A good laugh: The judoka ant

May 14, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

Hundreds of ants, tired of seeing their anthill destroyed by the footsteps of a giraffe, leap at its throat. The giraffe, with a couple of shakes, knocked all of them to the ground, except one.

“Come on, Anthony, you can do it!” The ants shouted at his friend.

“You do judo, Anthony, knock him down!”

“Ippon, ippon, ippon!”

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It’s time for a change in Venezuela

May 13, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

People on the streets protesting the regime of President Nicolás Maduro.

If a president’s efficiency during his or her administration could be judged by his or her practical results, President Nicolás Maduro’s four years in Venezuela might be labeled with just one word as unfeasible.

According to the International Monetary Fund, inflation in this South American country is running at 720.5% this year and if it continues at the present dizzy rate, by next year Venezuela’s consumer-price inflation will be hovering 2000%. To calculate how much money a Venezuelan will have to pay for the same product next year is enough to have a splitting headache. Besides, the country is dealing with a massive shortage of basic goods and money.

As the economic crisis deepens, the real monster emerges from darkness in that country: The internal division of its citizens. Venezuela has split into those who defend the dead Hugo Chávez’s memories and his Bolivarian socialism rather than a living Nicolás Maduro and those (like the opposition leader Henrique Capriles) who see president Maduro as dictatorial as his predecessor. Since last March, continuing protests against the Government and demonstrations of force from both groups with irreconcilable differences have created a chaos that has left 41 people dead until now. If Venezuela does not see positive and radical changes in the coming months, for the benefit of the country and citizens, President Nicolás Maduro should cede democratically his position to another person.

President Nicolás Maduro´s supporters.

The world is free and that gives us the right and freedom to think and act freely. If President Maduro and supporters want to keep their revolutionary ideas and other things, nobody should object to them. But, for their part, they should not close their eyes to reality, and Venezuela’s reality says that this Latin American country has not improved during his four years as president, perhaps because of the chasm between his predecessor and him: In Venezuela, people loved or feared Hugo Chávez; they threw object to Maduro. Chávez always found a way to solve or hide problems; Maduro cannot cope with all problems he already has (excluding those that are looming) and try to solve them mystically: Chávez’s apparition as a little bird, a butterfly or talking to cows.

In Venezuela, without present nor future for its people this moment, a change seems to be the best option, an option that could reconcile all groups in this polarized nation. Unfortunately, it is as difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle as for a president to concede power to others once he or she is drunk with power. Latin American’s history is full of presidents who acted in that way and it has few examples of wise politicians who did the opposite. Future will tell us what group President Nicolás Maduro belongs to.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.

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Curiosities: Are there birds that cannot fly?

May 7, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

Thanks to the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, today we can take a plane and go from one country to another. They invented successfully the first airplane, which was piloted by Orville in 1903. But with all respect that these two American inventors really deserved, I think we should give credits to birds first, since it was Wilbur’s interest in the observation of birds what made possible the Wright brothers’ flying machine. Human beings, therefore, have always associated the idea of flying with birds, and now the question is can really all birds fly?

The answer is no. The ostrich, kiwi, emu and penguin are examples of birds that cannot see the ground from the air.

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Hell only lasts twenty years (last part)

May 6, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

(Taken from Real stories told as fiction).

Chris ran his hands through his hair and later used them to cover his mouth. The back-and-forth movements of his eyes betrayed his calculations and skepticism. On their way back, Chris and Erika were both physically and emotionally separated.

”From here, I will go home alone. The dinner was good. Thank you very much for everything.” She said and went away while Chris stood frozen there, watching her become smaller through the distance until disappearing into the darkness. He did not know what to think or what to do. He just stood there completely indifferent to time, to the snow that started to fall, indifferent to that place and beyond. Some time later, once at home, he lay down on the bed, unable to sleep that night. His action did not worry him so much as the indelible impression that Erika’s impassive face and her twenty years of forced abstinence made on him.

”How on earth could her husband sentence her to something like that for a reason like that? How many Erikas are living here?” He asked himself.

The following days were long and confusing for Chris. He decided to make a long trip to think deeply about his future and, above all, because a bad experience is more traumatic when you are closer to it. At the station, his patience was tested when he couldn’t read the instructions on how to use the ticket machine. He was good at controlling his emotions, but always had difficult times when he had to conceal them. So, the customer behind him knew exactly what was going on, and with little spontaneous but correct English, helped him buy his ticket.

”Thank you, and you speak very well.”

”Oh, no! We can’t speak English and you know that, Chris. I am a psychologist. By the way, my wife told me that all the students had a wonderful time during the party the other day.”

”Why does he know my name? Is he Erika’s husb…? No way, Chris. He said clearly: “All the students…”

Chris felt safe and breathed a sigh of relief. He said goodbye to him amid the noise of trains that were coming and leaving the station.

”Thanks for helping Erika with her English!” He shouted.

Chris was petrified with his right foot on the ground and his left leg motionless in air like flamingoes fleeing from cold waters. He glanced at the sky, went back to where Erika’s husband was and while shaking hands with him, left the ticket on his palm.

”I return to San Antonio right now.” He said with his hands into his pockets and walking away calmly while Erika’s husband found himself dumbfounded for seconds trying to figure out Chris’ actions.

”Chris, are you all right? If you have problems, I can help you. I am a psychologist. Chris さん(san), Chris さん(san)!”

Chris stopped walking, turned around and told him: “Do me a favor, please. Use that ticket and go immediately to see a doctor, I mean, another psychologist, but more normal than you and ask him: “What’s Hell, doctor, twenty years without love when you are still young or the next twenty years when you realize you can’t make love?”

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Hell only lasts twenty years (penultimate part)

April 29, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

Taken from Real stories told as fiction

”I think it is a little bit late, Erika. Your husband must be impatiently waiting for you. So, I’m going to…”

”Not today.“ She interrupted him before he could start what he had in mind. “He went somewhere to participate in a conference and will be back tomorrow. I didn’t have to prepare dinner tonight.” She said, struggling to hide her happiness for that.

Her last comment let them extend their conversation till the “the breaking point”, this one that usually comes when silence turns into long and undesirable time intervals indicating that the moment to leave has come. In the second bar, Chris won the courtesy battle and paid the bill. When they left, there was not a soul (neither a good nor a bad one) on the streets. Time and the cold of that night had undoubtedly done a good job. Erika, however, led Chris through the most isolated and narrowest corners over there trying to make her best night in many years longer to no avail. In the worst-case scenario, she didn’t want to see it die there, in front that bar. Unfortunately, silence became quickly her worst enemy. The wind was howling around the streets, which led to the impression of being in a phantasmagorical place.

Bang!

They heard a dreadful and deafening sound of a metal advertising board blown off by the wind. They looked back quickly, but before they could understand what really happened, a big and black stray cat came from nowhere meowing boisterously from the gloom. There was not time for anything, and Erika did what a lot of women usually do in cases like this: She seized his arm. After the sudden scare, they both giggled and did what people do not usually do: They began to walk hands entwined.

”Wait a minute. What’s going on here?” He said to himself.

In his country, perhaps, he could find an explanation to that confusing situation, but there everything looked like a Gordian knot. They walked in silence and only when got to the end, they realized that it was a blind alley. Chris felt the same: “I had reached a dead end.” He thought. That was the moment when the unlikely turned into reality. The man who always weighed everything on the balance of reason, could stand no more and, for the first time in his life, he decided to feel the inscrutable ecstasy of betting on luck, and you know what? He won: He kissed her.

”She said and did nothing. What should I do now? To say I am sorry? That would bring more problems than solutions. Her feminine sense will make her think that it was only a whim for my part and her woman’s pride would be hurt, and once that happens, then it is when the war really breaks out. I have no choice but to continue what I started.” He thought.

But this time, Chris and his ineffable logical thinking both failed.

”No, Chris, please. That’s not right. Besides, I have forgotten how to do that.”

“Come on, Erika, you are exaggerating. Giving a kiss is not something people forget, let alone in a couple of days.” He said while thinking a way to leave the cumbersome situation he had made himself.

“And in 20 years?” Erika asked with an unfathomable expression. “When my husband knew that I couldn’t have children, he told me that it made no sense to make love. Since then, it has passed 20 years, Chris, 20 years… (TO BE CONTINUED).

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Thought of the day: Internet

April 28, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

TECHNOLOGY

Internet is a double-edge sword, some kind of place that offers two different roads: The road to success and the road to perdition. It is an imp who has masqueraded as a friend and angel. Use it to get the information you need, to do your job and have some fun from time to time. But once you have finished with it, get away from it as soon as possible. If you do not do that, without being aware of it, you will fall into “the Internet’s clutches” because of the absorption and addiction that it usually causes in its users. Then the imp will show its really face stealing your time, per minutes first, and later per hours and finally most of your life. At the end, it will ruin your family, your real life and relationship with friends and people in society.

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Tell me the answer: What is an effective method to grow until you find your own way?

April 24, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.

PLAN

To find a way that lets you grow firmly is difficult and it requires great effort and time too. In general, most people get lost when they have to take decisions about growth… Should I change my job or not? Should I invest in this or not?

You might not know the right path that leads to your own growth now, but I am sure that you certainly know those things that have become an obstacle to achieve your goals (bad habits, procrastination, lack of planning, etc.) and do not let you move forward. Stop doing those things and root them out. Not to do what keeps you stuck will make you move forward and grow automatically “as if by magic” until your find your own path.

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