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Being risk-averse individuals, everyone has a back-up plan. And that seems to be the obvious play, right? But I feel that this safe-net prevents us from whole-heartedly going after our goals and ambitions. Hear me out.

Backup Plans Are Just Distractions

Why do we need a backup plan? It is to hedge our future in the possibility that things go south while pursuing our Plan A, right? But doesn’t this mean that a small percentage of our cognitive power is being directed towards this ‘distraction’? …

Let’s start designing for humans instead.

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‘Forget the damned car and build cities for lovers and friends’ — Lewis Mumford

Automobiles have had an unprecedented effect on our society, the magnitude of the revolution has been hard to fathom. The effect? Urban planners have started to cater to the needs of the automobile rather than that for humans. What follows are some negative social and cultural impacts that the rise of the private automobile has had on urban society.

Rise Of The Automobile

Post World War 2, American suburbs were stigmatized as ‘anti-cities’. These sprawls were socially and racially segregated by neighborhoods and lacked cultural identity of any sort. …

And the role human psychology plays in it.

Why are urban crimes so persistent in our inner-city neighbourhoods? Does it have to do something with the role of the police working more diligently in high crime areas and less so in marginal areas at risk? These are the questions that are addressed by James Q. Wilson and George L. Killing.

Safe Neighbourhood Programs:

The start of the ‘Safe and Clean Neighbourhoods Program’ in the state of New Jersey was met with a lot of criticism.

The conceptualisation of the ‘Safe and Clean Neighbourhood Program’ in the West, was met with a lot of criticism and skeptical views. …

Especially during this pandemic

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‘ A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow processes of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers as though they were cut flowers in a vase’
-Bertrand Russell, British philosopher.

As defined in the pages of Wikipedia, ‘boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.’ …

Technology is a tool and it’s up to us to use it wisely

I’ve often come across articles spreading misinformation on social media sites, ‘Drink harmful chemicals to sanitize the body from within’ being one. It’s not all the fault of social media when something said by the President of the United States starts trending on Twitter. Is the algorithm taking control over what starts ‘trending’ and what does not? Have the AI algorithms become so advanced that they can accurately predict the content that we think we want to consume?

(Screenshot from The Social Dilemma via Netflix)

Don't you just get spooked out when there’s an advertisement for something you were discussing with your friend? It’s happened a lot…

The human flaw.

It has been a long-lasting debate as to whether we as individuals give more emphasis to luxury rather than necessity? Many psychologists have pursued an interest in this matter and have forged many theories, one of the more famous ones being proposed by James Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs.

This theory essentially outlines a hierarchy according to which the individual sets about satisfying his needs, categorically from the base of the pyramid to its apex. According to this theory, self-actualization can be attained only after the satisfaction of the more generic needs like physiological and so forth.

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This entire…

The key to success is consistency.

If you’re here for that one piece of advice that will make you an overnight success, I’m afraid I do not have any advice for you.

But the one thing that can guarantee you success in your writing voyage is consistency. Whether you consistently curate 100, 1000, or 10,000 words per day, make sure you stick to it. Don’t be disheartened when some stories tank, the road to the top is never an easy one. Shrug it off as a minor setback and on you go!

“Writing… is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far…

To do two things together in a haste is to do neither.

People often overcomplicate the idea of creativity. We make it seem as though it is some unthinkable fleeting thought which needs to be held on to. And that’s what makes it so difficult to sustain a level of creativity over a prolonged period of time — our perception of it.

Everyday Creativity

Essentially, a creative idea is nothing but taking an idea and putting it out of its original context. The idea can be generated from literally anywhere — be it an object around you or a conversation that you happen to eavesdrop.

Ideas are hiding in plain sight, all you need…

The algorithm predicts based on the data you provide it

In today’s day and age, technological advancements have radically changed the way we live our lives, affecting our very lifestyles. Social media is one such parasite that the internet has brought to our lives; connectivity and communication have lured us into their usage. The question I want to raise today is that of privacy, especially on social media platforms.

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So what exactly is social media? By definition, they are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. To put this in simpler words, it simply…

Be a Jack of all trades rather than a perfectionist

The trade-off between happiness and work ethic has steadily tipped towards the former- millennials being the new trendsetters. Rather than being a fore-runner in their field, millennials have resorted to an ideology of just getting by. But, is this the right approach going forward?

The number of individuals who are unsure of the profession they want to pursue is at an all-time high. The indecisiveness is justified with the exponential growth in our technology. There are no two ways about this- either you are aware of what your passions are and strive to achieve them, or you don’t.

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Like myself…

Dhawal Pagay

Final Year Student At IIT Roorkee | Writer | Sports Enthusiast | Blogger |

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