I still remember playing Fur Elise (gorgeous, I know) on one of my piano lessons. My teacher was just livid and I didn’t know why. I was playing the all the correct keys! However, it turns out the issue wasn’t notes.
The issue was dynamics.
I was playing the correct notes but not at the indicated volumes and that made me wrong! This moment taught me a huge lesson. Sometimes it takes tinkering at a sub-level to get things right.
Gene therapy is great! If you have a genetic disorder or if you want to over express or under express…
So you’re making stew.
Before you serve it, you taste some…oh no.
You have a problem. There’s either too much or too little of an ingredient. Is it salt, garlic or maybe pepper? The stew tastes bad and you know something’s needed and you can still add things but you don’t know what to add.
Our bodies are like that stew. We’re aging and we know that something is wrong and we can fix it with gene therapy. We just need to understand what proteins (flavors) are missing so that we can express their respective genes!
2am, while eating half a mini pizza with my sister, this message appeared on the TV screen. Way to make me question my life choices Netflix.
I thought that I’d have a great time chilling with my sister till the late hours and enjoying some indulgence. However, I didn’t once feel happy.
I thought that a day of giving in would be enjoyable but really it felt stale… The issue was, that day I had chosen pleasure over happiness, short term ease over long term reward, complacency over discipline.
As Dr. Robert Lustig so rightfully points out in his novel…
I accidentally made my best friend cry last week…
…on her birthday.
But I can explain!
She was turning sixteen and I did the done thing: I sang her Happy Birthday. Then she burst into tears.
Was it something I said?
Later on, she confessed that it “made her feel old” and that she was “one year closer to being a Grandma!” My reaction was simple…
A lot of us do. We all fear old age to a certain degree because it’s supposed to be the one fight humankind always loses.
It’s supposed to be.
I’m here to tell you…
Have you ever played an out of tune piano?
It sounds awful. It’s not even like the instrument itself is broken. The piano itself is fine but it just takes one cold, humid day to send all your notes sharp. But not all hope is lost because you get it tuned!
The keyboard is like our genome and each individual key is a gene. Sometimes our keys are out of tune and other times they’re just plain faulty.
Similarly, some people are born with faulty genes which cause genetic diseases. However, almost half of Americans have chronic diseases. …
Save our planet, stop destroying nature, etc. These are things we hear very often, which I believe are quite misleading! Why? Well, because the truth is, planet Earth and mother nature are going to be absolutely fine. After a few hundreds of thousands of years, everything will likely revert back to normal. The grass will be green, the water will be blue, and atmospheric methane levels will be normal.
I’m saying that we don’t have the power to take down something so ancient and sturdy. Planet Earth isn’t what’s endangered here.
People, on the other hand…
Unlike Earth, people are…
For the past two years, I’ve devoted myself to women’s empowerment. I have gone about this worthy cause through my incorporated movement, CrossBow Canada, inspiring Canadian youth to launch passion projects which have a monumental impact on the lives of women and girls in India.
Simultaneously, I have also tried to figure out in my mind what we really mean by women empowerment. What is it that needs to change in our world today so that young girls like myself can say, “yes, we are empowered now”? …
“Listen to your heart, not your head.”
Beautiful line but no, right?
This very mindset of ignoring rationale to follow emotion lands us in some of the absolute worst situations whether it be to do with heartbreak, health, finance, etc.
Generations after generations of humans have faced these same issues, over and over again, and the situations almost get worse. Teen pregnancy rates are shocking, credit card debt is at an all time high and one third of American’s are obese.
All these situations would be avoidable, if we were to just be logical.
That doesn’t mean I’m telling you…
When the first camera was created, I imagine people were referring to it as futuristic technology. Articles likely emerged daily, encouraging youth to be forward looking and to learn this new technology, understand its workings and probably teach themselves how to build their own cameras.
Predicting future technology trends and positioning themselves for the future is good advice for youth, but adults were overlooking an entire dimension of the camera’s potential! Yes, the manufacturing technology was important, but how about the applications?
How about the photographers?
Today, there are photographers for portraits, products, fashion, etc. The creator of the camera…
Take a look at your phone. If I were to ask you to operate it, could you? I sure hope so! Now, does that make expecting you to know exactly how your phone works fair game? Of course not! Just because you know what button takes you to your home screen does not necessarily mean you know the sequence of commands the phone circuitry executes for it to happen.
In your defense, I confess that in this day and age, knowing what goes on behind the scenes can be exhausting and seemingly unnecessary. …
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