The economy or the environment?

In a world where it matters more which country will prevail in a trade war, we forget one of the most important things. The health of our planet.

Does it not matter that our planet is dying, along with it many animals endangered or, worse, on the brink of extinction?

We have innovations that could save our planet, yet people still focus on the bottom line. For any innovation to sell and even gain interest, how much is saved and how much cost of production reduced has to be mentioned. Because if that’s not included in the pitch, who cares if it will help the world. Corporations have to know how much they could save β€” financially speaking.

But really, it matters not which country wins this seemingly oncoming new cold war if there’s no Earth left. It matters not who or which corporations earn billions if it’s at the expense of the planet. At the end of it all, if Earth remains abused, there will be nothing left.

Billions won’t save you. Industries and economies won’t matter. The victor of the trade war will have no planet to exist upon.

The rest of the world functions under global corporations that control industries and world economies. Often times, they own multiple companies under one name, giving everyone in the world an illusion of choice. But behind all these choices, it’s still a select few controlled by a small percentage of the world’s population β€” the elite rich.

I found this on Facebook while scrolling and seemed the perfect illustration for this topic.

They hold control over many things. And if many of them remain oblivious or indifferent, policies they create won’t help Earth and all its creatures, but will only be self-serving as they fill up their own coffers for the upkeep of their lavish lives. “Climate crisis, what?”

With the biggest bank accounts, they could positively affect change regarding climate crisis. If only more cared. And instead of competition among corporations, we all unite to combat this crisis.

Will overly capitalistic corporations wake up, or will they lead us to our deaths? Ultimately, it’s their call.


There’s a time for animation and there’s a time for live action

On Lion King: “It’s less an effective storytelling device and more so an impressive tech demonstration.”

As the video says, the remake may look gorgeous and hyper-realistic, but it really is just not a good storytelling device.

Not everything needs a remake. The past isn’t always inferior. And depending on the story being told, sometimes animation can do a better job at it.

Case in point, this following video seemed more an effective tool in telling the Lion King story:

Just Thoughts on Life

After reading Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude a whole week ago or so, it left me feeling suffocated β€” we inherently take on life’s weatherworn patterns unconsciously and we can never escape it.

Now, I wind up with another semi-sadness inducing book with the same kind of theme. Come to think of it, all books reflect what life is for the living, and they will always show inescapable patterns we have to live through.

No matter how hard anyone tries to make a difference in their life, be it though some form of success or attainment of wealth, living will never equate to freedom.

I therefore still hold true to the cynic in me that has been firmly lodged in since I was 9, after having first read my first Agatha Christie novel.

But as cynicism holds a part of me, there are also a myriad of other things in me, such as hope. Hope for good things to come in life. Hope for good to befall on those who most deserve it. Hope for a better world.

As it is, hope battles cynicism to replace it with optimism permanently. If it ever can.

Or just settle with both ever present.

A short stint as Editor-in-Chief

I’m no crazy young EIC for any magazine or newspaper as the title might suggest, but we did create a little one-time-only magazine as a final project for a major elective. We were grouped into different teams, each tasked to create a magazine that was socio-economically relevant.

And that we did.

While everyone got to have five people to share their burden with, our team only had four people. I’m not entirely sure who said it, but it was because we were all pretty competent people that the professor deemed us capable of managing a whole magazine with just the four of us. We did manage it, with 2 days of me having stayed in school for the first time past midnight (that was not Cookout related). It was kind of scary because the computer lab is haunted, but I never felt anything out of the ordinary, so I guess I’m relatively unscathed from hauntings.

Before I forget and get carried away though, here’s the link to our output (which has a QR code that links to the PDF copy of our output; not the printed copy, of course):

Anyhow, back to what I was saying…

Aside from being scared of seeing some strange apparition, I was also extremely scared of failing my team. As I was the EIC, every single little detail that could go wrong or I may have overlooked will be completely my fault. This was a huge burden on my shoulders and it caused me great worry. On top of that, I was also writing and helping with the final layout. It was stressful, to say the least.

But somehow, I found it exhilarating.

I didn’t really think I could survive, but I did. We did. Our team did amazingly and was the first to receive a “nice” compliment from our very meticulous and detail-oriented professor. It was a great honour and something of which I am proud of for my team.

She liked the layout, the photos, and where we headed with our articles. Save for the missing captions on all of our photos, I can hazard a guess that we kind of did pretty alright in her eyes. But throughout this whole process, I felt like I did nothing. I mean, I was there for each step we took and I also managed the printing, alongside getting the PowerPoint and website ready (including QR codes and Flip Book needed), but because there was no “concrete” output I made that was all my own, I felt like a useless hack who just rode along.

Am I just really hard on myself? Do I have a heavy bout of impostor syndrome?

I did lead the team and was there all throughout the way as best as I could…

Well, maybe I’d manage well working for a magazine or newspaper if it were just to get articles by the deadlines. I could even do well helping out with the layout and the photos. But I might not be cut out to be an EIC, until I can prove myself worthy of such a title…

Still proud of my team for what we achieved though, no doubt about that.


Featured Image: That was NOT taken by me, but was the cover of our magazine.