Friday, March 23, 2007


*warning, more random thoughts*

if you can't tell from the last 3 days, work has anything but stimulated me. i have made progress though. here are just some of the ideas flowing through my head on my way to work this morning. enjoy.......

why has it become acceptable not to be able to trust anyone? does anybody else see a problem with this or is it just me? it really is sad that you can't even listen to other people anymore without sifting through all of the "Bad Stuff" for the microscopic bits of truth. why has it become necessary to lie in order to make yourself look better in other peoples' eyes? who cares what other people may think? and if it is that important, why hasn't that concern motivated you to better yourself so you are pleased with you situation and don't have to embellish it anymore? i digress though. the selfish nature of people has so corrupted any and all interactions that you have to be on your toes...........................ALWAYS!!! john nash, played by russell crowe, in a beautiful mind won the nobel peace prize for his work on game theory. in the movie, the moment of truth came to nash when he realized that the best outcome for the group came when each player does what's best for him AND what maximizes the benefit for the entire group. people, we are forgetting the second half to this remarkable piece of research. it works. why do you think he won the nobel peace prize? we no longer (if people ever did) look for the intersection of personal gain and global benefit. we are too content with merely maximizing our own gain. i'm least for now.


Blogger Alastair said...

The field you work in, research, is all about what other people think. Otherwise why would there be something called peer review, which is basically other people trying to pick apart your work?

The whole concept of an academic career is to rely on publication counts and the number of program committees they have participated in to progress. Very rarely do people progress on mearly their brilliance and ethics.

Anyway, I like your rant. It encapsulates quite a bit of what I have often felt like for the last couple of years! Don't despair -- it is all part of the learning process.

12:09 AM  
Blogger plez... said...


Trust (like Respect) is earned; it cannot be doled out in a cavalier fashion or on a whim. Recall your days as quarterback, you only TRUSTED the receivers who earned your trust by consistently catching the ball that was thrown to them. Recall your days as president of your fraternity chapter, you only TRUSTED those brothers who consistently proved their fidelity to you and to the fraternity.

I could go on and on, but I think you see where I'm coming from. In each case, trust was gained over time after studied observation of other's behavior. We are now in a microwave society where everything is supposed to be done NOW... NOW... NOW! Personally, I don't think we take the time (or have the incentive to take the time) to learn how to trust or garner one another's respect.

As such, I feel that we've become more insular and less cooperative... and by caveat, much less trusting of each other.

5:31 AM  

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