Monday, October 15, 2012

The Risks Test

Life itself is not  guaranteed. Man has faced since his existence many dangers that threaten his survival. One can wonder if something serious goes wrong in this universe man can disappear without never knowing what causes his disappearance because he wouldn't be able to experience the catastrophic event and no one would survive the aftermath of the event in order to try to give an account of what happened. Man has survived terrible natural catastrophic events: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc. These had never threatened the whole human life and the universe that harbors it. These events appear like the result of simple physical phenomena and appear perhaps to be necessary for the universe equilibrium. It appears that nature obeys to some laws and can't break them. What will happen if the earth ceases to rotate during an infinitesimal period of time or rotates too slowly or to quickly?

 Animate life seems to be weaker to survive in this universe and more prone to break the natural laws. The breaking of these laws seems to be an inherent tendency of humans not the animals and plants. Man faces several risks and the probabilities of overcoming or being victims of the risks vary. Evaluating these probabilities is not easy. One can pretend to understand the risks and hold means of overcoming them and fail due to perhaps some other risks that were not known. One can ignore the risks and succeed. A careful preparation to confront the risk doesn't seem to be the guarantee of success.

Human behavior is important in risks situations. In human endeavors confrontation diminishes the power of overcoming the risk because there will always be a stronger entity that would be  the winner of the jungle battle. But would we survive better if we can cooperate in solving our common problems instead of fighting against each other?. In this way the ability of solving problems will increase tremendously and there will be fewer problems on earth because of the collective and cooperative effort. It is a risky initiative to take the resolution to work for oneself and not for somebody else. It is easy to work for someone else because one takes less responsibility in the overall direction of the enterprise, However working for oneself implies a lot of effort. The benefit of self-independence is acquired to the price of great sacrifices. One faces the "pain" of making an enterprise successful. One can have all the good solutions to all the "pain-problems" and all the determination for success but the structure of the human society in which we live together constitutes the barriers to the solution of these problems. I will attempt to answer the questions of the "Pain Risk Test" because pondering over these risks can be painful.

Is somebody else already working on this problem?

There are many institutions trying to solve the problem by putting free courses online accessed asynchronously. Others also offer free courses online synchronously and asynchronously.

If others have failed in solving this problem, why did they fail?  

It seems to me that most of the institutions working in this problem haven't failed. In the case of Open Popular University  I have made some unsuccessful efforts to bring financial and human resources to solve the problem. The platform is operating thanks to my own resources but I am  hopeful that there will be people and institutions that will come in order to help this endevour to be successful.

Is there anyone who doesn't want this problem solved and can they stand in my way? 

I am not sure who these people are. But they can be those who take advantage of uneducated people. People who are selfish and don't want to help others. People who don't want to help another organization for selfish reasons, etc. According to my research there are many personalities and institutions having the resources to help other organizations solving this problem. They seem to be enthusiastic in having the problem solved. However helping a startup go off the ground is not easy.

Are there laws or regulations that can stand in my way?

I am not sure if there are laws that can prevent people from educating themselves freely. I would think if society can help people to educate themselves easier this would be to its benefit.

What happens if I try to solve the problem and fail?

I am not solving my problem. That would be the failure of society. However I am not thinking about failure.

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