More than a million (the nice and the not-so-nice)

For most of us, life’s happenings are beyond reason
And as such we discover the well-watered and drought ridden all in the same season
Making the self a victim of internal criticism and external realism
Full of contradictions

Connate values and inherent beliefs to justify societal standing
Tenets adopted with no intrinsic understanding of Agrippa’s trilemma
Resulting in millennium prize problems worth more than a million

So why wonder why when it’s been clear from the beginning
Take action, experience fresh feelings and end the turmoil within
Shape your own definition of freedom of thought and expression
The most potent impetus for new creations
And the tool for interpreting life’s constitution
In order to make sense of virtue and vice
The nice and the not-so-nice

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Making the Most

In the omnibus will be your magnus opus
So why not carry out your life’s work and grand vision with devotion and focus
While still having reasonable expectations
Since the path to creating impact
Is often unmarked with no clear directions
And simply can’t be navigated using a compass
As many factors will ultimately determine the end result
Whether oblivion or Mount Olympus


Sketch for a Theory of Persistent Passions (vii)

a certain degree of privation is necessary for motivation

just as longing and desire too are often strong calls to action

so the key to persevering, is focusing on trajectory and not position

because even the achievement of a set goal won’t give quite the same satisfaction as that from the pursuit of a passion


Memoirs of the Moribund

the coterie of statecraft collusionists
prescribed neoliberal economics
which involved a lot of palaver in administering
structural adjustment programs which would ultimately serve the rich
and cater to a class of conspicuous consumers

at the same time centrist movements felt the power shift
and since they couldn’t compete with established free enterprise capitalists
they became dependent on a system that would not protect them
and with that came an end to the development of their worker-centric ideas around financial independence


Art Affair

Success doesn’t come quick but play fair
And always create from the heart
Because art, like satisfaction, is a personal affair

You’ll find no reason to quit if you don’t compare
Because contentment is a place all can arrive at
The only difference is how we get there


In the net

In a social network economy
Where the business model for major platforms is arbitraging users’ attention
And where stakeholders benefit from app user addiction
Which means users’ attention has to be captured perpetually for the value proposition to flourish
In such an ecosystem, one feels there’s justification for the concerns

When user attention is bought by big tech and instantly sold to advertisers with the highest bids
In a social media market where arbitrage opportunities are always open
And where they are in fact preserved and propagated

But at what cost?
What are the consequences of hacking users’ neurocircuitry to intercept rational thinking and sound judgement?
What will happen to a civilisation whose decisions about what to seek from life
What to enquire about the world
And even how to utilise time are influenced by forces not commonly understood?
And how will online data privacy be guaranteed to users of products that are paradoxically meant to deliver highly personalised service?