“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” - Stephen Jay Gould
I love this quote. More than anything else I've heard, this sums up why I believe everyone should do what they can to help others. If we can come together and solve basic problems for everyone in the world, all of humanity will benefit from the increases in the collective knowledge. Just imagine if Einstein or Newton had been born in a situation where every single day the only task was to find food and clean water. As Gould says, this is very likely the case with other individuals of equal talent right now.
There are plenty of problems to fix, and plenty of reasons that each of them remains a problem. I guess this is just a good reminder of how philanthropy and other investments can ultimately pay back a thousand times.
Today, instead of one longer blog post, I have three quick, relatively unrelated thoughts for you.
In the picture you will see a disgusting, slimy mess of a drink.
If you ever read Christopher McDougall’s “Born To Run” (which is MORE than highly recommended... excellent book, especially if you hate running.) then you may remember how the Tarahumara made these drinks from chia seeds.
This is such a drink. If you’d like to make it yourself, just mix together two tablespoons of chia seeds, 300 ml water (about 10 US oz), 1 tablespoon honey, and the juice out of one fresh lime. Then you let it sit for a while. Then you stir and enjoy - if you can.
If you ask any high school senior what the worst part about senior year is, their response will definitely be college applications. There are tons of essays one has to write. I, personally, wrote at least thirty.
But, there was a silver lining to this drudgery. I feel as if my writing and attitude towards it have improved. From ever since I can remember, I've struggled as a writer. I tend to be too wordy and I don't use much descriptive language. Certainly my preference for reading non-fiction in lieu of fiction doesn't help solve this problem.
This blog was (and still is!) an attempt for me to improve my writing. I don't know if it is working, but I hope it has helped me find my voice. I've never been able to analyze my own writing. I don't know my "style," but I am interested in how I write.
With these college essays, however, I can definitely say my writing has improved. First, I had to find some voice. These essays were personal, unlike most of the analytical writing I have to do in school. But, most of the improvement was in the little things. I never used to edit my work. If you look at past blog posts (and probably even this one), you will see they are littered with errors that I never fixed because I didn't proofread.