Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Observer is Part of the System

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is states that the more precisely you want to ascertain the position, the more the momentum is uncertain.

The reason for this is because the observer is affects the what is being observed. To ascertain the position of an electron more precisely, more gamma-ray energy is used. However, the more energy is used, the more it affects the momentum of the electron.

The observer also affects what is being observed, it is also part of a larger system.

This principle also is found in psychology. When psychologists tried an experiment of lighting on productivity, it wasn't the amount of light that affected their productivity, rather the changing light intensity alerted the workers that they were being observed and hence increased productivity whether it was brighter or darker. Psychologists try as much as possible to remove possible observer effects.

The thing about this principle is that the way management or leaders want to affect their followers. Management looks at workers as "them" or as numbers but that are separate from themselves. If we want to change others, we cannot help but change ourselves. It isn't just your actions that affect the system, it is you yourself.

If you want to encourage greater ethics, effectiveness or efficiency, you yourself must allow yourself to be affected by your calls of higher standards, that is because you, yourself are part of the system. If you refuse to change, your followers themselves will not change.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The New Paper Big Walk 2006

I was late for the Big Walk!

Not actually my fault. I reached the station at about 7:05am. Coming out I saw a group of people waiting for the bus. After 10 minutes, the group realized that we were waiting at the wrong side of the road. It was actually behind!

That's social proof for you. Following the crowd. As well as past experiences since the normal place to wait for shuttle buses to Suntec and Millennia is there.

Next, because there was such a huge crowd going to the National Stadium, traffic was slowed. The bus dropped us almost 800meters from the starting line. Quite a distance to walk. And finally because of the 50,000 crowd, I couldn't get to the front of the starting line.

Next time go earlier. This was a good experience to learn for my marathon attempt.

I learned also from this experience several spiritual truths.

I felt frustrated walking and moving through the crowds trying to find a way to move faster. Everyone was walking at a slow pace. The competitive runners were already way ahead of me. By the time I reached the 3km mark, the front race-walkers were already finishing!

Many people take the Christian walk to be just that, a fun-walk. They just relax, take their time.

There were groups of people in the walk holding banners and such promoting their own products and agendas. Health products, Falungong, Cars, Banks, etc. The same thing with many people in religious organizations. They too have their own agendas.

Forget about these people, focus on the goal. Don't spend time just socializing.

But the Christian walk isn't just a walk, it's also a race. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

I learned that you shouldn't hang around with those who are merely content to have a fun-walk. They only block you from achieving your goal of finishing the race well. As someone said, "If you want to fly with the eagles, you shouldn't be scratching with the turkeys."

In the race, run up there with the people who are also wanting to win their race. It encourages you and motivates you too.

Also, follow the rules or else you will be disqualified. "Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules." (2 Tim 2:5), . "No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." (1 Cor 9:27)

Warm up well and prepare well, be early. Spend time in preparation each day to race.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

This month's goals

I will focus less about myself and resolve to focus more on myself.

To be less concerned about other people and focus on being more concerned about other people.

(A profound statement.... think about it.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Nothing Is Also Something

Nothing is also something.

For example, mathematics of the Roman system was convulated because there was no zero. The invention of zero by the Hindus helped to streamline and make things more easier, now we take it for granted.

In the Tao, nothingness is also a quantity to be manipulated. The value of a cup isn't in the clay, it is the empty void created in its shape that is useful.

In Zen, the simplicity of emptiness, clear space helps to soothe the mind, with less things to distract our thoughts, we are able to concentrate. Zen influence is clear in all of Apples products, this makes them so beautiful, it was what made Steve Jobs strive for a fanless power supply in the Apple II, the absence of noise makes it beautiful. The absence of too many unnecessary buttons or features on the iPod also helped to make it a beautiful success.

Instead of adding more and more, consider what things are to be removed in our lives.

When we are children, we want more and more things, but as an adult, I find that I want to have less and less things. Remove things that you don't need. Simplicity, clearness and nothing is something that I want more of.