The world according to Adora Svitak


In a world that becomes increasingly complex and more intricate than ever, with population approaching the 10 billionth mark and beyond, it can be inferred that more problems will emerge, and may require solutions that have never been used before to solve problems in the past.

The question is: if we have brand-new ideas which may sound totally novel, too imaginary, or perhaps – as the adults may call it – overtly ‘childish’, are we ready to implement them in our daily lives?

Adora Svitak, now a 14-year-old child prodigy who has had authored 3 best-selling books, instead proposes a notion which sounds contradictory in the masses’ minds: be proud to be ‘childish’ (but not in terms of daily behaviors). It’s true that we can’t cling on the similar solutions as the main approach to resolve different problems, and that’s where the ‘childish’ term discovers its own omnipotence. To prove that, she has currently organized a TEDx event (find it: TEDxRedmond, to ease out your search, as there have been more than 2000 TEDx events held worldwide), which is mainly aimed for the ‘nation’s below-18 best and brightest’. To date, she has invited adventurers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, activists, critics, scientists, musicians, and philanthropists – all of whom are aged below 18 – to give out their best ideas to help creating a better world in the youth-only conference.

Will you agree on her notion?

Listen to her TED Talk here about being ‘childish’ enough to change the world.

And read more at her latest blog to know in full depth and insight the world according to Adora Svitak.

Beauty craze in South Korea


It may be some sort of rarity in South Korea for either any actors or actresses to have had admitted attaining what the youth dashingly dub as ‘ul-jjang’, or ‘best face’  in Korean, through plastic surgery, which are sometimes life-threatening. But, to say the least, some have confessed having so, one example revealed by a South Korean actress, Nam Gyu-ri (pictured above).

Plastic surgery has increasingly become a must-have trend among the youth in a country, driven by its spectacular economic growth the world hailed as ‘being miraculous’, which has enabled millions of citizens there to have their faces beautified, commonly under the knife. According to surveys by various media sites, in particular BBC and CNN, it is estimated that more than 50% of the population aged 20s have had in minimum one form of plastic surgery, excluding other treatments. Within the celebrities, the actual figure may be even higher, as some put in more than 90%. What’s worse, for the first time in Korean history, statisticians have recorded more plastic surgery than healthcare clinics in terms of quantity, while the populace, currently numbered at 50 million, is gradually aging, obviously shown by its near-zero population growth.

What’s your opinion?


Read more at BBC NEWS (2005 version) and The New York Times.