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Montasser Ghachem

Montasser Ghachem

I am an Econ PhD student in Stockholm University. My interests are Poetry, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics and Game Theory. I am currently visiting Harvard University in USA. I share with you here my poems, my essays and my small discoveries in life. From Tunisia to USA, going through Germany and passing by Sweden; flows my life... A tale of metamorphosis!

Website URL: http://montasser.ghachem.net

post 03 June 2014 in Monty Blog

Notes from underground - During my various trips to the unconscious, I found out that most of my thoughts are mere descriptions of bargaining outcomes between my internal powers and the external world, they are devoid of any ultimate intrinsic reason. In fact, my thoughts never precede my actions but solely justify them. Through the years, It became clear to me that, in order to improve my thoughts, I had to improve these bargaining outcomes. In this respect, I travel to the depths, to the underground world where desires are repressed, ideas are persecuted, fears are tyrants, reality is avoided and survival is KING! Despite their extreme peril, I still find such trips quite fascinating human experience, they are almost self-sacrificial, very perilous and extremely scary. The depths are very turbulent, violent, devoid of order and raging with uncontrollable drives and repressed energies. The blindly brave will is not satisfied by determining the future but also stretches its hand towards the past. It wants to liberate itself. It is willing to risk survival because it wants to live!

Montasser Ghachem © June 2014

post 29 April 2014 in Monty Blog

Man complains all the time about social moral norms. He continuously asserts that they restrict his freedom of action. However, if you look close enough, you will know that man will never let them down. These norms play a crucial role in his stability. He can easily earn sympathy, receive confirmation and get help by conforming to the expectations of others.

post 04 March 2014 in Monty Blog

What is creativity? It is a deep malaise beautifully sublimated. We are warned about serving two masters, but some people still try it. They are simultaneously in love with life and their integrity. They get consequently stuck between two contradicting principals: The preservation of self calls for harmony, unity and stability and the evolution of life calls for multiplicity, change and growth. As any will is ultimately dictatorial, life pressures all the living to submit to its laws.

post 01 March 2014 in Funny Mathematics!

I have been reading lately about the stability of dynamic systems and I found the results at first very strange. It says that an equilibrium of a system is stable if and only if all of its corresponding eigenvalues have negative real parts. The word eigenvalue etymologically comes from the German 'Eigenwert' and means intrinsic value. I was wondering, how could a person be stable if all its intrinsic values are negative? I always thought that stability was related to positive appreciation about one's own worth i.e. own eigenvalue! After a while, I discovered that I was shortsighted and that the mathematical statement were very deep for my superficial understanding.

post 29 April 2013 in Monty Blog

My article in Tunisia Live is a first personal attempt to diagnose the Tunisian culture. I don't pretend to even scratch the surface of a culture that spans more than 3000 years, but I tried to build on my experience in Western cultures in order put forward some limitations of the culture that, in my opinion, hinder the development of Tunisia towards an innovative and prosperous society. The Tunisian Revolution was a golden opportunity for us, Tunisians, to reflect on our society and ask ourselves: Are we doing everything we can to be an innovative society? Are we properly using our human resources to drive social and economic prosperity? Unfortunately the answer to these questions is no! Our culture still suffers from flaws that substantially impede our progress and squander valuable human resources. Read the article in Tunisia Live.

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