Thursday, March 22, 2018

Battle for Digital Supremacy

Economist magazine of march 17,18 has alead article on Digital Supremacy, the fight between the American and Chiana economies."Desigend by Apple and Assebled in china is no more valid. 
China's world class tech-gaints like Alibabba abd Ten Cents  have market values of $500bn,rivalling Facebook's.
china may overtake america in AI by 2025.
The reason for America's success in the 50s investment in education, engineering and research.the same has to continue.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Advantages of Higher Education

According to the Economist, there is a great interest on the part of the young to join Universities because of the economic uplift it offers.
In South Korea, 70% of the young join the Universities.
In the OECD club of 35 countries , 43% of 25-34 year olds now have degrees.In America, the figure is 48%.
"And a degree is an obvious way for bright youngsters from poor families  to prove their abilities."
Graduate premium is aterm employed in assessing the expense on is the difference between the average earnings of someone with a degree and someone with no more than more than a secondary school education.

Monday, March 19, 2018


From James Martin's book:
Richard Rohr: We clearly come to God not by doing it right but ironically by doing it wrong."
James Martin's doubts about his vocation.
" I was being called to be a Jesuit not despite my faults,my limitations, and my neuroses, but with them, may be even because of them.God was calling all of me--even the parts I did not especially like--to be with him.
"Understanding Peter's humanity was a liberating insight for me.For if God calls each of us individually, he calls us with both our gifts and our failings.And it is in our failings and in the parts of our lives that embarrass us , that we are drawn closest to God."
"Everyone needs to be reminded of this: it is difficult to accept that God loves us as we are, with our limitations, as well as our tendencies to sin,Certainly God is calling us to conversion...At the same time God is always inviting us to follow him, with a full and forgiving knowledge of our human nature.
"Being a Christian means being a loved sinner"
"It is precisely our limitations and even our tendency to sin, that draw us nearer to God and make us better disciples."
"Peter was as imperfect as the rest of the disciples but in his humility he recognized his ultimate dependence on God.For this reason,he is at least for me , the most human of the saints and one of the most lovable.



In the chapter on St.Joseph, James Martin describes first his experiences with refugees in Nairobi, Kenya and his encounter with the the Little Sisters of Jesus founded by by Magdeleine Hutin in 1939 in Algeria, who was  inspired by the life of Charles de Foucauld, a French nobleman and soldier who left his luxurious life in 1886 to live in poverty , imitating the hidden life of Jesus.
Charles was killed in 1916.
These Little Sisters like the Little Brothers engage in menial labor , working in hospitals, factories and farms.
Knowing more about them leads James Martin to learn more about Joseph who was such a such significant influence on Jesus in his early life.
"It is the hiddeness of Joseph's life that speaks to me."
James Martin likes acts of hiddeness because they are opposite to what he often thinks important. He likes to get publicity for what he does.
"The burning desire for fame  is of course a manifestation of pride." Martin cites the  story of an old sculptor who was was creating a statue of the Bl.Virgin Mary for  a Cathedral. He was paying great attention to the back of the statue.When someone pointed out that no one is going to see the back, he replied: "God will see it." He wants to make us understand that hidden life has a great importance:" I long for that kind of holiness.But I am very far from it."

My Life with the Saints by James Martin S.J.

James Martin is a very engaging and scholarly writer. He is one of the best Catholic writers in America and has written numerous works on faith and morality. He is very persuasive in writing about Catholic faith. He has a way of explaining faith and scripture in a way very palatable to modern minds. He mixes personal details with the topics he discusses.
In this book on some of the great saints of the Church, he makes the saints alive and interesting  to the readers. When we read his biography of these saints, we too tend to become part of their lives.He has a very beautiful  way of presentation, making the saints contemporary and lovable.
Some of the holy people he deals with are Joan of Arc, Theresa of Lisieux,Thomas Merton,Pedro Arrupe,Bernadette Soubrios, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day,St.Peter,St.Joseph and Virgin Mary etc.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jordan B.Peterson:!2 Rules of Life

I bought this book with  great expectations thinking that there would be some very illuminating ideas in this.I have gone through most of the chapters of the book but it is mostly verbiage with nothing solid  to delight the mind.The chapter that impressed me most was Rule No. 1: "Stand up straight with your shoulders back".
The following are the 12 principles:
1.Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.
3.Make friends with people who want the best for you.
4.Compare yourself to who you were yesterday,not to who someone else is today.
5.Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
6.Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
7.Pursue what is meaningful
8.Tell the truth--or at least , don't lie.
9.Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't.
10.Be precise in your speech
11.Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

12.Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street