Writer's Block

Writer's Block

The Certain Uncertainty

The Certain Uncertainty

The date in which I write this article is on 11.11.11.  There is symmetry in this row of number ones that does make you feel that there’s a significance to this day.  As a matter of fact, there are many weddings taking place on this date, whether for good luck or so that couples could remember their wedding anniversary easier.  Words that go round in Twitterverse is that if you make a wish on 11:11 on 11.11.11, it will come true:  a sweet idea that has gone viral and as I’m typing this, generating a global outpouring of wishes that is making this date a Twitter trending topic.

It’s funny how as humans we are always fascinated and on the look out for the significant, particularly in numbers and dates and how they relate to our lives.  We make a great deal of birthdays, anniversaries and commemorations of events that we find important in the course of our history and life’s journey. 

We look back at our lives as a series of milestones comprising of dates and years signifying our achievements - when we finished high school, when we won that poetry prize, when we graduated from university, when we got married, when we got that first job or set up that business.  Laid out in that fashion, it is easy to trace and make sense of the direction our life is taking.  It creates meaning and makes us feel important.

Perhaps it’s precisely our ability to put our past in some kind of order - to see the symbolic in things and events and the desire to decipher and extract meaning out of them, as are our propensity to project our fears, desires and hopes on the things around us, whether in magic numbers or in our interpretations of disasters and natural phenomena - that have enabled us to survive for so long on the planet where other species have failed. 

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Nothing To Watch

Nothing To Watch

Sometimes I wonder why I work in television.  For a start, I rarely watch it.  I’ve been on it for the past two decades that is true, though appearing on television and a...

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Cities

Cities

Recently I was in the United States of America and wrote some of my thoughts during my trip there.  Enjoy!

I'm currently in New York City.  Even before landing in the Big ...

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Learning By Playing

Learning By Playing

For the past week I've been at MIT Sloan Executive Education to learn.  I'm not yet exactly sure about what, but I have an idea that it's about learning to learn, so I th...

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

It’s that time of the year again.  The season when all your communication gadgets get spammed with messages from passing acquaintances and total strangers asking for fo...

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My Fasting Spirit

My Fasting Spirit

It’s the fasting month of Ramadhan.  I like this month.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not that pious or into the idea that this is the proper month in which to fix my moral b...

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Seeking Refuge in Nature

Seeking Refuge in Nature

I am on a boat being pushed out to sea on the East coast of Bali.  The wind is strong here, partly due to being in a bay and partly because it's winter in Australia, ma...

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The Vision Thing

The Vision Thing

I'm a great believer in visualisation as a tool to fulfill an objective.  When embarking on a project, I close my eyes, visualise the result that I want to have, and try ...

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The Kamoro Man

The Kamoro Man

Sometimes it takes an outsider's eye to make us appreciate what we have.  What others consider our national treasure and cultural heritage we often take for granted or di...

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If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

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