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Dreams for Immortality

With nowadays fast-paced technology, human is probably quite closed to reach immortality. Scientists have already done a lot to help human reach immortality, and they expect within the next 30 years, they will have accomplished their goal.

From an extremely long time ago, immortality has already been one of the biggest dreams of human, and it seems pretty awesome as well. We can also see immortality as a part of the evolution process of human: we grow to our best form, and the process of aging slows down (or even stops) so we can be at our top form for a long time, and it qualifies ‘the fittest survives’ theory. With eternal life, it’s likely that we are guaranteed the best life as we get to do everything we want.

Although it’s good for an individual, when all people on Earth reached immortality, it could be problematic. Overcrowding has already been a problem on Earth at the moment. Some people will probably have to evolve with fins and gills as they will have to live in the water before human can migrate to another planet (Maybe they’d even need to apply for visas for other planet?) In terms of work, with immortality, the retirement age will probably have to rise to thousands years old. Well, it may be fine if you have a relaxing job; but some might have to flip burgers in McDonald’s literally for centuries. With the 50% of global wealth belonging to 1% of people, the rich will still get richer, and the poor poorer. The whole society will also be unsafe, because even 30-year sentence will not be useful against criminals anymore, and they will literally do anything they want!

Well, immortality is probably a good thing to develop, but I think it’s nothing much better than having a meaningful and successful life. It’s probably better to have someone admiring your work, than living a life without anyone noticing. In this world, wealth is like the symbol of the value of a person. Not saying money is everything, but without money we cannot have anything. And in nowadays world, there are only three proper ways to get rich: 1) Inherit money from a posh family (Not for me) 2) Investment (in a sensible way) 3) Start a business/ work at the manager level at least. Options 2 and 3 are still applicable to me, so, apart from having to do well at university and designing my future path, I’d start learning about investment. You never know, maybe this crazy little blogger here can become the next Buffett!

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My friend invited me to watch one of the most popular movies, Interstellar. I rarely watch movies beyond Romantic Comedies, and of course, the poster of this movie would not attract me at the first place, I would probably have categorized it as ‘An Alternative Star War’ if I did not watch it.

This movie was a surprise. I saw IMDB rating it 9/10, I thought it would be purely because of its technological effect. But it is not purely that.

I am not doing a spoiler here to piss of people who are going to watch it. But this movie is filled with love and philosophy. The love between the protagonist Cooper and his children is so real, that I believe many audience would cry in some particular scenes: like when his daughter Murph tried to make him stay; when he watched the videos that his children (son and daughter already) sent him, realizing he missed too much of his life already; and of course, when Murph asked him not to see her die at the end. All those scenes were done perfectly, to touch the audience’s hearts.As Brand said ‘Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.’ Yes indeed, all of Cooper’s sacrifice, was for his loved ones, his family, Moreover, the effects and soundtrack of the movie also contributed to this.

Cooper’s sacrifice, is supposed to be great, as he sacrificed the time with his family, for the sake of human future. If I were Cooper, I would definitely not go for the task, but to stay. Aerosmith’s ‘I don’t wanna miss a thing’ would be why I would choose to stay. But what would you choose, between staying with your family, or going to try ‘overcoming’ the impossible and save the world? I found this movie quite philosophical. Over years, human has had a lot of great developments, especially in the scientific field. We were meant to be born on Earth, but now we have ways to leave it and explore the universe. It is probably out of topic, if the life here is alright, why do we still spend our resources on scientific developments? On searching for another planet that we can move to? Scientists always claim that they think outside of their life span for great developments. What if, we all stop our scientific, or technological developments, and have no improvment at all? Life would still remain the same, we still live happily according to what makes us happy. This would also rule out the possibility of having more destructive weapons being invented in the world, thus making the world more safe. I do not really have a stand point here, but this movie reminded me that, probably if we all live like what people did in the ancient world, we would have more natural resources, less pollution due to what technology brought us, thus having a safer, and a more stable world……. Yes our life would be less entertaining, but at least we would not be like Cooper in the movie, having to sacrifice a lot just to find another place for human to live. Remember, technology and science are some of the culprits of getting the Earth to an end.

Anyway, Interstellar is a touching, and a quite philosophical movie (Definitely better than the movie ‘The Philosopher’). Watch it, and tell me what you think if you wish to.

Philosophy, with scientific evidence as the basis, justifies and questions the existence and value of everything in the world. Yesterday, I watched a movie named ‘The Philosophers’. Because of the name of the movie, I expected it to be something related to Philosophy. Is the movie like its name, contains full of philosophical contents, or is it just a movie with nothing related to its title but just uses the title to get people to see it?

The movie is about the Philosophy students in an international school in Jakarta. In the last lesson, the teacher decides to have the last thought experiment with his students. ASSUME the whole class is at an oncoming atomic apocalypse, there is a bunker ready to shelter them for a year, but it only has supplies for ten people (while there are 21 people in class) Then, the people decide which 10 people would be the most valuable to live with regards to the ‘value’ of them (cards regarding to their occupation and qualities are given to them).

From what I read online, people called this movie as the Philosophical version of ‘The Hunger Game’. Well, this is non-sense. ‘The Philosophers’, at the end, is only a group discussion, there’s nothing really done in the whole movie. Also, how can a group discussion portray the detailed scenes in the thought experiments? Like the way they try to reproduce? The students in that school definitely have very good languages. The screenwriter uses the frustration of the main character to explain this. When the main character realizes that the teacher cheats to make him a ‘gay organic-farmer’, and it is not him getting the card randomly, he becomes so angry, and questions the teacher why the hack would he need to be gay. At this point, audience like me finally realizes that, ya, the students really pay a lot of attention to group discussions, it’s just what we rarely do. But there is something that can’t be explained: The main character is set as ‘gay’, but why would he still love his girlfriend in the thought experiment? Then it’s not ‘gay’, it’s ‘homosexual’! Why can the teacher get the gun to kill the others in every thought experiment? How can the girl steal the gun from the teacher? How do they use language to account for these scenes? Is there a limit for philosopher’s imagination and language skills?

The first two thought experiments can somehow be seen as philosophical. However, the third one is not. In the third one, the girl decides to cancel the vote for deciding who get to live, and she makes herself the person to choose. The plot suddenly goes downward: she puts the Artists (who shouldn’t be useful in such a scene) and gays (with no reproduction) to the bunker. Then, she says ‘We live happily in the bunker, hahaha’ Then the hope of human just gets destroyed by the hands of these ‘happy people’. Everyone knows, group discussions focus on the procedures, but not the result. Just like questions in school, they require students to give BOTH the method and answer in order to get the full mark. The girl in the movie, is like using the language skills to tackle a Mathematical problem (metaphorically), and it can be seen as ‘bullsh**ting’.

Most interestingly, after the thought experiment, students seem to be unable to get rid of their setting (in thought experiments), they left the classroom with the anger towards the teacher and admiration of the girl. Then, if the main character can’t get rid of his setting, then he must have become gay?

As a fiction, there is no plot in many parts of the movie, most of the time, it is showing off the nice view of Indonesia. As a Scientific fiction, the editing team spent 1 year to deal with 349 visionary effects, including atomic explosion, atomic explosion, and atomic explosion. As a Scientific Fiction, it also spends a lot of time on the description of the beautifully-designed bunker. As a Scientific Fiction, there is a totally undeveloped relationship being inserted at the end: the girl and the teacher.

I don’t think this movie is so philosophical. Instead, it’s more about language.

Girls should fancy guys who study English Literature

Girls should definitely fancy guys who study English Literature.

I remember my cousin ask me how she should choose a boyfriend.
I said ‘Girls should definitely find someone who study English Literature!’

Many people may have a mistaken concept: People who study English Literature are generally boring, and not as careful as the people who study Scientific subjects.
ALL ARE WRONG!
Guys who study English Literature are careful people, they can remember everything, like the publishing year, author, and every single outstanding work from every writer they like: So they must be able to remember all the important dates, like the girlfriends’ birthday, or the date for anniversary.

They have patience to take time for reading: when his girlfriend asks him to go shopping with her for a whole day, I am sure they can still deal with it comfortably.

Guys who study English literature are hard-working. When they are reading, facing lots and lots of words, most of the people are just sleeping. In summer, they read; in winter, they read. They are the toughest people in the planet, and it leads them to become successful in their career!

They definitely know the concept of ‘Words don’t come easy’, and they know it is the same for money. They are used to spending less on their own stuff, so they would end up spending more on their girlfriends. Where else can you find this kind of men?

A man studying Arts should already beat most guys in the world, but a man who studies English Literature can be called ‘the man of man’. Guys who study English Literature SHOULD LOGICALLY be the most attractive to girls!!!