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TROM: Valuable Without A Value

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    So, here you are.
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    Born on Planet Earth.
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    You spend a few years with your parents, but you won’t remember;
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    you are too little.
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    You grow up and start kindergarten.
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    You learn a few songs and a few animal names,
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    and that’s pretty much it.
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    Your parents are at work for most of the day.
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    You get to see them for a few hours daily when they come home from their jobs,
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    and you from yours.
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    A few years pass and you go to school.
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    You learn that the school schedule
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    is something you MUST respect and follow, or else...
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    and that competition is the basis of the world.
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    You start to compete.
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    The more you grow the more things you become obliged to learn.
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    You don't question.
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    You listen,
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    memorize, and perform.
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    You spend more time studying than with your friends.
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    You see your parents less often.
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    They must continue working.
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    You finish school, and now a sheet of paper that proves you are ready for the world
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    is the only thing you have.
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    You feel that the training lasted too long,
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    but you are still optimistic.
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    A few years pass and you get married with one human being from billions of others.
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    You swear of your love and have a few kids.
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    You are forced to find a job.
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    You and your family depend on it now.
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    Some more years pass,
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    and you realize how old your parents have become.
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    They had finished their duty on planet Earth.
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    Now, they are too old to do anything.
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    They wait.
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    They die.
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    You become them.
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    You follow in their footsteps.
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    What happened?
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    Why are humans spending all of their life training and working?
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    What is this race all about?
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    Is this journey of life even worth the effort?
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    What did you really achieve?
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    TROM: www.tromsite.com "Valuable Without Value"
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    We live in a world where people value money
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    more than mostly everything you can imagine.
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    There are amazing people, with amazing ideas and projects with great potential,
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    that are never discovered or given credit to
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    because of the money based world we live in.
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    On the other hand, there are humongous amounts of money
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    being pumped into almost only nonsensical ideas and projects.
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    When I created TROM, a 14-hour documentary,
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    and provided it for free on the internet,
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    everybody around me asked how much money I made out of it.
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    They weren’t even interested in what the documentary is about,
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    but only its money value,
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    although the documentary presented ideas about how to improve everyone’s life
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    through the application of science and technology,
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    and attracted many thousands of online viewers.
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    I come across similar situations all the time.
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    For most of my life, I was that guy who repaired your computer.
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    If you had a problem with your computer, you called me
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    and I would come and fix it for you, for free.
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    From such small gestures to projects that reached hundreds of thousands of people,
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    I’ve always done everything for free.
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    As a result, I’ve suffered when I needed money
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    because, well, I had very little of it
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    and in this world everything has a cost.
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    If I go to a dentist, he won't say,
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    “Ah, you are that guy who made that documentary/website/etc, your treatment is free!!”.
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    No, that will never happen!
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    Nor will I be exempt from taxes because of my good deeds.
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    These kinds of actions, that we all do in our lives,
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    are not paid in the society we live in.
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    Meaning, from a monetary perspective,
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    or let's say from the society’s perspective,
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    they are not ‘valuable’.
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    This is one of the major problems with the monetary system we live in.
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    It will not value something that is valuable for people;
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    it will only allow some “valuable actions/ideas” to be sold,
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    if properly marketed.
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    If I help people by repairing their computers,
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    maybe I should sell that service and ask for money next time they ask for help.
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    This not only makes me an awful friend
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    by not helping my friends without asking for a monetary profit,
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    but it would also destroy my kindness and motivation
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    by shifting my purpose to an egocentric pursuit.
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    You will never be paid for being a good parent,
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    a good friend, or just in general a good human being.
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    If I create a documentary and then try to value it in the monetary system,
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    how can I do that properly?
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    How could I measure the books I’ve read my entire life,
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    documentaries I’ve seen, articles I’ve read,
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    people I’ve interacted with, all of which helped
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    form who I am and helped develop my ideas towards making this documentary?
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    Trying to value human creativity in the monetary system
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    is like trying to map the entire universe by taking a single picture of the sky.
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    You will not be able to do that just by picking a single snapshot of a particular moment.
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    In the monetary system, a mother is not rewarded for taking care of her kids
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    for the rest of her life.
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    The little interactions, acts of kindness, sacrifices, and so on.
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    I know of nothing in the monetary system that rewards such acts.
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    If you watch illegal content online,
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    download pirated movies or other digital downloads,
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    or even access websites that are supposedly illegal,
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    you can be accused and prosecuted of piracy or possession of illegal content.
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    There are many people of law who are actively hunting you down for that
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    and spying on people to search for that kind of behavior,
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    which they punish drastically.
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    Do you ever wonder why there aren’t people spying on you
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    to see if you do acts of kindness,
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    and then reward you for that?
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    Or spying on you and, if they see you watching many documentaries about space,
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    they come to your door saying
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    “Hey, we see that you are interested in space.
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    We are offering you a free education to this university to study it even more!”.
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    After all, if they catch you downloading pirated movies,
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    they will label you as a “pirate”,
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    and come to your door to arrest you.
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    Then why aren’t they labeling you as an “astronomer”
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    if you watch many documentaries about space?
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    It seems that they are only looking to punish people,
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    but not reward them for good behavior.
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    Being paid to do something is such a normality in this world
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    that the word “volunteer” seems to be more of an antonym.
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    This is why people will look odd at you
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    if you say that you are doing things for free.
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    In addition, because volunteering is such a rare act among ‘normal’ citizens,
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    it emphasizes the false importance that money appears to give to things.
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    This is why the documentary that I made had no value for my friends;
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    because it made no money.
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    I am sure that if I had a huge money revenue coming from it,
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    a screening in multiple cities, red carpet and all,
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    they would have been extremely impressed.
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    It actually had around six thousands viewers on the day that I released it.
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    Imagine if all these people would have come to an opening in the town I was born...
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    and of course, paid a ticket fare to be there.
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    Man, wouldn't I have been a documentary producer and a big money maker?
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    This is why, if an asteroid dangerously approaches Earth in the future,
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    I suggest to NASA that they make a short 3D movie,
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    with cool special effects and great background music,
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    to let people know about it, otherwise people won’t pay attention to it.
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    We live in a world of eyecandy,
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    used in nonsensical movies, music, shiny colors, 3D images, brands,
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    and pretty much everything about the package wrapper,
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    but not what is inside the package.
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    Is it any wonder why science is so often regarded as boring and not cool?
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    I mean, people are more interested in Matrix (the movie)
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    rather than their own life movie,
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    which is at least one trillion times more complex
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    than one billion Matrix movies combined.
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    This is a result of “what sells best, sells best”.
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    It has nothing to do with the real value of things.
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    People pump lots of money to promote anything that can produce more money,
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    and the more money they produce, the more “cool” and “known”
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    what they sell becomes.
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    Unfortunately, this is also why people like those things.
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    Because they are exposed to them for so long
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    and learn to think of them as ‘great’, ‘fashionable’, and ‘entertaining’.
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    That explains why many people are not impressed
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    when they see news about a new treatment for cancer,
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    a new exoplanet discovered,
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    or a new type of material invented,
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    and are instead more impressed and curious when they see a “celebrity”
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    doing or saying something stupid on tv.
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    It all depends on what makes more money and,
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    therefore, what is promoted more in the media.
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    You know…there are so many homeless people who are great human beings,
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    yet they starve in the streets because they do not fit in an obsolete system.
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    [Danny McGlashing]
    Brother you got to tell them the story man about where you're from.
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    [Maurice Johnston]
    Oh If you want
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    [Danny]
    Oh my buddy is from Cleveland.
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    [Maurice]
    I live in Ohio.
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    I came to Boston to start a new job.
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    When I got here it was given to someone else.
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    So now I'm staying in a homeless shelter.
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    I've been looking for work since November.
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    And I've come very close several times
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    but they usually want someone younger
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    and probably not black, but I don't know about that.
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    Never, not in Boston
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    but Boston... it's not a surprise.
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    I'm finally getting some responses to my resume
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    and I got 14 voicemails on my phone right now.
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    Hopefully some of them are job offers so...
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    But you have a PhD in Aeronautics?
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    Physics.
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    PhD in Physics.
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    From Dartmouth College and a Masters in Electric Engineering from Purdue University.
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    How does someone who has that end up...
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    It gets blown me away!
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    darn it
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    It was the sacrifice I did to take care of my parents
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    And one of the problems was when my father died
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    my house was going to be foreclosed
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    so I had to liquidate everything I owned to save the house.
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    My mother had Alzheimer's.
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    The last thing she needed was to buy a new home.
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    We found a new place but she didn't know where she was at that time anyway.
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    So I said...
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    They paid my way through school.
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    If it takes 10 years I'm gonna make their final years safe and comfortable.
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    So I sacrifice everything I had.
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    All my electronic stuff, my car,
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    all my savings...
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    And I paid off the house.
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    So when I paid for their house and they passed out,
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    I was set to go back to work and the economy tanked.
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    And that's what happens.
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    Where I used to work there used to be 30,000 engineers
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    I worked for Lockheed in California.
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    Now there's 3,000.
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    So where are they going?
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    Boeing's laid off, Northop laid off,
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    so where do we would go?
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    I had a friend that worked for NASA in Texas.
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    He got laid off too.
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    Yeah...
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    I applied for a NASA contract when I was in Cleveland.
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    Then the contract was canceled.
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    That was like three months ago.
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    So it was just simply bad luck
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    and when you have no money...
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    ...it's very difficult to start over.
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    Yeah it is.
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    And frankly staying at the shelter's been an experience
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    I don't want to repeat ever in my life
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    for a lot of people too...
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    I'm hoping to find something very very soon.
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    I've got some contacts so I'm very...
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    I know it's going to be tough in the winter.
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    No one hardly hires in the winter.
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    And now that warm weather is coming...
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    things are beginning to happen
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    but it's frustrating.
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    I had a position here teaching at a school near northeastern
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    teaching mathematics four months...
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    they only offered a thousand dollars for the four months!
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    I can't live off of that.
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    Another company in San Francisco begged me to come out there
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    a startup company who are developing a product, which is great,
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    I've done that before.
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    They only offered 15 hours a week.
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    I said "In San Francisco?
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    That's the most expensive city in the country outside of New York."
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    Thousands to rent there.
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    They said "Well, you can have to come out here on your own
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    or interview out here someone else and hitch a ride..."
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    I went "go away...
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    that's not going to happen"
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    So with the economy this bad it's difficult.
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    The politicians aren't doing anything about it?
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    They just get reelected get their big salaries
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    and they sit there and do nothing.
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    But I just want a chance.
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    Science would be great, teaching to be great.
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    There's nothing greater than teaching.
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    Teaching physics would be a blast!
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    So I'm available.
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    Let's see what happens.
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    Brother thank you so much.
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    I appreciate the insistence.
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    Absolutely!
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    Today, with the use of the internet and its billions of users,
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    we are all doing things for free
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    that are not rewarded in the global monetary system.
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    From comments, to posting videos and sharing thoughts & ideas,
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    the internet is a huge place where people do stuff
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    and get few or no monetary reward.
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    I have seen many YouTubers who make great science shows,
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    but are desperate to make money because they can’t continue their work otherwise.
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    Of course, they are just a random example out of millions out there.
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    This system is like a pair of underwear that doesn’t fit anymore;
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    they are too small and they crack every day.
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    We try patching them and it seems to work, but it feels damn uncomfortable
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    and you know that one day they will crack to the point of no repair.
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    I think it’s time we get a new pair of underwear or wear none at all.
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    In today’s monetary system,
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    you can have great ideas and come up with great inventions
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    that could improve everyone’s life,
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    and yet starve to death if you don’t know how to sell them.
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    In a saner no-trade worldwide society,
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    no one has to sell their ideas.
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    Their ideas are a direct, immediate contribution
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    to the global society and themselves.
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    All acts of kindness, all the small help you provide to others,
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    everything you do is a direct value
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    and does not need a ‘worthless’ price tag.
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    [One Day - Matisyahu]
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    Sometimes I lay
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    Under the moon
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    And thank God I'm breathing
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    Then I pray
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    Don't take me soon
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    'Cause I am here for a reason
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    Sometimes in my tears I drown
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    But I never let it get me down
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    So when negativity surrounds
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    I know some day it'll all turn around because...
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    All my life I've been waiting for
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    I've been praying for
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    For the people to say
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    That we don't wanna fight no more
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    There will be no more wars
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    And our children will play
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    It's not about
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    Win or lose
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    'Cause we all lose
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    When they feed on the souls of the innocent
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    Blood-drenched pavement
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    Keep on moving though the waters stay raging
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    In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
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    It might drive you crazy but don't let it faze you, no way (no way)
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    Sometimes in my tears I drown (I drown)
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    But I never let it get me down (get me down)
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    So when negativity surrounds (surrounds)
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    I know some day it'll all turn around because...
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    All my life I've been waiting for
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    I've been praying for
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    For the people to say
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    That we don't wanna fight no more
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    There will be no more wars
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    And our children will play
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day this all will change
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    Treat people the same
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    Stop with the violence
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    Down with the hate
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    One day we'll all be free
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    And proud to be
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    Under the same sun
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    Singing songs of freedom like
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    One day, One day
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    One day, One day
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    All my life I've been waiting for
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    I've been praying for
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    For the people to say
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    That we don't wanna fight no more
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    There will be no more wars
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    And our children will play
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    Sometimes in my tears I drown (I drown)
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    But I never let it get me down (get me down)
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    So when negativity surrounds (surrounds)
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    I know some day it'll all turn around because...
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    All my life I've been waiting for
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    I've been praying for
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    For the people to say
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    That we don't wanna fight no more
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    There will be no more wars
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    And our children will play
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day
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    All my life I've been waiting for
  • 18:53 - 18:55
    I've been praying for
  • 18:55 - 18:57
    For the people to say
  • 18:57 - 18:59
    That we don't wanna fight no more
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    There will be no more wars
  • 19:01 - 19:03
    And our children will play
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    One day, One day, One Day
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    One day, One day, One Day
  • 19:22 - 19:35
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Title:
TROM: Valuable Without A Value
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Video Language:
English
Duration:
19:38

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