Jetta – I’d Love To Change The World

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, No none for me

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Oh yeah!

World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Senators stop the war

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

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“No importa cuánto trabajes, no importa cuán comprometida pueda estar tu personalidad, no avanzarás muy lejos en los negocios si no puedes trabajar a través de otros.”

- John Craig.

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Levántate y sigue avanzando

No se exactamente por dónde empezar pero aquí voy. Nunca he sido fuerte/grande o nada que se asemeje a estas palabras. Tengo 19 años, mido 1’82 y peso 59 kg. Suelo ir al gimnasio con mi amigo, y no voy cuando él no puede porque no tengo suficiente confianza como para ir por mi mismo.

Hace unos días empecé con ‘Stronglifts 5×5′ y ‘GOMAD’ (Dieta y rutina: levantamientos de peso y 4 litros de leche por día). Fue hace unos días cuando también me di cuenta de que si quería que esto funcionara tenía que empezar a ir por mi mismo. Así pues, hoy fui solo al gimnasio por primera vez, muy nervioso. Fui hacia los vestuarios y revisé las formas apropiadas de realizar sentadillas, levantamientos y prensa. El primer ejercicio era hacer sentadillas. Calenté con 55 y después pasé a los 65 para el 5×5. Todo iba bastante bien hasta que en la última repetición del cuarto set se me deslizó de una manera desagradable, y apoyé todo el peso sobre la rodilla derecha, evitando así caerme hacia atrás. Un par de personas se rieron. Eso duele más que caerse. Volví a la rutina y acabé el set hasta llegar a 60. El siguiente ejercicio era peso muerto, ‘deadlift’. Nunca llegué a hacerme con una forma correcta para realizar el peso muerto, por lo que practicaba mientras me miraba en el espejo. Empecé mi primer set hasta 55 pero no pude mantener el tipo, mi rodilla derecha me molestaba y lo dejé en la cuarta repetición, cayéndome una vez más. La misma gente se rió y un montón de miradas fueron a parar hacia mi debido al ruido provocado por las risas de estos. Sintiéndome completamente avergonzado en este punto, coloqué la barra en su lugar y me fui con la cabeza agachada del lugar.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger le dedicó unas sabias palabras a este joven falto de autoestima y confianza en sí mismo:

Alguien me habló de esto. Espero que no sea demasiado tarde, estoy de viaje, pero antes quise pasar por aquí. Siempre digo que no tengas miedo de fallar porque, ¿cuán lejos puedes llegar a caer? Tú ya te has topado con ello – el suelo. Está allí mismo. Ahora ya sabes que es algo que no debería producirte ningún miedo. Deberías estar orgulloso de que no le tuviste ningún miedo – no avergonzado de que fallaras. Pudiste ponerte excusas para no pasar la puerta y no lo hiciste. Sabías que iba a ser difícil, e incómodo, incluso embarazoso – y lo hiciste igualmente. Eso es valor.

Estoy orgulloso de ti.

El último chico al que animé rompió el record del mundo en peso muerto. Tienes más cosas en común con él de lo que crees. Primeramente, él empezó levantando sola y únicamente la barra también (cuando te fijas en él, quizá piensas que tendría 3 meses de edad en ese punto). Segundo, imagina su valor. Fue hasta la barra delante de un montón de gente y de cámaras de televisión, sabiendo que no solo era el único que no había levantado tanto antes – NADIE en la tierra lo había hecho – y parecía que no lo iba a conseguir. Quizá no piensas en ello de esta manera pero has demostrado el mismo valor, a una escala menor.

Y aquí estoy, animándote a ti también. Diste el primer paso y caíste, pero al menos caíste en la dirección acertada así que, levántate y da el siguiente paso. Sigue avanzando.

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Texto original traducido por @Jvewatever

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Don’t really know where to start, but here goes. I’ve never been strong/big or anything close to those words. I’m 19, 6’5 and 130lbs/59kg. I often go to the gym with my friend but I don’t go when he’s unavailable because I’m not confident going by myself.

Few days ago I started the Stronglifts 5×5 & GOMAD because nothing else seemed to work. It was also a few days ago when I realized I’d have to start going by myself if I wanted this to work. So today I went to the gym for the first time by myself, feeling pretty nervous. Headed to the locker room and reviewed the proper forms for squatting, deadlifts, and overhead press. First exercise was squatting. I warmed up with 55 then started 65 for the 5×5. Everything went pretty well until the last rep on the fourth set. Took a nasty spill and landed on my right knee to prevent myself from falling backwards. A couple people laughed. That hurt more than falling down. I got back on the horse and finished up the last set at 60. Next exercise was deadlift. I never really got the hang of the form for a proper deadlift so I practiced it while looking in the mirror. Started my first set at 55 but couldn’t get the form down, my right knee kept buckling and gave out on the fourth rep, causing me to fall once more. Same people laughed and got many looks in my direction because of the loud noise. Feeling completely embarrassed at this point, I put the bar and the weights in their places, and left with my head hanging low.

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The poor lad was having a gym nightmare and he already had low confidence. But all was not lost just yet because none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand to give the lad a much-needed confidence boost. He said:

Someone told me about this. I hope I’m not too late here, I’m traveling, but I wanted to chime in. I always say don’t be afraid of failure, because how far can you really fall? You found out – to the ground. It’s right there. Now you know it isn’t anything that should scare you. You should be proud that you weren’t afraid – not embarrassed that you failed. You could have made excuses not to walk into the door, but you didn’t. You knew it would be hard, and it would be uncomfortable, and it might be awkward – and you did it anyway. That’s courage.

I’m proud of you.

The last guy I rooted for broke a world record in the deadlift. You have more in common with him than you think. First, he started out lifting just the bar, too (when you look at him, he may have been 3 months old at that point). Second, imagine his courage. He walked up to that bar in front of a big audience and television cameras, knowing that not only had he never lifted that much before – NO ONE on earth had – and it was highly likely he would completely fail. You may not think about it this way, but you showed that courage, on a smaller level.

Finally, I’m rooting for you, too. You took the first step and you fell, but at least you fell in the right direction, so get back up and take the next step. Keep moving forward.

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Mi voz es mi regalo

Mi vida ha sido tan significativa que he de escribir algo que llegue a la gente. Tengo un legado que defender. (…) Mi voz es mi regalo. No tiene sentido que me quede callado. Es demasiado importante. Puedo ver en la sociedad actual lo importante que es. Algunas veces me siento desanimado, pero se a ciencia acierta en qué puedo contribuir. Somos quienes somos pero quiero llegar a los niños y quedarme en la mente de aquellos que ronden los 7 y 8 años. Decirles, “tú vas a ser algo… no hay más compromisos, no hay un ‘y si’ o un ‘puede que’; tú vas a ser algo”. (…) Cuando estás inspirado, tu trabajo puede ser inspirador para otros.

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Running on Corrupted Hardware

I’ll bet that most of us have had thoughts like “If I were put in charge , I would do x,y and z and all of humanity would be better for it!”

But why, then, is the world in the state it is? Are all the people which hold power simply evil monsters? Maybe you think is indeed the state of the world, and I admit that I do too, every now and then, for a short while, before I come to my senses and realize that this is an absolutely absurd idea.

I believe this is a classical case of correspondence bias (aka fundamental attribution error): we attribute others’ behaviors to some internal characteristic of the person engaging in whatever behavior it is they engage in, but we attribute our own behavior mainly to external circumstances.

But most of those people probably are not inherently evil. They are mere mortals like you and me, doing what they believe best. They make good decisions and they make bad decisions, but we mainly get to see their bad decisions. And even if the media deem it a good idea to show us the good ones, those are what we expect to see and therefore not worth remembering. Unusual things are just so much more memorable to us. Remember when you almost got into a car accident? What about dinner last tuesday?
So their bad decisions are prevalent in our minds and using the availability heuristic we believe that there actually are more bad decisions being made than good ones. But the frequency with which you think about things does not necessarily correspond to the frequency with which they actually happen out there in the real world. Somewhat unfortunately, you probably have thought about winning the lottery a lot more often than you have actually won. But then I assume you also have thought about being in an airplane which crashes and kills everyone onboard more often than you have (or I will somehow have to change my beliefs about ghosts and the supernatural in general).

And I don’t think there is anyone out there who has not yet heard that power corrupts people. Sure, most of us tend to believe that even if we had all the power in the world, we would not abuse it for our own purposes.
But the was most likely true for those which are in those positions of power now. Maybe they willingly make bad decisions, favoring their own interests over others, neglecting others’ wishes to serve their own and being bad utilitarians in general.

And maybe you believe that you would never do such things. I sure know that I would like to be able to believe those things with near certainty about myself.
But how can you tell if you run on corrupted hardware or not? Maybe you simply haven’t been given enough power yet for your brain’s bugs to show themselves? Or maybe you really are not prone to being corrupted by any amount of money or power in the world.
Assume there are two universes, A and B. In universe A, you run on corrupted hardware but simply haven’t been given enough power yet to realize. In universe B, you are morally infallible. Also assume that all other things are equal (to the extent to which they could possibly remain equal.)

How can you tell which one you live in? I’m not sure you can. At least I’m not sure that I could, and I don’t see how you could either.
So maybe you aren’t perfect. And saying “But I know I wouldn’t act in such a terrible, despicable, evil way!!” certainly won’t change which universe you live in. The arrow of causality does not go that way. Unless the model for general relativity which actually admits closed timelike curves is the one which corresponds to reality.
At least entertain the thought that the hardware you run on may well be as corrupted as the next guy’s. It shouldn’t be inconceivable after all. Unless you have somehow found a mathematical proof of impossibility for that state of the world. In that case everything I say is absolutely void and you should openly mock me for being foolish.
In fact I think it’s pretty likely that nearly all of us run on corrupted hardware. Any two people are share over 99% of their genes. So it should be safe to assume that the brains that natural selection has produced for all of us should be pretty similar. At least for those of us which are neurotypical, which by the very meaning of the word ‘typical’ most of are. This includes those despicable people in their positions of power.
Now of course there are a lot of factors which contribute to people’s moral positions, but the basic structure of our brains, which we all share, does play a huge role in our cognition. If you don’t believe this, you might want to read up on neuroscience and cognitive science, or you keep believing that there’s something called ‘soul’ which is responsible for your sense of I. But I don’t recommend going down that path because it absolutely defies all scientific results which have been gathered over the last couple of decades in those two fields. And, historically speaking, science has a way better record than religion does of getting things right.

So do I suggest you just give up and die? No. But you should be aware that you are prone to falling victim to your corrupted hardware too. You probably aren’t all that better than everybode else. Statistically speaking, you are likely to be just average.
Or should you condone what those people in power do, now that you know that it’s perfectly natural for people? No. Just because something may be natural, that doesn’t make it right or desirable. Rape may be natural. You certainly don’t want to believe that that’s a good thing!
You would also be committing the naturalistic fallacy. Don’t do that. Leave the commiting of fallacies to others. Especially if it would make you think rape is a good thing. Or better yet, stop them from doing so.

So what is my point? It’s that we should be very wary of thinking things like “My reign will solve all the problems in the world!” While that might be a nice thought, it sure doesn’t look to me as if the world worked that way. And that’s a good thing.

So what can you do now that you have realized that your plans for world domination are probably not going to work out the way you have always thought they would? Effective altruists try to do what they can with the limited amounts of power and resources they have.

Alternatively, you can of course talk to  me at @blsmfrth

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