Category: Adult

Innovation and Ford

We are fascinated by the innovators that dominate the headlines. Mark Zuckerberg, a social media hegemon, founding Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard. Elon Musk, ushering in a new era of electric vehicles and space exploration with his companies. Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, founding online e-commerce markets that came to dominate the entire globe.

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Being and Becoming

When you stare into the mirror and look at what is reflected, who do you see? Sometimes, I do not recognise myself in that reflection. A sense of unease crawls up the back of my spine. I do not know who I am. We all do not know who we are. We are conscious, yet,

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I Know Who I Am, But It Doesn’t Matter

When my biography is written, I would like it to go like this: “he was born in a small agrarian community in the Eastern part of one of the poorest countries in West Africa, the eighth child of a poor peasant farmer who depended on the proceeds from his small farm to cater for his

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They Refuse To Bend Until They Break

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BEND UNTIL YOU BREAK. YOU JUST HAVE TO STAND UP. “I’ve been pushed as far I could stand to be pushed. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen ” Rosa Parks. The statement quoted

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Don’t Fear Life

At the time I finished this piece, I found out that I am over 9,700 days old! It may not amount to much when I tell you that I have lived for a little over 26 years, but I sincerely get the feeling that I have lived for twice the duration, but have done less

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School: A Place to Loosen your Mind

How would you describe a school? A place to discover yourself or equally, a place to loosen your mind? It’s difficult to say, as everybody thinks differently. I would not be able to say what goes on in your mind, just as you would not be able to say what goes on in mine! One

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All shall be well

And then there is utopia – a Panglossian utopia – where we live in harmony for ever and ever amen, sans rancour, argument, disagreement or… conflict. But what of the scientific method, Hegel and his dialectic, of opposing ideologies and beliefs, of two steps forward and one step back, and of what goes round, comes

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My New Identity

My enthusiasm to embrace change began one day when I noticed an incredible phrase: ‘Embrace the Change and shape yourself’. I peeped through the windows of my home in my childhood to notice this small phrase on the top of an Ice-cream seller’s street cart. Immediately, I marveled and approached the merchant and inquired why

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Letter To Teachers

I’m so sorry Ms. Teacher. You’re a mother. And you have to accept it. Please be different and enduring! Not as the other many teachers who write-off their weak pupils out of frustration, and focus on the bright ones alone. Please, be patient too; patience can soften stones; it’s the most essential virtue in the

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Losing My Identity

Hello, my name is Jim.  I’m approximately 45 years old.  I say approximately because the last few years have been a bit sketchy.  I’m 6’ 2”.  I have salt ‘n’ pepper hair.  I am Welsh, I am British, I am of Irish descent.  I am a father, a husband, a son, and a brother.  I

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To Know or To Become

I would like to know who I am because I want to live true to who I am. I would like to know who I am because to get to a formidable height, I have to know who it is that is ready to get there – I have to start from somewhere, permit me

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Finding “Me”

Most of my life has been spent searching. Searching for friends, searching for partners, searching for a job… Ultimately, I have been searching for a purpose. I have grasped desperately for an explanation for my existence. Before I turned 17, I had been baptized twice: once as a child and again when I was 15

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The Greatest Stories Ever Told

What is the definition of great literature? Certainly, there are as many answers to that question as there are respondents. A work of art that rises to the level of “great” often influences and sometimes irks us. It makes us think and, most importantly, makes us care—about the story and the characters. Novels that survive

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What Am I?

What am I? Who am I? Such philosophical questions have been posed time and time again, sometimes by others, sometimes by ourselves. We are experts at grappling with the complexity and magnitude of the human psyche, seeking understanding both in the larger sense of a world shared with over seven billion people and within the

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Who You Are Now Is Not As Important As The Person You Can Become

We’re constantly in a state of trying to find ourselves. In order to become who you’re meant to be, you need to know yourself first. It’s a myth I was telling myself and believed for years and it held me back. We think that once we find ourselves, we’ll figure out what we want to

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The Good Side of Conflicts

I live in a country where engaging in conflicts is somehow counterculture. In fact, in our culture, there is discomfort to being in a situation where you would have to frankly tell someone about something hurtful or embarrassing. We, Filipinos, use euphemism or artistic ways to state an unpleasant truth as pleasantly as possible. Some

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Conflict of the Soul

Conflict is mankind’s longest companion, although conflict has always been despised and branded mankind’s worst enemy. Yet throughout history, from creation to the medieval ages and to this present age, conflict has written and re-written countless stories of humankind. Conflict in our world can be likened to a disease, the diagnosis and treatment of which

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Trust Your Instincts – Forget Their Opinions

Business pundits may argue, technology experts may disagree, academics and educational enthusiasts may make a debate out of it, but, not sitting on the fence, I support the notion of Henry Ford, when he stated, “If I had asked for their opinions, they would have said faster horses”. So, what is this notion? It is that simple! Shun

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Conflict – An inseparable part of modern society!

Conflicts have become an everyday part of life. The more we try to escape them, the faster they seem to approach us. Even a kind-hearted person will have found himself or herself involved in conflict. There are so many types of wars and battles in the world. Our living room television sets are a prime

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What are you?

I am the kind of ethnically ambiguous person that makes people feel comfortable asking “what are you?”. As though having an off-kilter accent or a grasp of several languages is offensive, unnatural, or needs explaining. As though that question is not insulting. Pick a side, and stick with it. What are you? I think about

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