Civic Freedom

Ralph Nader makes a distinction between civic freedom and personal freedom. Personal freedom is being able to marry who you want, go down the street when you want, hang out with your friends when you want, etc. Civic freedom is being able to participate in power, speak your mind about the government, join together to form unions, etc.

This is a very crucial distinction that never occurred to me before. I think most people label those two different types of freedoms as just “freedom”.

Nader continues by saying that there's personal freedom in dictatorships. What the difference is between democracies and dictatorships is the right to participate in power. Luckily, we officially live in a democracy so we have more civic rights than people living in dictatorships, but it frustrates him that we don't practice them.

He poses a question. If the United States were to suddenly become a dictatorship, how would that affect the daily lives of the people? He implies that it would not affect most people's daily lives because most do not practice their civic rights.

Dream Job

When you are at the point in life where you are wondering if you love your job or not, look no further than in your heart and ask yourself this question. Would you still be doing that job if you were not being paid? If yes, then be relieved. If no, first ponder, then research and finally change.

If you are not yet at that point of life, but are at the point where you know what you want to do in the future, the same question can still be asked. If yes, again, be relieved. If no, then I say you are heading the wrong direction and should change paths.


I have realized something very interesting about science fiction; I have realized that it helps us objectively analyze different human problems by taking us out of our biased positions. And it does this, I believe, by presenting problems that we experience in its fictional stories in fictional worlds. We become the 3rd party. We obtain a more objective analysis of the situation. Therefore, I believe sci-fi can be a training tool for us to have the objectivity of a 3rd party even in situations that we are heavily involved in.

Moreover, sci-fi helps us have foresight through its presentation of worlds in different stages of development. If someone were to watch a sci-fi episode about an advanced alien race about to destroy itself because of damage to the surrounding environment, then maybe that someone will have the thought of protecting the environment sitting around in his head. Therefore, in this case, sci-fi also allows us to see things from a different perspective.

I have always thought that people should have objective opinions, that they should look at their problems from a 3rd person's perspective, maybe even from an alien's perspective. It is something that I believe is necessary to truly solve problems.

I am proud to say now that I am a sci-fi fan.


Here is a picture I drew with Illustrator (I just installed it a few days ago). I know the picture is not that impressive, but it took me a couple of days to make. Illustrator is definitely different from what I'm used to.

I think my next picture will also have something to do with space.