Monday, October 27, 2008

Mpemba effect

I would ask you a simple question; if you had two water containers, one at 35°C and the other at 5°C, and you want to freeze both of them, which one would freeze faster? The trivial, simple and logical answer would be; the one in the 5°C container would freeze faster. However, I would be happy to tell you that this is not true , and that’s called Mpemba effect. Although the 35°C container is further from freezing, it would reach it faster.

Actually, Scientists have no final explanation for this observation, but what is interesting is the idea itself; feeling far away from your goal, but reach faster. In most of the cases, the hard situations that we face in our lives, that make us feel moving backwards, is nothing more than a shortcut for our dream.

There is another example for this idea; If your are trying to move forward in your way, and suddenly you faced a big hole in the road, to cross this hole, most probably you would move some steps backward, move quicker and jump. Do you think that you should get depressed for moving those backward steps? Mpemba effect is a good answer.


Mohamed Al-Khazendar

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kraal

Do you know how they tame an elephant? They use a training system called Kraal. The idea is very simple. They tie the baby elephant legs with strong chains to a large tree or to a fixed ring in the ground. The wild baby elephant tries to escape and to run, but in vain. After a while the elephant gets used to his life, it knows that its move is only allowed as long as it doesn't exceed the chain length.

At this time, and only at this time, they untie the chain from the tree and leave it in the elephant leg. As the elephant still feels the chain it won't try to escape and will continue moving with short steps that never exceed the chain length. By this way they got the elephant tamed, and they can use it to do what they want.

I think that the kraal is not only used with elephants, but with humans as well. A lot of political systems use this method to control their people. They put restrictions for a while and then leave things to move as they want. This is not only used in politics, but in a lot of human relationships. Someone put limits, force the others to move within, and then leave things to time.

As a final point, this is not the only training system for elephants. The more strange method is training an elephant by elephants. They use special tamed elephants, called “Kumki” to train the wild ones. I think you know that this method is used for humans taming. And this is the most effective way. Most of dictators use this method perfectly nowadays. As they already have a lot of “Kumki” they don’t need to waste time in “Kraaling”. this categorize their people in three categories, few wild, a lot of tamed, and some “Kumkis” and the last are the worst.

Notes:
- In these methods, there is only one difference between elephants and humans, that’s taming female elephant is normal while taming males is an exception. And that’s the opposite of what happens in humans.
- For those who follow USA president election news, I was wondering why the Republican Party uses an elephant logo, and now it’s clear, but it didn’t take me that time to know why the Democratic Party uses a donkey logo.

Mohamed Al-Khazendar

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pygmalion

Suddenly, I noticed that the old legend of Pygmalion is more related to our life than I have ever felt before. The legend is about Pygmalion; the Cypriot sculptor who made a statue in the shape of woman, and fall in love with it. He kept praying for Venus to bring the statue to life, and she, finally, did. I agree with you that this legend, as most of the legends, is just a naive story, but can you imagine that what most people do, is more naive than what Pygmalion did?

In our minds, we carve a statue of our dream, waiting, days and nights, for it to come to life. However, as our life is not legendary enough, this statue will never be brought to life, and so we search for another way. We try to find it alive, and then we convince ourselves that we found it, and keep trying to find any similarity between the reality and our statue.

Didn’t I tell you that our story is more stupid than Pygmalion’s. Pygmalion was more logical; he went after his dream to the end, but we deceived ourselves, and went after another dream which we didn’t even dream of. The most strange thing is that we didn’t stop at this point; we got related to the fake dream more than our initial one. By time, we forget it and, sometimes, we even destroy our statue. Pygmalion, you were right; I promise you that even if I waited forever, I wouldn’t destroy my statue.

Mohamed Al-Khazendar

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Euthanasia

“I will end your pains”. This is the first part of the fact, and the other part is, “and I will do that by killing you”. It’s not a black comedy scene; it’s what happens every day. Most of us look at the first part only. We always look at their good intentions not the catastrophic results. We always find an argument for every action, and convince ourselves that we are doing the right thing.

In this life, everybody can see the sins of everyone but oneself. How many people look at a mirror and say, “I am guilty”, and if someone does, how many times? If me, you, he, she and everybody else are not guilty, then who is? Although, none of us is without a sin, we are always racing to cast the first stone.

Good intentions in euthanasia will not change the fact that there is a killer. Every thief, murderer or dictator has his own arguments. Even the devil has justifications for his evil. So, don’t convince yourself with reasons, look at the results as it’s what people can see and judge. Only now, I can confess that I am guilty and I have a lot of sins, although, my mind is trying to say, “it was just a euthanasia operation”.


Mohamed Al-Khazendar

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Spartacus

He started from slavery and ended at defeat. He couldn’t achieve anything for himself or even for his followers. After his defeat and death, his own body was not even found and most of his men were crucified along the “Via Appia”, and that was a very clear warning to any slave who may follow his ideas. Although, at first, he had won two battles, the failure was the final result. By any measure, he had failed and lost everything.
Most probably, Spartacus had lived a very hard life; He entered this life and left it without changing anything, His life was harder than even the slaves he was fighting to make them free. At some time he thought, at least while thinking alone, it would have been better if he had accepted his life as it had been, and that would have been safer for him and for his men. At the end of his life while he was defending himself and surrounded by foes, he might have regretted all his actions but he had no choice rather than continuing what he had started to and go to the miserable failure.
There is only one remaining thing in his story, although he had been defeated, his name is more famous than “Crassus”, the winner of the battle. His idea was strong enough to defeat time and to gain respect after centuries. His failure is respected more than the success of his foes. Success is not what we gain now, but our trials of doing what we believe in. If your trials ended with failure, smile, at least you had tried just like the famous hero Spartacus.



Mohamed Al-Khazendar

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Nü Shu

The idea is very interesting; a language which no man could read, write or understand. Did you hear before about Nü Shu? It’s not a fiction but an old Chinese language. Regardless of the historical reasons, this language was exclusively used by women, and that’s the interesting point. They didn’t permit men to learn it, and no woman mentioned anything about its secrets even to her sons.

A while ago, I believed that all women are the same, but later, I got convinced that they are so different. The idea of Nü Shu was a good answer to this point. Although they are different they had a common language which only women could speak and understand. A language which has no dictionary and no man has the authority to learn, while every woman could easily understand it.

Dear men, whoever feels that he understood a woman, take care. Words don’t have the same meaning between us, and something is lost in translation. The given statistics about Nü Shu tell us that there is a very small number of women who could speak Nü Shu, but who believes that? I think all women are fluent in Nü Shu.

P.S. I am not with or against women, I am just trying to analyze.


Mohamed Al-Khazendar

My First Post


As they always add a first post that introduces the blog, this is mine.


Mohamed Al-Khazendar