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The social animal

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.” Aristotle

One of the first lessons I learned as a philosophy student it was about the human condition and the innately characteristic of humans to exist around each other. In other words, people need other people to co-exist, in order to be fulfilled and have a sense of cohesion or purpose.

Back then I had no idea what this means. It was a completely new concept and I was not even close or had the capacity to comprehend, by far, how an individual could live outside of society.

Anyway, I don’t have the arrogance to think that I know now but since I experience “unprecedented times” – as they say in all the serious articles – I have enough time to reflect upon this theory.

The days are passing slowly and the “social isolation” becomes a brutal reality. I realise that humans are very creative at coming together. If you are anything like me (and you cannot stay away from news and social media) you probably saw all those videos where (Italians) start singing in their balconies and create beautiful, empowering social gatherings in unique ways, or simply, people are risking their lives (and some others more) by overruling the obvious (imposed) new ways of interacting by the authorities – only to be around each other. The simple fact of not meeting a friend is incomprehensible at this point for many of us, yet, some cannot even conceive the idea of staying far from the others, even tough as a temporary measure. Not one single type/tool of new technology can replace the human interaction.

I used to think about myself as a rather antisocial, introvert personality (I still do), yet, these rules are weighing heavy on my mental state (and physical for that matter) since only the idea that I am not allowed to go to a movie, a concert or any other type of collective gathering with humans that you feel connected through a common nominator, is simply not conceivable and it gives me some terrible anxiety.

We all understand this is temporary (or is it?), we try to stay positive and get the best out of a situation that hit us so fast and so hard that we choose to ignore. Yet, instead of ignoring, the best is to acknowledge and try to come to terms with the fact that staying far one from the other it is ultimately something that is bringing us together.

Rant over.

Namaste. Stay safe.

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My password game is strong. Or how to create a good password that you’ll never forget.

I don’t know really. Dear God, I hate passwords.


As you have figured it out, I am a very skillful, tech savvy and intuitive person. NOT.

I can see why the passwords have been invented. Really. Still, when it comes to the combination of letters, (upper and lower cases), numbers and special characters and then you have to remember ALL that, I am sorry, me and half of other tech savvy people we don’t manage. In all honesty, I am always happy when they ask me if I see a lamppost in a picture: you go figure, I think, they have invented the right pass human verification for me!


But that cannot last long, no. Why? They have to make me remember numbers. And sometimes I use the pass for my computer to unlock the entrance to my building, often I use the codes from various other systems to unlock the rest and so on. So, dear God, why? I mean you let us invent penicillin and rocket science and formulas to calculate the PH of our skin – why on Earth’s name there isn’t out there an easier system to lock our precious information?  There must be more than half of the planet population using high tech devices, yet, the level of securing all that is via a pass with a combination of numbers and letters. At the level of Sophistication that technology hit we are stuck with passwords that humans cannot remember. You got that right: IT department hates all of me.

Sure, I said to myself smug and arrogant: I will not use the birthday of my cat to create a pass but I will create something very complicated and I will NOT note down because (sic!): I remember! Not. Every effing single time.

Now, my friends, I just wanted to say that I have blocked my phone: just in case any of you try to call.And when I try to call my operator get the message “your sim is blocked, please call your operator”.

Namaste. Peace.