The age advantage: more memories

I read a lot, an awful lot, so I’m used to seeing information presented in a wide array of styles, some more efficient than others.  An article I read today in the McKinsey Quarterly called, scuba rice building, should win some sort of award for touching on and connecting many normally dissociated topics, while doing it eloquently.

A single page of words took me back to my childhood and back up to the present with images and memories of the following: Jacques Cousteau riveting documentaries, fear of suffocation, images of struggling rural Chinese, my wife’s story of visiting her ancestral home, the Vietnam War, my father insisting we have a meal consisting only of rice and bits of fish (to empathize with the struggling Laotians, Cambodians, and Vietnamese of that time), Xerox Parc, exquisite and raucous meals in Toronto’s Chinatown, and the scientific and engineering miracle of genetic decoding.

What was my takeaway from the article? Perhaps it’s just my nature but I see hope. It’s research and hard work like what is (quickly) described in the article that will help improve lives. That’s the first takeaway. The other is more esoteric and that is, writing can be scientific, clinical, and concise, and it can be elegant, soaring, and expansive.  It’s that second part, the power of the word to trigger thought and memories, that always dazzles me.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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