Patience

“How are we to be patient with our partner’s, our children’s, our friends’, and our neighbors’ faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? They who are fretted by their own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm and peaceful mind.” – St. Francis de Sales

Well, I have not put a quote out here in a while so I tought it will be a good entry today. I have been dealing with stuff at work and I tought that a quote on patience will help me out a lot. This one is a very good entry and my interpretation of it is that before we can begin to be patient towards others we have to be patient with ourselves. I can be really introspective at times, and I do see a lot of my faults. I try to work on them but this quote reminds me of being patient with myself, so that I can also be patient towards other.

Are you patient with yourself?

Anger

From the TV show Dharma & Greg, First posted at SnazzyKat’s Blog:

“Anger is like a little puppy, Greg. If you don’t let him out, he will piddle on the carpet of your soul.” – Dharma’s mother

This quote craked me up, but it has a lot of truth attached to it. I am all into releasing anger, I miss taekwondo very much, need to get back into it.

Do computers help us or hinder critical thinking?

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
– Pablo Picasso

Computers are moving us forward, they are making us more productive than we have ever been… or are they?

I used to think that human interaction was being stopped by computers until I joing a motorcycle message board. Then I got to meet a lot of people that I called friends around the Chicago area. Then when I moved to Michigan I met a lot of new friends using the message boards and different chat services. So are the computers killing human interaction or redifining it?

Like Picasso said, computers are really useless they can only give you answers. We are the ones that present them with the questions, we are the critical thinking minds that drive them. Even artificial intelligence is just a poor attempt to mirror our capabilities. Would it ever be possible to create a machine that can do critical thinking?

Free Will?

“The word “choice” is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.”
- Idries Shah

I have been giving this a lot of thought in the past weeks. I love the idea of free will, it really makes me feel alive… but how much of it is actual. I think we are all shaped on one way or another by the way we are brought up and our environment. So are our choices really choices or just predestined responses by what we have been taught.

What do you think?

Helping others

“Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.”
-Horace

Beatriz, who by the way has the same middle name as my Mom Eugenia, was kind enough to post a link to my site and another Colombian blogger. I went and visited Fabian Rodriguez’s site, and found a very interesting post. He talks about how we sometimes help others but they take it for granted. That made me look online for famous quotes about helping others.

Horace in his quote says something that seems extreme, but it is very true. We need to learn that in relationships with other people helping is actually complicated. Help for the most part is provided when someone asks for it, or at least it should be that way. But sometimes people just try to help others even when those people did not even as. This is often misconstruted into a negative thing… or maybe not even misconstruted but it is really a negative thing. I have been a victim of that giving plenty of unwanted advice, and trying to “help” others when they did not even ask.

I guess it is all a matter of growing as a person and realizing that people if they need help, they will ask for it. No matter how compelled I feel to help someone now, I now wait until they actually want my help.

Now back to the post by Fabian. He pointed towards an article that is in Spanish but in a very humorous way pokes fun at the pitfall that many of us computer geeks fall into. Helping a friend or family member buy a computer… which instantly makes us their primary tech support. I have now solved must of that problem by pointing them to Dell… they have the Dell dude and their own tech support.

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