We are in this together.

“Economic rights are human rights. That is what I call Democratic Socialism. :)”
Authoritarianism, and the self proclaimed kings and queens just make me seek. Why are we so selfish? What made us believe that we can just take advantage of the next standing man or woman for our own gains, but still somehow prosper in our own lives? May be these are the outcomes of unconscious capitalism and obsessive consumerism, subconsciously getting imprinted in our mind, making ourselves numb to the sufferings of our fellow brothers and sisters. Why is there lack of justice in the society, why is there so much manipulation, what’s the impulse of being unfair and unjust? Is nature itself unjust, unfair, but does that mean we will have to be that way? There is only one brave man among the backboneless who can see it and say it how it is. And everyone else is just too busy wiping their own.. Time and time, we probably need to be remembered what it means by basic human rights, civil rights. Things we enjoy today didn’t come easy! If there’s only one thing I could change in education, I would change the history books more fun and factual for the generations to understand how we arrived where we are and why morality, fairness, empathy, cooperation matter for the survival and progress of the human animals.
“In other words, we are in this together, late alone our differences and appearances.”
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On the go

I am in San Francisco right now, just sitting in a Starbucks storming my brain about the recent happenings in my life. It’s been about two weeks I moved to Bay area in California from Indiana. I waited for this for a long time and finally an internship at a tech company opened the opportunity to move from midwest to the west coast of America. And yes, the weather is different, warm as I  prefer. And a lot of things just simply changed. Or I should probably say that I have intentionally tried hard to make changes in the way I used to live before. I didn’t seek for comfort this time, I seeked for adventures and unknowns and I am having it constantly. I no longer live in a house or an apartment. It was a challenging step to take. I actively wanted to explore the digital nomad life, partly with the intention of reducing the cost of living and partly to have some adventure in the territories of life unseen. And I have been successfully doing it so far. It wasn’t easy, but as always, you learn on the way; by doing it, by failing, by getting hurt, but eventually succeeding, sometimes partially with some compromises. I required to buy a new car – a good car for camping. Sometimes I am staying in AirBnbs. Yesterday I stayed in a nice hotel, which was bit unexpected and had a funny story behind it. The inspiration to start a dynamic life came after watching few Youtubers and Redditers exploring the alternative way of living. It helps when you see others who have already done stuffs you have only been fantasizing to taste.  I got ideas from them about how to equip my car, how to roam around, how to take stops. Definitely the diversity and business of a city life help urban nomads to mesh their life with the days and nights of a diverse city and its various pockets. I have been exploring restaurants around, new bars, new latin dance events. I am trying to make new friends so that eventually if I stick to living here, I can have a fair amount of people I can give calls to hang out with. I am kind of rushing now, may be will go take a walk in the city. But hope to write more about different experiences.

Check my instagram for pictures: https://www.instagram.com/experience_and_embrace/

 

IPOs; Clean meat

Startups grow, they flourish; they are like flowers, they need nourishment, they need support. Some grow and make the world beautiful, but many die while still showing the glimpse of new ideas. The entrepreneurship culture has the power to change the world and the ones who have already been recognized offer their shares to the public with their IPOs so that you can take part too.
 
And as I am a Vegan trying to raise awareness about our environment, human and animal rights, I am so glad to see the success of “Beyond Meat” – they are a plant-based meat producing company. See their success (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/05/02/beyond-meat-plant-based-food-company-readies-ipo/). If you are not aware of the clean meat research and movement watch this video (How clean meat will change the food industry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi5EfhPGHg4). The food industry tries to demonize clean/cultured meat by calling it “Fake”, “Artificial”, “Less masculine” etc. unfortunately, as if we live in an all natural world (Don’t get your heart transplant because it’s not natural right!!, don’t use spectacles!! because God has given you the eyes you should be using.. don’t have abortion even if it’s unwanted pregnancy in the earliest stage.. cause embryos are as formed as real human babies.. so much incoherent bulshits ! Tired of the nonsense really!!!)
 
Some IPO(Initial Public Offering)s to keep under your watch if you are into the stock market. For US residents, Robinhood(https://www.robinhood.com), the commission/feeless trading app, is great. In fact, Robinhood after acquiring 5 Million users, itself, is launching its IPO which is not listed in this link.
 

You and I – 5

I: I think I am full of superiority complex. I have this condescension and self-righteousness as I can see through. And why won’t I? I feel disgusted when I can see the stupid self-destructive actions people take. Why are people so stupid?

You: It’s an illusion. You come from what you have experienced. You may know certain things more. But you don’t know, can not know everything as you have not experienced everything. You only know your life and you see everything through your lens. You may be right in terms of what is to be done right, but you have no clue why they might not have been understanding what you understand.

I: I hate to fail.

You: It’s ok if you fail now. Accept the failure. It does not mean “You are THE FAILURE”.

I: I hate deadlines.

You: Deadlines are there so that you can enjoy the freedom afterward. Ultimately you are free and there is no rush. But don’t you want to accomplish things in life? If you do, then deadlines are your friends.

I: Is my physical experience that important?

You: Your physical appearance, experience are important. Because your mind lives inside your physical body.

I: Why am I so much bothered by the physical cravings – hunger for food, sex etc? They are killing me.

You: They are your physical needs which need to be dealt with for your mind to keep engaged and flourish. Neglecting them, you will starve yourself and feeling starved your mind will not let you who you can truly become.

I: Aren’t physical appearances just the way to attract other people?

You: Yes, but it depends on how you look. Our reality is that we already live in a society. You won’t be who you are if your parents wouldn’t raise you properly, if your closed ones wouldn’t love and take care of you. However, attracting other people may not be the final goal of life. Therefore, if you are in a place where your physical appearance is harming your mental peace- like if you are fat and feel shame, you are creating a problem for your own self. There are things you can try to reconcile with. You need to think about your priorities – what you really care about. But you need to believe that you can change. You should be able to hope. You are more than your body and your mind. So say when you feel vulnerable “I am not just my body. I am not just my mind either.”

I: What do you think about minimalistic life- making everything simple, possessing few things?

You: It might help you stay away from debt or pay off your debt. Letting redundant things go can save yourself from taking unnecessary burdens Depending on how you do it, it can be adventurous. You can be a digital nomad or an urban nomad. You can travel around, make more friends and have some exciting experiences. But you need to be brave and be ready to be surprised constantly and be prepared for dangerous experiences too.

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We will have to save our world

 

This kid is telling us, adults with brains, about climate change because we apparently forgot how to think and shut our eyes to see ! And then when I listen to those adults denying climate change, my jaw drops; specially those big fat ones in the parliaments of various countries, from even specifically including the self-proclaimed world police withdrawing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Most parents are raising their kids; most adults are basically hating their jobs, in coming days probably won’t even find jobs; some adults are trying to invent every form of entertainment so that they can escape the reality – it seems like everybody already deluded each other believing that we are going to live in the same world that we were born somehow. We are living in the fourth but the biggest technological revolution- the internet, the social media, the money revolution, the artificial intelligence, mars exploration in one hand, on the other hand the decimation and destruction of our own planet and atmosphere by our own greed. Parents have no idea that the schools, colleges they send their kids probably won’t help their kids find any jobs as the way Google, Amazon are developing Artificial Intelligence and the automation is taking away jobs from human hands and our schools have no clue about future but to teach the same books they taught our grandparents, and then on our lands on which we build our homes, probably the most habitable lands, will no longer be available in most areas due to natural hazards resulted by climate change. Countries are still trying to steal oil from each other, fossil fuel industries are still lobbying so that they can make some extra dollars by going against green renewable alternatives, rainforests are being destroyed so that the overpopulated earth can eat more and more; but then when the cyclones and tsunamis will rise from the ocean, when the earthquakes will just decimate acres of lands, displace millions of people and force them to migrate and cause wars and battles as our vague nationalism and capitalistic self-cyclic greed are just making us more selfish and self-righteous and less compassionate day by day; when the melted ice and glaciers and the consequent sea level will just level everything within few decades; I don’t know where will all these entertainment politics and mudslinging and worrying about the smallest little things, fighting over the silliest topic on the outdated television channels will go. To be pessimistic, may be, the nature will just blow up the earth with all our interesting circus inside; just like a cruel boy uses his cruel lazy feet to destroy an ant colony that those small, little, hard working ants have built little by little, after sweating for days and nights. To be optimistic, I guess, we will have like some child genius activist like this school kid who will motivate all of us to do the right thing, to take the actions necessary, to start loving our planet, to enjoy living together peacefully with all the other species. I don’t want to live with horrors, rather I want to live in a world full of optimism and energy and with the sense that I am working towards making the world better than the world I was born. I was not aware before because I didn’t have the information, I didn’t know how our world is shaping into a nightmare because of climate change. This little kid talks about how she doesn’t want to be a climate scientist to discover another issues for the future that will not exist because of what we are doing now and now and now. We can change and we will have to change. She shows how we can change, how we can take actions to save our mother earth for our own selves. And it starts by understanding what we have done wrong, and how we can do right- like may be, we should reduce burning fossil fuels, may be we should not elect politicians who are ignorant about climate change, artificial intelligence, may we should start using electric cars to try to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, may be we should start using renewable energy sources, so that the new renewable energy companies can florish, may be we should be vocal against industrial farming so that the greenlands, forests, rainforests don’t get destroyed, may we should take care of our ecological niches, may be we should go vegetarian or vegan so that we consume less animal products, which will reduce industrial farming which is a significant cause behind greenhouse gas emission, may be we should rethink about other kind of jobs which can employ people who are dependent on the jobs that again are destructive towards our planet. We should live in the world of today and enjoy it in a way so that the world can florish. May be, we should learn to love our world. Please educate yourself about climate change.

Humanism and Veganism

To conclude “Humanism and Veganism should go hand in hand”. Do you agree? If you do, then good bye. Go use your time in more productive way, even though it won’t be a waste of time reading. Fellow vegan here. I totally agree with this person raising his voice to explain because I have the same sentiment. Lots of Vegans(don’t know the correct estimate) are out there just for a lifestyle choice, weight loss, fashion, trends, vegan communities for fun and connectedness. Unfortunately, when their knowledge of animal cruelty is mostly derived from some good speakers like Ed, whereas they are completely ignorant about politics and human injustice. Just like you can not be non-vegan environmentalist, I think you can not be a non-humanist Vegan. But the plethora of non-humanist Vegan just surprises me. According to Ed’s argument, people who have been raised Vegan are automatically or naturally be compassionate to other human beings. I think there might be a high correlation there. But not exactly true for many vegans. It might be that most Vegans are converted Vegans and their having no sympathy for fellow human beings come from their experience with other human beings. It will be hard to quantitatively measure the difference between raised and converted Vegans exactly now, with the few numbers of Vegans who have been raised by Vegan parents. Unfortunately, I have negative data points for raised Vegan as I see quite a bit of correlation with someone’s religiosity. Being from the Indian subcontinent, I have few Jain friends who are close to Vegan in terms of their food choice, who have been raised as Vegan with the same ideas of compassion and restriction. However, unfortunately, many of them eat animals now whenever they can by hiding from their parents, and have no issue with using animal products. They just fall in love with the taste of animals like anybody else as they have done it for the first time, and unfortunately, they put their taste bud pleasure above the pain of an animal. You can argue that their Jainism/Veganism are not well thought out, rather imposed by their parents just like somebody’s religion is imposed upon them. But then it becomes a circular argument and ultimately comes back to my conclusion. I have seen many Vegans who hate other human beings, are lousy in terms of other moral aspects, other important things in the world. If you ask the question to a Vegan “If you have to save a human versus an animal, who will you save?”, a lot of them will pause to take a choice. There should not be any pause to answer that question, it should be clearly human. Human life is more precious than animal life. There’s a clear moral hierarchy. We need to understand that there is no absolute morality, only relative morality which will be ever progressing with time. So, ultimately what I mean, a huge number of Vegans don’t really care about human rights, the oppression towards human being happening right in front of their eyes, mass incarceration, social inequality, wealth inequality, warmongering. I would even argue there’s a fair number of Vegans who are Trump supporters and they don’t really care about how political actions might make other humans suffer all across the world. But I do believe if there were a political activist Ed or group of Eds standing in the street corner showing people the truth, they would change their mind. A Vegan is more likely to change his mind, I want to believe. But to my dismay, very few Vegans would like to do that, and there is where I feel for this brother. I do think, if there were an Earthling Ed for each of the topics of human rights, if there were a group of individuals standing on the street for talking and trying to convince other people for each of the areas of social injustice, you can always sway people’s opinion to the more compassionate path. The fact that you are only gathering together only for animal rights; and it is hard to see a group of white men and women standing together talking about the right of black American, Mexicans, it shows a clear bias. What’s your stance on illegal immigrants? Do you want to make them suffer whereas you stand for the rights of animals? What do you think about wealth inequality? What do you think about other religion? What do you think about wars and children dying in the wars? And of course animal rights? I think you should think about all of them. I know our time is limited. Maybe we will not be able to involve ourselves in all of them, but at least we should be impartial in our knowledge of them. Every Vegan should have the compassionate, moral, rational answer for each of these questions. For me, these are not mutually exclusive. And I think Ed has the same moral take on it (at least that’s what I understood watching his many videos), but I don’t know how his energy is distributed. So, I totally understand this person and the people in the group. Do you understand him and me? You have chosen to fight for animal rights. But ask yourself? Why haven’t you chosen to fight for criminal injustice, child labor, institutional racism, wars? Is it because it’s easy to join your local vegan group and hang out and do vegan feasts with your jackfruit barbecues? It’s fine to do so, but how impartial are you? If you are the one, who puts his energy into all these other activists, I respect you, and my criticism is not for you. But if you are not, then firstly I congratulate you for choosing the Vegan path, let’s grab that vegan sandwich together, lol, but then I will probably convince you to stand in the street some other day for other reasons. Make sense Vegan fellas! And as you can see in the video, in the end a true humanist and a true Vegan are gonna hug it out. 🤗😀🤭
 
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You and I – 4

I: I am thinking about the cycle of life. Imagine a mammoth tree; it starts from a seed planted on earth; then it grows to be a small plant; it gets taller, bigger and wider; it branches out, takes more space, becomes the nest of some birds, provides the shadows to the passersby; but one day after many years it die; it can no longer maintain its life.

You: So is the life of most animals and the human too. Is it not?

I: Yeah. I just realized that a full cycle of life has its peak and its valley. Let’s say when you were born you were in a valley, then you walked, walked, walked all the way up to the peak of a mountain, then you must have to come back to the valley in the other side. What is striking me the most is that it’s not a choice to stay either on the peak or the valley of the landscape. Time is forcing you to move and there is no constancy.

You: We are just experiencers experiencing life.

I: Then why do we attach ourselves too much to anything at all? Like our parents, our house, our babies, our career, our achievements, our this, our that.

You: Because at many moment in life, you have things or relationships which are replaceable and things or relationships which are irreplaceable. You are right that we delude ourselves with many of our assumptions and false expectations. But at the same time we require a certain purpose for us to live and move on the path from the valley to the peak, to the valley again. Many actually never reach the peak, many die on the way to the valley. There is probably no one exact peak either.

I: Life is confusing to me often times. I drive myself to achieve things, to go to places, to desire. I do things to make myself happy. But there are many things that make me unhappy. There are many desires that will never be fulfilled. But if I don’t chase, I will never achieve, right? But the process of chasing is tiring and makes me unhappy. Every rejections, failures break my heart, but when I stand up again, I become stronger. But there is probably no end of this cycle. Just like the day ends with a night and a night ends with a day. Or, a night starts with the end of a day and a day starts with the end of a night. But ultimately I will die one day. So is it that ultimately I just want to remain as happy as possible most of the times. That’s the goal?

You: Well, not a bad goal. Is it?

I: There is so much imperfection in this world. Don’t you think? So much unfairness, so much dirt.

You: Yeah. I guess we are in this mess because everyone is confused. Everyone knows for a fact that he or she is alive, feels pain, doesn’t want to feel pain, wants to be happy, wants to have things, can’t have things because of others, then wants to hurt others. A whole dynamics of give and take in unfair ways. And it’s good that our society is still progressing.

I: Are we really progressing towards a better world? I was reading this book. She is a writer from the past century. But her imagination, her wording, her observation just mesmerized me. I probably have never talked with a woman in the world of today where I live who is as convincing, creative like the author I was reading. But you see.. I guess most people these days don’t read or even write. Even I waste most of my time watching rubbish movies and videos than to explore my mind through reading or writing. It seems to me that all the advent of science and technology are making ourselves duller and duller, less of a human of some sort. We are losing more than we are supposed to gain as a human being. We are experiencing way less than our mind can truly conceive.

You: May be you are right.

I: I was also thinking that the society that we live in today doesn’t really have an incentive system for doing good deeds. We have clear incentive to be successful, to be dominant, but do we really have incentive to be just good persons? I guess it’s hard to establish such. Even though I have bad relationship with religion, I guess religion tried to exactly that- forcing people to do good with the fear of hell and God- that apparently doesn’t work. But in a world of today, does anyone want to be a good person anymore? What does it even mean by goodness?

You: These are hard questions. I wish I had answers. May be nobody has.

 

You and I – 1 : https://experienceandembrace.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/you-and-i/

You and I – 2 : https://experienceandembrace.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/you-and-i-2/ 

You and I – 3: https://experienceandembrace.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/you-and-i-3/ 

The boy who harnessed the wind

This Malawi movie “The boy who harnessed the wind” blew my mind. As a scientist of the future, it’s always hard to explain in simple terms what a scientific mind does. In school, we go and learn all those physics, chemistry, math, calculus, draw all those complex looking pictures and then we forget what all these fucking science jargons are and what they are for. A lot of us even start hating science as they don’t find it relevant or their lack of understanding frightens them. And for a lot, it goes against their own agenda! But it’s all about our survival on earth and our progressive understanding of how nature works- we sometimes forget. Science provides the best evidence based tool that has transformed our society. This little boy saved the life of hundreds in his small village by creating a simple wind mill where people were dying, starving , stealing and killing each other for food. Nature didn’t pour rain upon them for years and they were not being able to grow crops. He was expelled from the school because his dad couldn’t pay for the fees. But he was running through the wind, he knew the power of the wind, he discovered how his science teacher’s bicycle has a light which is powered by the manual rotation of the bicycle wheel using a Dynamo. He then could use a fan to power a radio, he could then convince his dad to scrape their only bicycle to make a windmill that saved lives of the villagers. Social entrepreneurship. But against everybody’s will, against everybody’s judgment. He experimented in hand, he sneaked into the school library and learnt the science. In the core, he wanted to solve a problem. The problem of hunger. And it saddens me when thousands of people mindlessly cut trees, take actions for their own selfish greed and lead this and the next generation to disaster. We are seeing all with climate deniers, flat Earth believers, with the science of genetics and so many others. Most people go against something new that they haven’t seen before, they are bad at anticipating. It takes few scientific minds but I wish people were more open to simply explore the new.

Why Bitcoin gains value?

You need to know what this chart is. The supply of Bitcoin is an exponentially decreased process. Every 4 years the amount of Bitcoin generated in every 10minutes get halved. That means, with equal amount of effort, you will make twice as less Bitcoin now than you could four years ago. This is one of the fundamentals of deflationary economics or Kynesian economics which is quite the opposite of the inflationary modern economic world that we live in. It’s the chart about supply and demand. Why is Gold or any asset like a house in real estate become more valuable over time, where as on the other hand, my 2000$ 1997 Nissan Sentra is pretty much 0$ in 2019 and prolly will cost me money instead to throw it to junk yard. So, in brief, some stuff in our economy gain value, and some stuff lose value like your clothes, every electronic or home appliances you buy.. the moment you buy, you just crush its value. But things like stocks, lands, bonds can gain value.. not guaranteed, but they do based on economic dynamics. But a crucial reason behind value gains are the characteristics of rarity. If something is precious, and demanded by more people but the supply is controlled, then based on the demand, that will gain value. Now “why will demand of something rise?”- that question depends on the real world utility, innovation factor, excitement factor etc. Every time you ask this question, just simply close your eyes and realize that there were no internet, no facebook before 1990s, and why on Earth are you interested in Facebook, late alone reading this article on your favorite browser.. may be.. may be you will find your own favorite answer for such questions. However, whenever we are talking about value gains in future, there will always be “speculation” involved. But realize that you always speculate about future.. are you not speculating that tomorrow will be good? How do you know that it will be good? May be you have an exam and you know that it will be stressful. So, ultimately, you have some indicator in your mind, in the market to tell why you can speculate on something and why you can not. So, now if you can understand the principal that I am talking about and can understand the chart and if, only if, Bitcoin and other crypto currency continue to hold their promise of being the digital gold and drive the innovation for the future, you know.. how the chart will tend to look like in future. And I hope you can tip me in future for telling you now.

https://reddit.app.link/bC7ZSwZjHU

Bitcoin and a new world

I have coffee in Starbucks or Vienna everyday which cost me around 3-5$. And so do most of my friends here in US. This world has 7.8 billion people now. Out of them, about 3 billion people live below the poverty line which is around 3$. Every time I buy coffee, I never think about this. The realization that despite of all the wealth and innovation happening in this world, almost half of the population are unbanked, have no access to internet, world market, late alone credit card. I don’t envision that Bitcoin will solve the problem of poverty. But Bitcoin showed how currency can exist outside the realm of political and economic power which systemize the wealth hierarchy, define the line between poor and rich. Bitcoin has proven that a currency can be created out of the interest of people’s desire to trade between each other, definitely it happened because of the advent of computer, internet, open source software, you name it. I know it’s been speculated now as asset, get rich quick scheme (frankly I am also holding and speculating). Most general people are scared of the volatility, but I am talking about the core ideas that Satoshi Nakamoto had when he combined the idea of cryptocurrency and supply-demand economics for creating a digital currency for the world. Bitcoin movement is more than just money or a new innovation, it has the power of shifting the world. And that’s why I am a believer in a decentralized currency and frankly I don’t know how it will unravel in future and frankly nobody knows. Bitcoin will probably never be a currency, but it has shown the possibility. But it’s revolutionary to think that, every region in the world in future will have their own local cryptocurrency, born outside of politics and manipulation and the unbanked of the world have access to the economy. Well, there will always probably be politics, greed, manipulation; after all, we are sometimes just bunch of animals trying to beat each other for our own gains!! lol.. but I am looking at the big picture. I don’t envision a utopia but definitely I can see a better world. Also do you know what’s happening in Venezuela, everybody in Venezuela is buying Bitcoin because of the corruption of the government and the inflation. The problem is that it’s not that government is bad, ultimately we the people put officials there. It’s just that power and institutionalization corrupts mind and stagnates. We need a balance of the both, we need education, we need democracy, we need distribution of wealth and power. And as everyone says, it always depends on “Where is the money?” And Bitcoin showed but may be will be proven indirectly by many crypto currency movements over the future years, that money can exist outside of what we used to call money. And it’s mind boggling but we are living through the history that the future will talk about.
The political implications of bitcoin