Imagine that – it has been over 10 years since I started putting my thoughts onto the interwebs for all to see. Below is a screenshot of my first ever post from May 2010 – though I would not start adding monthly pieces until the following March. As a result I consider my real 10 year anniversary to be March 2021. Blink and here we are – ten years older and (hopefully a little) wiser, with a goal of being a little better today than I was yesterday, everyday. And a lot less swear words. 🙂
Thanks for taking the ride with me! Together we can help make Earth a better place by being the best versions of ourselves we can be. Cheers to the next 10 years and beyond!
Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson is a polarizing figure, ironically because he burst onto the scene defending freedom of speech. Go figure! Thankfully, his arrival into the spotlight helped his book, 12 Rules For Life, gain a following and the content in the book did the rest as it has sold 4 million copies and counting!
Doctor Peterson reminds me a lot of my psychologist, and I have found his books and teachings to be profoundly helpful. As a result I am happy to welcome 12 Rules For Life to my #RequiredReading list!
I do not have the greatest of memories. This is a blessing as much as it is a curse. I am easily able to forget about things that I have perceived as negative, but on the flip side I need constant reminders of my ethos to keep me on track.
Below are the printouts I keep on my wall with my pithy thoughts in parenthesis. These are #requiredreading for me. I hope each one moves & inspires you as much as they did me.
Many people are not shy about how politics and world affairs yet these things bring anger and anxiety to their life. If this is you, take a step back and ask yourself, why are you choosing to put these triggers into your life? You would not choose to let a bee sting you, would you? So why choose to let current events affect your emotions? There is no such thing as a person or event that causes you anger or offense. You can only take offense, no one can give it to you. You and you alone control your emotions and reactions. If someone or something else controlled your emotions you would be a slave to them. Are you a slave? Or are you a human being who can take control of their life? Stop feeling annoyed. There is no such thing as an annoying person – there is only your decision to feel annoyed. Stop taking offense – it means nothing anyway – and start taking control.
You have a duty to your family and there is no time for negativity and hostility. The solution is to remove those triggers from your daily routine. Stay off the Internet if needed. Stay away from news, Twitter, whatever it is that puts those subjects that bother you front and center in your life. Get away from them. The further you get the easier it becomes. But you and only you can make this choice.
We will get you back on track and it will take some time – it takes us time to fall into a rut and naturally takes time to work out of it. The key is getting started. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
Do not listen to me. In the spirit of the great Dan Carlin not being a historian, rather “just a fan of history” I am no expert – just a fan of experts.
For example, when I point out that classifying humans into Race is an archaic thought that intellectuals do not dispute, do not take my word for it. Perhaps take the word of an expert named Prince Ea. If I tell you that black and white are arbitrary and divisive you may think down on me, even perhaps label me a “racist”. (Oh the irony of those people!)
But if someone who looks like Prince Ea (or Martin Luther King, Jr. for god’s sake!) tells you not to label him anything, let alone, “Black”, perhaps you will listen to what they have to say.
Maybe you are still not ready to listen to me. After all, what do I know? Let us see if Jane Elliott can find a way to get through to you. Jane is an expert educator who has been teaching since 1953 and her message is as clear as can be:
“We hate because we’re taught to hate. We hate because we’re ignorant. We are the product of ignorant people who have been taught an ignorant thing which is that there are 4 or 5 different races. There are not 4 or 5 different races there’s only 1 race on the face of the Earth and we’re all members of that race, the Human Race. But we have separated people into races so that some of us can see ourselves as superior to the others. We thought it would work, I guess, it hasn’t worked it has been bad for everyone. It’s time to get over this business. There is no gene for racism. There’s no gene for bigotry. You’re not born a bigot, you have to learn to be a bigot. Anything you learn you can unlearn. It’s time to unlearn our bigotry. It’s time to get over this thing and we best get over it pretty soon. I’m an educator and it’s my business as an educator to lead people out of ignorance. The ignorance of thinking that you’re better or worse than someone else because of the amount of pigment in your skin. Pigmentation in your skin has nothing to do with intelligence or with your worth as a human being. It’s time to get over that.” – Jane Elliott on Race & Education
Imagine we live in a world where a woman looking like Jane and a man looking like Prince Ea can have the same message of love, tolerance and unity, yet millions of people still choose not to hear their message?! Millions of people bathe in their own ignorant tribalistic beliefs meant to prop up their group at the expense of all other groups. And when it is explained to them that they are perpetuating divisiveness, not love, they choose to dig in and fight back.
Do not be that person. Do not dig in. Stop. Think. Be honest with yourself. What about Jane & Prince’s message is wrong? You know the answer. Now live it.
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Tiger Woods was involved in a near fatal car crash on Tuesday February 23, 2021. The entire sports world collectively held its breath as he endured a 7+ hour long surgery.
Thankfully, it appears that the worst is over and that Tiger is going to survive. While there are still many hurdles to jump (namely, infections) there is a very good chance that he ultimately survives the crash.
I have written about Tiger many many times and there is not much more any of us can say about what he has done for the game of golf.
However as a human being who, like Tiger, has had many ups and downs, I want to send this positivity out into the Universe in the hopes that it helps Tiger to keep things in perspective – the only thing that matters is that he is alive to be a father to his children.
I have been a father for just over 16 months and in that time something amazing has happened. I no longer fear death. I had been going down that path since the existential crisis that followed surviving a house fire, but after the birth of my daughter my life seemed complete. While I do not wish to die, I know that someday I must, I know that I do not control how the Universe unfolds and I am ok with that. However I am not ok with not being there for my daughter. That is the only thought that makes me sad – to think about her growing up without me. As a result surviving to be her father is typically in the front of my mind. I hope Tiger can get to a place where the same is said for him and his children.
Personally, I could not care less how another person chooses to identify. If you wish to be a white man, black woman, both, neither or a gender neutral trans gay Flying Spaghetti Monster, be my guest. I simply must note that if one is free to identify however they please, they can simply choose to identify as whatever “protected” group receives the most benefit in that exact situation.
Just as silly as protecting groups that anyone can join at any time is the idea of modern day art somehow erasing or “culturally appropriating” the past. For example, the hysterically funny hit show “Big Mouth” recently recast a voice actor due to the fact that she was “white” and the voice she was doing was of a “mixed” girl. Let us set aside the fact that race is completely made up, especially for a fictional cartoon character and think about how hypocritical this illogical belief is when trying to reconcile it with say, Lin Manuel Miranda‘s musical masterpiece, Hamilton. In Hamilton, actors play historical (real!) people despite looking nothing like the actual human being who lived and died, and Miranda has won countless praise for his show.
So which is it? Are there protected groups or can anyone join any group at any time? Can “black” actors play “white” politicians or must a “mixed” cartoon be voiced by a “mixed” human? In #100years people will look back at this nonsense and shake their heads!
On this historic day when President Joe Biden is inaugurated into office (next to his wife, “Doctor” Jill Biden LOLOLOLOL) try to remember this one simple fact: All American Presidents have sanctioned the murder of innocent humans around the globe.
There is no getting around how profound that statement is so I will say it again: All American Presidents have sanctioned the murder of innocent humans around the globe.
So if you are a “Trump guy” or a “Biden Harris fan” please remember, your guy is as sociopathically evil as a human being can be – no matter how many good intentions they may have. Soon, President Joe Biden will also have blood on his hands, the same as President Trump, President Obama, President Bush, et al. (edit: MORE BLOOD on his hands…he was certainly not innocent of the murders President Obama sanctioned!)
In #100years I wonder how society will look back at the humans of today and consider the laws on abortion. In all of our “wisdom” modern day society has somehow determined that the best way to handle unwanted/unexpected babies is to kill them. How in the world anyone with any common sense and decency can think that killing unwanted/unexpected babies the best way to deal with unwanted/unexpected babies is mind bending.
Is abortion one way to deal with unwanted/unexpected babies? Yes.
Is abortion the only way to deal with unwanted/unexpected babies? No.
Is abortion then best way to deal with unwanted/unexpected babies? No.
Can humans still have control of their bodies while avoiding killing unwanted/unexpected babies? Yes.
How so? Simple: control your body by refraining from intercourse. Unwanted/unexpected babies cannot be created by someone choosing to control their body by choosing not to have intercourse. Anyone willingly choosing to have sex is also well aware of how babies are created and should not be given a free pass to make and kill babies at will. There are plenty of ways to enjoy intimacy with ones partner that do not involve vaginal intercourse. To act otherwise is to be willfully ignorant.
As for the mindless killing of unborn babies I ask the following: Would society allow a person to choose to kill a baby that is one minute out of the womb? Of course not. What about a baby that is just one minute from being delivered? Nope. Now just work backwards from there to see why murder is not the best way to handle unwanted/unexpected babies. You will find that an arbitrary point in time must be chosen to determine “life” and the best point is the point where free humans chose to have vaginal intercourse.
A gigantic part of the problem is the US Government controlled educational system which indoctrinates the youth to believe that an unwanted/unexpected baby will “ruin their life.” Ha! Think about that! “Ruin your life” is such a broad statement that cannot possibly be quantified yet it is spouted off by the pro-choice crowd as if some sort of gospel. Will an unwanted/unexpected pregnancy ruin a 15 year old girl’s life? No. It will certainly make her sophomore year a little different than she may have envisioned, but to think it will “ruin” the next ~60 years of her existence is preposterous! What may “ruin” her life is the rushed, forced, coerced murder she commits at age 15 by those who would have her kill her baby without a second thought and those who do not have to live with that choice. Instead, consider she could have simply been taught about intercourse abstinence. And now, she can simply give up her baby for adoption. There are tens of thousands of families looking to adopt babies. Why is killing these babies even on the table?!