Arquivo para August, 2018

The stomach, the mind and the heart

03 Aug

The path within the longest human body to go is what goes from the head to the heart, or from the heart to the stomach, I would say it is the second because it goes through the pocket.
You can not eat those who have no money, so the poor discover that they must go through the pocket of the rich to have something or even begging, to satisfy the stomach.
But Jesus is harsh when he says to the thousands of followers who sought him: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek me, not because ye have seen signs, but because ye have eaten bread, and been satisfied” (Jn 6:26) material and human dogmas, and forget that the spiritual is part of the human problem, it is because of lack of soul and humanity that there is hunger.
The imprisonment of dogmas of the human mind, ignoring both the feelings symbolized by the heart and the human, economic, and spiritual problems, neglects part of man and ends up reducing it to categories of utility or idea.
The human complex must be thought and respected as a whole, reducing it to a fragment not only makes problems insoluble, but most of the time they end up aggravating it.
One reads in Arrabida’s letter on transdisciplinarity in the preamble: “the contemporary rupture between ever more cumulative knowledge and an increasingly impoverished inner being leads to the rise of a new obscurantism” (Letter from Arrábida, Portugal, 1994) .
Obscurantism is the absence of increasingly restricted dialogues and “liturgies” in the university sphere leading to the problem of obscurantism by looking at man in one or the other aspect only, denying it as a complex whole.
Not even bread will live the man, although poverty lingers on the globe, and many people live even without a piece of ground that they can call homeland.


Whatsapp will monetize

02 Aug

According to Facebook information Whatsapp since 2014, the most popular chat in the world will monetize and sell ads, there are curious things about it, like buying ads within Facebook and they circulate in WhatsApp.

To buy ads within Facebook itself will be put a built-in button in WhatsApp embedded, when users click on this element, they will immediately start a conversation by the messenger of the company making the announcement, it is not known if there will be intelligence detecting the conversation, be talking about travel and at the same time arise offers of flight, on Facebook this already happens.

Curiously, if the person is answered within 24 hours, there will be no charge for the deal made when talking to WhatsApp users, if the response is over 24 hours, the “messages due” dialogs will be charged.

A new feature that can greatly explore users will be able to receive company information directly from WhatsApp.

The example again is that of an area company, which may send you boarding passes a few hours before your flight, and Netflix already sends warnings about new seasons and episodes of the series that you have watched in the streaming service.

Strictly speaking WhatsApp Business has existed since January of this year, but did not generate a penny for the company, the company launched on Wednesday a service API.

It remains to be seen what will be the reaction of the users, since this will put a “noise” in conversations that should be private, and the use of personal information is somewhat questionable.


Because we walk tired it seems like a general theme

01 Aug

One of these small books that we read and discover incredible things, was the book of Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, his booklet My Night in the Twentieth Century.

His speech at the Swedish Academy on receiving the award tells of his childhood in a district of England, his early works, the discovery of Marcel Proust, no doubt an influence on his novels, but something caught my attention, consider himself a tired writer.

He had already read in The Bournot Society of Byung-Chul Han’s exhaustion contemporary diseases such as depression, hyperactivity, Bournout Syndrome, anxiety and others that appear to be the landscape at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Chul Han’s recipes are to try to regain the contemplative vitta, Edgar Morin will talk about conviviality and educate for life, but the bottom line is where this fatigue comes from.

The easy answer is technology and life runs from day to day, but the first is an easy answer to what has been going on for 20 years at most and the problem is earlier, the second is simplistic, perhaps for the early man In the last century, everyday life was rampant and convivial. In post-war Japan people took stress in electronic machines and the rhythm was not a shadow of what it is today.

At last it seems that there is a problem really in the background, and this is linked to human existence, we could be happy thinking about the future life after death, this is not enough today, we could be happy thinking about a good marriage and a good salary, this today is little , something else is missing.

Philosophy called this existential-ontological problem, religion and a part of the thinkers called the “secular” Nietzsche called nihilism, and before him Kiegaard asked why there is everything and not nothing, or ask about what is evil.

Kieekegaard wrote in his book Human Despair, see that this is from the nineteenth century, more precisely in 1849 under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, where he states that the origin of despair lies in the imagination, where man can create a fantasy relationship with himself , and in my modest interpretation, precisely in the society that wanted to remove from the scene the imaginary, the fantasy and the beliefs, according to the Enlightenment all in the field of “superstition”.

Nietzsche would agree with the post-Manichean Augustine of Hippona in saying “what is done out of love is always beyond good and evil,” and, therefore, more than art, contemplation, and life itself, is Love that can give meaning to everything, and for this we need to have “soul”.

It is not something fundamentalist or purely religious, but it means recognizing that beyond the objective, the human, and the concrete, we need some deep meaning for life, and this must undoubtedly be somehow linked to an impossible concrete as anything that is intended to be objective: Love gives meaning to life.