To meditate!! Shakespeare

After some time you learn the difference,
The subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning,
And company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts,
And presents aren’t promises.

(…)

And you accept that it doesn’t matter how good a person is,
She will hurt you once in a while,
And you need to forgive her for that.

You learn that talking can relieve emotional pain.
You discover that it takes several years to build a relationship based on confidence,
And just a few seconds to destroy it.
And that you can do something just in an instant,
And which you will regret for the rest of your life.

You learn that the true friendships,
Continue to grow even from miles away.
And that what matters isn’t what you have in your life,
But who you have in your life.

(…)

You discover that the people who you most care about in your life,
Are taken from you so quickly,
So we must always leave the people who we care about with lovely words,
It may be the last time we see them.

(…)

You learn that patience demands a lot of practice.

(…)

You learn that when you are angry, you have the right to be angry,
But this doesn’t give you the right to be cruel.

(…)

You learn that sometimes it isn’t enough being forgiven by someone,
Sometimes you have to learn how to forgive yourself.
You learn that with the same harshness you judge,
Some day you will be condemned.
You learn that it doesn’t matter in how many pieces your heart has been broken,
The world doesn’t stop for you to fix it.

You learn that time isn’t something you can turn back,
Therefore you must plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure.
You really are strong.

And you can go so farther than you thought you could go.
And that life really has a value.
And you have value within the life.

(…)
And make us lose
The good we could conquer,
If it wasn’t for the fear of trying.

William Shakespear

How a paradigm is born

A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, in the center of which they placed a ladder and, on top of it, a bunch of bananas.
When a monkey climbed the ladder to pick up the bananas, the scientists sprayed cold water on those on the ground.
After a while, when one monkey went up the stairs, the others beat him to it.
After a while, no more monkeys climbed the stairs, despite the temptation of bananas.
So, the scientists replaced one of the five monkeys.
The first thing he did was climb the stairs, from which he was quickly removed by the others, who beat him.
After some beatings, the new member of the group no longer climbed the stairs.
A second was replaced, and so was the first replacement enthusiastically participating in the beating of the newcomer.
A third was exchanged, and the fact was repeated.
A fourth and finally the last of the veterans was replaced.
The scientists were then left with a group of five monkeys who, even though they had never taken a cold bath, continued to beat anyone who tried to reach the bananas.
If it were possible to ask any of them why they beat anyone trying to climb the stairs, surely the answer would be:
– “I don’t know, things have always been like this around here…”
You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to pass this story on to your friends, so that, from time to time, they wonder why they do some things without thinking…

“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”

Albert Einstein

Universe

An international research group led by Associate Professor Tomoaki Ishiyama of Chiba University succeeded in the world’s largest dark matter structure formation simulation using all CPU cores of the national astronomical observatory supercomputer “Atelui II”, and simulated more than 100 terabytes. The data has been published on the Internet cloud. Currently, large-scale astronomical survey observations using the Subaru Telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan are underway, but in order to extract and verify a lot of information from the observations, a huge simulated catalog of galaxies and active galactic nuclei is required. This data is positioned as basic data for that purpose, and will be useful for research aimed at elucidating the large-scale structure of the universe and galaxy formation.
The results of this study were published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society published by the Royal Astronomical Society of the United Kingdom in September 2021.

[credit]
Simulation: Tomoaki Ishiyama
Visualization: Hirotaka Nakayama
National Astronomical Observatory 4D Digital Space Project

[Press release]
The world’s largest “simulated universe” is released-Toward the elucidation of the large-scale structure of the universe and galaxy formation-
https://www.cfca.nao.ac.jp/pr/20210910

国立天文台天文シミュレーションプロジェクト(CfCA)

About education underachievement…

It hurts whoever it hurts, the reality is that we are very much to blame for this…..Despite a legislation that “encourages” the facilitatism, we do nothing against it, on the contrary, we follow it, because otherwise we get “problems” to ourselves. However, we forget that facilitatism, despite pleasing students and parents (and the country as well), does not promote knowledge or quality. So we are not helping, quite the contrary. Helping is not the same as pleasing. If someone has an accident and needs (e.g.) physiotherapy, these exercises hurt and cost a lot… There is no pity, they have to be done, for the good of the person…With school it’s the same thing , we have to demand, even if it hurts, because the results will come later. There’s no pity and arranging “strategies” that are just a way of throwing sand in your eyes (results strategies are easy… effective knowledge strategies are what’s difficult). It’s necessary to demand from the students and not feel sorry for them (in terms of grades)… Then the result is that the students have grades (but not the corresponding knowledge), they enroll in secondary school, then discover they “never did have any teeth” in them. When the exams arrive, the debacle is even greater, as they are not prepared for it. Generally speaking, they blame the “exams”, and the opinion of the less “enlightened” is then to end the exams. This is not a solution, it will only cover up a reality. It is necessary to fight this reality and not hide it… And the fight must pass with more national exams. Only then will there be homogeneity of knowledge at the national level, only then will students become more committed, only then will teachers be concerned with effectively preparing students and not giving grades, based on theories of the bullshit that the commitment has to be seen… You have to look at the participation… You have to look at the enthusiasm… You have to look at the socio-economic reality and other nonsense. These things ARE important, but never as important as KNOWING AND KNOWLEDGE.
This is not how we help students, nor is this how we prepare them for the harsh reality of society and the world of work. I would like to see what the great advocates and supporters of those theories would say if one day they were (e.g.) going to put the car in a garage and the car left the same (or worse) than when it entered. They couldn’t and wouldn’t have the right to complain about anything, because possibly the person in charge of the workshop would use the same arguments as they did…“But the mechanic STRIVED… And was EXCITED to do that. He spent the entire afternoon around the car… Poor, he’s poor, the family has difficulties… The father comes home (when he arrives) drunk… If the car was not fixed, he has to be patient… He is very participative here in the workshop and very friendly…» Of course, this example can be extended to the most varied activities and professions… Even those of teaching…. Imagine the “upholstery” of some of these future teachers… They won’t get there, some say…. We’ll see, we’ll see…..

Carlos Tavares in educare.pt (2003)

I want to trust again!

I was raised on common moral principles:
When I was little, mothers, fathers, teachers, grandparents, uncles, neighbors were authorities worthy of respect and consideration.
The closer or older, the more affection.
It was unthinkable to answer rudely to elders, teachers or authorities…

We trusted adults because they were all fathers, mothers or relatives of the children in our street, in our neighborhood, in our city…
We were only afraid of the dark, of frogs, of horror movies…

Today it gave me an infinite sadness for all that we lost.

For everything my grandchildren will one day face.
For the fear in the eyes of children, young people, old people and adults.

Human rights for criminals, unlimited duties for honest citizens.
Not taking advantage of everything means being an idiot.
Paying debts in good time is being silly…
Amnesty for corrupt and thieves…

What happened to us?
Mistreated teachers in classrooms, traders threatened by drug dealers, bars on our doors and windows.

What values are these?

Cars that are worthy more than hugs, daughters wanting plastic surgery as a passing gift
of year…
Cell phones in children’s backpacks.

What do you want for a hug?

The fun is worth more than a diploma.
A giant TV it’s worth more than a good conversation.
Make up is worth more than ice cream.
Better to appear than to be…

When did everything disappeared or became ridiculous?

I want to rip the bars off my window so I can touch the flowers!

I want to sit on the porch and sleep with the door open on Summer nights!

I want honesty as a source of pride.
I want uprightness of character, a clean face and an eye-to-eye look.
I want shame in my face and solidarity.
I want hope, joy, confidence!

I want to shut up someone who says: “we have to be at the level of…”, when talking about a person.
Below the  “HAVE”, live the “BE”
And live the return of true life, simple as rain, clear as the spring sky, light as the morning breeze!
And definitely beautiful, like all dawns.

I want to take back my simple and common world, where love, solidarity and fraternity exist as core values.
Let’s go back to being “people”!
The indignation at the lack of ethics, morals, respect…
Build a better, fairer, more human World, where people respect people.

Utopia?
Who knows?…
We need to try…

Our children deserve it and our grandchildren too, they will certainly thank us!
Maybe starting by forwarding or sharing this message…

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