Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is burning your gut,
don’t do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by itself and
it will keep on doing it until you die
or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was.
You can disdain gravity all you want, call out its unfairness, seek to have it banned.
But that’s not going to help you build an airplane.
By Seth Godin
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated
By James Carse
What I Wanted to Hear from my Teachers on my First Day of High School
Regardless of whether you are a teacher, a parent or a student, reading and debating this letter by Prof 2.0 on the first day of high school could be a great way to start the year. And the rest of your life.
“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in the state of boredom.”
By Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning
Indecent Body Exposure at the Olympics
This is how Iranian television covers the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
And the following is one of the most powerful images of the Olympics: a beach volley match between Egypt and Germany.
The concept of acceptable level of nudity in public and on TV varies remarkably around the world.
In Europe full frontal nudity is regularly seen on TV and in public. To Europeans, nudity isn’t always a sexual thing.
Meanwhile, in America, nudity is a taboo. TV broadcasters in the U.S. can’t show nudity on the air between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
In America, public nudity is often considered “indecent exposure” and is actually a punishable crime.
In Europe, however, Munich has legalized nudity in six “Urban Naked Zones,” Denmark legalized nakedness on all public beaches in 1976, and the Netherlands legalized “recreational nudity” back in 1985.
Out of all 50 wonderfully clothed states in America, only New York, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas have explicitly legalized toplessness of both men and women in public places.
On the flip side, good old Utah is one of the handful of states that went out of its way to include breast-feeding mothers in the category of “public lewdness.” In Louisiana, an exposed nipple could land you in jail for three years
Speeches that Changed the World
These are some speeches that have changed the world through the power of their words and their electrifying message.
While they all differ, they’re all connected through their use of eloquent meaning and powerful, passionate, and unimaginably purposeful delivery to inspire (and arouse) the audience towards massive action.
John F. Kennedy – Inaugural Address
Martin Luther King – I Have a Dream
Ronald Reagan – Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The difference between a good (American) school and a bad (Spanish) school for 14 year olds in two pictures…
1) An email asking my son to choose two between the elective subjects: advanced networking, genetics, 3D design, movie making, photography, advanced math, culinary arts, creative writing. And to choose two between 4 languages: French, Spanish, German, Chinese.
2) My son was forced to write 30 times «I will not speak even if I have raised my hand to ask to speak» by his professor in a Spanish school.
You can make your own judgment…
That Was Then, This Is Now
These are the results achieved in the past ten years in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria
The joint operations were largely led by an alliance of the U.S. with the royals of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and other friendly countries, which finance jihadists everywhere but in their own country.
What’s especially interesting there, is that the vast majority of these missions were led by the U.S. and the Saud family, the royals who own Saudi Arabia, and who are the world’s largest buyers of American weaponry.
The History of Japan
Great and funny 9 minute video covering the history of Japan.