The Real Meaning Of Empowerment

It was post-World War II when two major factions of the human race faced oppression.

The air of machismo was strong during the era. Men have dominated many pinnacles of society. Women were restrained in their homes, often seen as humans who could do proper work putting up a home. Meanwhile, coloured people were discriminated and their rights have yet to be respected.

In short, marginalisation is rampant. If you’re not like “this”, you can’t be like “this”.

Empowerment is to give those people who are unfairly marginalised because of their appearance or gender the same chance that men have in terms of employment, enjoyment and lifestyle quality. After all, equality and egalitarianism is the core of democracy.

Today’s empowerment stems from micro-protests from individuals who may or may not seem to understand the meaning of empowerment. This means that even undesirable attitudes — which many reject as a norm — are a form of empowerment when they do it.

Buying something and dressing up as something outrageous, for example, is being used as empowerment. Dressing up as something tempting to men to induce rape is indeed the fault of a man who did not hold back himself responsibly. But without proper decency, this is indeed troublesome as a reflection of a person.

To say that buying a product is empowering devalues the term itself. Buying is never an empowering as social autonomy couldn’t be bought. This is what devalues empowerment, feminism and any more rights values in today’s society.

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Self-Help Books Aren’t Always Helpful

It doesn’t really hurt to pick up a self-help book.

I mean, if you really need to know something about something, you just have to read.

Want to learn how to cook? Get a cookbook. Want to know the answers to life? Read the bible or get a religion.

I know the latter isn’t that easy, but to define life using religion is similar to defining life using a self-help book.

Countless in bookshelves, you could learn how to love yourself to taking the first few steps to ask someone out on a date by reading a self-help book.

In fact, you don’t have to trust your intuition; you just need to trust yourself and analyse the situation.

Which honestly, doesn’t make it more honest for you.

What everyone or rather, you, need is to fail first, ask questions later. Not unless it’s life threatening, it is essential to learn from your mistakes. Because from these mistakes is where you understand that things can definitely turn better at any point in time if you will it to be.

Of course, if you can develop that intuition. It is important to just be yourself. Trust yourself. Know that you’ll be capable of doing the things you believe and think you could do.

In this way, you could learn to live your life. In this way, you learn how to become you. Just you.

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Three Reasons Life Is Worth Taking The Risk

Risk. It’s something that a stock broker like me didn’t really love hearing about.

Well, we have a bittersweet relationship.

Risk meant that I would lose some to get some. Sometimes, I would just lose. But it’s better to know what you’re losing rather than being blindsided by things beyond your control.

In life, we don’t want to risk. It’s difficult to endanger yourself. But often, the excitement of life is found in taking these huge risks.

Paves The Way For Change

If anything, risk introduces a new possibility in your life.

Imagine a balanced number of balls on a pillar. These balls are perfectly aligned in weight, width and size so as nothing would fall and everything stays in place.

Now you introduce an uncalculated object on this pillar and everything topples. But the uncalculated object may or may not remain.

Countless new possibilities can be created on the pillar instead.

It’s a way of trying something new.

Re-Energize

Treat the entire body as a muscle.

Now that you’ve got the idea, risk introduces something you couldn’t calculate and you would need to improvise.

This helps you become a better adapter rather than a planner.

Planners may not fail, but adapters absolutely know how to get themselves out of situations.

In a way, this re-energises your innermost soul and understanding of solution-finding.

Potential

As you grown in skill taking more and resolving risks to your advantage, you grow your own potential and become a better person.

You learn more about yourself, your capabilities and your mind. Quickly, you open up new possibilities achievable in the near future.

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Why the People Who Created Sci-Fi Movies Were Visionaries In Their Own Right

Technology with direction does not only provide convenience that could dull the physical and mental capabilities of humanity. Innovations and simplification allow us to focus on many other things. Today, with the evolution of the Internet of All Things (IoT), the smartphone can become our futuristic “Swiss Knife”.

In the sci-fi movies from the 70s and of recent, we’ve seen people using holo-computers to control different appliances in their home. Smartphones aren’t far from achieving the same type of technology in the future.

In short, those who conceptualized these movies and saw the interaction of people with their environment are visionaries who saw the future. Or maybe not.

The world is already developing different types of drones. Mostly military-grade during the entry of the 21st century, commercial drones are becoming useful in creating low-budget efforts that turn out as spectacular as highly-funded ones in terms of movie production and personal-use projects. Now, these drones are evolving to change their appearance depending on any type of weather.

In the movie Terminator, drones and robots took over the world because of an AI becoming rogue. The future is not far from having the same type of outcome. But with the right restrictions and focused development, we can see a better tomorrow for our world.

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The Worst That Could Happen If They Implement the Snooper’s Charter

The Investigatory Powers Bill is set to help the government regulate private numbers to find terrorists in the country before they can act. However, Apple and other technology companies fear that the IPB can be abused as it introduces artificial backdoors that would compromise the privacy of billions of law-abiding citizens.

Truth be told, Apple is right about this. Its messaging app uses an algorithm that only translates encryptions between the sender and the receiver, leaving even Apple out of the loop of the message.

Apple said:

“The creation of backdoors and intercept capabilities would weaken the protections built into Apple products and endanger all our customers. A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too.”

Everyone’s Backdoor

Giving security services the authority to hack into international computers will allow communications firms to provide hacking aids. This is a breach of contract between the communication firm and their customers, who they swore by contract to protect the privacy.

Analysis shows this can result to an illusion of privacy and a series of lawsuits against communications companies should the bill be passed. Trust can be an issue and economic technological growth can be hampered as it allows extraordinary privacy penetrating measures.

Posted in Technology.

What Makes You The Happiest In The World?

When we were kids, answering what made us happy was easy. It was often a new toy, a new videogame, a trip to the amusement park or just the village park and spending time with best friends.

It was only a simple life with simple joys. As one grows older and gains new experiences and lessons, the meaning of life once, which earning money for one’s self has satisfied, gets lost.

So what makes you happy?

Hedonism Is Not Inherently Evil

Truth be told, as children we are hedonists. We want the newest toys. We want enough things we love so we could be happy. Some people do not grow out of this particular materialistic happiness.

This does not mean they are inherently evil, as is the impression for most hedonists. But the truth that material satisfaction will not yield a permanent happiness for a person is true.

True Happiness?

An individual still lost in and unable to determine their lifelong passions is one who hasn’t reached true happiness. However, this does not mean that once you’ve found your passion you are inherently good.

Every person gets a different thrill for every experience. One might find satisfaction climbing mountains and learning lessons in hardship and camaraderie along the way while some might choose to accept that pain is a part of life and any kind of challenge is welcome in their lives.

This is not true happiness because suffering is involved. But maybe we need suffering to reflect on what makes us happy and give value to what makes us happy in the first place.

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Analyzing Batman’s Idea Of Justice

Batman has long been the biggest icon of justice since Christopher Nolan rebooted the franchise to give it a realistic setting. Justice has become vigilante but he fulfills the role of someone who wishes to see justice done, his own way.

Without jurisdiction and rule of law, Batman roams the world to help administer righteous justice. But is he really righteous?

  1. Batman Is Self-Serving

Everyone knows Bruce Wayne’s history. Thugs killed his parents for their jewels. In the end, he wanted something to give himself reason to unleash all his relentless hatred against criminals. The keyword here is hate. He hates criminals. He wants to see them gone from Gotham. To rid of the beast, he became a beast himself. A very sophisticated and rich beast.

  1. Batman Is Paranoid

Bruce Wayne’s resources are endless. He could fund an entire campaign for himself and even win the elections if he showed enough intelligence and shrewdness to do so. There he could do real change. However, he fears that the system may corrupt him. The best way to force politicians to see the right way is his way. Which fortunately, Batman holds in high regard life and does away with crime. But to force one’s way into another is a crime in itself.

  1. Batman Does Not Understand Criminals

In the 1920s, gangs became famous because there was an uneven power structure in US politics. Even politicians to this day are powerless against gangs. To find solace and safety against the fear of starvation and the repercussions of some relentless actions, they grouped together. Most members of these gangs are well-meaning individuals, who were forced to go through a life of crime because they had no employment competence or any resources to save themselves.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne was born to a rich family.

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Why Your Facebook Life Isn’t The Same As Real Life

Everyone in the world uses about 50% of their time surfing in Facebook and it’s becoming an invisible epidemic. Living a life of “luxury and grandeur” is one thing that most Facebook users find themselves addicted to. Then they ask themselves real life is not like Facebook.

Throwing aside the idea that your profile picture is eternally beautiful and that you have the best photos online, you could get your answer from the previous phrase. People serve you only the best headlines from their lives. And so do you.

At one point before the Internet, the superficial gloss covering almost every asset and part of a celebrity’s life is now available to everyone using social media.

And why your social media profile is a better life than your real life is because little efforts go a long way. Take a great photo of yourself and you’re surrounded with people who find you lovely or attractive. Upload an image about your favourite food or place and you find people with similar interests talking to you about it.

In philosophy, you are living a life of a lie where you have control of all causalities. It becomes the ‘perfect’ life, but not too perfect because of the lack of physicality and realness to its community.

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Does Twitter’s Move to Block Internet ‘Trolls’ Block The Freedom of Expression?

Today, social network and micro-blogging website Twitter will implement a new rule to block out abusive users from their service to guarantee the safety of the social networks.

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According to Twitter Product Management Director Shreyas Doshi, multiple persons harassing an individual or a group of people would be locked out of their account.

Twitter had refurbished its anti-troll law by clarifying “direct, specific threats of violence against others as “threats of violence against  others or promoting violence against others.

Is this an implementation that potentially blocks Twitter users’ right to the freedom of expression? One could say it is a form of censorship. But then again, online harassment has never been truly a form of expression.

Get Safe Online had praised Twitter for its efforts to step up anti-harassment. Twitter had created tools that make it easier for users to report harassment or abusive tweets along with their corresponding accounts.

Twitter said in its official statement:

Twitter is also testing technology to help the firm identify suspected abusive tweets to limit their reach.

“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse, including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive,” Doshi explained.

“It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content.”

So, we’re limited. But then again, there’s an extent to freedom of expression, despite knowing that the rules won’t ever impede on them somehow.

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Discussing Creativity in a Nutshell [Infographic]

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