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You ain’t sh*t

// February 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Life

This post started with much sarcasm, cynicism and angst but has since been edited for your reading pleasure; enjoy.

This is not a new idea or concept, hardly anything is new when it comes on to thoughts, perceptions, projections, it’s all a regurgitated cycle of brain farts. What is new however is you and that is the point of this post, you are unique. Your uniqueness is as an ongoing process of a long chain of events leading up to this and continuing from this moment. Scientists have spent millennia figuring out the wonders of the world (various sciences and models). All of this is trumped by human nature, we are the most destructive force on the planet without a doubt, probably the

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only species that would willingly wipe itself out.

Which brings me to my point, you ain’t shit. I haven’t studied psychology or sociology or *insert whatever you think is relevant here*, however I know selfishness makes us feel better. Right? You think that despite everything, I am a person too, I have needs, I am a person. I don’t know why we think that because we have a perceived state of consciousness that we must be special. Let’s not even

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go into the aspects of religion or “personal development” lessons that also give us a false sense of being unique.

So why in heaven’s name should one be selfish? We have this innate need to be selfish, to be self indulgent, to express free will and do what you want. Yet we are small organisms feeding on a small planet in a small solar system in a small galaxy as part of an infinite and ever growing universe. Let that soak in. Seems kinda crazy to me.

The next time anything happens just remember it is really of no consequence whatsoever.

This is all meaningless because humans were never meant to be alone. It’s why we have families, communities, towns, cities, regions, countries. Humans are nothing without each other. Yet we all strive to be independent of each other. The fact is we are all very much acheter viagra dependent on each other and this selfishness is driving us all to extinction. If we don’t die as a species the definition of being human, the heightened state of consciousness is being lost. We are led by companies instead of leaders, we subscribe to media that satisfies perceptions vs. what is real, we are consumed with ourselves versus seeking true enlightenment.

I want to compare it to encryption. We each have public and private keys that we can use to make our unique mark, we all have to play a part to unlock the chain of life. Because life isn’t about existing, life is about actually living, enjoying, sharing, helping, improving. But destroy your key or keep it to yourself and we will never know what could have been. You ain’t shit.

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Why you shouldn’t have kids

// February 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Life

Recently my Twitter timeline was filled with banter over a controversial column written in the local newspaper. The column was similarly titled, but despite the broad statement I found that it was very specific to economic and emotional factors. This saddened me, given the size of the soapbox the writer was given.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think people should have kids to save their relationship, or to serve as a long term meal ticket or risk putting families into poverty. However; I think people have forgotten the reason why people have kids.

To make a long story short, despite our biological inclinations to reproduce, there should be a larger purpose for having children. No no, not like “Jah know, him drop out and don’t even have a youth yet”. Having kids is more than just carrying on your name, it’s about a legacy. In days of old names carried meaning, a history of where you are coming from. This was lost in the Caribbean thanks to the slave trade, piracy and modernisation. We need to create a better legacy as a society, with each family contributing a part of it.

In the age of millennials, we all have this desire to define ourselves, adjust perception and have our actions meet our goals. Unlike the baby boomer years or before, we have no clue what we are doing. In the 40’s and 50’s you were 23 and had a career path. Now you are 20-30 and the job you will have next year might not exist yet. On top of this we have more social influences and increased competition to be successful (because of education system, media, parents, gaps in economic earning potential). So we are in a flux of not knowing what our career is, who we are, what

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a relationship is (radical change in family life is entire different analysis). Then boom, us kids are supposed to have kids with very little life experience (cultural and professional).

I’ve been writing a post about love and selfishness since last year (was supposed to be a new year’s message), but it ties into this directly. Don’t worry about the money (but think ahead, be responsible and do what is necessary). Don’t have a kid because you love your partner, or trying to keep them. Don’t have a kid because the state or child support will pay for their welfare/health/education etc. Don’t have a kid because your vanity wants your name to carry on or you want a mini me (if this is the reason, you really shouldn’t be having kids. Probably ever. Try Photoshop and Instagram). Have a kid because you want to improve the world. Have a kid because you have found so much wrong with the world and you want to equip the next generation for being better. Have a child because you have figured out what life is about and you want them to experience all of it’s splendor while equipping them for it’s pains. Having kids isn’t about you, it’s about the improvement of the human variable in the formula called life.

Think Big. Oh and when all else fails, wing it, we are the most adaptable generation, just keep the above in mind.

Note: This is not a solution, this is not a guide, there are much bigger problems not factored here. I just wanted to add my 2 cents.

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The Jamaican Book Tax, A Partial Remedy

// May 30th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Life, Technology

For those who don’t know. The Government of Jamaica has announced that it will add 16.5% tax on the sale of all books. Today the Book Industry Association of Jamaica warned that the overall new tax package including the added sales tax, could cause the price of text books to increase by 25%.

After much debate online, options to remedy the situation included rolling back the new tax, rejuvenating the National Library Service and pursuing digital distribution of books. I strongly support the digital distribution option, however since we are not quite ready yet I think a more practical means is necessary.

The suggestion of using the Library is a good one, however most don’t loan books on a long term basis (not good for students) and it requires quite a bit of resources.

Being socially minded I think we should look at a social book lending system. To be honest I could prototype one in the time it takes me to write this article, but I prefer sharing ideas first. Measure twice, cut once right?

So here’s the Idea:

Create a website that allows people to share books with each other. For free. It doesn’t really matter which book or the content type. Everything is based on ISBN number of the book (Usually the barcode number). The website will feature two interfaces, books needed, books to donate.

Communication and interaction

Using a channel, whether by tweet, sms (text message) or the website. A user can post on the site that they have a book to donate, they enter their location and the book’s ISBN number. A user can also enter a book they need, their location and book ISBN number. The site will cross reference the two and match people. That’s

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Ideally, to reduce the carbon footprint of the project, books would be shared within the same town. For security reasons the site would be limited to adults only, so sexual predators do not target our children. Ideally there should be no direct person to person contact though. Additionally I would suggest as a marketing tool for the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, to speak with their members, to

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have book stores be central drop off and pickup locations.

No I am not crazy, when was the last time you went into a book store? If you had to go into a book store to get a free book, hey! you have made it there. It’s up to them to convert you into a customer.

The concept is pay it forward, you read a book, finished with it? Let someone else read it. Also book stores should allow people to buy new books to be entered in the program, great for individuals and companies who want to help develop Jamaica.

Do I really need to list the benefits?

Would you like to see this developed? Please let me know in the comments below or tweet me @utenjm.



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Brown Dog on a Beach

// March 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Life

On Sunday I went to Boston beach in Portland Jamaica. As I sat on the beach by myself, I began to think about life. There was a brown dog who seemed to be a resident of the beach. He looked pretty well fed, I mean, world famous Boston jerk scraps are available 24/7. He would walk around, relax under the huge almond tree and seemed perfectly at peace. I thought to myself, most of us are worrying about getting back to work tomorrow, paying our light bill at the end of the month and saving enough for retirement. Why?

I won’t continue rambling into who knows what, I will just share what I realised on the beach:

Sometimes we complicate things. It’s always unnecessary. Sometimes people do it to add self worth, or to feel important. Some do it because they are bored with life. Who knows how many reasons there are. Fact is people need to stop doing it.

The struggle is real, but not that real. I find I do this alot, constantly put myself in positions to push harder. Not to say we must not always try to achieve more, but sometimes mentally we get so used to this push push, that we just make things hard for ourselves. Sometimes it is ok to take it easy, to not worry, to just be at rest. We all need it at some point. My uncle calls this the sufferer mentality, my mother calls it madness. The point is, break free from your cycle.

Finally, focus on the value of life, not what you do in life. I think that’s pretty self explanatory.

Until next time…….

BTW I know this is a pretty boring read without pictures. Hush.


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Talent or Hard Work?

// November 30th, 2011 // No Comments » // Life

Recently I got an email with this article and comments. I thought it would be interesting to share and get the views of others:

I read this interesting study on whether talent or hard work counts for the most in achieving success. of course, hard work won out over talent. Here are some excerpts:

People of great accomplishment tend to be highly intelligent. Yet, the view that creative geniuses accomplish more on account of their inherent ability does not stand up. When intellectually gifted children were followed up in middle age, their creative achievements were astonishingly small according to a celebrated study by Lewis Terman. High intelligence may be necessary for creative accomplishment but it is clearly not sufficient. Achievement in most creative fields calls for a lot of work and effort. Mastery requires many years of single-minded pursuit. Music and performance arts are something of an exception where child stars emerge much more quickly thanks, presumably, to specialized talents with which they may indeed be born given that musical ability runs in families. For most other endeavors, achievement is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.

The concept of genius is nothing but comforting fiction. For it helps explain why most of us do not achieve at the highest level in our chosen field: we are not geniuses. The trouble is that there is little compelling evidence in psychology for any such latent superiority. The concept of the genius may be comforting to the rest of us. Yet, it remains a fiction.But the following excerpts on IQ and financial success were also very interesting:

An interesting article by the economist Garett Jones of George Mason University on “National IQ and National Productivity,” essentially shows that a nation’s intelligence level is associated with a number of important economic outcomes. (Me: hence what is happening in Ja. with

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our educational abyss within the general population.) In the article, Jones stresses that “policymakers should include measures of national average IQ when reporting a nation’s level of human development” as at present no nation appears to do so. He also points out that one way of raising a nation’s IQ level is to allow smarter immigrants into the country. (Me: This is not a new concept, for years company’s have sought the brightest employees that they can get to increase their growth and profitability. Look at Apple. Or even IBM, worldwide as here in Ja., which has kept IBM relevant.)

Now psychologists Heiner Rindermann of Chemnitz University of Technology and

James Thompson of University College London have published a paper in the journal Psychological Science on the concept of “Cognitive Capitalism: The Effect of Cognitive Ability on Wealth, as Mediated Through Scientific Achievement and Economic Freedom.” The authors examined cognitive ability datasets from over 90 countries to show that average IQ is essentially the decisive factor of human capital and that it is really the top 5% of a country’s population – or the smart fraction - that largely impacts a nation’s wealth. The authors write that “Cognitive ability influences wealth through its effects on high achievement …” (Me: that is high achievers are generally smarter people. As the first paragraph says: People of great accomplishment tend to be highly intelligent.)

Dr. Rindermann told me that because the modern cognitive demands of work and everyday life are growing, essentially “wealth has become cognitive wealth,” and in particular “high ability wealth” or the smart fraction of the population is what matters. It is the absolute ability level of this fraction of the population that makes the difference (to a country’s wealth).

The article then goes on to speak of China — with a larger ‘smart fraction’ of people — as compared to the USA and the inevitable outcome.

Do you agree?

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