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Any society, any nation, can be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members ; the last, the least, the littlest.

I saw this quote, again, on facebook this time. I hold this as true, I have for a long time, and I believe I always will. This is probably a main reason why I always end up around the same spot when I try the political compass.

Posted Nov 7, 2009 12:06:06 PM +0100 | Tags: philosophy

"Je pense, donc je suis" -- Descarte

So said he; "I think, therefore I am"

I can see how he would get to that conclusion, with a being based on thought.

I disagree with him, though, as I see thought as an extended expression of feelings. Going back to basics, going back to origins, thoughts seem to start with a feeling, an intuition, an emotion.

I feel, therefore I am.
Je sens, donc je suis.

Posted Apr 13, 2009 9:05:40 AM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

I've taken this test twice already, but prompted by the fact that the test site has moved (to this spot), I thought I might check where I stand today... and it's a little like last time, I'm just moving further left/down...

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -6.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.87

Posted Jan 25, 2009 9:22:40 AM +0100 | Tags: philosophy

[ I saw this just a moment ago and couldn't believe my eyes, because I've said something very similar a few years ago without realising this man had already said it. No wonder I admire him! ]

I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?

-- John Lennon

Posted Aug 21, 2008 6:42:50 PM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

[ Mahatma Gandhi had a lot of good and inspiring things to say. Here are two of them ]

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Posted Jul 17, 2008 12:22:09 AM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

[ Peace is what everyone wants, and yet so few understand how to really achieve... maybe they should listen to this? ]

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted Jul 17, 2008 12:21:46 AM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

[ I borrowed this from one of smilla's texts and translated it to English. It's just that inspiring and exactly the way I see life (or want to see it) ]

Life is a tremendous celebration - and I'm invited!

Posted Jul 17, 2008 12:21:30 AM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

Clever = answers
Wise = questions

-- Laura Mc Donald
Posted Jun 7, 2008 9:43:58 AM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

I feel sorry for the man who has an open relationship with a woman, and gets jealous when the woman opens up to another to the point that he ruins his relationship and ends up getting rejected by her.

I feel sorry for the man who was imposed sex by a homosexual man and ends up projecting the act on all homosexuals with hatred.

I feel sorry for all those who are consumed by ghosts in their minds and do not know the way out.

I feel sorry...

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Posted Jun 4, 2008 9:05:42 PM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

I think I've seen the sense of "the customer is always right" in a new light today. I've witnessed someone waking up earlier than normal to do a job, and when I asked why so early, I got the answer "It's a customer!" (not literally, but that was the basic sense of it), and I caught it as "If the customer says a specific time, then that's when you do it."

Now, I know far from all the facts, so I can't even come close to knowing the truth. It smacks me as a bit curious, though, that so much decision, on a Sunday no less, was left to the customer. I mean, had I heard something like "it was the most practical for all involved", I wouldn't have thought twice about it.

However, this entry isn't really about that specific deal, it's rather about a curiousity on how to relate to a customer, and most of all trying to understand how others relate to customers compared to my own way.

You see, I don't at all buy the old "the customer is always right" mantra. I do think that you always need to listen to a customer's needs and be prepared to answer them the best way you can. It's simly the respectful thing to do, as with any other kind of relationship. However, I don't think it's too much to ask the same kind of respect back, which means that the customer will have to be ready to listen for what I have to say about what they want to do, as well as what I need to do the task with the best quality possible, including timing and how that fits my daily schedule. The rest is negotiation around what's the most practical for everyone involved, myself, the customer's personel, my collegues...

How about you?

Posted Jul 22, 2007 2:26:52 PM +0200 | Tags: philosophy

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