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The Telly

Posted by Bartosz Goździeniak
Bartosz Goździeniak
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on czwartek, 22 maj 2014
in Thoughts On Life

Hi there!

I haven't writen for quite some time. Yet, I haven't been idle, believe me. The result is this entry about a simple thing, TV. Why do I think it's bad to the bone? Are there any good points about it? Read on and see!

The pros

I have no right whatsoever to claim that TV is absolutely bad. There are a lot of examples when it actually works. It brings people together, encourages discussion, becomes a nice spare time activity. As far as I'm concerned I can't imagine me and my friends enjoying a few pints without the assist of a good (but not that often) football game to see. It really provides motivation to go out and spend some time with the people we like. What is more, we often end up talking about sport, current events or love life (yeah, right) to the late night hours.

Apart from that, TV is a great source of knowledge and entertainmnet. If I really feel like watching TV, I most often look for documentaries. They are fantastic entertainment and you can learn a lot from them. I also like sitcoms and very often watch them to kill time.

The cons

If TV is such a great thing, why have I decided not to install it in my apartament? There are very many reasons and I'll focus only on the most important ones.

Even though you can watch sport, documentaries or sitcoms, TV is still ful of the most stupifying crap I can ever imagine. Sometimes I think that TV channels have a competition to produce the most idiotic show, attract wide audience and sell adverrtisements. Why would anyone want to follow the very intriguing adventures of a priest who rides a bike and is a self-made detective, or get excited about the next celebrity who is going to dance and pretend they really enjoy it? How can opinions of people who are more than wealthy and don't face the ordinary hardships of life  be a good basis for making up my own mind? Why should I listen and see all these indivuals who on one hand call for freedom and on the other support dramas which are based on stereotypes? There are some things in this world I'll never get to understand.

Yet, everything mentioned above does not even get close to the utmost reason. When you watch TV you do not decide what you see but somebody else does. You lose control over your time, what your eyes see and what your ears hear. OK, it may seem that you can always change the channel, but does it really change anything? People are tied to their sofas at a given time, on a given day, every week to see something which a John has decided to show them. How incredibly tricky way to teach you do things which are OK for John but not really for you. One day you'll realise you've put your fate in the hands of individuals who don't know you exist, yet control you. Terrifying, isn't it?

Why do people watch it, anyway?

That's a good question. I couldn't find the answer for a long, long time until one of my students opened my eyes to the very obvious truth. People get emotionally involved, attached to TV shows and characters. The more you see it, the stronger the bond is. The stronger the bond, the less of you and your life. The less of you and your life, the fewer decisions you make. The fewer decisions you make, the more others control you. See?

The ONLY solution

There are actually two. Let's face it, you can't really go without watching TV. Yet nowadays, you can regain control on what you see and hear. First, turn off the TV, then turn on your computer and use the Internet to watch what you want, when you want and without advertisements. No brainwashing, no ties to the sofa, no uncontrolled emotional bonds. Is it illegal? Who cares? Do you really think that what they do with people on TV should be?

That's all folks!

I hope I've managed to present my standpoint about the telly. Hope you find some intriguing thoughts in this post and get motivated to share your ideas!

See you!

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Money! Money! Money!

Posted by Bartosz Goździeniak
Bartosz Goździeniak
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on wtorek, 25 marzec 2014
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 Hi there!

As I promised, I'm going to write about interesting topics which I often discuss with my students. Today, I've picked the one which is the most interesting and the most important to lots of people - money. I'd like to show you my ideas, confront them with opinions of others and, last but not least, hear what you, dear readers, think about all this. Due to my location, I'm bound to discuss it as far as Poland is concerned.

Life on credit

First of all, I've often wondered how is it so that I can see people who aren't really well-off, or who don't have the best jobs in the world and yet, they drive fancy cars, go on holiday to exotic places and live in a very posh area. I may feel a little bit ashamed to admit I used to suppose these people must have an illegal source of income. In my narrow mind, I simply couldn't see any other option. Fortunately, my students opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of consumer goods are being bought on credit which then is never paid back. What a brilliant idea! And a simple one! Take as much credit as virtually possible and then die. What happens next is definitely not your concern. I've heard that when this is the case, the loans are paid back with taxpayers' money. Hard to believe, yet I wouldn't be surprised if that was true.

Life with credit

Secondly, I started to think why there are people who take so much credit that they can't pay the monthly installments later on simply because they don't earn enough money. Like, I can't really imagine or believe that these poor chaps don't have a calculator at home. Yet, when this happens, they open their eyes and blame the whole world for the situation. That their boss is greedy and doesn't pay enough, that the politicians steal and care only for themselves, that the bankers, and Jews, and Jehova witnesses, and Catholic priests are scums who take advantage of poor people. There is only one person to blame - you! Is it really your fault, however?

Education

This is the moment, when I come to the core. The problem is not that people can't handle money, they've never been taught to. This is very noticeable in the generation who grew up in the communist times. Generally, their life was simple and they didn't have to make decisions about their future because the Party took care of all that. Now, things have turned round. You need to organize your home budget, keep an eye on the income and outcome, try predicting the future and be ready for the unexpected, and finally you'll have a nice life. On one hand it's quite easy, for someone who has had appropriate education, on the other hand, most people don't know a thing about money. Unfortunately, the latter group is the majority,

Self-employed vs full-time

Last but not least, I would like to write something about the difference people see money. For those who work full-time or part-time jobs, the amount of money the government takes away from them is not that obvious. It's simply because the employer takes care of their duties towards the state. When you work as a self-employed person, however, you have to do it on your own. It really opens your eyes to the extent we are robbed. Take this as an example.

John works full-time, gets 2000 PLN. He believes that's all the money he earns. In fact, his salary is around 3000 PLN, one-third disappears in the void of public money. Yet, John believes everything is OK, he's still got his 2000 right?

Mark is self-employed. He earns 3000 PLN. He has to pay almost 1000 to ZUS, and some tax too. He's left with 2000, the same amount as John, but he had to say goodbye to his 1000 himself.

Wouldn't it be better, if everybody got all the money they earn and then had to settle things with the state themselves? Wouldn't it then lead to public disorder, demonstrations, civil war? I might be overexaggerating, yet the matter is worth pondering over.

 

Time to finish this lengthy post about money. It took me quite some time to write, but I like it, I hope you too. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

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The Beginning

Posted by Bartosz Goździeniak
Bartosz Goździeniak
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on niedziela, 09 luty 2014
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Hello. For many days I haven't written anything in my blog. I could give you a lot of reasons for that, yet I do consider them unimportant now. What really matters is that I reached the point where I know what I want to do with this part of my website from now on.

As you might have noticed, the category of this post is "Thoughts On Life". This, of course, means that I'm going to share with you all these great ideas, food for thoughts, I often come up with together with my students during our lessons. They, I mean my students, often shock me with their insight into everyday matters, the conclusions they draw, opinions they have. I'm going to present them here, I'm going to write what I think.

Apart from my students, I also meet other people. My friends and acquintances often encourage me to double consider a thing, shed fresh light on many matters. I'm going to share that with you too.

Last but not least, I'm going to post my own thoughts and opinions. They are sometimes provoked by things I see on youtube, read in books and articles on other websites, etc.

I hope all this will encourage you to think, comment, share. That's what I'm, in fact, waiting for!

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