Reading is like…

Reading is like duct tape, both are very hard to improvise.

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Thoughts on Morocco III – traveling

Morocco is an exotic country for many Europeans and traveling inside Morocco has its perks. The most obvious advantage is that it’s cheap, and if you take the time and patience to do it like the average Moroccan – with train, bus, and taxi – it will come out really cheap. You will also get the chance to meet the locals, something that is hard from a rented 4×4.

My advice is to travel in groups. If you travel two-three people, chances are you’ll get invited to people’s homes. You’ll be fed and even hosted by complete strangers, something that doesn’t happen very often in urban Europe. 6 is also a magic number when traveling in Morocco. It’s somehow unlikely that families will have the place to host all of you, but there’s a big advantage in mobility – you are exactly the right amount of people for a big taxi (grand taxi).

If you choose to travel like the locals, bring a considerable amount of patience. Trains usually come on time, but buses have nerve-breaking delays. In remote places such as Beni Mellal or Azilal it takes time until the taxi fills with the six passengers it needs to be full. So options are that you either wait or pay for the remaining empty seats. Which is cheap, but you’ll miss the chance to hug a stranger while sharing the right seat, no seatbelt, while the driver tops 100 on a curvy road…

Influence, Pizza, and an Expensive Taxi Ride

I read Influence by Robert Cialdini. Something unexpected happens and I have to take a taxi that costs a lot. I arrive late and think that I can buy a pizza instead of cooking dinner – the pizza seems less expensive than the taxi today. I remember the chapter about the merchant that sells an expensive suit first, then the shirt, so that it seems less expensive compared to the price of the suit. I give up on buying the pizza and cook dinner.

Arrogance

arrogant (ˈærəɡənt)

— adj

having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud: an arrogant teacher ; an arrogant assumption – Source

Also assuming that doing the job provides it all: knowledge, experience etc., without having to read, learn and stay up to date with technology, ideas and trends. Comparing humans with wine bottles, the more you leave them ‘untouched’, the better they get.

Proposal For The National Day Of…

…Quality in Education, when institutions with valuable teachers and bright students are celebrated alongside schools that keep up to date with trends.

Healthy Citizens – a day to celebrate sports, medicine, and everything that your country can offer you for a healthy living

Citizenship Involvement

Technological Development

Freedom of Speech

Bottom line: wouldn’t it be better if our holidays would celebrate a value rather than a cvasi-anonimous saint name?

Train ride stories #2 – the happy grandmother

“You can achieve anything you want, as long as you want it strong enough” said the old lady in the train to Timisoara. She was going to see her new-born grandson for the first time. She might have been over enthusiastic.

It was fascinating to listen to her. She was very positive and told me that, although she made a lot of mistakes, when she felt decisions had been taken by a drugged version of her, things she believed in had a way of sorting themselves out.

Nous voulons être délivrés… AdS-E

Nous voulons être délivrés. Celui qui donne un coup de pioche veut connaître un sens à son coup de pioche. Et le coup de pioche du bagnard, qui humilie le bagnard, n’est point le même que le coup de pioche du prospecteur, qui grandit le prospecteur. Le bagne ne réside point là où des coups de pioche sont donnés. Il n’est pas d’horreur matérielle. Le bagne réside là où des coups de pioche sont donnés qui n’ont point de sens, qui ne relient pas celui qui les donne à la communauté des hommes. Et nous voulons nous évader du bagne (…)

Il est deux cents millions d’hommes, en Europe, qui n’ont point de sens et voudraient naître. L’industrie les a arrachés au langage des lignées paysannes et les a enfermés dans ces ghettos énormes qui ressemblent à des gares de triage encombrées de rames de wagons noirs. Du fond des cités ouvrières, ils voudraient être réveillés. Il en est d’autres, pris dans l’engrenage de tous les métiers, auxquels sont interdites les joies du pionnier, les joies religieuses, les joies du savant. On a cru que pour les grandir il suffisait de les vêtir, de les nourrir, de répondre à tous leurs besoins. Et l’on a peu à peu fondé en eux le petit bourgeois de Courteline, le politicien de village, le technicien fermé à la vie intérieure. Si on les instruit bien, on ne les cultive plus. Il se forme une piètre opinion sur la culture celui qui croit qu’elle repose sur la mémoire de formules. Un mauvais élève du cours de Spéciales en sait plus long sur la nature et sur ses lois que Descartes et Pascal. Estil capable des mêmes démarches de l’esprit ?

Terre des hommes – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry