Eduard Punset is a multidisciplinary researcher well know in Spain because since 1996 he has directed and presented “Redes” a scientific Tv program based around interviews with leading scientists.He is also professor of science, technology and society at the Faculty of Economics of the Chemical Institute of Sarrià.
I wanted to translate, his new year’s decalogue from his blog, which I found really inspiring and share it with all non spanish readers.
You can find the original post in spanish here.
1- Since the last century life expectancy rises two years and half every decade.
2- Thanks to 1, today’s people are less obsessed about life after death, they are much worried about noting there really is life before death.
3- We should devote less time in healing politics, instead prevention politics should be our priority. Basically this means that we should practice daily sports, watch our diet, know how to enjoy what we already have and don’t cry only for what we lack.
4- Social and emotional learning must be added immediately to the educational system. For this we must prepare educators to understand positive and negative emotions so they can help us manage them correctly.
5- We must demarcate negative competences, which prevents us from getting a job, from positive competences, which can really boost our possibilities of getting a good one. Among the first ones, we must avoid emotional ignorance (lets see if we finally understand the meaning of despising others) and among the second ones we must understand that happiness resides inside happiness waiting room.
6- We must note intuition and subconscious importance in contraposition to rational conscious thoughts. I will never forget that woman crying that stopped me in the street to thank me for giving her confidence on her intuition again. While others had tried to prevent her from trusting it her whole live.
7- Understanding real happiness dimensions has been the greatest 20th century conquest. We have understood that is not necessarily the money the one which confers that happiness. When you live under the subsistence level, money is happiness, but exceeded that level control over our own live is the dimension more correlated with happiness. Having the impression that what you do matters for some reason.
8- The beauty that a many people search for, is really pain absence. But many people are willing to cope with pain without any evident reason in order to get their desired job or fulfilling their dreams . Exercising and working without suffering is understanding pain to gain control.
9- The herd, when crossing a river or climbing a mountain, always relies on youth. The main next century’s problem will not be wealth distribution, but work distribution. Schools and new enterprises should have already started the study and application of this principle. State and other social institutions and enterprises must open their doors to the marginalised youth.
10- Please, its time to resign dogmatism and accept as a daily practice the uncertainty principle. When something is intuited must be checked and if it works must be applied till someone comes and proves the contrary. Newton convinced the world that Time was exactly the same for all, was absolute. After, Einstein said it was relative, dependant on the mass and velocity. End dogmatists that much suffering imposed on those who doubted!
I hope you have found the reading interesting. I apologise for the translations accuracy, I’m not a translator. I tried to write it accurately and I hope I have been able to make his points clear.