Giving yourself the title

Giving yourself the title

 

Two people that I’ve worked with in academia have made an indelible and irrevocable impression on me.
They just don’t “fit the mold” in their places of work. Their job title doesn’t seem to suit them, and they’re always doing so much more than anyone above them even realizes. They don’t just “do work”, but they find opportunities, they transform their centre, their faculty, their team, their whatever, into much more than it would have been without them. They have bosses, sure – but to me it always seems as though they are their own bosses, they’re happy “flying-solo”. They don’t give-in to organisational bureaucracy, they dance with it. They fulfill all of the bureaucratic requirements, but at the end of the day they seem to do what they want anyway – but with the right papers signed.

They don’t “fit” – and it’s perfect. (more…)

A degree is not proof of intelligence

A degree is not proof of intelligence

“Im not as intelligent as you – I don’t have a degree”

– um, what!? I often hear people make comments surrounding the presence of higher education as proof of intelligence (or lack there of) and I’m at the point now that I quietly just want to get out my glove and slap them with it, Homer Simpson style. (more…)

Living an inspired life

Living an inspired life

I love one facet of religion. And that’s the part where people do what the equivalent Latin word “relig”  suggests, and “bind” or “tie”, presumably their life, to some greater meaning. I’m using the word religion here as a proxy for “greater meaning” , as in English we don’t have such a word to describe the choice of practicing  what I can only refer to as the daily art of living an inspired life. Some words such as “purpose” come close, but yet, don’t encapsulate the responsibility of the individual to bind their actions with their belief. Yet, the word religion is not correct either. This is clear in the simple fact that it’s impossible for most of us to even think of “religion”, something that idealistically gives our lives fulfilment and purpose, without rendering accounts of the acts of hate, judgement, painful tradition, close-mindedness, or hypocrisy. Even most progressive Christians I know shy away from the word “religion”, and choose to use the phrase “relationship with God” when talking about their belief structure. (more…)

Story telling: Musicians in Manuel Montt Metro

Story telling: Musicians in Manuel Montt Metro

There are so many interesting folk who I walk past everyday in Santiago. A great example is a couple of classical musicians (who happen to be twin brothers), who play outside of a metro (subway station). They play so beautifully, but their music seems so out of place there.

I walked past them the other day when I had my camera with me and decided to make it into a quick video, because their reason for playing there is so sweet.

The link is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_BVoKohBzA)

Disclaimer: The sound quality in the interview isn’t great, apologies for that. Accompanying music by the musician on the video, Fernando Acuna-Duffau.

 

Desperate for food and risking everything

Desperate for food and risking everything

I perused the isles of the supermarket today, trying to decide which meal I felt like the most for lunch, a little boy walking towards me down the empty isle caught my attention. He was quiet and slim wearing a t-shirt tightly on his body. As his mother looked at me frightened and panicked I looked back at the boy with sunken eyes who broke eye contact to look down to the floor, burrowing his neck into his shoulders. Then I realized (more…)