3 books appear time and again on reading lists: 1) Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking 2) Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning 3) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago
So, some time back, I decided that I had to start reading them. If not then, then when? I finished the first two, but am still deliberating my way through the third. These books were enlightening yet difficult to comprehend at times for me. On one hand, they contain accounts of things that happened in real life. On the other hand, they seem to reflect lessons in psychology and sociology. I read them while trying to understand the madness through the lens of science.
Citizens worldwide are experiencing a biological event like no other. Termed Covid-19, this coronavirus claimed over ten million lives worldwide. Well before the World Health Organisation classed Covid-19 as a pandemic, scientists were already racing to triangulate its symptoms and determine its transmissibility (World Health Organization, 2020). Today, science and technology equip biologists and virologists in tackling a seemingly invisible foe able to bring potentially deleterious and unforeseen consequences to human beings and societies.
To complicate things, nations also contend with social issues such as unrest, genocide, eroding freedoms, and uncooperative citizens refusing to wear masks. Governments can exercise their authority in quelling social issues. However, the world must turn to science in tackling a virological entity.
As I get ready to study gender issues this term, psychologist Susan Pinker is on hand to inform us that males are fragile. If the slides and data are any indication, men are on track to being extinct in some far future.
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I suffered from regular whiteheads around my lips and chin for many years. They rear their little white bumps at night and grow up to be full white heads in the morning. Seeing them in the mirror after I wake up annoyed me, on top of having to purchase skincare products to combat a seemingly persistent issue.
I decided that there had to be a cause and looked at the potential reasons:
After writing a piece, I often eliminate words and restructure passages. I believe everyone should cultivate a habit of relentlessly removing redundant words. If you think that you write too much, you just might. This is regardless of how skilled of a wordsmith you are.
Over time, I compiled a list of common phrases that people pepper their speeches with. Such phrases can and do find their way into writing. Your speech probably wasn’t clear enough initially if you blurt them out or commit the cardinal sin of chaining them together: