Tell me the answer: What should we do when we want something that we cannot get?

October 3, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Do not think about it.

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Thought of the day: Youth, old age and time

October 2, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

INDECISION

Young people live a hectic life, trying to gain time because they are young. Old people, by contrast, live a peaceful life because they know that even they gain time, there is not a lot of time left for them in this world, so they prefer using it qualitatively.

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Curiosities: Why does the ring finger bend when we bend the little finger

October 1, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

The most interesting part of this curiosity is not the answer itself, but the lesson we can deduce from it: We live in our body for many years, some people almost a century, but we are unaware of many things of it. Let’s see an example: With the palm-side of your hand open, bend your ring finger. As you can see, the rest of your fingers keep upright. However, when you bend your little finger, the ring finger bends too. Why?

You have a lot of fibers composed of neurons inside your body. They are called nerves, whose function is to transmit impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord and from there to other parts (muscles and organs), which enables you to make movements, to feel, etc. Nerves innervate (in plain words, get to) your fingers. In the case of the little finger, two nerves get there and one of them, called palmar digital nerve branches, getting both sides of the gap between your little finger and ring finger. Because of that, movements from your little finger cause the same reaction to your ring finger.

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From dream to freedom (part 1)

September 30, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

(Taken from Real stories told as fiction)

When I was a child, my mother told me more than once that the difference between a dream and reality was only one step either forward or backward. During my silent nights, with only loneliness for company, I always wonder in which direction I gave mine.

I have thought about my mother several times today. She could not finish her schooling, but she loves reading, making orange preserves and talking about politics. I think it was for her great ability in her second pleasure that the philosophers and intellectuals of my small town used to come almost every Saturday at twilight to the backyard of our small house for their gatherings. One day, during one of their customary conversations, one of them noticed how simple my mother’s garden was, only surrounded by roses, and paradoxically, how the beauty of our garden was, nourished by the same characteristic.

”What is the best place for a flower?” He asked, while rubbing his hands and looking at them with the same expression as scavengers usually have.

And their answers were as varied as contradictory: “Fallen petals floating in the still water of the bathtub.” One said. “On the bed, over a white sheet.” Another said. “How about in the kitchen to make a mother’s job more bearable or in a crystal vase in the living room to welcome the guests?” They continued their brainstorming sessions until it occurred to one of them to ask my mother the same question, I don’t know why, perhaps because he wanted to know how those who have never heard about Nietzsche or Hegel or have never read Oscar Wilde think. My mother, who came out the kitchen at that time with her preserves in hand, answered him quickly and naturally:

”Right there.” She said, while pointing out to them the stems. “The place where it was born.”

My mother, without understanding the reason yet, sold few preserves on that day and, as spontaneously as her answer was, they gradually began to leave our house, like the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees in the biblical passage of Jesus and the woman taken in adultery: “…beginning with the oldest.” (TO BE CONTINUED)

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The Dominican Republic: With bright sun and politicians made of wax

September 23, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Since the 1960s, the Dominican Republic has seen a lot of people giving orders from the Government, but it has had only three political leaders. The first one José Francisco Peña Gómez, a man whose personality was filled with kindness almost verging on weakness. The second one was Juan Bosh, a great theorist and visionary at the forefront of his contemporaries, and that’s why he was misunderstood and underestimated. The third one was more practical than the others and gained, therefore, more power. But even in politics, even the righteous end up as rotten as an apple. That happened to Joaquín Balaguer who went from a servant of dictator (Trujillo Molina) to
a dictator disguised as president.

Those three politicians, despite their mistakes, in contrast to the new generation of politicians who rule inside and outside the Dominican government, showed total indifference for money to use it for personal gain. Today, the clamour of the Dominican people, asking for real anticorruption actions, can be heard everywhere in the island, which is shown by the numerous forms of protests they frequently use to demand the end of impunity. More than ever, Dominican politicians dance with corruption. The most recent example is Odebrecht corruption case, a massive web of corruption found in more than half of the countries in Latin America based on financing politicians’ political campaign expenses first to get works contracts later. It is said that Odebrecht, the largest construction company in Brazil paid 92 million dollars in bribe for the works contracts. As a token of gratitude or as a new way of extortion, parties with women included were offered. When I compare actual politicians with those the island had in the past, the first question that comes is where did the country fail?

The Dominican Republic has had a thriving economy for almost two decades, but because of corruption, misuse and mismanagement of resources, millions of people live in poverty. The Caribbean country needs a radical change of generation of politicians, something that will not happen without great efforts since those who lead the country (whether inside or outside the government) are unwilling to cede power, those who melt when they are heated by the word honesty. With their different protests, the Dominican people have undoubtedly taken a step forward, the first one. Now, for the good of the country, people should go free of fear for the second one: New leaders for new times.

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

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Thought of the day: Education

September 20, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

Good education is expensive, but as a result of this, your life can change for better. Ignorance, however, masquerading as a cheaper way, turns out to be more expensive, since we enter a long tunnel where only shadows can be seen.

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When modern pedagogical methods do not work with your children…

September 19, 2017

By Eddy Montilla

For parents, to find an effective method for child discipline and education has always been one of their top priorities for two reasons: First, parents wish the best for their children and second, because it is not an easy task to work and take care of them. So, if the part related to their teaching goes well, the burden on parent’s shoulders is lightened. we get ideas from child psychologists, educators and other experts, ideas that vary from helpful to poisonous, and since poison is stronger than help, you know already where to send your flowers.

We are falling into a trap of emotional weakness about the way to bring our children up. My parents had seven children. They reared their family surrounded by unity and love family, but we had to act in accordance to a code of conduct which was based on the principles of respect and obedience. Now, let´s see the poison: The other day, when I asked a Bolivian young mother about how her son was, she answered in that way: “Well, but he is the first and last child I will have. This is too much hard work for me.” Since this is just an appetizer, do not form a reasoned judgment yet and please wait for the main course:

Two days ago, a Japanese mother told me that recently her daughter can’t get out of bed to go to school. “My daughter is physically healthy”. The mother said. “The problem she has is common among a lot of children these days, so I have to take her to a specialist.” The deficiency on children’s discipline and education has reached a critical point by spreading internationally. This mother’s story brought to my mind that day when my grandmother knew that my elder brother had been absent from school for two days for the same reason: “cannot get out bed to go to school.”

My grandmother’s answer to this problem was as simple and natural as life itself. She walked past the front door and went directly to our room, I closed my eyes and he got his bottom and stomach smacked. “Now that you can neither lie on your back nor on your stomach, my dear Frank, I give for granted that you will be taking your lessons at school today since I am pretty sure you do not want to see me here tomorrow. The slaps on his bottom did not leave him with a scar or were life-threatening. They just taught him he had to do his duty, that is, to go to school and study, and thanks to those slaps, Frank holds a management position today.

I do not fly the flag of punishment as first option, but I strongly believe that punishments (for example, there is no TV today, desserts, etc.) are vital to teach a child how to face up to life and his responsibilities. Punishments keep children away from undesirable behavior, teach them that we pay a price for our mistakes and then, they learn to create prevention mechanisms to not make them again. In the worst-case scenario, a couple of smacks will not kill your son and can get him back to the path to understanding. However, according to many “experts in the field”, those ideas are outdated and have no place in the contemporary childhood education system that rules today. And all that for what? What have we gotten with that? Manipulative children who threaten their parents to call the police if they are “touched” (USA), oversensitive children who feel sickened at the sight of the cover photo of an insect (Japan) and many other cases in many other countries. Parents are “spoiling” their children based on an idea that was misunderstood and defined as “I don’t want my children to suffer as I have”. The truth is only one and it hurts: From parents to educators, adults in general have pampered too much this generation of children and have made of them spoiled brats, too weak psychologically to move forward for themselves for their own misfortune. Fill your children’s education with love, but keep your heart strong when the circumstances merit.

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

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