My Thoughts on Information Age

With the advancements in the Information Age, the thing it sought to liberate originally – Information, is also being blurred.

While it is easier to acquire new skills and knowledge, so-called gurus and fake teachers are also increasing.

While it is easier to get updated news coverage, it has also created an avenue for fake and maliciously fabricated news.

No longer could one just rely on any single platform for 100% accurate news or information without any hidden agendas or biases.

We cannot even trust our news feeds on our social media walls, as there are algorithm to throw at us things that may influence or build upon our biases for government or corporation’s benefits.

I fear for the future as all these are just encouraging mistrust amongst people. Mistrust would breed skeptism and create inefficiencies in the entire population.

The future is indeed worrying, and being the optimist that I always try to be, I can only pray and hope for responsible and honorable people to be in top positions in a country and in corporations.

With these thoughts in mind, I hope that any further advancements will truly bring people together instead of apart. And while it is impractical to rely on hope only, in some situations, it is the only thing that is left to hold on to.

Praying for the World, especially for Amazon rainforest, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and even Singapore. I pray not for myself for my kids’ futures and their kids’ futures.


Resist the temptation to COMPLAIN (Always Forward Series Part 3)

When things do not go right, we always have the tendency to do one thing – complain. This is the first response for most of us humans.

This is unfortunate because not only is it counterproductive, complaining usually makes us feel worse off emotionally.

Why do we “like” to complain or choose to complain? I guess it is because it is the easiest thing to do. It kinda gives us the justification that the next logical step to take is not from us, our end but that someone or something that we are complaining about. It gives us a reason to not think creatively because the issue is not with us, or so we would love to think.

When an employee does not perform as required, it is not uncommon to see employers blaming them for their incompetence but seldom see them take ownership and reflect if their instructions to their employees were clear enough. Complaining helps defray the complainant’s responsibility from having to take proactive actions.

So what is the alternative?

Without complicating it unnecessarily, it is as simple as take a step back, reflect and look for avenues where you can make a change or tweak to effect a better outcome. Instead of asking why, learn to ask what? Instead of why is he or why the external is the cause, ask what can I, the only constant in the equation, do in future to facilitate a more favourable outcome.

In the example above, instead of blaming the employee for his incompetence, look for areas where you can guide him towards effective work. This is, of course, taking into consideration that the individual is willing to commit to learn.

Lesser complaints also make us happier human beings. It saves us from unnecessary emotions that do not serve anyone, especially the complainant.

It is not easy but it is not hard either. It is a habit and the more we practice it, the better we become at it!