The recent platform bans on Trump and his allies show us that times have changed dramatically, and we need to modernize our discussion about freedom of speech.

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On Thursday January 7th, just one day after the attacks on the Capitol, Facebook announced that it was banning Trump’s page for at least two weeks. A day later, after much pressure, Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account. Other companies have followed the trend since. Apple and Google removed Parler, a micro-blogging service heavily used by Trump supporters, from their app stores; Amazon recently canceled its hosting services to Parler; YouTube banned Steve Bannon’s channel; Reddit banned the main Trump subreddit; Discord banned a Trump-centric server; Shopify stopped processing payments for Trump’s campaign and personal brand stores; and Twitter also banned…


It is not a matter of shared time, maintaining touch, or even shared interests.

Morningside University Commencement Ceremony

I am sitting on the front lawn of my house on my green, $5 Walmart lawn chair — probably one of the best investments I’ve made in recent months. The day is cloudy and gloomy, it will probably rain later today. The day has a rather melancholic vibe which, quite honestly, is fitting for this moment of my life and the reflection I am embarking on with this essay.

About 24 hours ago I was standing in line under a blazing sun in the lacrosse field of my university, waiting for my row’s turn to walk into the football stadium…


I will soon be starting my job at Google, and most of what got me to this point trace back to a casual conversation at Stanford in August of 2018.

Stanford’s Hoover Tower, by Jorge Fernández Salas on Unsplash

I am three days from graduating college and a little over 100 days from starting at Google as a Cloud Technical Resident. Getting this job was the culmination of a journey that lasted 2 years and encompassed 12 interviews, 3 rejections, and countless hours of effort.

Ever since I shared that I had accepted this job, many people have asked me for advice in their journeys. …


Memories are felt, not told.

Morningside College Library — by Anna Uehling

I am currently sitting on the second floor of the Hickman Johnson Furrow learning center — colloquially known as “the library” for those who attend my university. I sit by the huge window that faces the beautiful campus of Morningside College — soon to be Morningside University.

A couple is sitting at the corner where I usually sit to write. …


Our current nation-based system will be simply incapable of dealing with the challenges that approach.

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On August 6th, 1945, the United States displayed, for the first time in history, the immense destroying power that human ingenuity is capable of. At 8:15 in the morning, a B-29 bomber plane dropped ‘Little Boy’ over the Japanese city Hiroshima, killing thousands of people immediately. Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, another B-29 bomber plane dropped ‘Fat Man’ over the city of Nagasaki. In total, it is estimated that around 200,000 people died because of the explosions and long-term complications due to radiation exposure.

This display of inhumanity and destruction was the culmination of five years of incredible…


A simple thought experiment reveals interesting principles about what we value in nature, life, and the universe itself.

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Authored by Richard Sylvan and first published in 1973, the last man argument was originally coined to criticize our anthropocentric relationship with nature. However, with a few extensions and twists, it has the ability to reveal deeper insights about the nature and value of life, consciousness, and the universe itself.

The Original Argument

Suppose that, in a not so distant future, society falls down a tragic and cataclysmic path that leads to the extinction of humanity. All humans perished to an unprecedented apocalyptic event, except one — you. Somehow, you survived the end of times and remain as the last human alive. You…


The GameStop madness is revealing unprecedented market insanity. But the underlying question remains: what is “value” and how do we quantify it?

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If you spent at least 5 minutes on any social media feed in the last couple of days, you probably heard about GameStop and the infamous short squeeze. From Twitter to CNBC, everyone seems to be talking about this. Some people — like tech populists on Twitter or Reddit — are watching this front-row while eating popcorn and laughing at Wall Street losing their mind (and money). Others — like traditional financial analysts — are losing their temper as the market continues to behave detached from any economic fundamental.

The internet is flooding with news, opinions, and memes on the…


This realization got me out of the darkest point in my life and completely reinvented my work philosophy.

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It was late November in 2018. The Iowa winter was settling in, days were getting darker, and the environment on my university campus was getting gloomier. Inside my head, things were reaching a breaking point.

Never in my life had I worked so relentlessly. I was bootstrapping my second startup, taking some of the hardest classes my university offered, leading 2 clubs I helped create, volunteering for a youth development project in Brazil, dealing with the accumulated homesickness of two years away…


They see society in the big picture and work to move humanity forward. They have the Hive Mentality.

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There are a few people in this world whose work seem to follow a particular pattern. Their work may rely on societal constructs such as companies, governments, or non-profits, but they are ultimately working for a common greater cause: Humanity. They are working for us all.

Due to the way we constructed society, these people often come to accumulate great economic value, earn recognition, or rise to political positions of power. And while some of these consequences may be seen as individualistic pursuits, their ultimate motivator continues to be to move humanity forward.

Easy examples include Elon Musk, whose relentless…


Many words seem fitting: Humiliating, criminal, disturbing — but not unexpected. This was coming. If you are surprised, you were a bystander.

Day 1 vs. Day 1,448 of Trump’s presidency. Retrieved from Twitter

I turn to writing on Medium as I try to make sense of what occurred this past Wednesday January 6th, 2021 in the United States’ capital. As we all know by now, thousands of Trump cult followers criminally invaded the American capitol in a desperate attempt to keep congress from certifying the electoral college votes that recognize president-elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

Rightfully so, the media has done nothing but to cover this incident for the past hours. The calamity of the events witnessed in Washington even made us forget the incredible news that…

Samuel Padilla

Incoming CTR @ Google — I write about startups, tech, philosophy, self-development, and the future of humanity.

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