Homo Deus

As a lover of IT technology and future ideas, Homo Deus was the first book I took in my hands in the library shop and now I know, it was a great decision.

First things first – if you expect conspiracy or romatic ideas about future, Harari is not that author you are looking for. In every part of the book he asks himself questions such as: What kind of world did humans create? How did humas become convinced that they not only control the world but also give it meaning? or Do animals have souls?

My look hasn´t changed since the first sentence (colorised, fauvism)

Due to powerful stories from history and huge amount of facts professor of History Yuval Noah Harari brought into his woldwide bestseller I couldn ´t stop reading this book, no matter if I was at work, on the bus or it was 2am. His questions make the reader think twice about what he believes in or how is he looking at today´s reality.

Biotechnology and bioengeneering became a part of our world – unnoticed. The comporations we do not pay much attention are making a step forward every – day and our life as we know today, will be completely different in less than twenty years.

Pigs also have feelings.

Harari describes how humankind broke The Law of the Jungle and how it took all the power over the animals and planet. He gives several examples of the situations, when the belief in deity made a progress in our history. He descrbes the fact, that all mamalls have feelings, emotions and sensations along with “all kinds of birds, some reptiles and even fish.” How painful is it to keep pigs in cages or impregnate them more than 10 times in a row in their lifetime. He explains, why capitalism cannot last forever or how lab rats, called also “Robo-rats”, obiedently listen to chips integrated in their brains, enjoying it and considerig it as their free will.

If you are looking for a quality literature, Homo Deus won ´t disappoint you. It´ll provide you the view across all the spectres that can create our reality in deep and interesting questions making you wonder, how is it even possible you have not read it sooner.

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The Murder from the Town of Apricots

by Witold Szabłowski

source: http://www.absynt.sk

Witold Szabłowski, a polish journalist, writes about Turkey – a land devided into two completly different worlds. The first half, liberal – and the second, conservative. West & East, everyday life of a woman and conservative Islam.

Do not expect a cheap roman about women trouble or any kind of this literature. This book tells its critical reader about everyday life in Turkey – a land I ´ve known very little about. After his own expierence he writes about park Gezi, where a non-violent protest led into te anti-goventment riot, he visits big towns and meets film producers and they tell us about how important is to show the people their troubles instead of giving them hope. Women, especially in East love it.

Why do they do not come out of their houses or how easy is to get killed by your own family – that´s also a very common thing in East Turkey as well as selling young women into the brothel. Completely legal.

If you are into literature of higher quality, I definitely recomend this book to you!

I don ´t have time is the worst excusion ever!

Today I was listening to the radio, where there was a topic about The Excusions and How do usually People make them up. On of them – I don ´t have any time – interested me the most.

Everyone has 86 400 seconds per day.

And the way how we spend them is that, what we should consider when speaking about plans and excuses. Once I got and excuse like : “Sorry, but I don ´t have any time to live my own life.”

And that made me asking: “What are your priorities then?”

I strongly belive, that if you have a dream, you should follow it, as the Ambassador of England here in Slovakia said once.

I would add – if you have a dream and you are willing to create time in your life for it.

Because there is no such thing as “finding time” (I have to find time and then I´ll let you know; I´ll look into the diary and perhaps I find some free time…”) NO!

It´s about CREATING time and that´s also why I get so upset when someone reacts as if I am stealing his time by a simple question.

Which leads me to another one: How are you going to use your 86 400 seconds today?

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway.

A book which can be read in one evening. And leaving you wondering, where a man can take so much stamina. It perfectly shows the path of the live simply, shortly and meaningfully.

The novel contains a few characters : the main one is the old fischerman sailing every day at the sea.Santiago – the old man and Manolin – a young boy.

Santiago has got deep wrinkles, tanned skin and loves listening to the radio.

He sailes everyday in his small boat living a very modest life. After 84 unsuccessful days without catching anything, he decides to persevere and try his luck once again.

Manolin helps Santiago until his parents want him to stay at home.

A young boy often helps Santiago – he carries the netts and pull them out of the water. But when Santiago can not catch anything for a long time, he rather stays at home after his parents told him to do so. After all he still believes in the old man and he is with him also when he decides to sail further at the sea on the 85th day.

The whale

Santiago finally catches an enormous fish, which is pulling his boat away. That´s why he uses his harpune against it. His troubles with getting home are getting worse when the blood attracts sharks. After long and demindig fight he sees the village – but only thing he´s got is the skeleton of a giant whale.

The idea

The author admires man´s strength, efford, stamina, love for nature and his will to stay on the path and not to give up.

The metaphors

The reason I often reach out for this book to read over and over again are its metaphors and hidden things, that are so typical for Hemingway. He could write into 300 hundred pages the live of villagers but he didn´t do it. He said, he leaves the space for the reader to make him imagine the majority of the things.

These ones I love the most:

The old man: man´s stamina;

The sea: the life itself, nature – the authors compares its beauty with the woman;

The whale: the target;

The sharks: gossip, bad people and life´s troubles.

The intersting fact:

Hemingway didn´t use any expressive word in the whole book.

Quote:

A man can be destroyed
but not defeated.

I give this book:

5

out of 5.