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A good book to read

I have recently finished reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book “Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind”. While I was reading, I found it hard for me to stop till late night as I was so indulgent in absobing so much information from it, which only happened when I came across a really good book.

Books are human’s friends. An author has his/her own stance when putting their ideas/viewpoints into words. While authors spend a lot of time and efforts writing a book, the rest of us would only need to spend much less time reading it in order to get knowledge and enlighten our minds.

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A conversation with a four-year old

My four year old grand niece told me something she’d dreamt of the other night, while I was visiting their house.

“I had a dream last night, grand aunt.” She popped in my room, wearing a space robot T-shirt.

“What did you dream of?” I quized with a grin.

“I took a spaceship and went to the Mars,” She said.

“Did you drive the spaceship by yourself?” I asked, raising my eyebrow.

“No, someone else drove it, and it was a spaceship #11. I took spaceship #11.”

“That really is a very sweet dream,’ I said. “Do you dream every night?”

“Yes!”

“Do you remember the details ot it when you wake up?” I asked.

“Yes!”

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” I carried on asking, showing more curiosity.

“I want to become a painter,” She replied.

“What else do you want to do?”

“I also want to become an astronaut!” She exclaimed.

Oh my.

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(This is one of her drawings which she interpreted to me only)

A futuristic perspective

I must admit sometimes I am a bit futuristic. I was inspired by an article/piece of news on the social media a while ago and have been contemplating about it.

It was about how women could be liberated from the hard birth-giving labour by designing a fully hospital based baby incubator to replace the women’s ten-month pregnancy and labour, or in other words, let an artificial womb do the job. The baby still has the same parents, of course.¬†It was a brain storming story indeed!

I also read a true life story from the Facebook not long ago, describing how a woman underwent a cesarean section (while still conscious about the abdomen being opened) to deliver her baby daughter. She prayed, endured so much and felt so relieved when both she and her baby were safe and alive, thanks to the modern medicine and health care.

Child birth is a very hard and risky task for women as a human reproduction process since ancient times. Bringing up children is also a long term commitment mostly for women as well. In modern times, some women choose not to have children at all in order to focus on career, among other lifetime goals. It’s hence inevitable to think, with the advantage of modern genetic engineering and AI, is it possible that men and women can really enjoy the equal freedom on this task? Perhaps in another fifty years or longer, God will hear the prayer.

 

Some ways to combat depression (Maybe)

I believe everyone will experience ups and downs at certain stage in life, no matter how fortunate one may seem to be. Sometimes a surge of depression/disappointment seems overwhelming and you feel lost for no reason. Well, that’s life, and if that happens I’d figure out some ways to get out of this situation:

#1 Look up into the sky and watch the stars in a clear night, think about how small you are and everyone else is, compared with the vastness of the universe; and then think back about how significant you are and everyone else is for the luck of our existence.

#2 Think about what life was like in the primitive era, when humans had nothing and not knowing about future at all, then at least you have something or the knowledge about the world around you and you’ll be able to make it.

#3 Cook some good food and share with a friend/friends that will make you feel better (if no friend then make some easy ones).

#4 Pack a bag and go travelling that might change your life forever. We know that trees can not move but people can.

Well, the list can go on and I’ll leave it so far.

Facts vs misconceptions

In our imaginary visions, we often would like to think a tall, dark and handsome man must be intelligent and rich. Therefore he can easily become advantageous in society and people vote for him as their leader in hopes for a good fortune.

Well, size matters indeed in some ways. However, I’d like to draw your attention to some facts, in contrast to what we commonly perceive how a super rich should look like. For example, Mr.¬†Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank and the richest man in Japan, is only about 1.5 meters (4’11”) in height, and China’s richest man, the founder of Alibaba, Mr. Yun Ma (Jack Ma) is about 1.58 meters (5’2”) in height.

They are undoubtedly the greatest and most intelligent men in modern era. So perhaps the media should help people to avoid creating a stereotype.

Snowfall in February!

The time lapse between 26 February and 3 March 2018 witnessed the longest (and heaviest) consecutive snowy days in the eastern England. Below are some of the pictures which speak for itself aloud on this occasion.

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The week long snowing has caused a wide range of disruptions for transport and people’s daily life, but also brought up a lot of fun as well as cold days’ memories. There’s a saying that the auspicious heavy snow in winter indicates a prosperous harvest for the year ahead. Hope it’s true.

Watching a BBC program

Recently I’ve watched a BBC Four TV program “Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”, featuring the World Renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and his ambitious musical project the Silk Road Ensemble. It lasts about 90 mins, filming musicians’ stories and music scenes across the globe. If you are a music lover with a wonder of cultural diversity, then it might be a click for you.

I watched it throughout with enormous interest as I am a fan of Yo Yo Ma, to be frank. I love his cello playing, especially his classical repertoire and the film music, as well as his numerous albums and clips of classical concerts…

Another reason that makes this documentary so appealing is that there are rarely Chinese/Asian characters in the TV shows, either in the British dramas or Hollywood films etc. Then we have a feeling that either the Bafta or the Oscars ceremonies are only the white and black people’s parties. I think it’s kind of under-presented for a wide range of audience to watch. Alas.

Back to the main topic though. I enjoyed watching this program which broadened my knowledge about music and the various cultures. I wish Yo Yo Ma and his “Silk Road Ensemble” project a big success. I also wish he would include classical music concerts into the project if it’s possible at all. This is my feedback after watching this program.