Journey in Life: 02/15/16

Monday, February 15, 2016

"Have a thin skin" nghĩa là gì?

Mặt mỏng quá, không làm Tổng thống được. Photo courtesy Jamelle Bouie.

'Have a thin skin' nghĩa là nhạy cảm, dễ bị tổn thương (khi bị phê bình, bị chửi) (be oversensitive to criticism or insults).

Ví dụ
When it comes to free speech, the best thing to do is not to mess with it. We can’t sacrifice individual rights and liberties because certain people have a thin skin.

Another major point of difference is Sofia’s capacity for empathy. ‘It’s my best gift and my worst,’ she says. ‘It’s why I can understand and create characters, but I have to take care of myself, because I have a thin skin.’

Trump is no Reagan: “Reagan maintained relationships for years with reporters who asked him tough questions,” he said. “Reagan was not bothered by critics ... and Trump seems to have a thin skin.”

Phạm Hạnh

"Have a thick skin" nghĩa là gì?

Làm chính trị cần mặt dầy*. Photo courtesy Muhammad Ghafari.

'Have a thick skin' nghĩa là cứ trơ ra trước sự chỉ trích, chửi rủa (be insensitive to criticism or insults; able to ignore personal criticism); mặt dầy.

Ví dụ
Tom thinks that potential girlfriends will need to have a thick skin.

"I needed something that was between just me and my friends, and getting up on a stage," she said. "Busking (chơi nhạc ngoài đường hay ở các tiệm để kiếm sống) was like the training wheels that prepared me. You learn to have a thick skin. People walk away, and it's balanced by the people who do stay and listen. If it wasn't for the busking, I don't think I would've gotten involved in performing."

Obama noted that American politics have always been divisive. "Thomas Jefferson's opponent tried to stir things up by saying he was a Muslim, so I'm in good company," he said to laughter. "Comparatively speaking, today is not that bad as long as you have a thick skin."

Phạm Hạnh


* Obama (L) and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak participate in an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo June 4, 2009. Obama was in Egypt on Thursday to deliver an address that will be crucial to his efforts to repair U.S. ties with the Muslim world.

Triết lí Ubuntu

"Tôi được là chính mình nhờ có những người xung quanh"
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“An anthropologist proposed a game to African tribe kids. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad? UBUNTU in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.

African music compilation


Ubuntu told by Nelson Mandela

Bài trước: Lời trăng trối của Steve Jobs

Hãy tắt tivi đi

đó là vũ khí tâm lí chiến lớn nhất mọi thời đại của CIA,
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... Their greatest psychological warfare weapon of all time… the Television.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the CIA realizes the truth of what this device does to the human mind. TV is set at a certain flicker rate that induces a meditative type state, making us more relaxed, passive, and agreeable with whatever we see (thụ động, đồng ý với bất kì điều gì được trình chiếu).

Studies have shown that after less than one minute of us watching TV, our brain switches from beta level consciousness (associated with active and logical thought) to alpha level conciseness (associated with passive acceptance and suggestibility… similar to when we first wake up). This is why sometimes we feel addicted to watching TV (nghiện xem tivi), and why little children become obsessed when they see the newest toy commercials (trẻ con ám ảnh với đồ chơi mới ở quảng cáo).

This is why major advertising companies have no problem spending billions of dollars a year on commercials and product placement within TV shows… they simply know the kinds of results it gets. Not to mention how subliminal (tiềm thức) messages are still being used today. They are unrecognizable by our conscious mind, but passively absorb and store into our subconscious mind. This is later reflected in shaping our actions, attitudes, and beliefs.