15/11/2020.

Context : This session is rather unstructured — as we experiment on ways on how we want to run these sessions, we'll get better. But having said that, we did enjoy getting lost in our discussions and ideas nevertheless — who says that we need a proper structure?

So.. what caught our attention this week?

Google continues its Pre-Covid strategy of land grabbing to develop employee transportation hubs as Seattle is poised to be the next SF Bay Area. It seems like nothing is stopping technology companies from continuing on with their expansion in the Seattle area. …


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Photo by Sophie Dale on Unsplash

When The Doorman Is Your Main Man (Spoilers Alert)

The main character is a female who is excited about her love life developing — granted, we all feel that when we are young and sufficiently accomplished in the sense where we are roughly comfortable with who we are, and what we are currently doing. But what we often fail to see is that not everyone is on the same spectrum when it comes to that — some people are in the dating scene to find something else to complete them. Some find it as a way to keep themselves entertained. And then , the ones who are ready, are the ones who willingly trust people — which can be easily interpreted as being desperate. The ones who willingly trust other people are those who are either blindly optimistic, or has chosen to adopt a circle of trust. …


Climate change. A phrase that frequently appears on news headlines. Everyone has heard about it. Some of us find ways to address it. Others deny it.

However, we all experience it.

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Thanks to Daria for this!

Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue — it has evolved into a human rights issue.

In 2017 alone, 18.8 million people have lost homes because of disasters related to climate change. These displacements are mostly caused by floods due to rising sea levels.


I’ve recently started studying for the chartered accountancy. And, without shame, as a Philosophy and Psychology major, I must admit — I love accounting! Traditionally, accounting is deemed as a job that is lacklustre and unexciting. But spare me two minutes, and I’ll change your view on accounting.

Contrary to popular belief, accounting is not purely about numbers — it’s a mental model of systems thinking.

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Yes, these are numbers — loads of them. This is what we call a ledger — how boring is that? Kudos to Pixabay for this image.

Before that, let’s take a step back and understand what systems thinking is. Simply put, systems thinking is a method of analysing how entities in an ecosystem or environment behave and interact with one another.


‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.’ (Timothy 6:10)

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Kudos to Wikicommons

If you’ve ever explored the depths of Nietzsche’s philosophy, you’ve probably encountered his ideas of "Master" and "Slave" morality in his book ‘Genealogy of Morals’.

If not, it’s not as complicated or dark as what Nietzsche’s Philosophy is portrayed to be.

Bearing the guilt of oversimplification, the notion of Master and Slave morality is simply the idea that there are two types of morality — both of which have different values.

Master morality values power and wealth. Whilst slave morality values compassion, kindness and empathy.

Conventionally, these two forms of morality have been perceived as being mutually exclusive. We often question the motives of parties and judge values of people based on how they appear to be. If a monk or priest carries out an act of kindness, we attribute their kindness to their character. But, if a wealthy person engages in philanthropy work, we question their motives. Based on what we judge someone to be, we make judgements about their values as well — leading us to question their motivations when they act in ways that contradict what we judge them to be. …


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Credits to Nafis Abman

What if someone told you today that you could buy happiness with money — would you buy more of it?

What if you could buy happiness for someone else — would you buy it?

What if you could do both — buying happiness for yourself and buying someone else happiness at the same time?

Billionaires (i.e., Bill Gates and His Mates) often claim that money can’t buy happiness. But that’s easy for them to say — they’re billionaires. Normal people (i.e., You and I) want more of it.

Money enables us to buy services and goods — which improves our quality of life. With money, we’ll be able to buy sparkling water. With money, we’ll be able to buy a new pair of shoes. With money, we have more purchasing power to fulfil our basic needs, treat ourselves with material goods and services, and, to buy convenience and freedom. In other words, money can buy happiness — to a certain extent. …


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Let’s talk about the ’08 crisis.

Some of us have studied it deeply and others have heard about it.

However, we all share one thing; we all felt the effects of it.

Personally, I remember my mother’s friends and relatives losing jobs due to the crisis. My family had to cut spending as my parents were pessimistic about the future. Yet, Malaysia is considered one of the countries that was not significantly affected by the ’08 crisis. …

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Hiroki Hirayama

Cheeky Psychology and Philosophy graduate who spends too much time on ethical capitalism. Auditor by profession, buddhist in spirit, child at heart.

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