The Old Man and the Sea – Hard Work Doesn’t Always Pay

The Old Man and the sea is a short novel written by Ernest Hemingway. It was released in 1952. The story is written in typical Hemingway-fashion, with simple prose but still incredibly complex.

In the story, we meet an old fisherman, Santiago. He hasn’t caught any fish in 84 days and has lost his apprentice, Manolin, because of it. But on the 85th day, he finally hooks a huge marlin, that drags him out to sea. And after a three-day long battle, the old man is victorious. After securing the fish to his boat, he heads home. But the slain marlin attracts sharks, and a new battle begins, and this time it’s a losing one. The old man reaches the shore with only the skeleton of the 18 feet marlin left. He goes to bed. When he wakes up, the boy gets him coffee and tells Santiago that he wants to start fishing with him again.

There are many themes in the book; some are pride, loneliness, and nostalgia. However, I want to focus on the failure despite hard work. We all been told that “Hard work pays off,” but in the case of The Old Man and the Sea, hard work does not pay, or at least not as one would think.

I mean, the old man fought tooth and nail with a giant for three days and won, but he will not see a dime from it. Damned sharks! This flies in the face of the commonly held belief that hard work will always be rewarded. It won’t. For example, let’s say that you were a worker in communist Russia back in the day. No matter how hard you actually worked, you would still get the same pay. If there is no reward for being excellent; what is the point. However, this is only financial gains, and people have told me that there are more important things in life.

The old fisherman got richer, but just not financially. He got one hell of a story, and regained the respect from his fellow fishermen. And he also won the most important thing back. Manolin became his apprentice again, and that was probably priceless for the old man.

Burn It!!!

The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha should be thrown on the fire so that we can spare the youth and future generations against the evil it contains. When I started reading the book, I realized something very shocking to me: it’s outrageously long. Do not get me wrong; it’s an incredible story that has spoken to several generations over the ages. But the problem with the book is all these words that we are expected to read to experience the story, and therefore the book is not worth reading.

Today nobody has longer a chance to experience the fantastic adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Because, shockingly, the author was not able to predict the future. Everybody should have guessed that 400 years ahead nobody would have the time to read long books. We cannot be expected to read about half a million words just to experience a timeless classic. No, compress the story of Don Quixote into 140 characters or less and then throw all copies of the original book on the fire. And if you got rid of all paper-based books a long time ago, throw your infected e-book reader on the bonfire, instead.

Two 100 Word Stories

The man looked at his computer screen. It was showing him brightly colored characters interacting with each other. This was his ineffective tool. The tool he tried unconsciously to use for time travel. He wanted to become the boy again. He needed to become the boy again. The boy was happy. The boy was a good student; the boy had a bright future ahead of him.

The man closed his eyes, he had tried to turn back into the boy for years, yet the more he tried, the more he became less like the boy. And less like the man.

There was once a man that went to work because of the money he wanted to make. He saved every penny he could by living cheap and minimalistic. He never went out nor got any friends. Traveling by plane only one time per year. He wanted to have money before he started enjoying life. Never needing to work again

Not long before he was to reach his goal, the man collapsed on his floor. Some of the people felt sorry for the man. Others called him a fool for not taking loans. But he didn’t care because he was dead.

A Little Bit Information About Julius Caesar

[NOTE: I am not a historian, so don’t believe a word I’m saying. Do not use this as a source!]

Around 100 BC the practice of having professional soldiers was established in the Roman Empire. Earlier, the army consisted of free peasants who served the government of Rome. But now professional soldiers were working directly for the leader of the army. Continue reading “A Little Bit Information About Julius Caesar”

A Short Post About Alexander the Great

[NOTE: I do not pretend to be an expert in the life and times of Alexander the Great. Do not use this as a source!]

In the first half of the 4th-century BC hostilities between the Greek city-states were common. So much so that it had led to a decrease of their military power and political stability. This made them vulnerable to outsiders. Continue reading “A Short Post About Alexander the Great”

The Modern Education System Is Awful, and It Needs to Change!

Is today’s school system too generalized? Should we specialize sooner?

The short answer is Yes! Here is a longer one:

Everybody (living in developed countries) has had some mandatory education. Mine lasted for 10 years. Out of every day in one of those years, I spent 190 days in school, every school day lasted for 6 hours. That is 11 400 hours. When I graduated, my time spent in school represented an 8.22 percent of my entire life. That percentage is a rough estimate (because of stuff like sick days). Continue reading “The Modern Education System Is Awful, and It Needs to Change!”

The Island of Neutrality

The canoe slashed through the water. The strongest warrior of the tribe paddled towards the island. The Island of Neutrality was said to be far too small to inhabit. Instead, the various tribes that lived scattered around the archipelago utilized it for meetings. It was neutral ground. The warrior would meet two other people from the closest tribes to talk about a peace treaty. “I am far from the greatest diplomat,” the warrior thought, “but the old ones know best. And it brings bad luck to doubt them, at least openly.” It had been explained that the old ones had come to an agreement to send the warrior for the first meeting. This was to prevent the other two tribes from getting any bright ideas. And this insurance policy outweighed the warrior’s limited understanding of the common tongue. Continue reading “The Island of Neutrality”