“What is progress?”

You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact it’s one of the easier questions to answer.

Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better than hunger. Wealth is better than poverty. Peace is better than war. Safety is better than danger. Freedom is better than tyranny. Equal rights are better than bigotry and discrimination. Literacy is better than illiteracy. Knowledge is better than ignorance. Intelligence is better than dull-wittedness. Happiness is better than misery. Opportunities to enjoy family, friends, culture, and nature are better than drudgery and monotony.

All these things can be measured. If they have increased over time, that is progress.

Granted, not everyone would agree on the exact list. The values are avowedly humanistic, and leave out religious, romantic, and aristocratic virtues like salvation, grace, sacredness, heroism, honor, glory, and authenticity.

But most would agree that it’s a necessary start. It’s easy to extoll transcendent values in the abstract, but most people prioritize life, health, safety, literacy, sustenance, and stimulation for the obvious reason that these goods are a prerequisite to everything else. If you’re reading this, you are not dead, starving, destitute, moribund, terrified, enslaved, or illiterate, which means that you’re in no position to turn your nose up at these values – nor to deny that other people should share your good fortune.”

 

– Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (New York: Viking Press, 2018)

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Machine Learning

  • Found this good start /www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-EtmaFJieY
    • Logistical Regression. Classification algorithm traditionally limited to only two-class classification problems
      • Confusion Matrix
      • Accuracy of prediction models
    • Linear discriminant analysis. For a single input variable (x) this is the mean and the variance of the variable for each class. For multiple variables, this is the same properties calculated over the multivariate Gaussian, namely the means and the covariance matrix. Output is categorical.
    • K nearest neighbors. non-parametric, lazy learning algorithm. Its purpose is to use a database in which the data points are separated into several classes to predict the classification of a new sample point. /medium.com/@adi.bronshtein/a-quick-introduction-to-k-nearest-neighbors-algorithm-62214cea29c7
  • Need to deep dive here more. Seems really practical.
    • Defining the problem. Prepare the data…

Robert Greene, Laws of Human Nature

  • People are irrational.
  • Confirmation bias.
  • Conviction bias.

…separate words, actions, beliefs.


Prisoners of Geography Review Summary

Russia

  • Control Poland and all Baltic states.
  • North European plain as vulnerability.
  • Ukraine for deep sea port.

China

  • Control Tibet.
  • Indian invasion and water shortage.

United States

  • Pacific and Atlantic are best defenses.
  • Insane defense. Right to bear arms. 100 Million loaded guns.

Europe

  • Southern European. Less arable land. Not great trade routes.
  • Northern European. Strategic.

Africa

  • Understanding waterways are key for commercials.
  • Deep water harbors with China

Korea

  • South Korea remains vulnerable.
  • Hills alongside the border to North Korea. Artillery.
  • Flat terrain to South Korea.

Thoughts: For understanding international business and geopolitics, there is a need to study geography and cartography.


WW2

  • Reading 1939-1945 Isaac Asimov’s chronology of the world. Interesting storytelling on World War II.
  • This is an engaging map timeline 320-281-0314

Belt and Road Initiative

6 corridors for trade routes for economic superpower set up

Why Pakistan is incredibly important to China…

Why it’s concerning why China is lending so much. These countries are unstable and assumed to default…

China still lends for trade route security for decades to come.

Ukraine conflict

Baltic states are buffer to European Allied powers. Getting to the wedge in Poland is a free march to Moscow. Russia always gets attacked from here.

Also there is a deep sea port that needs to be occupied for securing a trade route Russia controls.


12 Rules for Life: The Antidote to Chaos Chapter 11-12, Coda

  • Pursuing something creates hierarchy of value. Any hierarchy has winners and losers. Absolute equality sacrifices value.
  • Ideas have consequences. The Gulag Archipelago: the Soviet system could not survive without slave labor and tyranny.
  • Even if facts cannot speak for themselves, it does not mean that every interpretation is valid, nor all opinions hold equal weight. Some hurt yourself and others. Some are not workable. Some not sustainable across time.
  • Competence – not power.
  • Group identity can be fractionated down to the level of the individual.
  • What have I done to contribute to the situation we were arguing about?
  • Here’s how I was wrong? Here’s what I can do to set things a little more right?
  • You won’t like the answer. To seek peace – you have to want the answer more than you want to be right. This is a prerequisite of negotiation.
  • Do the most good possible in the shortest amount of time.
  • Try to ensure that the good you do will be exceeded only by the good you do the year after.
  • Orient yourself properly. Aim for paradise then focus on the day.
  • Always place becoming before current being.
  • Knowledge of fragility and mortality by death can terrify but it can also awaken and remind those who grieve not to take for granted people who love them.
  • Build yourself into someone you can rely on in best times and worst.
  • Wish the best for others.

On Immunity: An Inoculation Ch 6-7

  • Risk perception.
  • Vaccines depends on the reactions of the person. It invites the body to produce its own protection.
  • We are diseased all the time. Only when disease manifests as illness do we pay attention to it.
  • 3/4 of Native Americans would die because of disease.
  • The Silent Spring. DDT (control for Malaria). No causation for cancer.

Carnivore Diet

 

Week’s Goals 22-Oct-2018

Projects

  • PM and BD documentation for G
  • InvG close out

Finance

  • JB, APC and domestic financials reporting
  • Sky to JB invoicing with Kate
  • Align with Dane on plan for collecting domestic costs
  • Complete October end of month timesheets and forecasted invoices for aaX, Rare Birds, DysrupIT (September work)

Ops

  • MIR preparations

Aimlessness and the need to contend with Fortune

I have acutely observed that the spirits that govern my ability and human powers to act, deem it necessary for the existence of an enemy (perceived or real), or something to conquer. Perhaps it is the same for all men whether articulated or not. In a sense, whether it comes from our circumstances or the deepest recesses of our hearts, I have found that it is what keeps me moving – and I propose – what keeps me living.

Life is suffering and the nature of pain defies the final analysis.

This tragic (and sometimes malevolent) reality necessitates an equally powerful response beyond our current ability to rationalize: aim at heaven, align yourself to the highest possible good, and work on the day to day to fix what you can fix. This open formula has stood multiple tests in my own life as a whole. Nevertheless, I fall short in this practice – and when I cannot spur myself to action, holding this ideal causes bouts of heavy melancholy. I begin to question myself – is this the summation of all I am good for? On rare occasions, my mind speaks like so: “If it is then I should be put to a swift end for my contribution to our species has expired and my cost is a burden.” – and I have to catch myself when this happens and or pursue extreme leisures to forget the looming darkness that eats at the core of my existence.

On many occasions, my heart burns with envy against the man who has this day after day: he wakes up, kisses his kids, goes to work, happy with his occupation, comes home, has dinner with his kids, has sex with his wife, and the whole cycle begins anew. There might be some vacations on the weekend, some anniversaries and parties to attend, some friends to share good times with, maybe some opportunities to make a bit more money but otherwise a peaceful life, not rattling the cages and yet happy where he is and unafraid on where he is going – believing the world will be okay. This man, the fully occupied, going to where the world calls them to be (should I have to suffer aimlessness?).

Yet in a similar note, having eaten from Eden’s Tree of Good and Evil, I abhor living unaware, with no knowledge of painful realities of what plagues the worst of us, no ability to learn and handle the chaos beyond our borders within and without, stripped of the power to choose, controlled by external faculties aside from my own, and unable to manifest our destinies – a version of slavery in all but name.

When we read histories of great and illustrious men – the heroes who have fashioned civilization, have they in their darkest and most secret moments – doubt themselves? Maybe they were also haunted by the same demons? How have they been able to act quickly and correctly in times of reckoning? I have no good reason to believe that it is only by Fortune that these people have made their mark, on the contrary, contending with Her every single day.

Maybe, just maybe…that’s the answer. Or part of it. After all, we’re going to pay a price for all we do and don’t do. We don’t get to choose to not pay a price but we can choose the poison we can take. Maybe the right way to imagining this moving forward is a friendly but serious battle with God (for that is the only way a student of swordsmanship will learn) for the power to choose what poison to take at the moment.

I take comfort in that for now.

Weekly Learnings 15-21 Oct 2018

The name and the title caught my eye while browsing through Youtube learning videos. How can “Nobel” – a name I always associated with some grand accomplishment in science and peace – be named the merchant of death? After all, there are prizes annually given out under the Nobel name for notable individuals. In any case, I started looking into it and learned that Nobel was a workaholic inventor of some sort.

At seventeen, he was obsessed with making nitroglycerin safe to handle. One day during this endeavor, his brother died in an factory explosion accident. Thinking it would be an insult to his brother’s memory, Nobel continued the work on this, and eventually dynamite was born which was of great of value to the construction and mining industries. It seems that his goal was not to use it as a weapon of war (I haven’t read as much in other alternative sources) but as some sort of deterrent – but it seems have become instrumental in the Spanish-American war (which I will probably read more about when I have more time).

His love life was pretty interesting. He ran an ad in the papers: “Wealthy highly-educated elderly gentleman seeks lady of mature age, versed in languages, as secretary and supervisor of household”. Because of this, he met the Countess Bertha Kinsky. Nobel fell in love with her. Unfortunately, she ceased working with him (probably because of the difficulties of the working relationship), heading back to her home country and marrying someone else (awww). Nobel and Kinsky maintained a good correspondence though. After this, Nobel established a relationship with an incredibly younger woman, but who was said to be low breeding, and non intellectual – an opposite of Kinsky. This woman eventually cuckolded him later on and even demanded regular allowance as support. Key lesson: don’t go crazy after women.

Back to the work, eventually, another of Nobel’s brothers, Ludwig, died while visiting France – but the papers published Nobel’s obituary by mistake (“The Merchant of Death” is dead). Nobel was said to have been mortified and from this point on, focused efforts making a positive legacy. When he died in 1896, he left his wealth (worth approximately 500 billion dollars today) for a fund to establish the Nobel prizes:786-326-1866

  • Egyptians worshipping the human eye

“Paying attention to the things that shine forth!” When we pursue the things that guide our interests, and more revelations are revealed, our goals become transformed (even if culturally conditioned) and we ourselves are transformed as well.

If you follow the thing that manifests itself to you as interesting, it will lead you through adversity but not beyond your capacity. As you hit yourself against the world, you’ll tap yourself into alignment like the internal structure of a jewel (which is something that reflects light) making you hard and durable – able to bear the terrible conditions of existence without being corrupt.

Intangible goods have a very different set of dynamics in terms of competition and risk. Intangible goods like software have: sunk cost, have spillover effects, significantly more scalable than physical goods, most likely have various synergies. These factors also determine the kind of value we tag companies that are built on creating and selling these goods. While pricing equilibrium assumptions seem to hold, the old linear supply-demand model does not account for these new dynamics. How do you make sense of this? (e.g measurement? IP laws? rules of engagement? taxation? etc.)

“What is the best way to stimulate an economy in a world where capitalism happens without the capital? We need really smart thinkers and brilliant economists digging into all of these questions. Capitalism Without Capital is the first book I’ve seen that tackles them in depth, and I think it should be required reading for policymakers.” – Bill Gates

I find his story extremely interesting to me personally as a character torn between different loyalties, a non-believer in extreme and radical approaches, but yet called to bring order to a very chaotic time across his country. His background is very relatable as well: born middle-class, enough to have a sturdy Protestant education, and because of this – a network to the future “nobles” of this time. History books say that in his 30s, he experienced a spiritual and psychological conversion, describing it as a transformation of darkness into light. Knowing his work later on, I believe this memory would sustain him and in his mission – a cornerstone of his belief with a hint of Messianic complex. It’s interesting to note that most great people of history (who I am at the least aware of) has experienced something similar.

In the beginning of his career in Parliament was due to his relationships with the Puritan community that were quite a bit on the radical side of the spectrum (I’d like to read up on the histories of how various religions spread in Europe). Primary issues of importance in those times were taxation, monopolies, and corrupt religious orders – he was an outspoken person in opposition to the king’s government but not enough to be a critical troublemaker (I don’t have a good education on the history of English government – it might also be good for me to take a good look).

Enter, in the English Civil Wars c 1642, Cromwell became involved in the military and proved himself a good leader of men with excellent organizational powers. Eventually, with gaining fame and credibility as a soldier, he rose through the ranks as a commander. He was known for and distinguishing himself by his strictness on how he handled his fighting men – and eventually his cavalry became a key unit in the wars. This combination of involvement in politics and military defined his time.

After the first civil war, Parliament intended to dissolve the army as cheap as possible which caused some disappointment (maybe extreme resentment) among the ranks. While this is happening, he was in the position of mediating between the king to submit to a constitutional settlement to Parliament – keeping morale as the general feeling in the army is that neither the king nor Parliament could be trusted. The balancing act between all these demonstrates his opposition to extremist measures but he (as we can see later on) always had a heart for the soldiers he served with. When the king escaped custody, Cromwell abandoned his balancing act. The king fleeing, led to the second English Civil Wars. After the Battle of Dunbar (September 1650) which marked the end of the wars, Cromwell became a mediator again between Parliament and the army but eventually concluded that the present members should be dissolved and replaced citing corruption (I would like to be privy to the content of such negotiations). Cromwell led his musketeers to expel the members from the House and two months later set up new members – the Assembly of Saints – to rule with a Puritan style government. He eventually also decided, to dissolve this – believing that they were far too radical (and also did not consult him) on matters of state.

In December 1653, he set up (it was said reluctantly) a different government where he became lord protector, ruling the three nations of England, Scotland, and Ireland with the advice and help of a council of state and a Parliament, which had to be called every three years. Cromwell’s story from a private station gaining a state is a master craft if examined through Machiavellian lens. Much remains to be said on how he sustained this gains. A story for a different time perhaps.

  • Game Theory: Backwards Induction

Think of the ideal outcomes that you would like to occur then reverse engineer the different paths towards this, assigning risk management principles on those different paths. Do this enough times to the present is a critical tool for forecasting and planning for any and all possible contingencies. Others will say this to be overthinking, but I believe otherwise. It is not very wise to predict things as Fortune has a way of bringing much trouble to the table – rather prepare for any and all probable scenarios, assign likelihoods, and put resources against these accordingly.

  • The Gene: An Intimate History (cont’, note that my notes below is reorganized excerpts of the book)

Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee’s own family – with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness – cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation – from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

I was able to complete reading the chapters “Truths and Reconciliations” and “Transformation”.

Scientists studying living organisms were far more preoccupied with other matters: embryology, cell biology, the origin of species, and evolution. Attempts to answer these questions had all
become mired at precisely the same juncture. The missing link, in all cases, was information. Every cell, and every organism, needs information to carry out its physiological function—but where does that information come from?  The gene was offered a potential solution to all these problems in a single sweep – if the gene was the central currency of biological information, then major characteristics of the living world—not just heredity—should be explicable in terms of genes: (a) variation, (b) evolution, and (c) development.

Explaining variation…

By 1910, the greatest minds in biology had accepted that discrete particles of information carried on chromosomes were the carriers of hereditary information. Nineteenth-century biometricians had demonstrated that human traits were distributed in smooth, continuous, bell-shaped curves. Even the development of an organism—the most obviously inherited chain of information—seemed to progress through smooth, continuous stages, and not in discrete bursts. How could “particles of information”—pixels of heredity—give rise to the observed smoothness of the living world? Ronald Fisher realized that the careful mathematical modeling of hereditary traits might resolve this rift. “Mendel had discovered the discontinuous nature of genes, choosing highly discrete traits upon cross breeding plants. But what if real-world traits were the result of not a single gene, with just two states but of multiple genes?” Fisher came to the following conclusion: if you mixed the effects of three to five variant genes on any trait, you could generate nearly perfect continuity in phenotype. This idea extended Mendelian view of genetics to account for multiple genes factoring a trait.

Explaining evolution…

Darwin had reasoned that evolution works via natural selection—but for natural selection to work, there had to be something natural to select. A population of organisms in the wild must have enough natural variation such that winners and losers can be picked. But what is the engine that generates natural variation in the wild? Hugo de Vries had proposed that mutations were responsible for variation: changes in genes created changes in forms that could be selected by natural forces. Was there experimental proof that identifiable mutations in real genes were responsible for variation? Were mutations sudden and spontaneous, or were abundant natural genetic variations already present in wild populations? And what happened to genes upon natural selection? 

Theodosius Dobzhansky, a Ukrainian biologist who had emigrated to the United States, set out to describe the extent of genetic variation in wild populations: hunt for wild flies. In a specific wild fly species, Dobzhansky found multiple gene variants that influenced complex traits, The most striking examples of variation involved flies collected from the same region that possessed two radically different configurations of the same genes. The distinction between the two “races” of flies by virtue of a single chromosomal inversion was the most dramatic example of genetic variation that any geneticist had ever seen in a natural population. Dobzhansky launched an attempt to demonstrate variation, selection, and evolution in a single experiment. He inoculated two sealed, aerated cartons with a mixture of two fly strains inversed to each other in a one-to-one ratio. One carton was exposed to a cold temperature. The other, inoculated with the same mixture of strains, was left at room temperature. After four months, he found that the populations had changed dramatically. In the “cold carton,” the flies with the first strain had nearly doubled, while the inverse had dwindled. In the carton kept at room temperature, the two strains had acquired the opposite ratio. He had captured all the critical ingredients of evolution. Starting with a population with natural variation in gene configurations, he had added a force of natural selection: temperature. The “fittest” organisms—those best adapted to low or high temperatures—had survived. As new flies had been born, selected, and bred, the gene frequencies had changed, resulting in populations with new genetic compositions. Dobzhansky resurrected two important words—genotype and phenotype. A genotype is an organ- ism’s genetic composition. It can refer to one gene, a configuration of genes, or even an entire genome. A phenotype, in contrast, refers to an organism’s physical or biological attributes and characteristics—the color of an eye, the shape of a wing, or resistance to hot or cold temperatures.

To summarize the formula of the framework that was discovered after these: genotype + environment + triggers + chance = phenotype. There is no such thing as perfection, only the relentless, thirsty matching of an organism to its environment. That is the engine that drives evolution. 

Dobzhansky’s final flourish was to solve the “mystery of mysteries” that had preoccupied Darwin: the origin of species. If wild populations with variations in genotype keep interbreeding, Dobzhansky knew, a new species would never be formed: a species, after all, is fundamentally defined by its in- ability to interbreed with another. For a new species to arise, then, some factor must arise that makes interbreeding impossible. Dobzhansky wondered if the missing factor was geographic isolation. He mixed flies from two “races” in the same cage. The flies mated, gave rise to progeny—but the larvae grew into infertile adults. Using linkage analysis, geneticists could even trace an actual configuration of genes that evolved to make the progeny infertile. This was the missing link in Darwin’s logic: reproductive incompatibility, ultimately derived from genetic incompatibility, drove the origin of novel species. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several studies suggest that it is a net positive to regularly articulate precisely: your understanding of where you come from, your view of yourself and your state in the world at the present, and the vision for the future – as a reaction to trauma. The various collected research literature quoted in the essay suggest writing gives positive impact and improvements in overall health, the execution of tasks, understanding of strategy, and overall cognitive ability than merely imagining them. I have no reason to believe the contrary for the moment. If writing is a formalized version of thinking, I think it is good to practice this on a regular basis. I will check out the Future Authoring program and evaluate it, possibly focusing on this in December while envisioning my goals for next year.

 

Weekly Interesting Reads (8 to 14 Oct 2018)

  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Chapters 14 to 19 (reread)
    • These chapters are my favorite essays on the principles of statecraft relative to the observation of human behavior. While I am tempted to consider these principles universal and absolute throughout time, as is the usual human reaction, I strongly feel that there should be a translation that fits the current zeitgeist.
  • What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One? by Scott Barry Kaufman on October 8, 2018
    • It is interesting to dive into research of people with the same belief structure. I would like to grapple with the contradictions of living this out and the concrete actions of people who act this in the world. I have not fully thought this out yet, but as far as I’m able to articulate this, a unitary view of reality skirts the line between a loose view: where there is an appreciation and the assumption of the concrete differences from an the objective level and yet an intuitive sense of coherence in its dynamism (should I say faith?); and a more autocratic view: that suggest that all “should” be one, a tendency leading to forcing coherence in the objective static level – a dangerous line which, in my opinion, is a step away from nihilism and extreme resentment to life when he is betrayed such beliefs.  I’d be glad to see the primary literature though (will need access to view the full paper in the academic journal). Pushing that even further, it would be good to have access to academic journals and new studies relatively quickly.
  • Spice and Wolf, Volume 1 Chapters 1-2
    • The beginning of the Lawrence’s adventures with Holo, a twenty something travelling merchant with a centuries old Wisewolf in human form. Chapter 2 ends with: Lawrence taking a risk on a fellow merchant’s currency speculation opportunity despite Holo’s warning that the merchant is lying; and a conversation about Lawrence getting attacked by wolves in the mountains and if Holo attacked humans before. I love the banter and the chemistry of friendship between these two and the fact that I feel like I relate with Lawrence’s disposition when dealing with Holo’s teasing.

Listening and Learning

Every time you learn something, it’s because something you did didn’t work, and that exposes you to a part of the world you don’t understand.

Every time this happens, you have the possibility of rebuilding structures that you use to interpret the world. This is why it’s more important to notice that you’re wrong than it is to prove that you’re right.

It might be useful to listen to people that annoy you in on the off-chance that they know something that if they tell you, you can use instead of dying.

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I have come to believe that it is imperative for me: (a) to start articulating a vision for my life and who I am, (b) to understand what is true and what it means to pursue such a path, (c) and to act accordingly.

Us humans, we are aiming creatures.

Having a direction and moving towards it is a necessary requirement for a life of meaning. After some reflection, I have found some goals close to my heart consistently throughout the years. It is my hope that, in beginning the effort to write this and put it on record, I make myself accountable for these goals – reminding my of who I am and who I am meant to be.

We come into the world on the shoulders of giants.

Even our current zeitgeist of feminism and fighting against marginalization of various kinds could have only come about because of the social structures that give us the security, the language, and the privilege to even express it – products of the development of capitalism, liberal democracy, and some deep seated dominance hierarchies.

This is true throughout history.

Consider how the the agricultural revolution (which led to proper military developments) in ancient times allowed enough security and leisure for our first philosophers to look up at the sky to ponder the heavens – the act that is the root of all scientific inquiry. There will always be problems but our first response should not always be to hastily destroy what historically allows us to exist and conceive of doing so. Nevertheless, I am aware that this gratefulness is more prevalent when you are born with parents who care deeply about their children and have the means and resources to provide ample sustenance and security necessary for a child to grow into an engaged actor in the world. It is a painful reality that some of us are not born in the most positive of environments.

Shunned, neglected, abused, abandoned – orphans start with a cruel hand of cards by no fault of their own. Resentful and broken adults, with some inarticulate and deep seated desire for revenge against the world, whispering curses against Fate, when left to their own devices and alone in the world with no support communities become prone to descend into chaos and will most likely hurt themselves and others – even when they don’t understand why.

How much more the children…

Someday, we will have run our course and the dawn will set on us in this circle of life. If we truly believe in the future of our species – there is no stronger act of faith and hope than taking care of children and rearing them to become the best kind of humans they can be. In my mind, this appears to be a fundamental effort for man to thrive.

Progress and life is not linear, but I would like to believe that in the effort of leaving the world a little better and having nurtured the next generation’s stewards is worthwhile for future proofing what it means to be Good.

Imagine men and women fixing what’s in disrepair, bringing order to chaos (and chaos to too much order); creative beings aiming towards the highest good they can yet focusing on the day; people who know how to love and paragons of hope because they have seen it in action and have been its very recipients.

I have not conceptualized a more concrete good in the meantime – and as far as my reflections take me – the goal seems to be creating, sustaining, or supporting organizations that will take care of orphans and nurture them to become better people. Yet all I have at this point is kindness and this desire.

Because of this I will need to seek out what the current state of reality for orphans.

I am not the only one who’s tried to tackle this issue. Wiser people than myself and bigger organizations with more resources have started this tradition I believe and I will not deign to reinvent where there is need to, nor create more redundant efforts. I need to look more into this and research into the history what current efforts are underway in my own city, all the way to the globally operating organizations in governments, non-profits, and the private sectors. In addition, I need more articulate understanding of the current different literature (they are not always aligned) and the various practices (they are not always the same) in child psychology, education and learning psychology, the administration and operations of orphanages throughout time, health and overall human development.

This is a long term strategy of course, and there will need to be effort reverse engineering this process and determining what do I need to do today to move forward on this. In that said, the two key components to this are: great and good friends of the same mind across the world; and the financial capabilities to pursue this affair – both of which are also aligned with the vision I am building for myself.

But to talk on that another time.

Some day, when I am old, I would be very happy to have seen some children grow into their own successes and pass on the torch as well.

R