taiwan and other countries in Asia and middle-east.
But the system of the universities in Iraq specially the medical ones, is really difficult and in my opinion it’s totally wrong, Hashim was sent far from Baghdad for his internship, far from his family, club, and the passion for the game, but nonetheless Hashim strikes reality much harder, he could managed with his teammates to win the championship of 2008, knowing that his team is from Baghdad, and he worked almost everyday in the south of Iraq, “how did he do that ?”
He had to be in his internship in the hospital most of the days, far from all the trainings, his family and the matches, may be people don’t see that much big of a deal, but people in Iraq knows about the internship system in Iraq, beside the transportation from city to city, difficult, not safe and tiresome.
And again, he managed to win the championship again next year, and become player of the season, and join the national team again in many occasions, until he raised the West Asia championship in 2009 in Jordan.
2011, Hashim coming back from the south of Iraq, to join his team in one of the season matches, but in the way a car accident smashed his face, he almost cracked every bone in his face, he had to stay in the hospital for 2 months, everyone was struck by the news, again frustration crept to our hearts, another talent is gone, “he has to surrender now”, so basically at the time I went to look for another talent to write about, then after few months I see Hashim playing in the futsal team as the captain for Iraq, and he performed better than before, Hashim went back to Iraq to win again the 2011 championship.
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Frank Lloyd Wright ( one of the most famous architects in history) said:
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson one of the most famous writers said: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
I believe young people need such motivation, such enthusiasm, such success, may be Hashim didn’t change the world, or made Iraq a better place, or maybe he did only personal glory, but Hashim did one thing that is great, you proved that you can be who you want to be, again a lot of people will say that there are many other better than him, if you lived in Iraq, or in a country where death and pain is everywhere, you will know that Hashim is one of a kind.
Thank you Hashim.
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In our schools we learned a lot of things, many are so important, but we learned few about life, some say we get it in experience, some say we will learn it by time, and life is still a head of us.
Here are some of the thing that I wished we learned in school.
1. First, give value. Then, get value. Not the other way around.
This is a bit of a counter-intuitive thing. There is often an idea that someone should give us something or do something for us before we give back. The problem is just that a lot of people think that way. And so far less than possible is given either way.
If you want to increase the value you receive (money, love, kindness, opportunities etc.) you have to increase the value you give. Because over time you pretty much get what you give. It would perhaps be nice to get something for nothing. But that seldom happens.
2. Be proactive. Not reactive.
This one ties into the last point. If everyone is reactive then very little will get done. You could sit and wait and hope for someone else to do something. And that happens pretty often, but it can take a lot of time before it happens.
A more useful and beneficial way is to be proactive, to simply be the one to take the first practical action and get the ball rolling. This not only saves you a lot of waiting, but is also more pleasurable since you feel like you have the power over your life. Instead of feeling like you are run by a bunch of random outside forces.
3. Mistakes and failures are good.
When you are young you just try things and fail until you learn. As you grow a bit older, you learn from – for example – school to not make mistakes. And you try less and less things.
This may cause you to stop being proactive and to fall into a habit of being reactive, of waiting for someone else to do something. I mean, what if you actually tried something and failed? Perhaps people would laugh at you?
Perhaps they would. But when you experience that you soon realize that it is seldom the end of the world. And a lot of the time people don’t care that much. They have their own challenges and lives to worry about.
And success in life often comes from not giving up despite mistakes and failure. It comes from being persistent.
When you first learn to ride your bike you may fall over and over. Bruise a knee and cry a bit. But you get up, brush yourself off and get on the saddle again. And eventually you learn how to ride a bike. If you can just reconnect to your 5 year old self and do things that way – instead of giving up after a try/failure or two as grown-ups often do – you would probably experience a lot more interesting things, learn valuable lessons and have quite a bit more success.
4. Don’t beat yourself up.
Why do people give up after just few mistakes or failures? Well, I think one big reason is because they beat themselves up way too much. But it’s a kinda pointless habit. It only creates additional and unnecessary pain inside you and wastes your precious time. It’s best to try to drop this habit as much as you can.
5. Gratitude is a simple way to make yourself feel happy.
Sure, I was probably told that I should be grateful. Perhaps because it was the right thing to do or just something I should do. But if someone had said that feeling grateful about things for minute or two is a great way to turn a negative mood into a happy one I would probably have practised gratitude more. It is also a good tool for keeping your attitude up and focusing on the right things. And to make other people happy. Which tends to make you even happier, since emotions are contagious.
6. Don’t compare yourself to others.
The ego wants to compare. It wants to find reasons for you to feel good about yourself (“I’ve got a new bike!”). But by doing that it also becomes very hard to not compare yourself to others who have more than you (“Oh no, Bill has bought an even nicer bike!”). And so you don’t feel so good about yourself once again. If you compare yourself to others you let the world around control how you feel about yourself. It always becomes a rollercoaster of emotions.
A more useful way is to compare yourself to yourself. To look at how far you have come, what you have accomplished and how you have grown. It may not sound like that much fun but in the long run it brings a lot more inner stillness, personal power and positive feelings.
7. Don’t take things too seriously.
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in things. But most of the things you worry about never come into reality. And what may seem like a big problem right now you may not even remember in three years.
Taking yourself, your thoughts and your emotions too seriously often just seems to lead to more unnecessary suffering. So relax a little more
8. Write everything down.
Many of your good or great ideas may be lost forever if you don’t make a habit of writing things down. This is also a good way to keep your focus on what you want.
9. Life is full of disappointments
If you are raised in a way where you know that this don’t last forever, friends come and go, thing lost and found, world is always in the state of war, then we know that it is going to be difficult, that makes us believe more in our selves and live for good expectation knowing things may go wrong, in that we can know the limitation of what we can do, but in the same time we always knew that falling is a good thing as mentioned above. this way we won’t surrender because we already knew the reality that our family and school kept hidden.
10. Life is a symmetry
If you think that living your life and you are happy, rich, satisfied and everything is going perfect, then one day everything start to fall apart, know that wasn’t all your mistake, you may be done everything right, but caring less about people who are sad, poor, suffering and nothing is good going for them, it has to react on you, so knowing that we all have to live in almost similar way, in the future it won’t reflect on your life, so don’t say: “I am good, why should I care?”, well because life is a symmetry.
Well, we all know how classes are boring, and most of us don’t know what’s going on.
We spent most of the time trying to understand why and how, but our teachers tell us not to ask any questions and just do it the way it is.
It’s easy Watch the Videos and you will see it’s Educational, Entertaining and Easy.
The History Of English Language In Ten Minutes.
After Watching. How difficult is this? why can’t we use this at least with difficult materials, anyone who can draw, we can make new way to teach our curriculum in an exciting way.
The first virtue is curiosity.
A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance. If in your heart you believe you already know, or if in your heart you do not wish to know, then your questioning will be purposeless and your skills without direction. Curiosity seeks to annihilate itself; there is no curiosity that does not want an answer. The glory of glorious mystery is to be solved, after which it ceases to be mystery. Be wary of those who speak of being open-minded and modestly confess their ignorance. There is a time to confess your ignorance and a time to relinquish your ignorance.
The second virtue is relinquishment.
Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your beliefs. The thought you cannot think controls you more than thoughts you speak aloud. Submit yourself to ordeals and test yourself in fire. Relinquish the emotion which rests upon a mistaken belief, and seek to feel fully that emotion which fits the facts. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is hot, and it is cool, the Way opposes your fear. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is cool, and it is hot, the Way opposes your calm. Evaluate your beliefs first and then arrive at your emotions. Let yourself say: “If the iron is hot, I desire to believe it is hot, and if it is cool, I desire to believe it is cool.” Beware lest you become attached to beliefs you may not want.
The third virtue is lightness.
Let the winds of evidence blow you about as though you are a leaf, with no direction of your own. Beware lest you fight a rearguard retreat against the evidence, grudgingly conceding each foot of ground only when forced, feeling cheated. Surrender to the truth as quickly as you can. Do this the instant you realize what you are resisting; the instant you can see from which quarter the winds of evidence are blowing against you. Be faithless to your cause and betray it to a stronger enemy. If you regard evidence as a constraint and seek to free yourself, you sell yourself into the chains of your whims. For you cannot make a true map of a city by sitting in your bedroom with your eyes shut and drawing lines upon paper according to impulse. You must walk through the city and draw lines on paper that correspond to what you see. If, seeing the city unclearly, you think that you can shift a line just a little to the right, just a little to the left, according to your caprice, this is just the same mistake.
The fourth virtue is evenness.
One who wishes to believe says, “Does the evidence permit me to believe?” One who wishes to disbelieve asks, “Does the evidence force me to believe?” Beware lest you place huge burdens of proof only on propositions you dislike, and then defend yourself by saying: “But it is good to be skeptical.” If you attend only to favorable evidence, picking and choosing from your gathered data, then the more data you gather, the less you know. If you are selective about which arguments you inspect for flaws, or how hard you inspect for flaws, then every flaw you learn how to detect makes you that much stupider. If you first write at the bottom of a sheet of paper, “And therefore, the sky is green!”, it does not matter what arguments you write above it afterward; the conclusion is already written, and it is already correct or already wrong. To be clever in argument is not rationality but rationalization. Intelligence, to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself. Listen to hypotheses as they plead their cases before you, but remember that you are not a hypothesis, you are the judge. Therefore do not seek to argue for one side or another, for if you knew your destination, you would already be there.
The fifth virtue is argument.
Those who wish to fail must first prevent their friends from helping them. Those who smile wisely and say: “I will not argue” remove themselves from help, and withdraw from the communal effort. In argument strive for exact honesty, for the sake of others and also yourself: The part of yourself that distorts what you say to others also distorts your own thoughts. Do not believe you do others a favor if you accept their arguments; the favor is to you. Do not think that fairness to all sides means balancing yourself evenly between positions; truth is not handed out in equal portions before the start of a debate. You cannot move forward on factual questions by fighting with fists or insults. Seek a test that lets reality judge between you.
The sixth virtue is empiricism.
The roots of knowledge are in observation and its fruit is prediction. What tree grows without roots? What tree nourishes us without fruit? If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? One says, “Yes it does, for it makes vibrations in the air.” Another says, “No it does not, for there is no auditory processing in any brain.” Though they argue, one saying “Yes”, and one saying “No”, the two do not anticipate any different experience of the forest. Do not ask which beliefs to profess, but which experiences to anticipate. Always know which difference of experience you argue about. Do not let the argument wander and become about something else, such as someone’s virtue as a rationalist. Jerry Cleaver said: “What does you in is not failure to apply some high-level, intricate, complicated technique. It’s overlooking the basics. Not keeping your eye on the ball.” Do not be blinded by words. When words are subtracted, anticipation remains.
The seventh virtue is simplicity.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Simplicity is virtuous in belief, design, planning, and justification. When you profess a huge belief with many details, each additional detail is another chance for the belief to be wrong. Each specification adds to your burden; if you can lighten your burden you must do so. There is no straw that lacks the power to break your back. Of artifacts it is said: The most reliable gear is the one that is designed out of the machine. Of plans: A tangled web breaks. A chain of a thousand links will arrive at a correct conclusion if every step is correct, but if one step is wrong it may carry you anywhere. In mathematics a mountain of good deeds cannot atone for a single sin. Therefore, be careful on every step.
The eighth virtue is humility.
To be humble is to take specific actions in anticipation of your own errors. To confess your fallibility and then do nothing about it is not humble; it is boasting of your modesty. Who are most humble? Those who most skillfully prepare for the deepest and most catastrophic errors in their own beliefs and plans. Because this world contains many whose grasp of rationality is abysmal, beginning students of rationality win arguments and acquire an exaggerated view of their own abilities. But it is useless to be superior: Life is not graded on a curve. The best physicist in ancient Greece could not calculate the path of a falling apple. There is no guarantee that adequacy is possible given your hardest effort; therefore spare no thought for whether others are doing worse. If you compare yourself to others you will not see the biases that all humans share. To be human is to make ten thousand errors. No one in this world achieves perfection.
The ninth virtue is perfectionism.
The more errors you correct in yourself, the more you notice. As your mind becomes more silent, you hear more noise. When you notice an error in yourself, this signals your readiness to seek advancement to the next level. If you tolerate the error rather than correcting it, you will not advance to the next level and you will not gain the skill to notice new errors. In every art, if you do not seek perfection you will halt before taking your first steps. If perfection is impossible that is no excuse for not trying. Hold yourself to the highest standard you can imagine, and look for one still higher. Do not be content with the answer that is almost right; seek one that is exactly right.
The tenth virtue is precision.
One comes and says: The quantity is between 1 and 100. Another says: the quantity is between 40 and 50. If the quantity is 42 they are both correct, but the second prediction was more useful and exposed itself to a stricter test. What is true of one apple may not be true of another apple; thus more can be said about a single apple than about all the apples in the world. The narrowest statements slice deepest, the cutting edge of the blade. As with the map, so too with the art of mapmaking: The Way is a precise Art. Do not walk to the truth, but dance. On each and every step of that dance your foot comes down in exactly the right spot. Each piece of evidence shifts your beliefs by exactly the right amount, neither more nor less. What is exactly the right amount? To calculate this you must study probability theory. Even if you cannot do the math, knowing that the math exists tells you that the dance step is precise and has no room in it for your whims.
The eleventh virtue is scholarship.
Study many sciences and absorb their power as your own. Each field that you consume makes you larger. If you swallow enough sciences the gaps between them will diminish and your knowledge will become a unified whole. If you are gluttonous you will become vaster than mountains. It is especially important to eat math and science which impinges upon rationality: Evolutionary psychology, heuristics and biases, social psychology, probability theory, decision theory. But these cannot be the only fields you study. The Art must have a purpose other than itself, or it collapses into infinite recursion.
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How many of your fiends are artists? do the world know about them?
How many of your friends, since the were kids, had something special, but because of the society and the way he was raised, he missed that opportunity to become a leading example.
How many times, people envied you because you are good at something, while they spend time doing nothing because no one believed in the talent he owns.
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