Wednesday, April 12, 2006

[ CV ] Tell Me Why The Sky Is So Blue Today

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“Life is 20% what happens to you, 80% how you respond to it”
– a wise man said


A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”

I noticed CVJ has gone on these “jaunts” to Taiwan, Death Valley, Mt. Wilson hikes to “escape from the rat-race”. He was dabbling in culinary delights in Taiwan (”take a minute to savor life”). He also has an educational outreach program in S. Africa (?).

Was CVJ above influenced by J. Brodie, or did you do this on your own? (self discovery). Myself, I left Academia because of the flaws in Infrastructure & Unreality (”It is BORING”, says S Wolfram). Peer review is a myth. Take the Bogdanoff Scandal in Theoretical Physics, Sokal “sting”, Schon scientific misconduct, Ninov scientific misconduct, David Baltimore affair. My sister is a Biochemist (PhD) & university professor & told me “there is so much junk [ papers ] out there”. The D. Baltimore thing changed the way she did research. One of my colleagues told me “What’s the point?”

I’m more of a people person.

“I could never forgive myself if I elected to live without humane purpose, without trying to help the poor and unfortunate, without recognizing that …the purest joy in life comes with trying to help others.”
Arthur Ashe

I’m not into the career-thing & materialism. There is such a BIG DEAL about awards, tenure, grades, etc. J Brodie got it right, & I think CVJ has the “right stuff”.

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