‘How the future is going to be?’ It is obviously a foolish question to ask by a 70-plus-old-person like me. Still I wish to visualize the future life in our planet is quite interesting for everyone irrespective of age and gender. I may not be experiencing the future life but many others who are younger than me will certainly get that golden opportunity. Is it going to be a happy one? One can not say. Probably Paul, the Octopus may be able to predict as it did for the Germany’s foot ball future. Anyway as things move on, one thing appears to be certain is an increase in human population. I think, the number growing in billions is going to be the major problem for the future. Creation of humans by human beings and the advancement in health services will decide about the population pressure. Infrastructure facilities for billions of people all over the world are certainly going to be serious concern. Science and technology are the tools in the hands of humans to solve the problems and make the world happy. The East is copying the West and the West is trying to copy the East. The world will be converging further to connect everyone on the Globe. The distance between continents and nations is going to be narrowed and the culture of one nation will cross with the other to make a hybrid having huge vigor. I believe healthy and strong men and women will be there to make the future happy. Everyone needs food for survival. So food for all has to be produced in farms or in factories!. There will be ways and means to solve the food scarcity. Because of scientific advancement, solutions to problems would be possible in the future world. One of the basic necessities for all is the survival for the fittest. A country with billions of people differed in social status will certainly create chaos and crises which may lead to the question of ‘who is big?’ and ‘who is not?’ Finally fighting between groups of people may be expected. Such fighting probably will intensify terrorist activities that may bring down the intensity of the happiness we expect in future. Still I think there is an answer for every question as there is a solution for every problem.
A tourist stopped a local in a village he was visiting and asked; “what is the quickest way to the lake? The local thought for a while. “Are you walking or driving?” he asked the tourist. “I’m driving.” “That is the quickest way!” the local said.
Rosy reported for her university final examination which consisted of "yes/no" type questions. She took her seat in the examination hall and stared at the question paper for five minutes. In a fit of inspiration, she took her purse out, removed a coin and started tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet - Yes for Heads and No for Tails. Within half an hour she was all done, whereas the rest of the class was still sweating it out. During the last few minutes, she was seen desperately throwing the coin, muttering and sweating. The moderator, alarmed, approached her and asked what was going on. Her reply was, "I finished the exam in half and hour, but I'm rechecking my answers."
A blonde female police officer pulled over a blond woman for speeding. The blonde cop approached the car and asked the blonde for her driver’s license. The blonde driver asked, “What does a driver’s license look like?” as she search through her purse. The blonde cop said, “It’s a little thing with your picture on it.” The driver pulled out her powder compact, opened it, looked in the mirror and handed it to the officer. The blonde cop look in the mirror, handed it back and said, “ If you’d told me you were a police officer, we could have avoided all these.”
Committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Why do only 10% of men make to heaven? Because if they all go, it would be hell.
Noise can be defined as unwanted sound. Whether a sound is pleasant or a noise depends upon loudness, duration, rhythm and the mood of the person. The most immediate and acute effect of noise pollution is impairment of hearing, anxiety and stress and in extreme cases fright. Physiological manifestations; increase in the rate of heart beat, constriction of blood vessels and dilation of pupil of the eye.
Loudness is measured in terms of decibels (dB). Just audible sound is about 10 dB, a whisper is 20 dB, and a normal conversation is 35 – 60 dB. Sound beyond 80 dB can be safely regarded as pollution as it harms the hearing system. World Health Organization has fixed 45 dB as the safe noise level for a city.
K. Alagesan(State President, Tamil Nadu Inter-Caste Married couples Association): The Indian constitution envisages a casteless society. But our social order is basically caste-ridden. The Supreme Court of India has said that the caste system is a curse. The sooner it is destroyed, the better. For that to happen, inter-caste marriage is the only remedy. In fact, such marriages will be in the nation’s interest. Throughout, India, crores of people have married across castes, discarding the oppressive caste system. They relinquish all rituals and practices connected with their castes. They go straight to the Registrar of marriages, get their marriage registered and start to live as man and wife. Their offspring are naturally casteless.
John Moore: Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different view-point.
Tetra ethyl lead (TEL) is a killer chemical, nowadays banned in the West for use in car fuel. The colorless and oily liquid is so toxic that workers went mad and died during the first attempt to manufacture TEL commercially, at the Bayway refinery in New Jersey (US) in 1924. American newspapers called it “loony gas.” After that scandal, double-skinned rubber gear and goggles became de rigueur in its manufacture. TEL is the “lead” in leaded petrol: a heavy metal compound to improve energy performance. It was promoted by the oil industry for 50 years, until evidence of childhood neurological damage eventually outlawed it by 2000 in Europe and the US.
Will it be possible to live in a peaceful world in future? A very big question asked by one of my friends to me. My immediate answer was a big ‘No’ because people want more power and comfort. Aspirations like these lead them to suppress others. Contradiction in opinions and viewpoints in fact, create misunderstanding and non friendliness at individual or group levels. Even though many countries follow the democratic principles for governance there is always opposition parties to criticize and oppose. These parties are formed for liberating a section of people who are neglected in the development process. The reasons may be reasonable. However such disappointments in the minds of certain sections of the society induce them to fight for their rights. Fighting for rights is an accepted norm adopted by a free society. Some countries do not respect the peoples’ voice. Those countries do not allow the people to raise their voice and try to suppress them. As a result, a section of our society is always unhappy with the attitudes of rulers and those who are rich and super rich. The only way left to them is agitation and disturbing the peace. It leads to terrorism and killing people who may be security forces, common men and women and children. Such activities are going on all over the world. Millions of innocent lives are destroyed every year in the world. How can peace will prevail? Religious leaders and spiritual gurus are advising people to live in peace. Thousands and thousands of people congregate to listen, the convincing motivational speeches of these great men and women, everyday and everywhere on earth. But still the peace in the world is a rare commodity. As the population and technology explode, people instead of using their knowledge for the betterment of human life, they create an atmosphere of peacelessness and fear in the minds of people. I feel that peacefulness itself is a reason for the peacelessness in our planet!
A young man went to his grandfather's place to stay for the weekend. He was sitting down to lunch when he noticed that the spoons and forks were encrusted in a thin filmy substance.He asked his grandfather, "Are you sure you washed it properly?""As clean as cold water can get it" was the reply.So the young man shrugged and started eating.The next day at breakfast he noticed that the plates were dirty and grimy. It also smelled a bit like dog.Are you sure you washed it properly?"Clean as cold water can get it" was the reply again.The man, a bit suspicious for his health, looked at his grandfather, than at his plate and started eating.As he was leaving, his grandfather's dog jumped out in front of him, growled and generally blocked him from going forward."Cold water, leave the poor boy alone!" shouted the old man from inside.
Sign on a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels.
· Caste has no relevance in the 21st Century. It is the mark of an orthodox society. It serves no positive, and is an impediment to economic development. It runs counter to the country’s ambition to become a super power. The stratification of people is a political gimmick. A section of politicians is bound to take advantage of a caste-based head count. To fulfill their ambitions, our politicians want to drag India back by a few centuries. · The caste system in India suited the colonial British rulers, as it facilitated their policy of divide and rule. Elections to provisional assemblies were on communal basis. This evil of division had percolated even to sports. The founding fathers of our Constitution wisely made a provision for special reservation to schedule castes and scheduled tribes for the first 10 years. This was proactive measure to uplift the socially and economically oppressed sections of society. Later, politicians belonging to various parties have extended the privilege, making it almost a permanent provision in the Constitution.
1. Don’t say “yes” when you mean “no.” It’ll make you resentful. Say what you mean and mean what you say. 2. When driving, if someone wants to get in front of you, let him in front of you. And do it with a smile. It’ll make his day better, and it’ll make you feel good. You just changed the world. 3. Try to make a gratitude list each day. Include big things and little things. Invite your friends to make their own lists; you can all email one another each day, sharing your gratitude. 4. Don’t be a problem solver when a friend just wants you to be a listener. 5. Call your parents or grandparents. Sometimes, a five-minute phone call is all they need to feel loved. 6. Be a good neighbor: Be considerate inside and outside your home/apartment so your noise doesn’t bother those around you. That includes opening and closing your front door quietly. 7. Pee in the shower. If we each did this once a day, it would save an enormous amount of water and toilet paper (trees). 8. Write a “fan letter.” Tell someone you know, or someone you’ve never met, why you admire him or her. You’ll make someone’s day. 9. Curb your jealousy. Be happy for others. 10. Be willing to be wrong. If someone has a grievance with you, really try to see her point of view. If called for, apologize. It’s hard to do, but it feels really good and makes life so much easier.
Cybernetics is derived from a Greek word ‘Kybernetes’ meaning the art of steering. It means to plan out objectives or goals and then make efforts to achieve them. In the mid 1950s the term was popularized by Norbert Wiener. Cybernetics involves a multidisciplinary approach to the interaction or communication in machines and biological entities or between them. It is about gathering information. It involves the study of various subjects such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), electrical engineering, biology, neuro-physiology and psychology to name a few. Today cybernetics plays an important role in our daily lives. For example, the biometric systems are used in officer for recording entry and exit details of employees. With the development of new software programs and AI, the machine-man interaction is gaining importance in the study of cybernetics.
Communication is the most important skill in life. There are four modes of communication - Reading, writing, speaking and listening. And most people spend 2/3 to ¾ th of their waking hours doing those four things. Of those 4 communication modes, the one that represents 40-50% of our communication time is listening - the one mode we have had the least training in. Most of us have had years and years of training in reading, writing and speaking. But no more than 5% of us have had more than two weeks of formal training in how to listen.