Thursday, March 26, 2009

Can "Love" be eternal? 愛是永恆?

-- Chinese Version at the end --

Yesterday somebody asked me, "Can love really be eternal"?

I answered, "Yes".

He continued, "How do you know?"

At that moment, I did not know how to answer him, but I believed that my answer is right.

In fact, what does "Eternal" mean? If we do not use a religion angle to look into it, there is no way we can define it. Then, he keeps asking, "You are major in Maths in university, can you use Mathematics way to explain it?"

Eternal means Infinity. Infinity means nothing can be bounded.

However, mathematicians still cannot explain exactly to locate infinity.

In reality, time is defined by mankind. Besides religion, there is nothing can guarantee "Eternal love". Even with law and human nature which can only response to be able to see or hear the truth to decide whether you should be loved , that is what we called by evidence. However after you died, the law cannot gurantee "love" anymore.

God created humans, humans defined time that means God control time. Therefore, only love from God can be eternal. Also it is because of my faith, I believed that love can be eternal.










Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What is Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)?

Emotional Quotient first came out as early as in A.D. 1960. This is a psychological term. In 1995, Daniel Goleman, the Father of EQ, has reformed the emotional theories of more than the past 30 years in his volume: ‘Emotional Intelligence – Why It Matters More than IQ”. He declared that each person had the inborn emotional quotient. He believes that this kind of intelligence can be shown in four situations, including:

  • Adaptation
  • Feeling
  • Organization
  • Learning process

This is a kind of establishing good interpersonal relationship ability. However this inborn interpersonal ability would bring into full play or regress based on environment influence. For example, the influence during childhood and teenagers as well as coming from parents, teachers and friends.

In 1990, Peter Salovey and Jack Major have called this kind of EI effect level as Emotional Quotient (EQ). Many parents have asked if there is a standard to measure EQ’s level; the answer is yes. Many psychologists have done research on EQ tests, but every time the result does not seem to be the same. This is because everyone’s emotion will be adjusted in accordance to different environment. For example, in an extremely hot afternoon, your car’s air conditioner breaks down. In addition, there is a big traffic jam on the road; and suddenly you receive a call from your son, saying that he forgot the home keys so that he is not able to get in the house. What would your mood be? In this situation, if the traffic jam improves a lot all in a sudden, what would your mood be?

In summary, EQ is only a simple term to express the emotional level and its stability, especially in patience, calmness as well as get on along well with others.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cola War

Recently, I have been very busy on my radio works. When I look back, I can't believe that I have working on the Catholic Radio for 3 months!!!! These 3 months remind me that I do not know a lot on my religion. On the other hand, I have learnt a lot from it.

Of course, during these 3 months, I got lots of good comments and bad comments too. When I received good comments, obviously, I felt very happy. When I received bad comments, I actually always found that not appropriate. My first reaction always think like how come we need to be that formal when we talk about the catholic faith? Can we change it? Can we change the tast of the Catholic Teaching?

However, I linked this to the Cola Wars*:

By the mid-1970s, the Coca-Cola Company was a lumbering giant. Performance reflected this. Between 1976 and 1978, the growth rate of Coca-Cola soft drinks dropped from 13 percent annually to a meager 2 percent. As the giant stumbled, Pepsi Cola was finding heady triumphs. First came the “Pepsi Generation.” This advertising campaign captured the imagination of the baby boomers with its idealism and youth. This association with youth and vitality greatly enhanced the image of Pepsi and firmly associated it with the largest consumer market for soft drinks.

Then came another management coup, the “Pepsi Challenge,” in which comparative taste tests with consumers showed a clear preference for Pepsi. This campaign led to a rapid increase in Pepsi’s market share, from 6 to 14 percent of total U.S. soft-drink sales.

Coca-Cola, in defense, conducted its own taste tests. Alas, these tests had the same result—people liked the taste of Pepsi better, and market-share changes reflected this. By 1979, Pepsi was closing the gap on Coca-Cola, having 17.9 percent of the soft-drink market, to Coke’s 23.9 percent. By the end of 1984, Coke had only a 2.9 percent lead, while in the grocery store market it was now trailing by 1.7 percent. Further indication of the diminishing position of Coke relative to Pepsi was a study done by Coca-Cola’s own marketing research department. The study showed that in 1972, 18 percent of soft-drink users drank Coke exclusively, while only 4 percent drank only Pepsi. Only 12 percent now claimed loyalty to Coke, while the number of exclusive Pepsidrinkers almost matched, with 11 percent.

What made the deteriorating comparative performance of Coke all the moreworrisome and frustrating to Coca-Cola was that it was outspending Pepsi in advertisingby $100 million. It had twice as many vending machines, dominated fountains,had more shelf space, and was competitively priced.

With the market-share erosion of the late 1970s and early 1980s, despite strong advertisingand superior distribution, the company began to look at the soft-drink productitself. Taste was suspected as the chief culprit in Coke’s decline, and marketing research seemed to confirm this. In September 1984, the technical division developeda sweeter flavor. In perhaps the biggest taste test ever, costing $4 million, 55percent of 191,000 people approved it over Pepsi and the original formula of Coke.Top executives unanimously agreed to change the taste and take the old Coke off themarket.

That's why there is the word "Classics" on the Coca-Cola can.

From this, I learnt that I need to modify my talking style according to the audience. If I got comments, either good or bad, I should try to balance it out. This is what we can improve our creativity.
- Ah B

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

To All Friends that are suffering... [Suggested English song 1]

To All Friends that are suffering...

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying,
I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

God bless...