The Allegory: The Most Powerful Parinig of All Time

When I was young, I couldn’t understand why people wrote allegories. I thought, if you wanted to talk about the Stalin era, why do you have to talk about pigs that are more equal than others? Then you grow up and realize, it’s because oppressive authorities who are on a witch hunt for dissenters are ready to take what you’ve said and use it as a tool to justify why you don’t have the right to speak.

Despite such suppression, people still find ways to tell their stories, and they discover it in creative crevices where they are free to be honest—in poems, in songs, and in fiction. If anyone complains, they can always defend themselves with Oh come on, I just invented that. That was just a figment of my imagination.

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My Virtual Notebook: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell


This book studies the nature of epidemics and analyzes why epidemics happen. Gladwell scrutinizes medical epidemics like AIDS to social epidemics like fashion trends and tries to break down the elements that led to those epidemics. Several interesting scientific experiments and other case studies are described in order to support his points. At the heart of his analysis, Gladwell realizes that little things can create sudden, widespread changes in the society.

  • “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.”
  • The moment when everything changes is called the tipping point

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