How AUTISM Helped Me DEFY the Odds! (PERSONAL)

đŸ˜Č I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM!!! đŸ˜Č

I use to consider myself a very introverted person, very shy, and very set in my own closed routines. I was more of a thinker than a doer and more a dreamer than a leader. Can you relate to that? If not, can you think of someone in your life who was like that?Â đŸ€”

Being diagnosed with Autism in 7th grade was probably the starting point for me, the point where I confirmed these ideas to myself about who I was: something was ‘wrong’ in my brain. 🧠 “I have Autism. It explains why I feel the way I feel. It’s just something that’s a part of me; I can’t change it.”Â đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

But even at the time I remember feeling like I didn’t want to be labeled like this. I saw the label before me with all its negativity, a label I needed to object and rebel from. 👊 I saw the stigmas of this label becoming my reality, and once I started seeing it reflected in other people’s behaviors towards me it frightened me to the core! 😹

I have vivid memories from school where I refused to accept new accommodations because of the new label. I was now being offered additional time on tests, opportunities to leave class to ‘cool down’, and every single time I refused. I was being treated differently. I hadn’t changed, but with my new label I had changed in the eyes of everyone else. 😟 Has someone ever said something about you that you knew wasn’t true? Did you ever feel like you just wanted to jump on the defense and say: “That is absolutely NOT TRUE!”Â đŸ€Ź

With my new label I was constantly reminded about my new-given identity: what I couldn’t do, what my limitations were, and what struggles I’d have the rest of my life. 🔼 Very little was I ever reminded about all my current strengths or what I could do. It was mostly the echoes from a set of diagnostic criteria. 📖

In psychology, the term is referred to as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. In sociology, it’s referred to as the Labeling Theory. To put it simply: If a person holds a belief in their mind about someone else’s future expectations, the person will unconsciously help in influencing the other person into fulfilling those expectations.Â đŸ€”

So for example, if a parent holds a child to very low expectations the odds are very likely the child won’t ever go past the ones the parent already set for them. They will only achieve the most minimal, the expectations set by the parent. đŸ˜Č

SO FOR A LONG TIME I USE TO LET OTHERS DICTATE HOW I WAS GOING TO LIVE MY LIFE…😔

But then at one point I finally decided I was going on my own path. These past few years I’ve learned that everything starts with Me: I must take control of my life, how I choose to see it, and how I’m going to live it. 👍

📌 Dale Carnegie explained it through his principles to Win Friends and Influence People.

📌 Stephen Covey said it with his Habit of Being Proactive.

📌 The Stoics taught it through their principles of self-control.

📌 The Existentialists shared it through the creation of meanings.

📌 Individuals like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. excelled it through their example.

It’s the power of helping OURSELVES FIRST before we start trying to help the rest of the world. It’s about taking CONTROL over our emotions rather than letting them and our environment control us. It’s about living our lives for a PURPOSE greater than just ourselves. It’s about a “dream”, a vision of a greater future for all of humanity. Most importantly, it’s about YOU DEFINING YOUR LIFE. 🌎

What I’ve come to realize again and again is that my past does not have to equal the future. I’ve realized I am more capable than what any label or diagnosis will dictate. 🙌

Have you ever taken a personality test and it gave you a result you wholeheartedly believed in? “Congrats, you’re an INFJ!” The problem with these tests is they can tell you who you are NOW. But they don’t tell you who you’ll necessarily be in the FUTURE. We can change as well as mentally evolve. It’s a part of who I may be now, but it’s not the final destination!Â đŸ›Łïž

I’ve realized that I ultimately will define Me, not someone else, not a test, and not a set of diagnostic criteria. Otherwise I keep a fixed identity for the rest of my life…nah! 😉

So this year I’ve been on a mission to Transcend Labels. I am showing the world what’s possible, to show others how to look beneath the surface, past the labels, past the stereotypes, and to see each other for who we all are.Â đŸ‘„

I truly believe when we do this we’ll start seeing the humanity within each other, see each other as human beings, and see that we are all more alike than we like to believe. With that not only comes greater understanding for our neighbors but most importantly an unconditional love, because the realization comes: “That person is also Me.” ❀

I see lasting change in the world happening through the individual from the inside-out, not the outside-in. I believe that the better we can be for ourselves, the better we can be for others. 🌎

Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Everyone has an opinion, but there are fewer people out there who ever set the example. Will we be the next examples?! 👌

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM; AN EXPLANATION, BUT NOT THE DESTINATION!  đŸ’Ș

I hope this resonates with many of you. I would appreciate it if you could share this post with others, whoever you believe will also benefit from these words. If there are any additional areas I can add value to your life as well as in the blogging community, please let me know! 🙂

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👍 Detail-oriented, Thoroughness

👍 Quality-over-quantity Focused

👍 Analytical, Systemic Thinking

👍 Emotional intelligence (plus 10 years in Customer Service)

👍 Social media, Building Engagement

 

With lots of gratitude,

Donald “Ace” Arteaga ❀

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Why Misinformation SPREADS!

đŸ€Ż 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐒𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐒!!! đŸ€Ż

Ever played the game Telephone? 📞

It’s where you have group of people get in a straight line, and they stand next to each other. ——->

On one end of the line, Person 1 whispers a message to Person 2 next to them. Person 2 then is supposed to whisper the exact same message to Person 3 also next to them, and this continues on and on until they reach the last person at the end of the line. đŸ‘„

The goal of the game is to transfer the message Person 1 whispered as accurate as possible to the last person in line. âžĄïž

Of course, đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Žđ—¶đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—șđ—Č𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗮đ—Č đšđ„đ°đšđČ𝐬 𝗮đ—Č𝘁𝘀 đđąđŹđ­đšđ«đ­đžđ đšđ« đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ­đžđ„đČ đ—čđ—Œđ˜€đ˜ 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—Čđ—»đ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—Č! 😅

It’s a fun game to play if you ever get the chance! đŸŽČ

But, I also think this game is a great analogy when it comes to the public spread of misinformation online. đŸ€”

Consider this scenarioâ€ŠâŹ‡ïž

SCENARIO: đ˜Œ đ˜Ÿđ˜żđ˜Ÿ đ™€đ™›đ™›đ™žđ™˜đ™žđ™–đ™Ą đ™„đ™§đ™€đ™«đ™žđ™™đ™šđ™š 𝙖 đ™šđ™©đ™–đ™©đ™šđ™ąđ™šđ™Łđ™© đ™©đ™€ đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™Ș𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘. đŸ—Łïž

1. Person 1 cherry picks the CDC’s statement and passes the information to Person 2. đŸ—Łïž

2. Person 2 does not trust the CDC. He only remembers what Person 1 said that confirmed his biases against the CDC and passes the remaining information onto Person 3. đŸ—Łïž

3. Person 3 has a blog. He carries an anti-establishment worldview, so he posts what Person 2 says word-for-word. He then tacks on his own personal opinion to Person 2’s words and tells his reader to share his post on their social media pages. đŸ—Łïž

4. Thousands of people share Person 3’s blog post on their social media pages, in addition to also adding their own personal opinion attached to the posts.

5. Friends of these thousands of people then in turn share their posts on their own social media profiles, adding in even more personal opinions. đŸ—Łïž

𝗕𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ đ—œđ—Œđ—¶đ—»đ˜, đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗖𝗗𝗖’𝘀 đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Žđ—¶đ—»đ—źđ—č đ—șđ—Č𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗮đ—Č đ—”đ—źđ˜€ 𝗯đ—Čđ—Čđ—» đ—°đ—”đ—Č𝗿𝗿𝘆-đ—œđ—¶đ—°đ—žđ—Čđ—±, đ—șđ—¶đ˜€đ—°đ—Œđ—»đ˜€đ˜đ—żđ˜‚đ—Čđ—±, đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—±đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜đ—Čđ—± 𝗯𝘆 đ˜đ—”đ—Œđ˜‚đ˜€đ—źđ—»đ—±đ˜€ đ—Œđ—ł đ—œđ—Čđ—Œđ—œđ—čđ—Č đšđ§đ„đąđ§đž.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ«đžđŠđšđąđ§đŹ 𝐱𝐬 đŻđžđ«đČ đ„đąđ­đ­đ„đž 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐃𝐂’𝐬 đšđ«đąđ đąđ§đšđ„ 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ«đžđŠđšđąđ§đŹ đšđ©đšđ«đ­ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝟏 đšđ« 𝟐 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐱𝐬 𝐚 đ©đ„đžđ­đĄđšđ«đš 𝐹𝐟 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ đšđ©đąđ§đąđšđ§đŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đšđ„đąđ­đąđœđšđ„ đąđđžđšđ„đšđ đąđžđŹ.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ«đžđŠđšđąđ§đŹ 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 đ­đšđ€đžđ§ 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐛đČ 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐹𝐼𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐹𝐟 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž đšđ§đ„đąđ§đž 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đ°đąđ„đ„ đ§đžđŻđžđ« đšđœđ­đźđšđ„đ„đČ đ«đžđšđ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐃𝐂’𝐬 đšđ«đąđ đąđ§đšđ„ 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭. đŸ˜±


See how this can become a BIG problem, especially during a pandemic? đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

For those of my friends who consider themselves conscious consumers:

📌 For those who take concern over the foods they eat and the impact it has on the environment.

📌 For those who take concern over the media they consume and the impact it has on their mental health.

📌 For those who take concern over the consequences their actions can have on others.

𝐈’𝐩 đšđŹđ€đąđ§đ  𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐹𝐟 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐭𝐹 đžđŠđ›đ«đšđœđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đ­đĄđšđźđ đĄđ­đŸđźđ„đ§đžđŹđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐱𝐭 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đąđ§đŸđšđ«đŠđšđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐰𝐞 đŹđĄđšđ«đž đšđ§đ„đąđ§đž. 🙌

It’s very easy for any of us not to consider the consequences of sharing misinformation, especially when we aren’t even aware we’re doing it. 💯

It’s very easy for any of us not to consider the long-term effects this has on a democracy’s basic understanding of epistemic facts, on social media platforms where a majority of individuals receive their news! đŸ˜±

Yes! A 2016 study from Pew Research Center accounted that 62% of adults get their news from social media (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6424427/).

𝐁𝐼𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đĄđšđ©đ©đžđ§đŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đŹđšđźđ«đœđž 𝐱𝐬 đœđĄđšđœđ€ đŸđźđ„đ„ 𝐹𝐟 đŠđąđŹđąđ§đŸđšđ«đŠđšđ­đąđšđ§? 😓

We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe the moon landing never happened. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe vaccines don’t save lives. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe Bill Gates is the devil incarnate bent on a New World Order. 👿

I would hope most of my social media friends know that 2 + 2 = 4. But with the online game of Telephone, I would not be surprised to see some individuals who start to believe that 2 + 2 = 5 just because they watched 1 persuasive video they saw on YouTube. 😱

Consider this: 𝐀𝐧đČ đąđ đ§đšđ«đšđŠđźđŹ 𝐧𝐹𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐭𝐹 đœđ«đžđšđ­đž 𝐚 đ©đ«đšđŸđžđŹđŹđąđšđ§đšđ„-đ„đšđšđ€đąđ§đ  𝐯𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐹 đšđ§đ„đąđ§đž, đšđ©đ©đžđšđ„ 𝐭𝐹 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž’𝐬 𝐞𝐩𝐹𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬, đ©đ«đšđŻđąđđž đ§đšđ§đŹđžđ§đŹđąđœđšđ„ đšđ«đ đźđŠđžđ§đ­đŹ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ­đž 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐟𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đšđŹđŹđąđšđ§ (“𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐎! 𝟐 + 𝟐 𝐄𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐋𝐒 𝟓!”), 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐹𝐼𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 đ°đąđ„đ„ đŹđĄđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐹 𝐹𝐧 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đŹđšđœđąđšđ„ 𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐱𝐚 đ©đšđ đžđŹ 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐱𝐭 đ©đ«đšđŻđąđđžđŹ 𝐚 đœđšđ§đŸđąđ«đŠđšđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐹𝐟 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đœđšđ§đ­đ«đšđ«đąđšđ§ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜đČđ§đąđœđšđ„ đ°đšđ«đ„đđŻđąđžđ°đŹ. 👀

𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 đ°đšđ«đ€. 💯

But I’m not writing this post to add any additional fearmongering. Perhaps I am too over-concerned. Perhaps I am also underestimating the intelligence of the majority of individuals who use social media. Perhaps my own confirmation bias is seeing these minor instances of ignorance and jumping to conclusions that it’s a bigger problem than it actually is! 😅

Nevertheless, when I see people I know and care about share information that only requires a basic understanding of Science, Chemistry, and Statistics to know it’s false, I’m aware the red flag in my mind starts blowing in the wind. đŸš©

I admit it: a part of me does fear a future society where a significant portion of the world’s population cannot share a mutually agreed upon fact as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. 🔱

đŸ€Ź “WOW DONALD! WAY TO CRITICIZE YOUR FRIENDS!” đŸ€Ź

No, that’s not my intention! I’m not here claiming the spread of misinformation by my friends is at all being done intentionally or maliciously. ❌

As author Sam Harris says: “đŽđźđ« đ°đšđ«đ„đ 𝐱𝐬𝐧’𝐭 đŸđąđ„đ„đžđ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐚𝐝 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž đąđ§đ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ§đšđ„đ„đČ 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 đŸđšđ« đŠđšđ«đž 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐹 𝐟𝐱𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐹𝐹𝐝 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đźđ§đđžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐰𝐚đČ 𝐹𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐬.” đŸ‘€

Or we can also use the phrase: “đđžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐝𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đ€đ§đšđ° 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ 𝐝𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đ€đ§đšđ°.” đŸ‘€

That’s why I wanted to write this post, to merely illuminate this potential blind spot. 😊

Like the game of Telephone, misinformation is inevitably going to spread, whether we intend it to or not. This caution need also be applied to me as well! 💯

But my point is we CAN be more careful about how fast it spreads. 😊

I get it. No one was given a How-To handbook to discern accurate and factual information online. Not even me; I had to learn these skills on my own! 😅

Back in school I was given a syllabus for my classes by the teacher. I was told what textbooks I needed to use. I was told what chapters I needed to read and study on. 🔎

Before the internet, we had a very limited amount of TV channels we could choose to get our information from. And if we wanted to further expand our knowledge, we’d have to get in our cars and drive to the nearest library. 📚

But now with the Internet…we have MILLIONS of pieces of information available to us at the click of a button! đŸ–±ïž

And EVEN MORE information is continuing to be created right as you read this post! This post you’re reading here IS just a speck of it! 👍

My point is, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đžđŹđ©đšđ§đŹđąđ›đąđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐹𝐧𝐜𝐞 đ„đšđąđ đźđ©đšđ§ đ­đžđšđœđĄđžđ«đŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŁđšđźđ«đ§đšđ„đąđŹđ­đŹ 𝐭𝐹 𝐯𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đ«đžđŹđžđ§đ­ đšđœđœđźđ«đšđ­đž đąđ§đŸđšđ«đŠđšđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 đ đ«đžđšđ­đ„đČ 𝐬𝐡𝐱𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝 đ­đšđ°đšđ«đđŹ 𝐼𝐬 𝐚𝐬 đœđšđ§đŹđźđŠđžđ«đŹ. đŸ‘„

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ©đ«đšđ›đ„đžđŠ 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐼𝐬 𝐬𝐱𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝 đźđ© đŸđšđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬, 𝐭𝐹 đžđŠđ›đ«đšđœđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đŹđšđ«đ­ 𝐹𝐟 đžđ©đąđŹđ­đžđŠđąđœ đ«đžđŹđ©đšđ§đŹđąđ›đąđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 đ­đžđšđœđĄđžđ« đšđ« 𝐚 đŁđšđźđ«đ§đšđ„đąđŹđ­. ✍

So while social media provided many benefits, it also came with this unforeseen baggage. đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ©đ«đšđ›đ„đžđŠ 𝐱𝐬 đšđ§đ„đąđ§đž 𝐹𝐧𝐞 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§’𝐬 đąđ đ§đšđ«đšđ§đœđž 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 đ­đ«đžđšđ­đžđ 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐞đȘđźđšđ„ 𝐭𝐹 đšđ§đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§â€™đŹ đ€đ§đšđ°đ„đžđđ đž.

Someone online can proclaim the fact of 2 + 2 = 4 as something to be “debated” when there is no debate. As long you know how to market yourself, build an online audience, and influence others you can sell snake oil and people will buy it. đŸ€Šâ€â™‚ïž

😓 “DONALD, YOU’RE DEPRESSING ME WITH THIS!” 😓

BUT…there is a bright side to all this! 🌞

đ’đšđœđąđšđ„ 𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐱𝐚 đœđšđŠđ©đšđ§đąđžđŹ 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 (đŸđąđ§đšđ„đ„đČ) đŹđ­đšđ«đ­đžđ đŹđ­đžđ©đ©đąđ§đ  𝐱𝐧 𝐭𝐹 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐛𝐚𝐭 đŠđąđŹđąđ§đŸđšđ«đŠđšđ­đąđšđ§! đŸ„ł

Companies like Facebook continue to work with third-party fact checking companies to combat this growing problem. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/journalismproject/programs/third-party-fact-checking)👏

The very idea of “Fact-Checking” has now become a thing among organizations! (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fact-checking_websites) 😄

đ’đšđœđąđšđ„ 𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐱𝐚 đœđšđŠđ©đšđ§đąđžđŹ 𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐼𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐹 đ©đ„đšđČ đ§đąđœđžđ„đČ 𝐹𝐧 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ©đ„đšđČđ đ«đšđźđ§đđŹ, 𝐛𝐼𝐭 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐹𝐟 đ„đšđ­đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đ«đžđšđ„đąđłđžđ 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 đŠđšđ«đž đ«đźđ„đžđŹ đšđ« đžđ„đŹđž 𝐰𝐞 đ°đžđ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐞𝐧𝐝 đźđ© đŹđžđ«đąđšđźđŹđ„đČ đĄđźđ«đ­đąđ§đ  đšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŻđžđŹ. đŸ‘źâ€â™‚ïž

That said, should we really have to depend on social media companies to supervise us? Can we do better than this, to be more responsible, self-governing citizens? đŸ‘€

Perhaps I’m a bit too optimistic, but I believe we can! 😄

đ—Șđ—”đ—źđ˜ 𝘄đ—Č 𝗼đ—čđ—č đ—°đ—źđ—» 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘁 đ—±đ—Œđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—¶đ˜€ đ˜đ—źđ—žđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—șđ—Œđ—żđ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ˜€đ—œđ—Œđ—»đ˜€đ—¶đ—Żđ—¶đ—čđ—¶đ˜đ˜† đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ—»đ—Žđ˜€ 𝘄đ—Č đ˜€đ—”đ—źđ—żđ—Č đ—Œđ—»đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—Č. This goes for me too! 🎯

đŸ± đ—€đ—šđ—˜đ—Šđ—§đ—œđ—ąđ—Ąđ—Š 𝗧𝗱 𝗔𝗩𝗞 đ—©đ—œđ—˜đ—Ș𝗜𝗡𝗚 đ—œđ—Ąđ—™đ—ąđ—„đ— đ—”đ—§đ—œđ—ąđ—Ą 𝗱𝗡𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗘!

📌 𝘞𝘏𝘖 đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘮𝘱đ˜șđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Șđ˜”? 𝘋𝘰 𝘐 đ˜”đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź?

📌 𝘞𝘏𝘈𝘛 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜°đ˜§ 𝘰𝘳 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯𝘬𝘮 đ˜„đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š?

📌 𝘞𝘏𝘌𝘕 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜Łđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„?

📌 𝘞𝘏𝘌𝘙𝘌 𝘩𝘭𝘮𝘩 đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘣𝘩đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜„đ˜° đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘰𝘧𝘧đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘮𝘱đ˜ș?

📌 𝘞𝘏𝘠 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘮𝘱đ˜șđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Șđ˜”? 𝘐𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘱 đ˜źđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘰𝘳 𝘣đ˜Ș𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Š?

𝗕𝗱𝗡𝗹𝗩 đ—€đ—šđ—˜đ—Šđ—§đ—œđ—ąđ—Ą: 𝘋𝘰 𝘐 𝘙𝘌𝘈𝘓𝘓𝘠 𝘣𝘩𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜”? 𝘖𝘳 đ˜„đ˜° 𝘐 đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘞𝘈𝘕𝘛 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜”?

𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 đŠđšđ­đ­đžđ«. As a functioning democracy, as a basic understanding of objective truth, it matters that we all can agree that 2 + 2 = 4. 💯

The bigger question is: will you join me in being a part of that solution? ❀

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, WATCH THE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY “THE SOCIAL DILEMMA” đŸ“Œ: https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224

How We BECOME Civil!

🙌 I’M A SPIRITUAL PERSON…AND A SCIENTIFIC PERSON! 🙌

It doesn’t have to be one OR the other; it can be one AND the other. ↔

I don’t expect my spiritual friends to understand the complexities of science and the search for objective truth. 🧬

But nor do I expect my scientific friends to understand the usefulness of stories and metaphorical truths to help someone live a better quality of life. ❀

The problem I see happening is when each side assumes malicious intent of the other. Each side assumes they are searching for the same definition of “truth”. 👍

𝐁𝐼𝐭 đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 𝐛𝐹𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐹𝐱𝐧, 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đšđŹđŹđźđ«đž đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đšđ«đžđ§’𝐭. 👎

They both have very different epistemologies and methodologies for how they seek “truth”. 😅

↔ Science is focused on precision; spirituality is very broad.

↔ Science uses quantitative measurement; spirituality embraces the abstract.

↔ Science is focused on objectivity; spirituality is focused on subjectivity.

Unfortunately, each side’s misunderstandings of each other puts them both at odds. This miscommunication has both sides end up talking over each other. 🔀

It’s why it’s so easy for each side to label the other side as the “villain”. 👿

Problems arise:

📌 When the spiritual individual misunderstands science and cites studies for which a scientist could easily deduct to be “junk” or “pseudoscience”.

📌 When the scientific individual misunderstands spirituality and thinks the ideas that are taught are useless because they can’t be measured quantitatively.

📌 When the spiritual individual labels scientists and the breakthroughs they discover as “satanic” and “unnatural”.

📌 When the scientific individual labels spirituality and the rituals within these communities as “delusional” and “woo woo”.

In other words, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝟐 đšđ«đžđšđŹ đšđ«đž 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞. đ“đĄđžđ«đžđŸđšđ«đž, 𝐰𝐞 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ­đ«đžđšđ­ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐼𝐜𝐡.

𝐖𝐞 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ đ«đžđŹđ©đžđœđ­ 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đšđ«đž 𝟐 đŹđžđ©đšđ«đšđ­đž đŸđąđžđ„đđŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐱𝐧đȘđźđąđ«đČ 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐹 đšđźđ« đžđ±đąđŹđ­đžđ§đœđž đœđšđ„đ„đžđ 𝐋𝐱𝐟𝐞.

Let me add: I’m NOT saying I treat these fields as having equal usefulness. I’m NOT taking the middle ground here and saying both sides are 50-50. I strongly disagree with that stance. ❌

I have my own personal views and stances towards each field, but that’s not what this post is about.

My point with writing this post is the same point I’ve made in so many of my other posts: 𝒅𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒃𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓. đŸ‘¶

Am I saying a scientist or spiritual teacher cannot question authority figures or experts outside their dedicated fields? Of course not! That’s how we learn and understand from the experts in their fields. It’s important we ask questions! 💯

Hell, I’m not an “expert” in either field and I’m still writing this post! 😜

But what I am advocating for is an open communication between the fields, to bring the best of both worlds to the table while at the same time understanding and respecting where the fields are going to irreconcilably differ.

⚠ BUT THIS ISN’T LIMITED TO SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY! ⚠

This can also be applied to the political sphere, when it comes to Democrats and Republicans, “the Left” and “the Right”.

Van Jones argued in his recent book “Beyond the Messy Truth” one of the biggest problems facing our modern politics is that political parties are no longer uniting under the ideals of Conservatism or Liberalism, to bring out the best of their parties. Instead, 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đšđ«đž 𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đźđ§đđžđ« 𝐚 đŹđĄđšđ«đžđ đĄđšđŹđ­đąđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐹𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐱-𝐓𝐡𝐞 đŽđ­đĄđžđ« đđšđ«đ­đČ. đŸ€Ź

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt provided a similar argument in his book “The Coddling of the American Mind” but in the context of college campuses. He cites instances where college students have forcibly interrupted and shouted down guest speakers they personally deemed “offensive”. đŸ€Ź

In one instance, a college professor disagreed with students about one of their social causes. Literally, student protesters surrounded him, screamed at him when he asked for a civil discussion, and demanded he resign from the university.

To put it simply:

🌟 đ™‹đ™€đ™Ąđ™–đ™§đ™žđ™Żđ™–đ™©đ™žđ™€đ™Ł đ™—đ™šđ™©đ™Źđ™šđ™šđ™Ł đ™„đ™šđ™€đ™„đ™Ąđ™š 𝙝𝙖𝙹 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙹𝙚𝙙. 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙹𝙱 𝙝𝙖𝙹 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙹𝙚𝙙. đ˜Ÿđ™źđ™Łđ™žđ™˜đ™žđ™šđ™ą 𝙝𝙖𝙹 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙹𝙚𝙙. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙹 𝙖 đ™œđ™§đ™€đ™Źđ™žđ™Łđ™œ đ™˜đ™€đ™Ąđ™Ąđ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™žđ™«đ™š 𝙖𝙹𝙹đ™Șđ™ąđ™„đ™©đ™žđ™€đ™Ł đ™©đ™đ™–đ™© đ™„đ™šđ™€đ™„đ™Ąđ™š đ™Źđ™đ™€ 𝙙𝙞𝙹𝙖𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙚 đ™Źđ™žđ™©đ™ đ™Ș𝙹, 𝙗𝙼 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙖đ™Șđ™Ąđ™©, đ™đ™–đ™«đ™š đ™ąđ™–đ™Ąđ™žđ™˜đ™žđ™€đ™Ș𝙹 đ™žđ™Łđ™©đ™šđ™Łđ™©.

đ˜Œđ™§đ™œđ™Șđ™ąđ™šđ™Łđ™©đ™š đ™đ™–đ™«đ™š đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š 𝙡𝙚𝙹𝙹 đ™–đ™—đ™€đ™Șđ™© 𝙹𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 đ™›đ™€đ™§ đ™©đ™§đ™Șđ™©đ™ 𝙖𝙣𝙙 đ™žđ™Łđ™šđ™©đ™šđ™–đ™™ đ™–đ™—đ™€đ™Șđ™© 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 đ™šđ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™©đ™đ™žđ™Łđ™œ đ™©đ™€ 𝙬𝙞𝙣. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙼’đ™«đ™š đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š 𝙡𝙚𝙹𝙹 đ™–đ™—đ™€đ™Șđ™© đ™Ș𝙹𝙞𝙣𝙜 đ™›đ™–đ™˜đ™©đ™š 𝙖𝙣𝙙 đ™§đ™šđ™–đ™šđ™€đ™Ł 𝙖𝙣𝙙 đ™žđ™Łđ™šđ™©đ™šđ™–đ™™ đ™–đ™—đ™€đ™Șđ™© đ™™đ™€đ™ąđ™žđ™Łđ™–đ™©đ™žđ™Łđ™œ đ™©đ™đ™š đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§ đ™„đ™šđ™§đ™šđ™€đ™Ł đ™Źđ™žđ™©đ™ đ™šđ™ąđ™€đ™©đ™žđ™€đ™Łđ™–đ™Ą đ™žđ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™ąđ™žđ™™đ™–đ™©đ™žđ™€đ™Ł. 🌟

And I won’t pretend I’m immune from falling into these mindsets either! đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

I’m not here to claim moral superiority with this post. Just like anyone else, I need to remind myself not to fall into these traps at times too! 💯

It’s why I don’t blame you if you fall into them either. 👍

🙌 BUT…IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY! 🙌

𝙄’𝙱 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 đ™źđ™€đ™Ș đ™©đ™€ đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™žđ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź đ™©đ™đ™–đ™© đ™źđ™€đ™Ș đ™™đ™€đ™Ł’đ™© đ™đ™–đ™«đ™š đ™©đ™€ 𝙹𝙚𝙚 đ™šđ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™€đ™Łđ™š 𝙚𝙡𝙹𝙚 𝙖𝙹 đ™źđ™€đ™Ș𝙧 “𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙱𝙼”. 🌟

It may be good for one’s online branding and business marketing to create polarization and division in the short-term, but it sure as hell isn’t good for humanity’s sake in the long-term. 💯

It’s why we ALL need to be very careful about the environments we surround ourselves in, the people we choose to surround ourselves with, and what we choose to feed our minds on a daily basis. 🧠

It’s not just about maintaining a healthy physical body but also about maintaining a healthy mental mind.

𝑭𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒋𝒖𝒏𝒌 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒔, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚. 𝑭𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒋𝒖𝒏𝒌 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒔, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅. 🌟

Did you know Van Jones is close friends with Newt Gingrich? 𝐓𝐡𝐞đČ đšđ«đž 𝐹𝐧 đšđ©đ©đšđŹđąđ­đž 𝐬𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ„đąđ­đąđœđšđ„ đŹđ©đžđœđ­đ«đźđŠ. Van Jones is a Democrat and Newt a Republican.

Van Jones notes in his book they disagree more than they ever agree politically. 😅

But despite that, they’re good friends! đŸ˜Č

Why? Newt once shared with him this piece of wisdom:

“𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 ‘90% 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒎𝒚’ 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 ‘10% 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅’ – 𝒐𝒏 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒆.” 🌟

It’s why I think Jonathan Haidt was also right, in the same tradition, when he said the greatest wisdom you can find is in the minds of your opponents. Your “villains”. The people you’re emotionally tempted label in your mind as “pure evil”. 👿

⚠ BUT
YOU AND I BOTH HAVE TO BE OPEN TO HEARING THEM OUT! ⚠

A few months ago, I listened to a Joe Rogan podcast where he interviewed Daryl Davis. Daryl is an African American musician who is known not just for his amazing talent on the piano but also for converting over 200 people OUT of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan. đŸ˜±

On the podcast he went in-depth about how this all started. But the biggest detail which stuck out to me hearing his story was in how simple his solution was in reaching out to Klan members! 💡

🌟 𝑯𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒄𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒍, 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎. 𝑯𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒇𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒐𝒇. 🌟

He learned what the Klan believed about African Americans, and he (again, respectfully) challenged their ideas. He invited many of them over to his house for dinner! And in turn, they even invited him to their Klan meetings! 😅

It wasn’t long after that one of the top Klan members handed Daryl his Klan robe and said he was leaving the organization. đŸ˜±

đ—”đ—Žđ—źđ—¶đ—», đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ 𝘄𝗼𝘀 đ˜đ—Œ 𝗯đ—Č đ—·đ˜‚đ˜€đ˜ 𝟭 đ—Œđ—ł đ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿 𝟼𝟬𝟬 𝗞đ—čđ—źđ—»đ˜€đ—șđ—Čđ—»!

And you know what, the solution Daryl provided in this situation was not so different from the story of Megan Phelps-Roper either! 🙌

Megan was a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, a group widely known for their extremist views towards homosexuals (“God hates f**s”).

From birth, Megan was raised in the Church as her grandfather was the founder. Because of her upbringing, she was raised to see a very limited view of the world around her. 👀

𝐒𝐡𝐞 đšđ§đ„đČ đ€đ§đžđ° 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đĄđžđ« đŸđšđŠđąđ„đČ đ­đšđ„đ đĄđžđ«. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐼𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đĄđžđ« 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đĄđžđ« đŸđšđŠđąđ„đČ 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đ°đžđ«đž đ«đąđ đĄđ­đžđšđźđŹ 𝐱𝐧 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ›đžđ„đąđžđŸđŹ.

It was only when she created a Twitter account to promote her Church was she exposed to alternative viewpoints. Anonymous people she had never met were now pointing out logical inconsistencies in her tweets.

One of those people in particular was a lawyer she debated and eventually became good friends with. 🔗

But the difference between him and other people who simply tweeted insults at her?

🌟 𝙅đ™Șđ™šđ™© 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙧𝙼𝙡, 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙹 đ™§đ™šđ™šđ™„đ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™›đ™Ș𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 đ™˜đ™žđ™«đ™žđ™Ą đ™Źđ™žđ™©đ™ 𝙝𝙚𝙧. 🌟

Eventually she started to doubt what she was raised to believe. She eventually went to her folks for clarity, but with the new perspectives she had been introduced to she did not receive a satisfactory answer. đŸ€Ż

Eventually she left the church along with her sister
and her family shunned her. Today she shares her personal story with others, to provide an inside view when it comes to religious extremism. đŸ—Łïž

As for that lawyer she once debated
they’re now married! 💍

🙌 WHAT DO ALL THESE STORIES HAVE IN COMMON? 🙌

🌟 đ‘»đ’‰đ’‚đ’• 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇-𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔. 🌟

🌟 đ‘»đ’‰đ’‚đ’• 𝒊𝒇 𝒘𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒇𝒖𝒍. đ‘”đ’ 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒕. 🌟

🌟 đ‘»đ’‰đ’‚đ’• 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒐𝒏 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒆𝒇𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒔𝒐. 🌟

These all may sound like common sense. But how many people do you see using this common sense on a daily basis?

How about yourself? 😉

Sounds like it’s back to basics, right?!

❀ BUT I GET IT! ❀

Seriously, I do!

Your need to “be right” is the same reason I want to “be right”. 🙌

đ‡đšđ„đđąđ§đ  𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐹 đšđźđ« đ„đąđŠđąđ­đžđ đźđ§đđžđ«đŹđ­đšđ§đđąđ§đ đŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đšđ«đ„đ 𝐱𝐬 đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„đ„đČ đœđšđŠđŸđšđ«đ­đšđ›đ„đž. 𝐈𝐭 đŸđžđžđ„đŹ 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŹđžđœđźđ«đž. 𝐈𝐭 đ„đžđ­đŹ 𝐼𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹 đ„đžđ­ đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐹 đšđźđ« đ„đąđŻđžđŹ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ đźđšđ«đšđ§đ­đžđž 𝐰𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đŠđšđ€đž 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐡𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐬. 🌟

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 đšđ©đžđ§ 𝐭𝐹 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đœđšđ§đ­đ«đšđŹđ­đąđ§đ  𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐬, 𝐹𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 đœđĄđšđ„đ„đžđ§đ đž đšđźđ« 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐭đČ, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ­đ«đąđ đ đžđ« đ đ«đžđšđ­ đžđ±đąđŹđ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ„ đ©đšđąđ§. 𝐖𝐡𝐹 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐹 đŸđžđžđ„ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ€đąđ§đ 𝐹𝐟 đ©đšđąđ§?! 𝐈 đ€đ§đšđ° 𝐈 𝐝𝐹𝐧’𝐭! 🌟

𝐓𝐹 𝐚𝐝𝐩𝐱𝐭 𝐈’𝐩 đ°đ«đšđ§đ  đ«đžđȘđźđąđ«đžđŹ 𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 đšđœđ€đ§đšđ°đ„đžđđ đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐭đČ 𝐈 𝐹𝐧𝐜𝐞 đ›đźđąđ„đ­ đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐩đČđŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐚𝐬 đŹđ­đźđ«đđČ 𝐚𝐬 𝐈 𝐹𝐧𝐜𝐞 đŸđžđ„đ­ 𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬. 🌟

𝐉𝐼𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐼𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 đĄđšđ„đ 𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐹 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 đ›đžđ„đąđžđŻđž 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐼𝐭 đžđŻđžđ«đČ𝐹𝐧𝐞 đžđ„đŹđž 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đđąđŹđšđ đ«đžđžđŹ đ°đšđźđ„đ đđžđŸđąđ§đąđ­đžđ„đČ đ©đ«đšđŻđąđđž 𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‚đžđ«đ­đšđąđ§đ­đČ 𝐈 đœđ«đšđŻđž 𝐭𝐹 𝐚𝐧 đźđ§đœđžđ«đ­đšđąđ§ đ„đąđŸđž. 🌟

But there’s 1 big problem:

𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đšđ„đ„đšđ° đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐭𝐹 đžđ±đ©đžđ«đąđžđ§đœđž đ„đąđŸđž 𝐹𝐧 𝐚 đđžđžđ©đžđ« 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŠđšđ«đž đŠđžđšđ§đąđ§đ đŸđźđ„ đ„đžđŻđžđ„, 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 đČ𝐹𝐼’𝐯𝐞 đ„đąđŠđąđ­đžđ đČđšđźđ« đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐡𝐹𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐼𝐜𝐡 𝐚 đŹđŠđšđ„đ„ đŹđžđ„đžđœđ­ 𝐟𝐞𝐰. 🌟

So, I get it
it’s not easy! It wasn’t easy for me either! ❀

🙌 BUT
THERE ARE SOLUTIONS! 🙌

These are solutions we need to start addressing sooner than later, so much as we are going to live together and not die together.

🌟 𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 đ™©đ™€ 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 đ™©đ™€ đ™©đ™€đ™Ąđ™šđ™§đ™–đ™©đ™š đ™©đ™đ™š đ™›đ™–đ™˜đ™© đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§đ™š 𝙖𝙧𝙚 7.5 đ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™Ąđ™žđ™€đ™Ł đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§ đ™„đ™šđ™€đ™„đ™Ąđ™š đ™€đ™Ł đ™©đ™đ™žđ™š đ™„đ™Ąđ™–đ™Łđ™šđ™© đ™Źđ™đ™€ 𝙱𝙖𝙼 đ™Łđ™€đ™© đ™©đ™đ™žđ™Łđ™  đ™©đ™đ™š 𝙹𝙖𝙱𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙼 𝙬𝙚 đ™™đ™€ đ™€đ™§ đ™—đ™šđ™Ąđ™žđ™šđ™«đ™š đ™©đ™đ™š 𝙹𝙖𝙱𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™žđ™Łđ™œđ™š 𝙬𝙚 đ™™đ™€. 🌟

🌟 𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 đ™©đ™€ 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 đ™©đ™€ đ™™đ™šđ™«đ™šđ™Ąđ™€đ™„ đ™ąđ™€đ™™đ™šđ™šđ™©đ™ź 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝đ™Șđ™ąđ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź, đ™©đ™đ™–đ™© đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§đ™š 𝙖𝙧𝙚 đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§ đ™„đ™šđ™€đ™„đ™Ąđ™š 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 đ™›đ™§đ™€đ™ą 𝙖𝙣𝙙 đ™„đ™šđ™§đ™đ™–đ™„đ™š đ™©đ™šđ™–đ™˜đ™ đ™Ș𝙹 đ™šđ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™©đ™đ™žđ™Łđ™œ 𝙬𝙚 đ™™đ™žđ™™đ™Łâ€™đ™© đ™ đ™Łđ™€đ™Ź đ™—đ™šđ™›đ™€đ™§đ™š.🌟

🌟 𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 đ™©đ™€ đ™™đ™šđ™«đ™šđ™Ąđ™€đ™„ đ™©đ™đ™š đ™đ™–đ™—đ™žđ™© đ™€đ™› đ™œđ™žđ™«đ™žđ™Łđ™œ đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§đ™š đ™©đ™đ™š đ™—đ™šđ™Łđ™šđ™›đ™žđ™© đ™€đ™› đ™©đ™đ™š đ™™đ™€đ™Șđ™—đ™©. 𝙏𝙖𝙠𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™šđ™§đ™šđ™€đ™Ł đ™Źđ™đ™€ 𝙘đ™Șđ™© đ™źđ™€đ™Ș đ™€đ™›đ™› 𝙞𝙣 đ™©đ™§đ™–đ™›đ™›đ™žđ™˜. đ™”đ™€đ™Ș 𝙘𝙖𝙣 đ™˜đ™šđ™§đ™©đ™–đ™žđ™Łđ™Ąđ™ź đ™˜đ™đ™€đ™€đ™šđ™š đ™©đ™€ 𝙖𝙹𝙹đ™Ș𝙱𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™šđ™źâ€™đ™§đ™š 𝙖 â€œđ™đ™€đ™§đ™§đ™žđ™—đ™Ąđ™š đ™™đ™§đ™žđ™«đ™šđ™§â€. đ˜œđ™Șđ™© đ™źđ™€đ™Ș 𝙘𝙖𝙣 đ™–đ™Ąđ™šđ™€ 𝙖𝙹𝙹đ™Ș𝙱𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™šđ™ź 𝙱𝙖𝙼 𝙗𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙧đ™Ș𝙹𝙝 đ™©đ™€ đ™œđ™šđ™© đ™©đ™€ đ™©đ™đ™šđ™žđ™§ đ™Ąđ™€đ™«đ™šđ™™ đ™€đ™Łđ™šđ™š đ™–đ™© đ™©đ™đ™š đ™đ™€đ™šđ™„đ™žđ™©đ™–đ™Ą, đ™©đ™€ 𝙖𝙹𝙹đ™Ș𝙱𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™žđ™š đ™„đ™šđ™§đ™šđ™€đ™Ł đ™™đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™Łâ€™đ™© đ™Łđ™€đ™§đ™ąđ™–đ™Ąđ™Ąđ™ź đ™™đ™§đ™žđ™«đ™š 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 đ™©đ™đ™žđ™š. đ™”đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™˜đ™đ™€đ™žđ™˜đ™š! 🌟

So, who’s with me in being the change we wish to see? đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

It doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. I can tell you I’ve made plenty myself! What matters is you acknowledge those mistakes and continue to improve upon them. 👍

If I’ve not convinced you yet to come along on this journey, perhaps I can share with you advice directly from Megan Phelps-Roper herself on how we can better communicate with others…

“🙌 𝐓𝐡𝐞 đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐹 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐼𝐩𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭.

My friends on Twitter realized that even when my words were aggressive and offensive, I sincerely believed I was doing the right thing.

Assuming ill motives almost instantly cuts us off from truly understanding why someone does and believes as they do. 🌟

We forget that they’re a human being with a lifetime of experience that shaped their mind, and we get stuck on that first wave of anger, and the conversation has a very hard time ever moving beyond it. But when we assume good or neutral intent, we give our minds a much stronger framework for dialogue.

🙌 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐝 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐹 đšđŹđ€ đȘ𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬.

When we engage people across ideological divides, asking questions helps us map the disconnect between our differing points of view. That’s important because we can’t present effective arguments if we don’t understand where the other side is actually coming from and because it gives them an opportunity to point out flaws in our positions.

But asking questions serves another purpose; it signals to someone that they’re being heard. 🌟

When my friends on Twitter stopped accusing and started asking questions, I almost automatically mirrored them. Their questions gave me room to speak, but they also gave me permission to ask them questions and to truly hear their responses. It fundamentally changed the dynamic of our conversation.

🙌 𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ­đĄđąđ«đ 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐭𝐚đČ đœđšđ„đŠ.

This takes practice and patience, but it’s powerful. At Westboro, I learned not to care how my manner of speaking affected others. I thought my rightness justified my rudeness — harsh tones, raised voices, insults, interruptions — but that strategy is ultimately counterproductive. Dialing up the volume and the snark is natural in stressful situations, but it tends to bring the conversation to an unsatisfactory, explosive end.

When my husband was still just an anonymous Twitter acquaintance, our discussions frequently became hard and pointed, but we always refused to escalate. Instead, he would change the subject. He would tell a joke or recommend a book or gently excuse himself from the conversation. We knew the discussion wasn’t over, just paused for a time to bring us back to an even keel.

People often lament that digital communication makes us less civil, but this is one advantage that online conversations have over in-person ones. We have a buffer of time and space between us and the people whose ideas we find so frustrating. We can use that buffer. Instead of lashing out, we can pause, breathe, change the subject or walk away, and then come back to it when we’re ready.

🙌 𝐀𝐧𝐝 đŸđąđ§đšđ„đ„đČ…đŠđšđ€đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đšđ«đ đźđŠđžđ§đ­.

This might seem obvious, but one side effect of having strong beliefs is that we sometimes assume that the value of our position is or should be obvious and self-evident, that we shouldn’t have to defend our positions because they’re so clearly right and good that if someone doesn’t get it, it’s their problem — that it’s not my job to educate them.

But if it were that simple, we would all see things the same way. 🌟

As kind as my friends on Twitter were, if they hadn’t actually made their arguments, it would’ve been so much harder for me to see the world in a different way. We are all a product of our upbringing, and our beliefs reflect our experiences. We can’t expect others to spontaneously change their own minds. If we want change, we have to make the case for it.

🌟 𝐌đČ đŸđ«đąđžđ§đđŹ 𝐹𝐧 đ“đ°đąđ­đ­đžđ« 𝐝𝐱𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐹𝐧 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ›đžđ„đąđžđŸđŹ đšđ« đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ©đ«đąđ§đœđąđ©đ„đžđŹ — đšđ§đ„đČ đ­đĄđžđąđ« đŹđœđšđ«đ§. 𝐓𝐡𝐞đČ đœđĄđšđ§đ§đžđ„đžđ đ­đĄđžđąđ« đąđ§đŸđąđ§đąđ­đžđ„đČ đŁđźđŹđ­đąđŸđąđšđ›đ„đž 𝐹𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐩𝐞 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ©đšđąđ§đ­đžđ đȘ𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 đ­đžđŠđ©đžđ«đžđ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ€đąđ§đđ§đžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đĄđźđŠđšđ«. 𝐓𝐡𝐞đČ đšđ©đ©đ«đšđšđœđĄđžđ 𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 đŠđšđ«đž đ­đ«đšđ§đŹđŸđšđ«đŠđšđ­đąđŻđž 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐰𝐹 đŸđźđ„đ„ 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ­đ«đšđ đž, 𝐝𝐱𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐱𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŻđąđšđ„đžđ§đœđž.” 🌟

❀ SO…HOW ABOUT IT?! ❀

How Stories POSSESS Us!

📖 𝐖𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐄 𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐕𝐄𝐒 📖

I’d like you to take a moment and read the following 2 Stories. They both revolve around the topic of Capitalism âŹ‡ïž:

đ’đ­đšđ«đČ #𝟏:

â€œđ˜–đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘱 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩, 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€. 𝘍𝘱𝘳𝘼𝘩𝘳𝘮 𝘳𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜±đ˜Ž, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜§đ˜”đ˜Žđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜°đ˜°đ˜„đ˜Ž 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘰𝘾𝘯 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Ž. đŸŒœ
đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Ž đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜źđ˜°đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜°đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜°đ˜”. 🏭

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 𝘮𝘬đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜°đ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘹𝘱đ˜Ș𝘯𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘭𝘱𝘣𝘰𝘳. 😈

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜§đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ź 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘰𝘯đ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹. 𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘱𝘳𝘭đ˜ș 20đ˜”đ˜© đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜łđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„, 𝘼𝘱𝘯đ˜ș đ˜šđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Żđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 𝘮𝘰𝘼𝘩 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ž. đ˜‹đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€ 𝘾𝘩𝘭𝘧𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯. 🙌

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”-𝘾đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘯đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜șđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜šđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜°đ˜łđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘩𝘩 𝘳𝘩đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜­đ˜°đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘾đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭. 𝘚𝘰, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜±đ˜°đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜ș đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘾𝘩𝘱𝘬𝘩𝘳, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜©đ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ł. đŸ”„

đ˜đ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜°đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘹𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘱𝘭 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ł-đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜¶đ˜Ž…” đ‚đšđ©đąđ­đšđ„đąđŹđŠ 𝐱𝐬 đ„đ±đ©đ„đšđąđ­đšđ­đąđšđ§ 💯

Does this Story resonate with you? 📖

If not
how about this one? âŹ‡ïž

đ’đ­đšđ«đČ #𝟐:

â€œđ˜–đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘱 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩, đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘱 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”, 𝘱 𝘮𝘩𝘳𝘧, 𝘰𝘳 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š. 𝘒đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜¶đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜­đ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜°đ˜°đ˜Ź đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„, 𝘮𝘰 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜Łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„ đ˜źđ˜¶đ˜€đ˜© 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘮𝘰𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„. 😞

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 17đ˜”đ˜© đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘯. 🌞

𝘐𝘯 đ˜Œđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„, đ˜đ˜°đ˜­đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘈𝘼𝘩𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ą, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘱𝘾, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘧𝘳𝘩𝘩 đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Ż 𝘰𝘯 𝘱 𝘮𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜€đ˜© đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜”đ˜Ž. ❀

đ˜—đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜± đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜§đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘭𝘱𝘣𝘰𝘳. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘯𝘩𝘾 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Š 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜„đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜§đ˜¶đ˜­ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž. 𝘍𝘳𝘩𝘩 đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘩𝘯𝘱𝘣𝘭𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜”đ˜° đ˜„đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮. đŸ’Ș

𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 20đ˜”đ˜© đ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, 𝘮𝘰𝘼𝘩 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Łđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜źđ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, 𝘱𝘭𝘾𝘱đ˜ș𝘮 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜”: đ˜Žđ˜©đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜§đ˜°đ˜°đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜§đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜°đ˜ź. 👎

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Łđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘹𝘳𝘰𝘾𝘯 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 𝘮đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘭𝘩 đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯. 💰

đ˜ đ˜Šđ˜” đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ș, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜§đ˜”-𝘾đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘯𝘮 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜­ 𝘰𝘧 𝘱 đ˜šđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Żđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜źđ˜Șđ˜€ đ˜§đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜°đ˜ź. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘯𝘮 đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Żâ€™đ˜” đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Š 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜«đ˜°đ˜ș 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜”đ˜© 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜șâ€™đ˜„ đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 𝘣𝘩 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜°đ˜°đ˜ł. 😡

đ˜đ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜°đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘣𝘭𝘩𝘮𝘮đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘱𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 đ˜©đ˜¶đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Źđ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„.” đ‚đšđ©đąđ­đšđ„đąđŹđŠ 𝐱𝐬 đ‹đąđ›đžđ«đšđ­đąđšđ§ 💯

So
which Story is correct? #1 or #2? 📖

Depending on where you reside on the political spectrum, 1 of these Stories you’re far more likely to agree is accurate. ↔

But here’s the catch: đ‘»đ’‰đ’†đ’”đ’† 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 đ‘ș𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔. 📖

They are 2 different narratives, 2 different perspectives on the exact same thing: Capitalism. ↔

But to back up a moment, what exactly are Stories?

🌟 đ™Žđ™©đ™€đ™§đ™žđ™šđ™š 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙹đ™Șđ™—đ™Ÿđ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™žđ™«đ™š 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙱𝙚𝙹 𝙬𝙚 đ™Ș𝙹𝙚 đ™©đ™€ đ™šđ™­đ™„đ™Ąđ™–đ™žđ™Ł đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™€đ™—đ™Ÿđ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™žđ™«đ™š đ™§đ™šđ™–đ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź. 🌟

If this definition sounds too pretentious, think of Stories as like wearing pairs of glasses. 👓

đ–đĄđšđ­đžđŻđžđ« đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹ đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  𝐱𝐬 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đšđ«đ„đ, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬 𝐹𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 đČđšđźâ€™đ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đąđ§đŸđ„đźđžđ§đœđžđ 𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đČ𝐹𝐼’đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 đŸđžđžđ„ 𝐹𝐧 𝐚 đđšđąđ„đČ 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐱𝐬.

👓 The person wearing an Optimistic lens will focus on seeing the best of things.

👓 The person wearing a Pessimistic lens will focus on seeing the worst of things.

👓 The person wearing a Realistic lens will focus on seeing things just as they are.

👓 The person wearing a Cynical lens will focus on distrusting the things they see.

Do you know a person who, even in the worst of situations, can always find a silver lining? 🙋‍♂‍

Or how about a person that, even in the best of situations, can always find something to complain about? 🙋‍♀‍

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČâ€™đ«đž 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  đđąđŸđŸđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ.

đŸ—Łïž “DONALD, ENOUGH WITH THE ANALOGIES! WHAT’S YOUR POINT?” đŸ—Łïž

My point is it’s CRUCIAL we become aware of what glasses we’re currently wearing. 😅

Why? 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ°đžđšđ« đđžđ­đžđ«đŠđąđ§đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đœđ«đžđšđ­đž. 📖

With that said, briefly re-read those 2 Stories of Capitalism again at the beginning of this post. âŹ†ïž

You can now take a guess as to the lens each author is wearing. 👓

To put it simply: 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐹𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐘 đšđ«đž. 𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐖𝐄 đšđ«đž. đŸ‘€

𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞’𝐯𝐞 đœđ«đžđšđ­đžđ đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩. 📖

đŸ€Ź “THAT’S RIDICULOUS, DONALD! YOU’RE SAYING I ‘CHOOSE’ A CYNICAL LENS?! JUST LOOK AT HOW MESSED UP THE WORLD IS!” đŸ€Ź

To clarify, I’m NOT saying you’re “choosing” any of the lenses you’re currently wearing, at least not consciously. 😅

Often, we’ve adapted to these lenses over time through our environment: from our family, from the books we’ve read, from the media we’ve consumed, and from the opinions of friends we’ve surrounded ourselves with. 🌎

As Jim Rohn said: â€œđ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 5 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜©.” đŸ‘„

Surround yourself with negative people, you’ll soon become one too. Surround yourself with hopeful people, you’ll soon have their hope rub off on you too. đŸ‘„

đ’đźđ«đ«đšđźđ§đ đČđšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝟏 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹ, đČđšđźâ€™đ„đ„ 𝐬𝐹𝐹𝐧 𝐛𝐞 đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ„đžđ§đŹ 𝐚𝐬 đČđšđźđ« đźđ„đ­đąđŠđšđ­đž đ«đžđšđ„đąđ­đČ. 👓

After enough time, you’ll take this Story lens to be a Fact and not just a Story. đŸ˜Č

But herein lies the problem: đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝗡𝗱𝗧 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘁𝘀. ❌

𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 đšđ«đž 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 đ€đ§đšđ° 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 đšđ›đŁđžđœđ­đąđŻđžđ„đČ đ­đ«đźđž; đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ đšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ°đžđšđ« đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐹𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬. âšȘ

It’s the difference between saying a Fact about capitalism (“Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit”) versus saying a Story about capitalism (“Capitalism is exploitation”). ↔

Capitalism is not intrinsically “exploitation” nor “liberation”; these are just Stories lenses we’ve placed around them. 👓

𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ™„đ™§đ™€đ™—đ™Ąđ™šđ™ą 𝙞𝙹 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚 đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š đ™šđ™€ 𝙖𝙘𝙘đ™Șđ™šđ™©đ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™™ đ™©đ™€ 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™Žđ™©đ™€đ™§đ™ź 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹 𝒂𝒔 đ™đ™–đ™˜đ™©, 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹 đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™š đ™šđ™€ đ™šđ™Łđ™©đ™§đ™šđ™Łđ™˜đ™đ™šđ™™ 𝙞𝙣𝙹𝙞𝙙𝙚 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙹𝙚𝙣𝙹𝙚 đ™€đ™› 𝙹𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙬𝙚 đ™˜đ™–đ™Łâ€™đ™© đ™›đ™–đ™©đ™đ™€đ™ą đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™žđ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź đ™€đ™› đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§ 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹𝙚𝙹 đ™šđ™­đ™žđ™šđ™©đ™žđ™Łđ™œ. đŸ€Ż

𝙒𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 đ™Łđ™€ đ™Ąđ™€đ™Łđ™œđ™šđ™§ đ™›đ™–đ™©đ™đ™€đ™ą đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™žđ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź 𝙬𝙚’𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙡𝙖𝙹𝙹𝙚𝙹. 😔

When we’re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time separating the Facts from the Stories about the Facts. When we’re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time being able to truly understand other people’s points of view. 🙌

In turn, our empathy becomes replaced more and more with egotistical self-righteousness and moral grandstanding. đŸ„‡

So
how do we solve this problem? đŸ€”

𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐟đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞’đ«đž đœđźđ«đ«đžđ§đ­đ„đČ đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ . 🔎

Here’s a list of just a few of the Stories currently circulating in our culture. 📖

I must warn you: some of the Stories I list here you may wholeheartedly embrace, and the fact I’m listing them here may make you feel like I’m trivializing or invalidating you or other peoples’ personal experiences. 👎

I can assure you that is not at all my intention here. So, please be aware of this just in case your emotional defenses jump up in protest. ❀

📖 â€œđ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜ˆđ˜­đ˜”-𝘙đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜±đ˜¶đ˜Łđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜—đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ș!”

📖 â€œđ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜“đ˜Šđ˜§đ˜” đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜€đ˜©đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜°đ˜±đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Ž 𝘾𝘰𝘼𝘩𝘯!”

📖 “𝘍𝘩𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Ż 𝘼𝘩𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘼𝘩𝘯!”

📖 â€œđ˜–đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜”đ˜©đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘱 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ź-đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘰𝘯𝘭đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜° 𝘼𝘱𝘬𝘩 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜§đ˜Șđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜”’𝘮 đ˜§đ˜°đ˜łđ˜šđ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘧𝘱𝘼đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜ș đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Ș𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș!”

📖 “𝘉đ˜Ș𝘹 đ˜—đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜źđ˜ą đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Żâ€™đ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜±đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š!”

📖 “đ˜šđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘉đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭 đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘭!”

📖 “𝘚đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜·đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘎𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 1%!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜źđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜ș!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘾𝘱𝘳𝘳đ˜Ș𝘰𝘳𝘮!”

📖 “𝘐𝘧 đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘮𝘱𝘹𝘳𝘩𝘩 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© 𝘼𝘩, đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶’𝘳𝘩 đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜°đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘼𝘩!”

See some Stories you recognize? đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïžđŸ™‹

By sharing this list, I’m NOT here to say which Story lens has more validity to them. I’m also NOT here to say each Stories lens is equally accurate or equally useful. They’re not, and it’s why we need Facts. 👍

But that’s NOT what this post is about. 💯

𝐓𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđŹđ­ 𝐱𝐬 đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹 đžđŠđ©đĄđšđŹđąđłđž 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ­đžđ„đ„ đšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŻđžđŹ, đ«đžđ đšđ«đđ„đžđŹđŹ 𝐹𝐟 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ­đ«đźđ­đĄ, đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č đ— đ—”đ—Šđ—Šđ—œđ—©đ—˜đ—Ÿđ—Ź đ—±đ—¶đ—°đ˜đ—źđ˜đ—Č đ—”đ—Œđ˜„ 𝘄đ—Č 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—čđ—±.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all men are sexist, misogynist pigs, you’re going to have a very hard time seeing any man in a positive light.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all police officers are racist, sadistic authority figures, you’ll assume every police altercation that includes people of different races to automatically be about racism.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all protesters are rioting, anarchic looters, you’ll assume every property destroyed during a protest to automatically be the cause of protesters.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all white people are racists, you’re going to see racism in every interaction with a white person, regardless if it’s there or not.

A perfect phrase to summarize this: â€œđ’đžđžđ€ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đČ𝐹𝐼 đŹđĄđšđ„đ„ 𝐟𝐱𝐧𝐝.” 🔎

But…wouldn’t YOU rather decide what it is that you’re going to seek? Wouldn’t YOU rather decide how you’re going to see the world? Wouldn’t YOU rather decide what glasses you’re going to wear? 💯

It’s time to take back control, don’t you think? đŸ’Ș

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐟đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đ°đžâ€™đ«đž đœđźđ«đ«đžđ§đ­đ„đČ đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ .

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 đȘ𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đšđźđ« đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đđąđŹđ­đšđ«đ­ 𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đšđ«đ„đ.

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đ­đ«đČ 𝐹𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐰 đ©đšđąđ«đŹ 𝐹𝐟 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ.

đŸ—Łïž “DONALD, THIS IS A LOT OF WORK! WHY SHOULD I DO THIS WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS?!” đŸ—Łïž

Because you’re not doing this for others.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐹𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 đšđ«đž đ©đšđŹđŹđžđŹđŹđąđ§đ  đČ𝐹𝐼.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐃𝐎𝐌 𝐭𝐹 𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 đŹđžđ«đŻđž đČ𝐹𝐼.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐎𝐋 đšđŻđžđ« đČđšđźđ« đ„đąđŸđž, 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐧𝐹 đ„đšđ§đ đžđ« đŸđžđžđ„ đ„đąđ€đž 𝐚 𝐯𝐱𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐩 𝐹𝐟 đœđąđ«đœđźđŠđŹđ­đšđ§đœđž 𝐛𝐼𝐭 𝐚 đœđ«đžđšđ­đšđ« 𝐹𝐟 đČđšđźđ« 𝐬𝐼𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬.

The alternative is to fall back asleep, to allow yourself to forget you’re wearing glasses, and to return to a place where you’ll continue experiencing needless suffering. 😱

After all, in this place your Stories are in control of you. 😔

So
staying awake sounds like a better option, doesn’t it? 😅

You got this! And before you know it, you’ll be looking back on the old Stories you use to carry, just like the 2 Stories about Capitalism, and truly understand when I say you: “These are đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” Stories!” 🙌

📖 𝐖𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐄 𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐕𝐄𝐒 📖

Why YOU Are Suffering!

“What upsets people are not THINGS themselves but their JUDGMENTS about the things.” ~ Epictetus 💬
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Do you want to feel LESS UPSET? Allow me to assist! ❀
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We are not upset because an event happens. We are upset because we believe an event “shouldn’t” have happened. 😣
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We’re arguing with the “shoulds” in our minds. đŸ€Ż
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We’re arguing with the feelings of anger and frustration we’re experiencing. đŸ€Ź
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We’re arguing with a past which no longer exists. ⌛
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But here’s the problem: “𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 đČ𝐹𝐼 đšđ«đ đźđž 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ«đžđšđ„đąđ­đČ, đČ𝐹𝐼 đšđ„đ°đšđČ𝐬 đ„đšđŹđž.” 😓
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So, I want to introduce you to a solution: ACCEPTANCE. ❀
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🙌 Accept whatever it is you’re experiencing. 🙌
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Accept the events which happened. Accept the emotions you’re feeling. Accept the judgments your mind is making. Accept whatever is.
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Accept. And you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll be able to let these things go. 🙌
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Release. 🙌
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Surrender. 🙌
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Because it’s only when you continue holding onto this baggage will you cause yourself needless suffering. 😹
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đŸ€Ź “HOW DARE YOU, DONALD! I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED!” đŸ€Ź
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You do! 100%! You have every reason to feel this way! 💯
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There’s no doubt there’s a feeling of nobility, this sense of self-righteousness, to hold onto these negative emotions. I totally get it! 💯
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These intense emotions serve you feelings of power. These intense emotions serve you feelings of control over what at times can feel like a very chaotic world. ✊
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As I heard 1 person once describe their feelings of anger: “It’s like jet fuel!” đŸ€Ź
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For me to tell you to accept your emotions, for me to tell you to diffuse the mechanisms which provide your feelings of power and control, is by far the last thing you’d want to hear from me, right?! 💯
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I understand. ❀
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But I can assure you: 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐩𝐹𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬, đžđŹđ©đžđœđąđšđ„đ„đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐼𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐝, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞 đŻđžđ«đČ đđžđŹđ­đ«đźđœđ­đąđŻđž đŻđžđ«đČ 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭.
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And there are far better, more constructive ways to handling our problems. 💯
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Let me clarify:
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📍 Acceptance does not mean we become complacent in our life.
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📍 Acceptance does not mean we enable the things and situations which spark our negative emotions.
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📍 Acceptance is simply about freeing ourselves from needless suffering.
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📍 Acceptance is simply about clearing the weeds from our minds.
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📍 Acceptance is simply a tool to help us see things as they are, objectively, without any judgments and attachments.
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And practicing acceptance doesn’t just affect you! đŸ˜Č
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It affects how you will interact with others, how civil you’ll be with others in tense situations. đŸ—Łïž
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It affects what solutions you’re going to come up with to address your problems. đŸ€”
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It affects the long-term impact you’re going to have upon short-term situations. đŸ—“ïž
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“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle 💬
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