The jar of life : setting priorities

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students, “Is the jar full?”

They agreed it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. Continue reading


Poetics of Edibles

My friend Michael Chew recently sent me a link of Gaston Bachelard‘s Poetics of Space. I enjoy looking at the ontology and epistomology of things around; so this inspired me to ponder on and write about the simple things in life. The first post is on what we consider edible and our relationship to these ‘foods’.

To a hungry man-worm is meat, moon is bread, roots are salad. 
A drunk has similar outlook towards life.

A mango is ripe not by its color or guise,
but flavour that draws the swarm of flies.
(read mangoes sweetened with formalin!)

Egg sheds shells, a new life twitters
Oyster sheds shell, a pearl brightly glitters
Man who sheds shell, is lost among others.  

What is tastier than drumsticks?
watching a mother hen nursing its babies. 

Break-in, steal kids: Kidnap
Break a nest, steal eggs: Sport

Is the Whole Greater than the Sum of its Parts?

A philosophical dilemma which has tormented mankind for centuries. It is based on the idea that while each of the individual parts of a composite have meanings on their own, taken together, the meaning may change.

is whole greater than the sum of its parts?

The likes of Aristotle and Einstein have spoken before. I wanted to find out what happens when common people try to have a philosophical argument.

Physicist : In nuclear fission, Energy of the composite object + Energy needed to split it up = total Energies of the separate parts after the split. As far as energies are concerned, the composite object is less than the sum of its parts.

 Sports Star: Secret of my energy? Drinking Boost, running in Nike shoes, fuelling my car with Castrol, dancing with hot models in a Cola ad, you name it! My celebrity image is surely bigger than all the brands I endorse, but to audience, sum of these products equals who I am, the (un)real me!

 Writer: Right! Products are props in a story- be it your pseudo story or my exotic novels! Can you imagine Cinderella without her glass shoes, or a Sherlock Holmes minus the pipe? I find crafting these detailed characters take more effort than writing the whole plot. 

 HR Manager: Spot on! An applicant with character is what I look for. “He must be flexible enough to work in teams and self-motivated to work independently.” When I side with the Japanese, adding up all the individual efforts doesn’t count as much as”teamwork. But when I go with Americans, it’s often a different taste of ‘me-is-more-important-than-us’. 

 Baker: As far as taste is concerned, eating flour, eggs and suger is surely not as tempting as the cake itself!

Physicist: Did you match the weight of ingredients with your final product, Mr Baker? Due to weight loss in mass transfer…

Sports Star: Aha! reminds me It’s time for a club transfer…

Stopping here. Hope you’ve found an answer by now.