America’s got talent

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Got talent or dedication and hard work?

I watched the finals of America’s got Talent tonight and I think it’s much more accurate to say that these performers are hard working and dedicated to their passion rather than simply talented.

In fact, some might not have been talented, but determination and hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

I was also very happy to see that one of my favorite magicians, Shin Lim, actually made it to the finals.

Magic is definitely one skill that even the greatest performers aren’t naturally talented at. In sports you can be naturally talented by being gifted with genetics and body. Basketball players who are taller at just going to be naturally better than those who are shorter and thus have an easier time developing their natural talent. In magic, everyone is on the same playing field. No one is naturally good with sleight of hand, but it’s a skill that anyone can learn.

Which is why I am glad I’ve picked it up as a skill, because whether or not I am good at magic is completely dependent on my own merit, and not whether or not I’m 6’3.

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Can you Will it?

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How much of what we accomplish is simply due to our willpower?

Is success ever convenient?

Or is everything we do, everything we accomplish, is it all due to simply our willpower? Our desire to do something?

It’s a weird thought. I often fade into these waves of consciousness and unconsciousness, but for the majority of my life, I need to be present about what I do.

Writing this blog has always been about willpower. It’s not convenient for me, not really. Especially after a long day. But I somehow will myself to do it, and it’s a very conscious decision.

But the knowledge I gain from a lot of classes, from videos, from books, often can be passive. I might not be completely conscious about the things I am learning, and simply digesting the information passively, but still learning nevertheless.

Can you will yourself to success? I think yes.

 

Moon?

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When with humanity start colonizing the galaxy?

If we wish to continue our existence into the indefinite future, colonizing other planets other than Earth must be one of the future steps taken by humanity.

Will it be Mars?

What about the moon?

I watched an educational video today mapping out how it is technically very possible for us to currently start building a colony on the moon. But of course as cool as it seems, it requires a huge amount of capital and a lot of extensive planning to do. And also a bit impractical to be planning right now as there are other “more” important Earth issues to solve first.

Still, it’s quite cool to think we might be able to colonize the moon in my generation.

Crime vs. punishment

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Does the crime justify the punishment?

The “Golden Rule” goes along the lines of: do onto others only what you would be willing to have others do onto you. Treat others how you’d like to be treated.

So then, would it be immoral to punish criminals with something of similar degree of their committed crime?

But murder is hard to justify in many cases.

What about torture? Is it worse than murder? Some forms, easily yes.

I watched the Black Mirror episode “White Bear” today which addressed this topic. A couple in the episode murdered and tortured a small child and then filmed the entire scene. The woman is then tortured interminably with the same degree of the crime–she is filmed while tortured in a chaotic manner, such as running from other murderers while several onlookers simply film her.

The punishment matches the crime, but is perhaps even more gruesome.

In my opinion though, an eye for an eye leaves the entire world blind.

But still, that theory has flaws as well. Do we simply not punish crime? When does the crime justify the punishment? What degree of punishment is justifiable?

Thoughts?

Basketball

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I’ve been playing a lot more basketball recently, more than I’ve ever played since I was 14

And I’ve realized that I often get frustrated in basketball when things don’t go my way, especially if I know that I am capable of doing certain things.

I think it’s because when I play basketball I have this mindset of perfection. If I don’t play well, I get mad at myself.

And even though I know that I’ll never be a professional basketball player, I think the mindset of competition I gained from the sport is something I can transition to many aspects of my life.

“I am not just an athlete.”

Breadth or depth

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I think at a very young age I realized I had many diverse interests.

At for some reason, when we turn 17, we are forced to specialize in a certain major at a particular college.

But still, I’ve been interested in more than just business. Which is why I take Chinese classes and Asian economy classes to better understand the East Asian culture.

I took philosophy classes to learn what it means to be human. Literally. My philosophy class is called “Human Person”

And I take my business courses, which even in the business school is quite broad in terms of marketing, finance, accounting, and analytics.

So what is more important?

Breadth or depth?

Can you have both?