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The past year was excellent regarding quantity and quality of
books I read. It would make me ecstatic if I could repeat it
this year too (a man can dream). Here are my top picks from
In my yearly review of 2017, I wrote about how different
generations in my family have lived their lives and what
technologies and life improvements they’ve seen for the first
time. My description was based solely on conversations with
family members and my memory. However, this year, I learned
about Rosling’s country levels framework used by Gapminder
Foundation. People living in extreme poverty are on level 1
while most affluent people in the world live on level 4. The
majority live somewhere in the middle.
After finishing school, I worked in several small and
privately-owned companies. The hierarchy there is simple—the
founder is usually the CEO, and everyone else reports to him
or her. Small companies often specialize and work in a niche.
It took me four years of working in a big company to figure
out its structure and social dynamics of different groups of
employees. Below is my current understanding.
I scribbled down a few thoughts about wrinkles back in early
2015. Yes, wrinkles. During the years up to that point, I’ve
been noticing how much people yearn for youth and beauty, and
started to think about what would it mean if I had wrinkles.
The way I saw it then, having wrinkles would mean I’ve lived
long and that I haven’t died in an accident or from disease
too early. The shape of wrinkles would also indicate if I’ve
smiled or frowned a lot. I really want the wrinkles from smiling.
I was onto something by hinting at the importance of how my
time was spent, but couldn’t put it nicely in a short form.
Then this year I read On the shortness of life by Seneca, a
Roman philosopher. He wrote in the essay:
There’s no reason to believe that someone has lived long
because he has gray hair and wrinkles: he’s not lived long
but long existed.
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