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📖 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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Why Conspiracy Theories DEMAND Understanding!

𝐈 đ«đžđŠđžđŠđ›đžđ« 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐝đČ đ‡đšđšđ€ đ„đ„đžđŠđžđ§đ­đšđ«đČ đŹđœđĄđšđšđ„ 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đĄđšđ©đ©đžđ§đžđ. ⏳

I remember watching the news coverage, the feelings of horror, the shock among the country that such an event happened. đŸ˜±

I even remember the news wrongfully attributing the killer’s potential motive to his diagnosis of autism. ❌

It wasn’t easy for many people to comprehend. Who would want to let the feeling sink in that someone was actually capable of committing such horror on innocent lives? đŸ˜«

“đ‘Ÿđ’‰đ’‚đ’• 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒊𝒕 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕?! 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏?!”

It was around the same time this event happened that I was browsing YouTube one day and noticed a popular video trending on their home page. The video was over a half hour in length, a video I would not normally take the time to watch. đŸ–„ïž

But the title of the video caught my attention: “SANDY HOOK EXPOSED”. đŸ˜±

I clicked on it
and for the next half hour I was entranced watching the entire video! đŸ˜”

𝐈 đ«đžđŠđžđŠđ›đžđ« 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐝đČ đ‡đšđšđ€ 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đĄđšđ©đ©đžđ§đžđ. 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 đšđ„đŹđš 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 đąđ§đ­đ«đšđđźđœđžđ 𝐭𝐹 𝐩đČ đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ đœđšđ§đŹđ©đąđ«đšđœđČ đ­đĄđžđšđ«đČ. 👿

I remember watching the lengthy YouTube video and being shown a bunch of chopped-up news clips. I remember the video’s sound being muted, the subtitles of the video feeding me various questions and answers 💭:

“𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒆 𝒏𝒐 𝒈𝒖𝒏?!” “𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔?!” â€œđ‘»đ’‰đ’Šđ’” 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆!” “đ‘ș𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆!”

I remember watching a clip which showed a father whose daughter was killed in Sandy Hook seemingly go from smiling to crying in seconds. Again, the subtitles were ready to tell me what to think: “𝑹 𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔!” “𝑰𝒔 𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈?!” 💭

I remember another clip which showed the mother of the daughter, but she was smiling and saying words you couldn’t hear because the audio was muted. Again, the subtitles were ready to tell me what to think: “𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔?!” “đ‘ș𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆!” 💭

I also remember the shocking realization I felt watching the video. There was this excitement, this sense of thrill within me that I was learning something the general public was not aware of. Only me and other viewers of this YouTube video were now privy to this private information! 📚

The video brought me to the conclusion it wanted me to come to: that Sandy Hook never happened, that it was a hoax. đŸ˜±

…Looking back on this memory in hindsight, I’m glad I watched the video.

⚠ 𝐍𝐎, 𝐒𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐘 𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐀 𝐇𝐎𝐀𝐗! ⚠

But watching this video helped me learn a valuable lesson early on in my life about how alluring conspiracy theories can be, how attractive they are on the surface, yet how hollow the cynicism lays underneath them. 😠

Thankfully, at the time I watched this video I had enough skepticism to get additional perspectives on the video’s claims.

I quickly learned there was a TON of misinformation in the video. (For information on the video, you can refer to the Snopes article here: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sandy-hook-exposed/ )

📌 The father who went from crying to smiling? There could be any number of reasons why that happened. 𝑹 𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 “𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒇” 𝒉𝒆’𝒔 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒏𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏.

📌 That mother who was smiling in the muted video clip? If you got to hear the video clip unmuted, you’d quickly understand she was smiling because she was sharing positive memories about her daughter. 𝑰𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒂𝒙 𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒖𝒅𝒊𝒐 𝒊𝒏, 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒅 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒅.

𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐝 “𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ­đ«đźđ­đĄâ€ 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐹 đ„đžđ 𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 đ›đžđ„đąđžđŻđž. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐜đČđ§đąđœđšđ„ đ§đšđ«đ«đšđ­đąđŻđž 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 đźđ©đšđ§ đ©đ«đžđŹđźđ©đ©đšđŹđąđ­đąđšđ§đŹ, đœđĄđžđ«đ«đČ-đ©đąđœđ€đžđ đđžđ­đšđąđ„đŹ, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đžđ±đ­đ«đšđšđ«đđąđ§đšđ«đČ đœđ„đšđąđŠđŹ 𝐩𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ„đąđ­đ­đ„đž 𝐭𝐹 𝐧𝐹 𝐞𝐯𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐹 đ›đšđœđ€ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 đźđ©. 👎

𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈𝐒 𝐀 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐘?!

We can use Merriam-Webster’s definition: “A theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.” 📖

We can also use Britannica’s definition: “An attempt to explain harmful or tragic events as the result of the actions of a small, powerful group.” 📖

Let’s also add in Dictionary.com’s definition: “A theory that rejects the standard explanation for an event and instead credits a covert group or organization with carrying out a secret plot.” 📖

The reason I wanted to give you all these definitions is there’s also a conspiracy theory online that the CIA created the term “conspiracy theory” to silence people during the JFK assassination. This is False. 👎

(Source: https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/03/16/did-the-cia-invent-the-term-conspiracy-theory/ )

Even more, there’s a conspiracy theory that the source I’ve been citing above, Snopes, has a “leftist propaganda political agenda”. This is again False. 👎

(Sources: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/jun/19/viral-image/no-factcheckorg-didnt-bust-snopescom/

Snopes

https://www.allsides.com/news-source/snopes )

If you’re starting to notice a pattern, the problem is that 𝐚𝐧đČ𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 can be made into a conspiracy theory. The fact I’m even discussing it right now makes me susceptible to someone accusing me of being a “shill” or a “sheep”. đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

If you share contrasting information with a conspiracy theorist, they can easily dismiss it as just being part of the conspiracy. They can claim every fact-checking source I cited above as “fake news” simply because it doesn’t fit with their worldview. ❌

đŸ€Ź “𝐘𝐎𝐔’𝐑𝐄 𝐒𝐎 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐒𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆, 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋𝐃! 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐂𝐓 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐄𝐗𝐈𝐒𝐓!” đŸ€Ź

Let me clarify: đ‚đšđ§đŹđ©đąđ«đšđœđąđžđŹ 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝟏𝟎𝟎% đĄđšđ©đ©đžđ§đžđ đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž! 💯

📍 I could tell you about Project SUNSHINE in 1956, where the United States Atomic Energy Commission wanted to measure the long-term effects of nuclear radiation on the body. The way they did this included collecting tissue from deceased children’s bodies without permission from grieving families.

📍 I could tell you about Prohibition in the 1920s, where the federal government pressured manufacturers to add poisonous substances to their alcohol to make it undrinkable. Unfortunately this did not stop people, and it is estimated thousands died from drinking this tainted alcohol.

📍 I could tell you about MKULTRA, a CIA-sponsored program which started in the 50s and ended in the 70s, where experiments were done on human test subjects including the use of LSD, hypnosis, and electric shocks to develop methods the government could use for future interrogations.

All of these happened! 💯

It’s not that I don’t believe conspiracies have never happened or that I believe world governments have never done anything shady before. They have! And there’s a lot of classified information we as the general public will never be aware of. 👍

Citing the incidents above, it’s very reasonable for a person to start feeling cynical towards the government or people in authority. They’re the ones we’re supposed to place our trust in, yet knowing these past wrongs makes it a lot harder to, right? 👍

The difference with my perspective is 𝐈’𝐩 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ°đąđ„đ„đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đŁđźđŠđ© 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐼𝐭𝐹𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐜 đšđŹđŹđźđŠđ©đ­đąđšđ§ 𝐹𝐟 𝐚 đœđšđ§đŹđ©đąđ«đšđœđČ đŸđšđ« đžđŻđžđ«đČ đ„đąđŸđž-𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐈’𝐩 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ°đąđ„đ„đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐰 đšđœđœđźđ«đ«đžđ§đœđžđŹ 𝐹𝐟 đšđœđ­đźđšđ„ đœđšđ§đŹđ©đąđ«đšđœđČ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ­đ«đžđšđ­ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 đ«đžđŸđ„đžđœđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐹𝐟 đžđŻđžđ«đČ đŹđąđ§đ đ„đž đ đšđŻđžđ«đ§đŠđžđ§đ­ đšđŸđŸđąđœđąđšđ„ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§ 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ­đĄđšđ«đąđ­đČ. 👼

It’s important to remember when we demonize “the government” we’re also referring to thousands of people, from the postal service to the armed forces to Congress, each with their own separate positions and functions, each with their own families and set of values, each of them living their own individual lives. đŸ‘Ș

It’s this very problem of overgeneralizing I even have to remember myself! I’m guilty of it too! đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

I’m aware I have a habit of criticizing what I often call “the media”. I need to continue to remind myself it’s not a singular entity, that it consists of thousands of news outlets and thousands of individual people with different intentions and agendas. 📰

It would be foolish of me to assume the negative actions of 1 or 2 journalists was a reflection of the entire field of journalism, right?! 😅

My point is: don’t let your obsession over a few bad apples spoil the entire bunch. Or as I always say: 𝐃𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đ­đĄđ«đšđ° 𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐛đČ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ›đšđ­đĄđ°đšđ­đžđ«. đŸ‘¶

The other day I watched the Netflix documentary “Behind the Curve” about Flat Earthers, people who believe the world is flat and that this truth is being covered up by NASA. 🚀

I think for many of my friends you’ll be quick to laugh even hearing that such a community exists. But I actually did take a valuable lesson watching the film, and I’ll tell you whatâ€ŠâŹ‡ïž

Sure, the Flat Earther arguments lack critical thinking. Sure, it’s very easy to disprove their claims with less than five minutes of research online. Funny enough, the Flat Earthers even disprove themselves after they conduct a science experiment in the documentary! 😅

But putting all that aside, there is one valuable lesson I took away from the film: ridicule of Flat Earthers is NOT a helpful solution! 💯

In fact, telling someone they’re wrong can cause them to dig their feet deeper into their beliefs. Showing them contradictory evidence can strengthen their affinity for their beliefs. It is what’s known as the Backfire Effect. ↔

My point is: we need to apply this same understanding with the people around us. 🌎

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐈 đšđ„đŠđšđŹđ­ đŸđžđ„đ„ 𝐝𝐹𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đšđ›đ›đąđ­ đĄđšđ„đž 𝐩đČđŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 đšđ«đ đźđž đŸđšđ« đŠđšđ«đž đžđŠđ©đšđ­đĄđČ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐱𝐭 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐹 đœđšđ§đŹđ©đąđ«đšđœđČ đ­đĄđžđšđ«đąđŹđ­đŹ.

It’s not to say their ideas don’t lack critical thinking or that these ideas don’t cause harm to others. They do. It’s to say, as the saying goes: “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” You won’t change anyone’s mind by ridiculing them. 🙌

Mick West says the same thing in his book “Escaping the Rabbit Hole”. The former co-founder of Neversoft Entertainment, Mick first became introduced to conspiracy theories when he was studying aviation weather for his pilot’s license. 👹‍✈‍

He was introduced to the Chemtrails conspiracy theory, the belief that condensation trails left by aircrafts are toxic chemicals being sprayed by the government to poison people. đŸ˜±

What initially started as a website he created to debunk the theory led him to debunking many more theories. As of today, Mick is the founder of Metabunk and has spent over 10 years debunking conspiracy theories. đŸ˜Č

But there’s a difference between Mick and many others who just want to prove conspiracy theorists wrong online. 🛑

From his many interviews with current and “former” conspiracy theorists, he advocates for understanding and respectful communication. ❀

In his book “Escaping the Rabbit Hole”, he argues we’re ALL susceptible to conspiracy theories. Like while I myself personally don’t believe in most conspiracies, even I still at times am prone to feeling cynical towards pharmaceutical companies, to give one example. 💊

đ‘Ÿđ’† 𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒇𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒖𝒔 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒙 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅. 😹

đ‘»đ’‰đ’†đ’š 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒖𝒔 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒑𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓. 😹

đ‘»đ’‰đ’†đ’š 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒖𝒔 đ‘Ș𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 đ‘ș𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆’𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 “𝒂𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒑” 𝒕𝒐. 😹

đ‘»đ’‰đ’†đ’š 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒖𝒔 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆’𝒓𝒆 𝒂 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅. 😹

𝑰𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒕. 😹

The unfortunate part is just that some individuals fell deeper down the rabbit hole than most of us ever did. đŸ•łïž

So, Mick’s personal mission with his work is not about shaming conspiracy theorists but rather on helping them climb out of the rabbit hole their cynical minds have become stuck in. 🙋‍♂‍

His biggest piece of advice: be respectful and understanding. Remember: it could’ve just as easily been you under the same circumstances. đŸ‘€

𝐎𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐹𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đšđ«đž đĄđźđ«đ­đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐹𝐬𝐭 đšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐹𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐹 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 đ„đšđŻđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐹𝐬𝐭. ❀

Apart from our susceptibility to conspiracy theories, we all as human beings suffer from what’s known as cognitive biases. They are patterns of thinking which psychologically distort how we view the world. 👀

Some of the most common biases include:

🧠 Negativity Bias. We’re more likely to give attention to negativity than we do to positivity.

🧠 Confirmation Bias. We’re more likely to believe information which reinforces our worldview and more easily dismiss information which goes against it.

🧠 Black-and-White (Dichotomous) Thinking. We’re more likely to see the world in polar opposite extremes. Good versus Evil. Us versus Them.

🧠 Illusory pattern perception. We’re more likely to see patterns among things which have no relation to each other. It’s why in science there’s the principle: “Correlation does not mean causation”.

But one of the biggest culprits, especially being illuminated now in our culture, is:

🧠 The Dunning-Kruger Effect. We’re more likely to overestimate our ability at something we’re actually really bad at. The unintelligent individual is more likely to overestimate his intelligence, while the intelligent individual is more likely to underestimate his intelligence.

Or as philosopher Bertrand Russell put it back in 1933 as a response to the rise of Nazi Germany: â€œđ‘»đ’‰đ’† 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒎 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒏 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒑𝒊𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒕.â€đŸ€Šâ€â™‚â€

Again, we ALL suffer from these biases, some of us worse than others. They are not limited to conspiracy theorists, although they may be more greatly illuminated through their example. đŸ—Łïž

But the reason I’m sharing this all with you today is because during times of stress and anxiety, especially during these times of COVID-19, conspiracy theories are far more prevalent and far more likely to be embraced as truth. 👍

Conspiracy theories increased after 9/11. They increased after Sandy Hook. They increased after the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting. And they are now increasing during COVID-19. I’m sure you’ve already seen the 5G conspiracy being shared. 📡

More than ever, it’s going to be easy to fall into these cognitive traps so I want to remind us all to be extra mindful of this. 🧘‍♂‍

This is NOT a “conspiracy” problem; it’s a human problem, deeply rooted in cynicism, distrust, and paranoia. 😹

As Dale Carnegie reminds us: “đ‘Ÿđ’‰đ’†đ’ 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆, 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒖𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄. đ‘Ÿđ’† 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒋𝒖𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒗𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚.”

đŸ€Ź “𝐘𝐎𝐔’𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐈𝐀𝐒𝐄𝐃 𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐒𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐓𝐇, 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋𝐃! 𝐖𝐀𝐊𝐄 𝐔𝐏!â€đŸ€Ź

The questions I challenge everyone to ask themselves:

đŸ€” Do you possess your beliefs? Or do your beliefs possess you?

đŸ€” Are you able to step outside your own ideology and understand your critic’s points of view?

đŸ€” Are you able to steelman your opponent’s arguments and understand their position thoroughly before dismissing them completely?

In addition, I challenge you:

đŸ’Ș To get sources from multiple points of view, including information that may go against your beliefs. Not all information is created equal.

đŸ’Ș Stay aware of your cognitive biases and genuinely seek to understand other people’s points of view. See if you can steelman their argument.

đŸ’Ș Give others who disagree with you the benefit of the doubt. Don’t automatically assume malicious intent. Perhaps you may learn something from them you didn’t know before.

This is not just a reminder for you all, but also for me! I need to hear these reminders at times too! Again, I’m not immune to a lack of self-awareness. It’s an ongoing process! đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER! ❀

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Below, I am providing resources which have greatly helped me develop my critical thinking skills! âŹ‡ïž

𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊𝐒

📘 “Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect” by Mick West – https://amzn.to/3hKPnNS

📙 “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts” by Carol Tavris & Elliott Aronson – https://amzn.to/2X7QFuj

📕 “How to Think – A Survival Guide for a World at Odds” by Alan Jacobs https://amzn.to/39DdBXr

📗 “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman – https://amzn.to/30UV4lG

📙 “You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself” by David McRaney – https://amzn.to/3hLuQbV

📘 “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” by Carl Sagan – https://amzn.to/3jR8Oq8

📕 “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt – https://amzn.to/2P2Ddna

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𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐂𝐄𝐒

đŸ“Œ CrashCourse Navigating Digital Information – A 10-episode series dedicated to teaching critical thinking skills for browsing the Internet. https://bit.ly/2EnmatQ

đŸ“Œ CrashCourse Philosophy – A 46-episode series dedicated to teaching philosophical ideas, which in turn practices your critical thinking skills. https://bit.ly/3faLlwH

đŸ“Œ CrashCourse Media Literacy – A 12-episode series dedicated to teaching the history and psychology of media. https://bit.ly/3f3YuYg

📄 A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis of Psychological Research on Conspiracy Beliefs: Field Characteristics, Measurement Instruments, and Associations with Personality Traits – https://bit.ly/30WLrCR

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𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐎𝐒

đŸ“Œ Wisecrack – What Makes REAL Science? – https://bit.ly/3hR3pxz

đŸ“Œ Wisecrack – How Conspiracies Changed & The Decline of Expertise (Flat Earth, Anti-Vaxxers) – https://bit.ly/335qcl1

đŸ“Œ Wisecrack – How Fake Science (Pseudoscience) Can Fool You! – https://bit.ly/330Puki

đŸ“Œ Wisecrack – The Internet was a Mistake – https://bit.ly/39EfzqC

đŸ“Œ SciShow – The Science of Anti-Vaccination – https://bit.ly/2X6IQ8i

đŸ“Œ SciShow Psych – Why Do So Many People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? – https://bit.ly/3gmdPEM

đŸ“Œ Late Night with John Oliver – Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – https://bit.ly/3fbTjWj

Why EMBRACE Change!

Last year I was in Glasgow visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It was such a beautiful museum, I spent nearly 3 hours looking at EVERY nook and cranny! 😍

If you ever want to be reminded of how VAST our world and its history is, take a trip sometime to a museum! đŸ–Œïž

At one point, I had entered the section with an ENTIRE wall dedicated to Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution! đŸŠ·

Before Darwin, our world had a much MORE simplified explanation as to how our world’s inhabitants came to be. 😅

Contrary to popular belief at the time, Earth is in fact WAY MORE than 6000 years old! đŸ˜±

Not only going against conventional understanding, Darwin changed the paradigm of BOTH the religious AND scientific beliefs of his time! đŸ˜±

He showed us there was a world FAR MORE complex than what was once thought, presenting ideas which later laid the foundation for MANY subjects we study today including Biology. đŸ§«

But why do I share this post with you? đŸ€”

Because there was one KEEN observation Darwin noticed during his studies. Verbatim, I saw this written on the museum wall: ✍

🌟 “đƒđšđ«đ°đąđ§ 𝐧𝐹𝐭𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ§đžđœđžđŹđŹđšđ«đąđ„đČ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŹđ­đ«đšđ§đ  𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ›đžđšđźđ­đąđŸđźđ„ 𝐰𝐡𝐹 𝐬𝐼𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐱𝐧 đ„đąđŸđž’𝐬 đŹđ­đ«đźđ đ đ„đž – 𝐱𝐭 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đœđšđ©đž 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.” 🌟

With COVID and everything happening in 2020, I find this quote stretches FAR BEYOND Darwin to our modern world today. Our world is constantly changing, perhaps too fast for many people’s comfort. ⌛

But with this finding from Darwin, I challenge us to take on the this opportunity to continue adapting to whatever comes our way. Because we are greater than our circumstances! đŸ’Ș

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” ❀