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Book Review On Tuesdays With Morrie

July 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This book is one of the most influential book that I have read, it talks about life and how to deal with life. The books covers 14 Tuesdays and each of the Tuesdays covers different life changing stories that Morrie tells. If I were to choose one of which Tuesday that I want most I would probably choose the 6th Tuesday because emotions is important to us and we should express our feelings and sentiments in order to discover who we really are and what it really our purpose in life.

The Tuesday in the book that strikes me most was the 6th Tuesday when Morrie talked about Emotions.

I was able to grasp what Morrie is trying to tell. Detaching, that we need to detached ourselves from our own experience not by just totally forgetting those experience but by overcoming it, facing it and finally letting go of it.

Morrie said that it is important for us to “detach”, example are fear, love, pain from any other things, it makes us afraid of these things and thus in the end we just run away forget that it never happened, because we often run away from problems instead of facing it. But Morrie said that we need to let all these things fully penetrate us and later let go of it, move on to it or embrace it that some things are just are beyond human capabilities.

Morrie said that detachment dos not mean ignoring an experience, but immersing yourself in it. By experiencing fully, one is able to let go, to detach. Morrie tells Mitch that he must detach during his most frightening moments, like when his chest seizes up and he is unable to breathe. It is then that he must step outside of himself and accept that he could die at any moment.

“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live”

More example is that there are times in our life that is hard and makes us wanna cry but we shouldn’t supposed to cry because that’s what being strong is and in a relationship we often doubts ourselves but we are are just afraid of what might be the outcome if you tell it to our love ones. But for Morrie he said

Turn on the faucet. Wash yourself with emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help. If you let the fear inside, if you pull it on like a familiar shirt, then you can say to yourself, “All right, it’s just fear, i don’t have to let it control me. I see it for what it is”.

By reading this story I was able to realize that we should not ran away from our problems instead we should face it and good things will happen. We need to find courage in times of doubts and confusion and by then you are “detach” because you face it. Its like taking a heavy weight out of you and dumping it and continue living your life.

I am an Economic Naturalist

July 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Question

Why do different sizes of paper (½ and ¼ intermediate papers) is being sold at the school supply shops but students just cut their 1 whole size intermediate paper to make it into their desired paper size?

Observation

In four years of studying in high school begging for some paper on exams seldom have I noticed someone having a ½ or ¼ pad papers, they always have 1 whole pad and lucky for me if ½ is needed I always have a spare of ½ to give to a friend or to keep to myself often it takes like forever to cut it and sometimes when cutting the paper goes wrong it’ll end up not using it at all. This makes me curios, why don’t they buy ½ or ¼ papers just to avoid the burden of cutting the paper it will be easier that way.

Explanations

Behavioral Theory

As you may know that almost all Filipinos is very much resourceful in terms of consumption of resources it may be in the form of FOOD, WATER, DAILY NEEDS and ETC. This traits also may be applied to Filipino students in which they have to minimize their consumption of paper that buying only 1 whole pad instead of buying the whole set which would cost a lot of money. Considering that most Filipino families have below average income. As time passed by Filipino students started to realize the importance of money and the handwork that the parents had done to them. In short students are getting more smarter as time goes by.

Economic Theory

Speaking of numbers I asked the school supply shops about the prices of the papers.

½ Intermediate Pad Paper/Crosswise/Lengthwise

11 Pesos ~ CW+LW = 22 ~ 11+11 = 22

¼ Intermediate Pad Paper

11 Pesos

1 Whole Intermediate Pad Paper

19 Pesos

Now Imagine all that papers would cost you around 52 Pesos, now that’s a lot of money considering your just buying a paper. What if you add notebook, coloring materials, scissors, pens, pencils, now that’s really not practical at all and very irrational if you buy all the papers not to mention the burden of carrying all that in school; plus the other stuff like books notebook, and etc; now that’s absurd and completely pathetic.

But what if you only buy the 1 whole pad paper? See the difference?It would have been easier and better, aside from the weight and the price it is more manageable because your only carrying the one whole pad. Its like all the sizes of pad paper in a price of one though you still need to cut them but as I say Filipinos are resourceful that’s a price to pay just to save money and energy.

Conclusion

So I conclude that buying 1 whole paper is way more better that buying the whole set, its more practical and at the end you will utilize all the paper and that’s good because you do not waste your resources. Unlike buying the whole set which is a waste because lets face it, its not like everyday you have exams, We also have discussions and activities and that’s the time the other stuff is useful like notebook, scissors and coloring materials for example.

For me the right distribution of resources and the practicality on how we decide on things really matters and that’s where the Rational Behavior comes in. It may also be describe as Opportunity cost because instead spending 52 pesos on the whole set of papers, why not buy the 1 whole pad that cost 19 pesos and use the remaining money to other stuff.

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