what I believe in.
Here is what I got so far.
I am absolutely convinced that any extremism is bad.
Any idea, even a very good one, if taken to its extremes becomes its own opposite.
Every good idea can be severely compromised by its poor implementation (which is often taking it to the extreme).
That is why I am extremely anti-extremist.
A conservative liberal
A knowledgeable wonderer
A believing atheist
A constructive disruptor
A logical artist
A passive activist
A modest braggart
A serious laugher
© Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
All my actions are limited by 3 rules:
1. nothing illegal;
2. nothing stupid;
3. learn from mistakes (sh@t happens).
Everything else, e.g. opinions, traditions, views, emotions, is relative, hence irrelevant. History of science demonstrates that even the most widely accepted views can (and did) become outdated and be replaced.
As a long-term teacher, at times I may be judgmental, and may challenge people, but I have trained myself to keep it down.
Those people come in all possible forms: all genders, races, ages, wealth, education, status.
Those people demand to be treated with the utmost respect, but do not respect anybody else.
I believe, there should be no gaps or disconnections between laws, moral rules, and the actual social culture.
The problem, however, is that for someone to actually follow the Golden Rule, that one needs to have:
- an ability to see how other people see other persons - a.k.a. imagination.
- an ability to see how other people see himself/herself, a.k.a. reflection.
- the willingness for "trying on someone else shoes", a.k.a. caring.
These are some of my favorite sayings (meaning, I love them, but I did not invent them):
“If you didn't succeed first time, try and try again.”
“Repeating again and again the same actions and expecting a different result is an insanity.”
"Question always; question everything; question everyone".
These are mine:
"Mistakes are inevitable and unavoidable. There is no shame in making a mistake. The shame is in insisting that you're right even when even you already know that you are not."
“If you look in a mirror, and do not like what you see, do not blame the mirror.”
(BTW: a mirror is an object or a person interaction with which activates the process of reflection on (a) personal appearance; (b) external environment; or (c) internal psychological state).
I am a very successful professional. I have my share of achievements I am proud with. It shows that I am not just someone who "says the right things", I do the right things.
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
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