Dili’s Log 傾聽你的心 ― dedicated to the people that got me here.


A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert Anson Heinlein

This page highlights my general feelings on the subjects listed. If a title below is linked, then I have written a post that discusses the topic in more detail. Otherwise, I will write more about that subject sometime. 讀萬卷書不如行萬里路

On Business – I have founded and ran three technology consumer and business services companies that developed software, animated media, and trained tech professionals for industry certifications. Much of my experience in business comes from those adventures, and some misadventures. While there are many similarities in all businesses generally, some applications may be truer in one industry than in others.

On Success – They say it takes about 25 years to become an overnight success. So while resolute in the effort, I’m not in a hurry for popular accomplishment. Finding meaning in the approach and process of work is as important as outcomes to me, and prioritizing healthy relationships alongside my career pursuits is non-negotiable. In both friendship and business, I am growth and long-term minded even when it means forgoing obvious quick wins that ultimately undermine broader principles.

On Faith and Spirituality ― I am a Christian, and that significantly affects my outlook. The tenets of my faith are: (i) my relationship with God is founded first on an intimate personal fellowship. Dogma and institutions are great but secondary. (ii) God is secure – has to be if really Almighty. Therefore, the Being shouldn’t require the neediness usually put around it by people. If needing us to create its own sense of existence, then that Being isn’t fit for what we deem it to be. On the other hand, if this Being is Absolute as repeatedly ascribed, then it shouldn’t be intimidated or compelled by defiance, despite our self-importance. Read More »

On Humanity & Causes – I regard Business as important as Charity because innovations solve human problems and enhance standards of living, see an excerpt. I am also more inclined toward children and juveniles in destitution, and programs that offer sustainable paths to break the cycle rather than momentarily alleviate it. However, I believe both short and long-term solutions are equal partners in the process.

On Writing – Much of my journals both offline and online are written more around thought experiments than chronicling events or activities. As such, every article is living i.e. can change over time with learning and reinterpretation. Where necessary for privacy, I do throw in fictional elements to protect certain details. A few articles are limited with a passcode intended for a smaller circle but, over time and comfort, I intend for all contents to eventually be public.

On Politics – I am apolitical in the sense that I neither identify with any one political ideology exclusively nor deem such ideals the only means to build and resolve society. However, I am fully engaged in current discourses and world affairs bearing in mind that real-life events are seldom as black and white as we often like to imagine them to be: we live in a world that is messy with complexities practically impossible to grasp or scrupulously redress and survival for only the fittest, seemingly nature’s penchant, is as distasteful as the coercion to conformity by a majority. 樹倒猢猻散 Since governments are ultimately a product of people, I cheer a little more on individual maturity than I do on general public movements – even though reckoning both as equally important. In the long run, I think better individual values in multiple will effect a better government – regardless of its size. Read More »

On Criticism – A hallmark of life is the variety of our individual experiences. This diversity is the cradle of creativity and how we’re able to appreciate the world in expressions and forms different from our own, and that’s good. It also means that opinions are necessarily manifold, and even though acknowledging the sensitive emotions around criticism, I make an effort to keep an open mind even on the most fundamental subjects. Regarding personal criticisms, while people are prominent in my appreciation of life, their approval isn’t necessary. Even though a gentleman to some extent, I am no Boy Scout, and becoming one isn’t exactly on my list. Communing and cherishing the people in our world is a quintessential element of my engagement in life, but it just isn’t where I define myself. It shouldn’t be for anyone. | See an Excerpt »

Some Realities Only Closer Relations Reveal: Birth middle name was Cyriacus, or was it Cyracus? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Despite my highest esteem for relationships, I value independence more. Despite my preferred judgment, I tend to show a lot of vulnerability in friendships for authenticity – bad fits often mistake this open gesture for weakness or some misguided opportunity to become patronizing… usually doesn’t end well for either of us:/. Unable to function and physiologically stressed in untidy environments or around clutter, aka neat freak. I hate reunions. Personality tests categorize me as ENFJ-A. Texting top speed is 1word/minute, even when my life depends on it. I generally maintain some distance from my phone and email, especially at home, and the ringer is almost always on Silent/Vibrate mode. Unless justified to wait, I respond immediately upon seeing a message regardless of the time of day or night. I never dine for the “dining experience”, I dine for the food.

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