It’s been over a month since my last post and I wanted to just get back into the game after my hiatus
The latest topic I’ve found interesting is space colonization and environmental sustainability on Earth
Of course, climate change and sustainability is a top issue for humanity and is perhaps the greatest challenge of the 21st century. I say perhaps because depending on where you live, climate change is on different degrees of importance. Even in America, climate change and global warming will vary in importance depending on the economic cycle. In a recession, society is more worried about the economy, job stability, and standard of living. While when America is in economic growth, there is more worry about the future, thus global warming and climate change become more of an important social issue (as it is now).
For developing countries, trying to survive the next day / few years, and getting out of poverty and maintaining economic stability is more important than climate change. We see this with China, which for decades sacrificed the environment to grow their economy. China is still the largest user of coal, but are now in we see a massive transition phase in China — they are now the largest producers and users of electric vehicles and green energy sources.
If we don’t make massive sustainability changes, we will eventually pass the point of no return in terms of destroying Earth’s environment and resources.
However, economists and social science predictors cannot factor in the growth of technology, and that is another aspect of potentially fixing the environment problem: space travel.
Perhaps we can find solutions for resources through space investigation. And of course, space colonization may prove a potential solution in the future. Keep an eye on Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
wealth is having enough
so until I am satisfied with what I have, I will be poor
this poor mindset will drive me to work hard, strive, and eventually, learn to be satisfied
the wealthiest person in the world has enough
Economics teaches me to have unlimited desires
These desires drive me to be more productive, to be more efficient, to never settle
Philosophy teaches me to be more satisfied with what I have
Not a complacency, but an understanding
I am at a constant tension between wanting to do more, have more, give more, and with my inner self that simply wants to be happy and satisfied.
Does balance exist?
I have a love-hate relationship with weekends
I love them because it’s a time for me to rest
But I hate them because I am extremely unproductive when I don’t have obligations
I find it hard to efficiently do anything without some sort of order or commitment
Finding a balance will be key to future success
good people generally do good things
but sometimes not-so-good people will also do good things
so what’s more important: being a good person, or doing good things?
does it matter?
I often feel like I am trying to do too much
- Teaching assistant for microeconomics
- Trying to write a book
- running two blogs
- a podcast
- 19 credits semester
- one independent study class
- side research for Upenn Wharton conference
Today I added two more things:
I am now trying to start a Pan-Asian Chapter at Villanova, and I am also now signed up to tutor the executive MBA class in introductory economics.
Other days, when I am sitting on the couch watching Netflix, I feel like I am not doing enough.
It’s a weird balance. Does balance exist for me?
There’s been a lot on my mind recently
And I feel bad because I’ve not been as consistent with my daily writings as I’d like to be
I’ve realized that this blog is truly an outlet for me to release my thoughts so I don’t have to bear them
So here they are:
- Life is unfair
- But the unfairness of life is also, in a weird way, essential
- In life, we need to make a tradeoff between freedom and equality
- I would like to find a happy medium
You can’t start running before you learn how to crawl
You can’t see step 2 from step 0
You can’t jump rungs when climbing a ladder (or you can but you’ll have a higher chance of falling)
Sometimes no matter how excellent you are, things will just take time
Time moves slower when you are:
1) in pain
2) looking forward to the future
3) looking too much back into the past
We can’t really control when we are in pain. That’s up to the universe
However, we can control our mindset and not dwell too much on the past or seek too much into the future, neither of which we can truly control
Time will always move regardless if you move with it
Best to live in the moment while you still can
I’m going to be doing a water sustainability research project this semester as an extra curricular study
Hopefully I’ll be able to do some interesting work…
My goal is to understand how we as a society can value and invaluable resource