I usually garner inspiration for this blog from the things that I’ve done in the past week, from simple activities such as mailing my tax return to having dinner with friends. With the quarantine, however, I genuinely found it hard to consistently find interesting topics that I want to write about while bringing value to the readers without sounding like a COVID-19 correspondence. After all, we’ve had enough of virus-related news after being inside for ~60 days.
With that said, I apologize if the blog issues for the upcoming weeks are a tad bit shorter. At the same time, I hope that it will become more snackable for you. Light, yet full of flavor.
My work in the past two weeks has taken quite a bit more of my time than I had expected — and for that, I’m actually grateful. In these uncertain times, companies are generally slowing down; a friend even told me that his workload decreased. Fortunately, the situation is reversed for the company that I work for; a small and agile firm that is used to the ways of maximizing productivity despite our decentralization. Work from home and conference calls have been common occurrences even before the quarantine. Anyway, forgive my meandering.
Having a good routine is a part of being a responsible adult. With the quarantine, however, I’ve felt that daily routine has become more apparent and repetitive in our daily lives. Perhaps in normal times, this feeling was buried beneath the fabric of society through human interaction and spontaneous activities. But in a world where one’s entertainment is fairly limited to what’s available digitally, our daily lives have never felt closer to a pre-determined set of loops consisting of work, eat, sleep, play.
Is it truly your decision?
This following thought crossed my mind as I was finishing Westworld Season 3 last week (or perhaps it was influenced by it … but I did ponder about this before the season finale). If you have never watched the show, it is about an (amusement[?]) park set in the 2050s. Wealthy patrons can purchase access to the park to relive the western cowboy age, playing as a hero or as a villain, any sort of action whether it’s holy or debauchery is possible, with the help of perfectly human-looking robots with advance artificial intelligence (AI). Season 1 Episode 1 starts off with the robots showing signs that they’re slowly becoming aware of their realities.
Without spoiling any content, a great quote that is heavily re-iterated in Season 3 was originally said by Dr. Ford, the maker of the aforementioned robots, played by the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins.
“”— DR. FORD
The quote simply means that in some way, a person’s action can be broken down into loops, similar to that of a robot’s codebase, with predicted outcomes depending on the scenarios that came before — a framework consisting of logical arguments compilations.
I’ve always been a thinker. It mayhap not be in an academic or scientific manner but closer to philosophical or emotional. I like to observe, reflect, and synthesize scenarios — with the hope of predicting certain outcomes and finding equilibrium, or the most logical conclusion. Additionally, as the only child, I grew up having to ensure that I did not internalize all external events, carefully filtering the positives and negatives.
Without trying to sound sage-like, the excess of personal time and isolation caused by the quarantine has amplified the above trait of mine. My routine has felt more apparent than ever and I even felt that I’m just living in a loop, constantly doing the same thing every single day with a slight altercation.
With that said, I’m glad that I’m able to think and learn about this from the quarantine — and moving forward, a personal goal is to become even more aware of myself, of my own routine, of my loop. Taking the time necessary to ensure that every single decision/choice that I make is truly what I want, not just because its the best framework for my codebase.
Life is short, life is precious.
See you in a bit.