Ted-Talks Opinion

Let’s talk first about the talk given by Sam Richards, the one about empathy.

I liked his example, putting the US in a position like the one they make other countries be when a society or a regime gets in between a resource and the US. It’s not right, and it’s even worse when the US citizens know about how are the foreign people treated by their army, by their governments that will do anything to their citizens if the US helps them to stay in power… And won’t do anything. That’s wrong. People should at least acknowledge that what they are doing is wrong. That people are getting killed, innocent people, to maintain the American economic lifestyle.

We often forget to ask who is really paying for our comfortable way of life. And if we did that more often, and put ourselves in the shoes of the people who are paying, with their lives, not just with money for the bills. They are suffering! They are dying! Their houses are bombed every day! From their government, from other nations, from the terrorists, from whoever. And the innocents, they don’t support the terrorists, they don’t support the regime, and still, they are paying the hard bills for us.

At the end, when using empathy, we allow ourselves to see the big picture and understand the other’s perspective. In the experiment Sam Richard does, we understand how a regular person, a regular Muslim, with a regular family, who live on a regular street in Syria, Iran, Irak, Afghanistan or wherever people are being subjugated to the other’s will sees the conflict. And Sam doesn’t ask you to change your perspective, but to understand theirs.

And as I have experienced, if you understand the other party perspective, it’s more probable to solve a conflict.

And if using empathy could help us understand wars, it can help us to solve any conflict in our regular life. Understanding your boss, who is asking you to perform at 110%. Understanding your employees who can’t really give their whole life to the work. Understanding your parents when they are angry at you. Understanding your sons when going to difficult stages of change in their lives.

It’s easier… And more healthy even.

And now into the David Marquet’s conference, about leaders.

First, I like to have control too. And I know that to have control is to give control.

Second, I know that my recurrent problem is that the people who I give the power to do things, they usually do nothing with it. I guess there are some people who need to be pressured as if they were hard-labor workers, like the ones in the photo of the factory.

And I know that it isn’t a really good practice. Because at the end, who really knows how to deal with the stuff, is the one who interacts with it as a regular job, not the one person who wants a change, or an execution of the stuff. And this doesn’t mean to give all the power of control to the subordinates because the organization and performance are at risk (Like the example he uses of giving leaves to the officers).

I gues I’m giving to much control to others… But still… I really do think there are people who ar ejust lazy.

 

 

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My comment on: Citizenfour

The first time I’ve heard about this movie was in class. I mean, it’s not like if I didn’t knew Edward Snowden’s story. I read it when it was developing, and followed each of his movements since. But unexpectedly, this movie passed unseen. So, thanks for making me watch it.

And my final verdict is a solid thumbs up. I like it. It’s interesting and very informative. The only problem I found was the difficulty to watch some slow parts. Where ES was just watching the TV, and we didn’t saw the TV, we saw him, and only him watching it. I understand that this is the kind of things that makes people stop the movie and search for more entertaining stuff (Like the new episode of Rick and Morty). And I also understand that this stuff is what makes the audience feel anxious and preoccupied for ES. But after a very long day, of working and accumulated sleep deprivation, I felt I was 3 seconds away from quitting when this scenes appeared, before it change to something else.

But as I said. Final verdict: Thumbs up. Must see for everyone.

Because this films demands being watch, not only by Americans (And not because, as the movie explains, not only them are being spied), but by anyone who cares about freedom and privacy, HER or HIS freedom and privacy.

The interesting stuff this documentary doesn’t doesn’t comment much (Maybe the data wasn’t enough at 2014?), is that this type of espionage has provided almost 0 arrests, and hasn’t prevented not even one terrorist attack. Because, as this Kurzgesagt video explains, (PLEASE WATCH. REALLY. WATCH IT), “If you are trying to find a needle in a hay stack, adding more hay won’t make the search easier”. And looking at all of the citizens data won’t make it easier for security agencies worldwide to protect us from terrorism (It might serve them another purpose). The reality is that all fashion espionage is what works.

And now, go and watch Citizenfour, and then PLEASE watch “Safe and Sorry” video of Kurzgesagt (In fact, watch all of their videos).

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The time value of money

Like the introduction says, the time value of money is a very important factor of the government, corporative and individual finance. Well, everything related to money is. And the concept of “time value of money” results from interest.

What is interest? We all learned. Its the cost of renting money. If you rent a house, your pay a given quantity of money plus maintaining the house in good state. When you rent money, at the end you return it -in good state- and pay a fee for using it. This type of interest is payed for each time the service is required, and its applied to the base cost each time. In more financial words, this is known as simple interest.

And there is also a compound interest. The logic its the same, except that the fee its not applied to the base cost each time the service is required, but its applied to the total cost of the last “iteration”. You borrow $100 with a 10%. First loop, you owe $110 (100+10), second loop $121 (110+11).
This can be represented by a formula: Pn = P0(1 + I)n
Where Pn = Value at n iterations. P0 = Initial value. I = Interest (Not percentile). n = iterations
Modifying this formula can be useful to predict future values, calculate the present value (given a future one at a specific iteration).

Other concepts such as annuity, perpetuity and intra-year compounding were specified in the on-line document.