This Article is a Pivot in Time

Pen Magnet
4 min readAug 1, 2022
Photo by Zane Lee on Unsplash

Tomorrow, the US speaker of Congress Nancy Peloski would probably reach Republic of China, popularly known to the world as Taiwan.

Yes, the factory “nation” that powers our smart-everything, refrigerators, washing machines, car displays, and much more.

I am no political analyst. But as a programmer who has worked and lived in both the US and a country bordering Russia, I am pre-occupied with apocalyptic worries more than an average world citizen. Hence, this article.

It is one of the rare nights when I have turned OFF the TV much before going to bed. I have returned to my keyboard.

Usually before going to bed, I watch TV. At night, I always watch YouTube. The content I like have some element of sensation in it. My type of late-night YouTube items are:

  • How startup X quadrupled its valuation in a year
  • How Y went from $100 to $10000 in 4-weeks
  • How Z reduced his/her weight from 250 lbs to 170 lbs under 2 weeks
  • How focus helps idle people like me find meaning in life

I rarely watch news. When I do, it is mostly positive trends, or transformative content, such as:

  • Job growth in United States, (yet) people leaving their 9–5 en-mass
  • Rise of crypto/gold/bonds
  • People learning life-skills to accomplish amazing things

However, today I came across a news item about US speaker Ms Nancy Peloski visiting Taiwan. And I couldn’t follow my natural reflex of swiping right on the smart TV remote.

Usually, I am quite tense while watching TV. Today, I was rather at ease before I watched the news about Peloski’s Taiwan visit. And peace felt unsettling.

Any time of my being at ease with my present — that priceless period of calmness when you no longer think about tomorrow — had always been jinxed with an upcoming unsettling event — be it my personal or professional life. Today, this unsettlement seems to relate to the world.

A tinge on my index finger told me that nothing would remain the same from tomorrow, when Peloski’s aircraft convoy would land in Taiwan.

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Pen Magnet

Author of Comprehensive Approach to Senior Developer Interview), Startup writer, Programmer, Tech Career Blogger, Education Engagement Enthusiast