should be up on Smashwords tomorrow – printed copies next week. “Practical Scrum”
I have been in the studio most of my spare time trying to finish the cover illustration for my book – which I am hoping will be today – and in the background I play various podcasts and weird conspiracy youtube videos, when one of them mentioned the evils of margarine.
Margarine is but ONE molecule away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.
Margarine is hydrogenated – meaning hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance.
Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:
– no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
– it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.
So time for a diet change!
The question of identity has changed from being something you are born with to a task: you have to create your own community. But communities aren’t created, and you either have one or you don’t. What the social networks can create is a substitute. The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish. You are in control of the important people to whom you relate. People feel a little better as a result, because loneliness, abandonment, is the great fear in our individualist age. But it’s so easy to add or remove friends on the internet that people fail to learn the real social skills, which you need when you go to the street, when you go to your workplace, where you find lots of people who you need to enter into sensible interaction with. Pope Francis, who is a great man, gave his first interview after being elected to Eugenio Scalfari, an Italian journalist who is also a self-proclaimed atheist. It was a sign: real dialogue isn’t about talking to people who believe the same things as you. Social media don’t teach us to dialogue because it is so easy to avoid controversy… But most people use social media not to unite, not to open their horizons wider, but on the contrary, to cut themselves a comfort zone where the only sounds they hear are the echoes of their own voice, where the only things they see are the reflections of their own face. Social media are very useful, they provide pleasure, but they are a trap.