Posts Tagged ‘Contradiction’


Black Swan, Lake Victoria, Avon River, Stratfo...

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Last friday, I saw the movie “Black swan” and since then I was thinking about it almost continuously.

The film is about a ballerina in a ballet company who has been chosen to lead the new production of the company: “Swan lake” which is a story about a virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a white swan. (more…)


It’s funny how someone promise forever without realizing that nothing in the world is certain…

It’s funny how we find many friends during parties, but no one during our down moment…

It’s funny how people get too possessive of something or someone they don’t even own…

It’s funny how people still can manage to laugh, after a painful heartbreak…

It’s funny how someone could be good on taking care of others, while that person also needs someone to take care of him… (more…)


Are there more seeming opposites than technology and magic?  Technology works objectively, whereas magic, based on superstition, seems to be ineffective.  The former is perceived to be rational and is associated with a scientific outlook; the latter is seen to be irrational illogical. But our expectations for technology have become magical and our use of it is increasingly irrational.  Magic in turn has acquired a rational façade even it is called sometimes the “science” of illusion.  In short, technology and magic, while separate and distinct categories in some abstract sense, are more and more related to each other. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke has even postulated a law: “Have you noticed how any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic?” [1]

This is how:

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We all like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured. Unfortunately, security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark; Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity, they seem more afraid of life than of death. Take ships as an example: in port they are in their safest position, but that’s not what ships are built for. The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. They know that fishing is best where the fewest go… There is just less competition for bigger goals. (more…)