Why Our HUMANITY Matters!

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

I am someone who is gay
I rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

I am someone who is Hispanic
I rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

I am someone who is Atheist
I (especially) rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

Why do I rarely talk about these things? đŸ€”

Well
let’s take a step back. 👣

Say you were meeting me for the very first time, and the only information you were given about who I am were these labels: 📜

Male. Gay. Hispanic. Atheist.

What kind of person comes to your mind that fits into each of these categories? đŸ€”

What comes to your mind when you think of a “Gay Male”? Flamboyant? Feminine? Limp wrists?

What comes to your mind when you think of an “Atheist?” Snobbish? Science-obsessed? Blasphemous?

Now
take these labels and apply them back to me. And compare these labels to how you đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș know me as a person. đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

Let me ask: do these labels easily fit into your general perception of me? 😅

Of Donald Arteaga? đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

If your answer is “no”
THAT is the reason why!

🙌 𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ«đžđšđŹđšđ§ 𝐈 đ«đšđ«đžđ„đČ đđžđŹđœđ«đąđ›đž 𝐩đČđŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐱𝐧 đ­đžđ«đŠđŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐱𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐈 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ« đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠, đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ«đžđŠđšđŹđ­, đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ. 🙌

I’d rather we all be judged, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, based upon the content of our character. đŸ‘€

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my sexual preference.

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my race.

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my religious affiliation.

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

THIS is why I generally don’t provide this information to people upfront. I want you to get to know ME first, minus the preconceptions. 🙂

👀 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐈 đžđŠđ©đĄđšđŹđąđłđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐹 𝐈 𝐚𝐩, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐈 đžđ§đœđšđźđ«đšđ đž đČ𝐹𝐼 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐞 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŸđąđ„đ­đžđ« 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ. 👀

The problem is these labels are only mere facets of who I am as a human being, just as I believe this to be the case for any other human being. 💎

I’ve held this ideal ever since I started my mission to Transcend Labels in 2018. ⏳

The ideal has always been for me to show through my example that people don’t have to be entrenched in their labels. 💯

The ideal has always been for me to show that my diagnosis of Autism is just a temporary explanation and not a final destination. 💯

The ideal has always been for me to show how limiting labels are as frameworks for understanding ourselves and other people. 💯

Consider the facts:

🙌 No one on this planet is 100% exactly the same.

🙌 No one thinks 100% exactly the same way.

🙌 No one has lived 100% exactly the same life as another person.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, đžđŻđžđ«đČ𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ„ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐼𝐬 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐚 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§â€™đŹ đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ§đžđŻđžđ« 𝐝𝐹 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ±, 𝐼𝐧𝐱đȘ𝐼𝐞 đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„ đ„đšđČ𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐹𝐟 𝐼𝐬.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐚 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§â€™đŹ đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ§đžđŻđžđ« 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 đđžđ­đžđ«đŠđąđ§đšđ§đ­ 𝐹𝐟 𝐹𝐧𝐞’𝐬 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ đœđĄđšđ«đšđœđ­đžđ«.

As Ayishat Akanbi put it: “đ‘»đ’‰đ’† 𝒇𝒊𝒙𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒚.” The obsession with one’s labels become a self-fulfilling prophecy which leaves no room for change, let alone the possibility for personal growth. 🙌

For me, my mission to Transcend Labels is a life-affirming philosophy that says we are more than our pasts, more than our circumstances, and that we are capable of becoming more than the people we were yesterday. ✊

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

Perhaps as you read this, this sounds like common sense to you! 😅

But
things seemed to have changed. 🧐

Not with my mission; it remains the same. But I’m talking about within our society. đŸ‘„

More and more I continue reading about a growing ideology that:

đŸ˜± Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their labels, not for their individuality.

đŸ˜± Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their group identities, not for their common humanity.

đŸ˜± Encourages people to indulge in cognitive biases like mindreading, overgeneralizing, and black-and-white thinking.

This smorgasbord of an ideology has come to be more popularly known as: “being woke”.

(𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘱 đ˜™đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜”đ˜ą đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Š 𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘰𝘬𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜­đ˜°đ˜šđ˜ș, đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„ “𝘊đ˜ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮: 𝘏𝘰𝘾 đ˜ˆđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜šđ˜€đ˜©đ˜°đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜± đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ˆđ˜Łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜™đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș” 𝘣đ˜ș 𝘑𝘱𝘼𝘩𝘮 𝘓đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜ș & 𝘏𝘩𝘭𝘩𝘯 đ˜—đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜Źđ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š.)

Simply put
the very ideals I’ve stood for the past few years are in direct opposition to this ideology. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

So perhaps you can understand why a part of me is fascinated at how this ideology has reached such a wide audience, especially among the political Left, with little Critical (pun intended) examination. 😅

Perhaps you can understand my fascination reading about this ideology that argues the very ideals I stand for, the message I’ve promoted for years, can now be entirely summarized under labels like “white supremacy”, “white privilege”, “patriarchy”, “racist”, “microaggression”, and “hateful”. đŸ€š

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

But I get it. ❀

I understand in these current times A LOT of us are stressed out and worried. I understand it’s hard for anyone to think clearly, let alone rationally, when our minds are shrouded in weeds. 😖

𝐈 đźđ§đđžđ«đŹđ­đšđ§đ 𝐱𝐭’𝐬 đŻđžđ«đČ đĄđšđ«đ 𝐭𝐹 đ­đĄđąđ§đ€ 𝐱𝐧 𝐧𝐼𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝, đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ± 𝐰𝐚đČ𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐩𝐱𝐧𝐝𝐬 đ§đšđ­đźđ«đšđ„đ„đČ đœđ«đšđŻđž đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đąđœđąđ­đČ đđźđ«đąđ§đ  đŹđ­đ«đžđŹđŹđŸđźđ„ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐬.

If I were to combine every negative event which has happened the past year, I can’t blame someone for not feeling comfortable with all this Uncertainty. 😹

As I saw 1 tweet put it: “𝐘𝐹𝐼 đšđ«đž 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐠𝐹 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ đ°đąđ­đĄđđ«đšđ°đšđ„ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐱𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩đČ𝐭𝐡 𝐹𝐟 đœđžđ«đ­đšđąđ§đ­đČ.” ❀

So yes, I definitely understand that lots of people at this time will be desperate to find something which helps them get back to Certainty, back to some sense of clarity and normalcy, back to some sense of renewed purpose and meaning
even if that means embracing an over-simplistic, fringe ideology like this one. 🙌

And THIS is one of the main reasons why I’ve not spoken up about this topic personally. 𝐈’𝐩 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ„đšđšđ€đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐚 đœđĄđąđ„đâ€™đŹ đ›đ„đšđ§đ€đžđ­ 𝐚𝐰𝐚đČ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐡𝐱𝐩 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 đŸđžđšđ«đŸđźđ„đ„đČ đœđ„đąđ§đ đąđ§đ  𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐭 đŸđšđ« đđžđšđ« đ„đąđŸđž. 😭

At the moment, the child needs something, anything to stay calm and feel safe. 🛡

Don’t get me wrong, there are 100% real problems in our society that still need to be solved. I’m not here to pretend like everything is all fine and dandy. It’s not.

But we’re not going to solve them when we’re making the incorrect diagnoses, which in turn prescribe the wrong solutions. 👎

đ–đžâ€™đ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 đŹđšđ„đŻđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ± đ©đ«đšđ›đ„đžđŠđŹ 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐬𝐹𝐜𝐱𝐞𝐭đČ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đšđŻđžđ«-đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đąđŹđ­đąđœ đ­đĄđąđ§đ€đąđ§đ  𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐱𝐬 đœđ«đžđšđ­đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩. 👎

But that part of the discussion will be saved for another post


My point is: THIS is not the way forward. ❌

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

đŸ€Ź â€œđ‘Ÿđ‘Źđ‘łđ‘ł 𝑮đ‘č. 𝑯𝑰𝑼𝑯-đ‘šđ‘”đ‘«-đ‘Žđ‘°đ‘źđ‘Żđ‘»đ’€ đ‘«đ‘¶đ‘”đ‘šđ‘łđ‘«, đ‘źđ‘¶đ‘» đ‘šđ‘”đ’€ đ‘©đ‘Źđ‘»đ‘»đ‘Źđ‘č đ‘°đ‘«đ‘Źđ‘šđ‘ș?!” đŸ€Ź

I believe I do! And it goes right back to what I was talking about earlier. 😊

🙌 We move forward by focusing on our common humanity.

🙌 We move forward by focusing on what we have in common.

🙌 We move forward by focusing on understanding and less on labeling.

𝐖𝐞 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐔𝐒𝐄 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ đœđšđ«đ«đČ 𝐛đČ 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

𝐖𝐞 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐃 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ« đšđźđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐛𝐱𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đ«đžđŁđźđđąđœđžđŹ đœđšđ«đ«đČ 𝐛đČ 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐂𝐊𝐍𝐎𝐖𝐋𝐄𝐃𝐆𝐄 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐞 đ đžđ§đžđ«đšđ„đ„đČ 𝐬𝐞𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđšđ©đ„đžâ€Šđšđ§đ đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ 𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐒𝐄 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐹 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 𝐬𝐱𝐠𝐧𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

For every time we do this, we’ll remind our survival brain who’s in charge of how we connect with others. 🧠

We’ll remind our survival brain how naïve the caricatures we create in our minds about mass groups of people are. 🧠

𝐈𝐟 𝐰𝐞 đ­đ«đźđ„đČ 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐹 đ©đ«đšđŠđšđ­đž đđąđŻđžđ«đŹđąđ­đČ 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐬𝐹𝐜𝐱𝐞𝐭đČ, đ„đžđ­â€™đŹ 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ§đžđ đ„đžđœđ­ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŻđžđ«đČ đđąđŻđžđ«đŹđąđ­đČ đ„đšđČ𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đžđŻđžđ«đČ 𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐼𝐬. 𝐑𝐱𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐹𝐰 𝐰𝐞’đ«đž đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹𝐼𝐜𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŹđźđ«đŸđšđœđž.

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

Because what’s the alternative?

👎 A society which is OBSESSED with focusing on what makes us separate from each other.

👎 A society which DISCRIMINATES people based primarily upon their labels.

👎 A society which attempts to solve the problem of prejudice
with EVEN MORE PREJUDICE.

That doesn’t sound like a desirable outcome, does it? Sounds a bit backwards, right? It’s honestly quite IL-liberal! 😅

But
thankfully we don’t have to go down that route! We don’t have to become “woke”! 💯

I challenge you to come with me and take the road less traveled. It’s important to remember that just because something is popular in the moment doesn’t automatically mean it’s right. 👍

I challenge you to come with me and use what might be considered a more “radical” approach these days to connecting with others:

𝐓𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ«đŹ 𝐚𝐬 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ«đžđŠđšđŹđ­. 𝐓𝐹 đ­đ«đžđšđ­ đšđ­đĄđžđ«đŹ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ«đžđŹđ©đžđœđ­, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐱𝐭’𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞𝐧 đ›đšđœđ€. 𝐓𝐹 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đœđąđŻđąđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đĄđźđŠđąđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§ 𝐝𝐹𝐞𝐬𝐧’𝐭 đ«đžđœđąđ©đ«đšđœđšđ­đž. 𝐓𝐹 đ«đžđŠđžđŠđ›đžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đĄđźđ«đ­ đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž đĄđźđ«đ­ đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐱𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đŸđąđ«đž 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đŸđąđ«đž đšđ§đ„đČ đœđ«đžđšđ­đžđŹ đŠđšđ«đž đŸđąđ«đž. 𝐓𝐹 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞 đČđšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŸ đ©đžđ«đŠđąđŹđŹđąđšđ§ 𝐭𝐹 đ›đ«đžđšđ­đĄđž đđźđ«đąđ§đ  đŹđ­đ«đžđŹđŹđŸđźđ„ 𝐩𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬.

But if all this sounds too overwhelming, how about just this…?

đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐈’𝐩 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠. đŸ‘„

𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 đŹđ­đšđ«đ­ đ­đĄđžđ«đž. 🙂

𝐍𝐹 đŠđšđ«đž. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐹 đ„đžđŹđŹ. ❀

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆, 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐀 𝐒𝐄𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐒! ❀

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📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐄𝐎𝐔𝐒 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃: 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐏𝐄𝐎𝐏𝐋𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐃𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐃 𝐁𝐘 𝐏𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐂𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐎𝐍” 𝐁𝐘 𝐉𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐇𝐀𝐈𝐃𝐓 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟐) 📖

📖 “𝐔𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐎𝐖: 𝐀 𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐈𝐑 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐖𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐎 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐂𝐇𝐔𝐑𝐂𝐇” 𝐛đČ 𝐌𝐄𝐆𝐀𝐍 𝐏𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏𝐒-𝐑𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐑 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗) 📖

I had just graduated high school. Following the new school year, my high school had decided the next play they were going to put on was “The Laramie Project”. Based on the real-life murder of Matthew Shepard, he was killed by 2 men that robbed, tortured, and tied him to a fence to be left to die. The motive is believed to have been driven by Matthew being gay.

…And that’s when I heard the Westboro Baptist Church was coming to protest the school hosting the play. I remember reading about them online, their infamous picket signs which read “God Hates F*gs”. Personally, I found their logic laughable and their gross generalizations of people they had never met made me easily place them out of sight and out of mind.

I hadn’t heard about Westboro since that time; frankly, I didn’t care. It was only when I recently watched Joe Rogan’s podcast was I introduced to Megan Phelps-Roper, a young lady who was raised in Westboro and left the church as an adult. What struck me on the podcast was how articulate and soft-spoken she was. “She couldn’t really be apart of the same vocal group I heard about all those years ago, could she?!”

It turned out she was! Reading her memoir, I learned she was the right-hand to her mother for a lot of the Church’s activities, and in reading I was astounded to learn that the very hatred they spewed towards others at protests would also be the reason for Westboro’s internal collapse. Megan really brings a humanistic look to the people behind the picket signs. After all, they are still her family.

There’s the common misconception in our culture today that if you empathize with someone it automatically means you support their actions, guilt by association. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Putting a human face to anyone, including extremist individuals like Westboro, does not mean you have to support their harmful actions. I don’t. But rather it reminds you of our shared humanity, a reminder that if I had the same upbringing as Megan I probably would’ve embraced the exact same things she was raised since birth to believe.

Her story reminds me of the Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“𝘞𝘩 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜€đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜­đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ș 𝘯𝘩đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜Łđ˜°đ˜ł 𝘱𝘭𝘭 𝘼đ˜ș 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘧𝘩. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜€đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Șđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾𝘩 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘰𝘯𝘭đ˜ș 𝘰𝘯𝘩𝘮 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜”đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” 𝘱𝘯đ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 𝘩𝘭𝘮𝘩. ‘𝘞𝘩’𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘰𝘯𝘭đ˜ș 𝘰𝘯𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜­đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘧@𝘹𝘮!’ đ˜Žđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜źđ˜±đ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ 𝘮𝘱đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘔đ˜Ș𝘮𝘮đ˜Ș𝘮𝘮đ˜Șđ˜±đ˜±đ˜Ș đ˜„đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜žđ˜­. đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩, 𝘾𝘩 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜°đ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜šđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜źđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘮đ˜Ș𝘯. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜șđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘏đ˜Ș𝘼 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź. 𝘛𝘾𝘰 đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜°đ˜±đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜šđ˜­đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ș 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 𝘼đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜Šâ€”đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜źđ˜°đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”.”

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📖 “𝐁𝐄𝐘𝐎𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐘 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐓𝐇: 𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐖𝐄 𝐂𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐀𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐓, 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐖𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑” 𝐛đČ 𝐕𝐀𝐍 𝐉𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟕) 📖

📖 “𝐁𝐋𝐔𝐄𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐓: 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐄𝐕𝐎𝐋𝐔𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐍𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐀 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐒𝐎𝐂𝐈𝐄𝐓𝐘” 𝐛đČ 𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐀𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐒 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗) 📖

📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐕𝐈𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄: 𝐌𝐈𝐂𝐑𝐎𝐀𝐆𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒, 𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐄 𝐒𝐏𝐀𝐂𝐄𝐒, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄 𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐒” 𝐛đČ 𝐁𝐑𝐀𝐃𝐋𝐄𝐘 𝐂𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐋 & 𝐉𝐀𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖) 📖

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📖 “𝐂𝐘𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒: 𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐀𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐄, 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐘 – 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐌𝐒 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐁𝐎𝐃𝐘” 𝐛đČ 𝐉𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐒 𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐃𝐒𝐀𝐘 & 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐍 𝐏𝐋𝐔𝐂𝐊𝐑𝐎𝐒𝐄 (𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎) 📖

What is “being Woke”?

If you’re confused at hearing words like “white privilege”, “decolonization”, “cisgender”, “patriarchy” and “systemic racism” being used so often, this book is an in-depth encyclopedia behind the origins of these terms.

But I must say upfront: the ideologies you will learn about in this book are needlessly convoluted and obscure. And this has nothing to do with the authors of this book! Lindsay and Pluckrose have done extensive homework on the subjects they are critiquing and provide a HUGE service in shining a light on them.

The problem is the ideologies themselves, ideologies that WANT to be needlessly convoluted and obscure for the sake of being politically subversive.

There’s a quote from Einstein: “𝘐𝘧 đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż’đ˜” 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜­đ˜ș, đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Ż’đ˜” đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘾𝘩𝘭𝘭 đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜©.” This quote wholeheartedly applies here.

If I could summarize the ideologies you’ll read about in this book in one word it would be: pretentious.

They are ideologies which, because of their obscurantism, individuals in the general public have come to believe are far more profound and insightful than they actually are. But when you break them down, when you boil down their primary ideas and arguments, they’re actually quite simple, shallow, and at times even bordering on anti-intellectual.

Truly, the Emperor has no clothes.

One reason I decided to read this book is because I’m seeing these ideas actually being taken seriously, not only in certain areas of academia but also in today’s social justice activism. To emphasize, this is NOT the social justice activism of Martin Luther King Jr. that embraced liberal values and progress through nonviolence.

This new Woke activism is anti-liberal, revolutionary, echoing sentiments eerily similar to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. It’s an activism which encourages people to see everyone through a lens of class struggle. It’s an activism which encourages people to see everyone through a Freudian lens, but instead of being about some unconscious sexual repression it’s now about unconscious racism (Critical Race Theory), unconscious heteronormativity (Queer Theory), unconscious sexism (Feminist Theory), unconscious colonization (Postcolonial Theory), etc.

It’s not a worldview that is searching for truth. It’s a worldview that searches for what it WANTS to believe is true. It starts with a foregone conclusion (“Society is systemically racist!”) and then only seeks evidence to confirm it, even when that evidence is only based upon mere assumptions (“He said I am cute; he must have deeply-engrained sexism!”).

I recommend this book because, as the authors note, in order to combat bad ideas we need to fully understand the ideas we wish to combat. Whether you’re a Liberal or a Conservative, I recommend everyone give this book a read to make sense of the Woke ideology. On a side note, I also recommend we all get a History lesson on what happened during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

“𝘈 đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜łđ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘩𝘧𝘭đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘣đ˜Ș𝘱𝘮𝘩𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜č𝘱𝘼đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜źđ˜±đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜„ ‘đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Łđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ž,’ đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘾𝘱đ˜ș𝘮 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘹𝘰đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹.

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜°đ˜Łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜±đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Š, đ˜Źđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜žđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„đ˜šđ˜Š, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜±đ˜Ž đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜© 𝘱 𝘭𝘩𝘯𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜„đ˜ș𝘯𝘱𝘼đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ž đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯, đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”â€”đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Żâ€™đ˜” đ˜°đ˜Łđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘱 đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„đ˜·đ˜Ș𝘩𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜­ 𝘹𝘳đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱đ˜Ș𝘼𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘼𝘱𝘬𝘩 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° 𝘱 đ˜»đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜°-đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜ź đ˜±đ˜°đ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜šđ˜šđ˜­đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜°đ˜­đ˜·đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘼𝘱𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š, 𝘮𝘩đ˜č, đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ł, 𝘮𝘩đ˜čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘼𝘱𝘯đ˜ș đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž.

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” 𝘱 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘮𝘩𝘩𝘬𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜źđ˜Ș𝘯𝘩 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘣𝘩𝘳𝘱𝘭 𝘧𝘩𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼, đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼, 𝘰𝘳 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜±đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘹𝘯𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘓𝘎𝘉𝘛 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș. 𝘖𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜ș, ‘𝘊đ˜ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮’ đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘧 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜źđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘓𝘎𝘉𝘛 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜€đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜­đ˜ș 𝘣𝘩đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘱𝘭𝘱𝘳𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘭đ˜ș đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜źđ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘣đ˜ș [𝘞𝘰𝘬𝘩] đ˜šđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜‘đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ž.”

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📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐆: 𝐏𝐄𝐀𝐂𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐃𝐎𝐌 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐍𝐎𝐖” 𝐛đČ 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐂𝐇 𝐍𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐇 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟕) 📖

📖 “𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐂𝐓” 𝐛đČ 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐋 𝐒𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐍 (𝟏𝟗𝟖𝟓) 📖

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📖 “𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄 (𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐁𝐘 𝐌𝐄): 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐖𝐄 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐅𝐘 𝐅𝐎𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐅𝐒, 𝐁𝐀𝐃 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐇𝐔𝐑𝐓𝐅𝐔𝐋 𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒” 𝐛đČ 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐎𝐋 𝐓𝐀𝐕𝐑𝐈𝐒 (𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎, đŸ‘đ«đ 𝐄𝐝𝐱𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧) 📖

Key Points:

– We self-justify due to “cognitive dissonance”, the discomfort we feel when we hold 2 contradictory ideas at once. An example is when you say smoking is bad…and then someone sees you smoking. To get rid of the dissonance, you can either admit your hypocrisy or you can self-justify: “Everybody else does it!”.

– The more we self-justify (rather than take responsibility for our mistakes) the more we’ll continue to blame others and delude ourselves of accountability in any situation. “𝘚𝘩𝘭𝘧-đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘧đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯đ˜Ș𝘼đ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł 𝘼đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘮đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮; đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘱𝘭𝘮𝘰 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘯𝘮 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ș đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜šđ˜Żđ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Š 𝘱 đ˜©đ˜șđ˜±đ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘩đ˜čđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜±đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜©đ˜șđ˜±đ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š.”

– Confirmation bias is another cognitive distortion. When we’ve made up our minds about a situation (e.g. “He is a jerk!”, “She is guilty!”) we stop looking for contrasting information and only look to accept information which confirms our worldview.

– These cognitive distortions causes harm in all areas of life from relationships to therapy to courtrooms to war. The unfortunate part is so many of us aren’t even aware we’re doing it!

“𝘈𝘮 𝘧𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜Ș𝘣𝘭𝘩 đ˜©đ˜¶đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜Ż 𝘣𝘩đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮, 𝘱𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜Žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘧đ˜ș đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜°đ˜Șđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Ș𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Ż đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜źđ˜§đ˜¶đ˜­, đ˜Ș𝘼𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘭, 𝘰𝘳 đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜„. đ˜”đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž 𝘾đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭 đ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘣𝘩 đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘼𝘱𝘬𝘩 đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘮đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 𝘼đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł 𝘼đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Șđ˜€, 𝘰𝘯 𝘱 𝘮𝘼𝘱𝘭𝘭 đ˜Žđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Š 𝘰𝘳 𝘱 đ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘱𝘭 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜ąđ˜Ž, đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘧𝘧đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜” đ˜Ș𝘧 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Žđ˜Ș𝘣𝘭𝘩 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘮𝘱đ˜ș ‘𝘐 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹; 𝘐 đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š 𝘱 đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘣𝘭𝘩 𝘼đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Š.’

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Žâ€”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘱𝘭, 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭, đ˜źđ˜°đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜­â€”đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘧𝘧đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜”đ˜ș. đ˜đ˜” 𝘹𝘰𝘩𝘮 đ˜§đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜”. đ˜”đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š, đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜§đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹, đ˜„đ˜° đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” đ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜·đ˜Ș𝘩𝘾 𝘰𝘳 đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Ż 𝘰𝘧 đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘧đ˜ș đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ș.

𝘞𝘩 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜°đ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘯𝘮 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘭𝘱𝘳𝘼 𝘰𝘳 đ˜©đ˜°đ˜łđ˜łđ˜°đ˜ł, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜° đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘯𝘰 đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘬đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜© đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘯𝘭đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘰𝘯𝘩 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩 𝘰𝘳 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜·đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž.

𝘞𝘩 đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱𝘯 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜±đ˜ș đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜± 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘯𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘼𝘩𝘳𝘩𝘭đ˜ș 𝘹𝘰đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š, đ˜ąđ˜§đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘱𝘭𝘭, 𝘾𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘮𝘰 đ˜źđ˜¶đ˜€đ˜© đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩 đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘬đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜«đ˜°đ˜Ł 𝘾𝘱đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜°đ˜° 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘾𝘩 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘭𝘭 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘧đ˜ș đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜șđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜Łđ˜­đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜° đ˜€đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜­đ˜ș 𝘱𝘮𝘮𝘩𝘮𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘣𝘩𝘯𝘩𝘧đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹. 𝘞𝘩 đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜ș 𝘱 𝘭𝘩𝘼𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘱 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜ł đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜” 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘮 đ˜šđ˜°đ˜łđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Ž, đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜„đ˜°đ˜­đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜± đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘧đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”. 𝘞𝘩 𝘮𝘩𝘭𝘧-𝘳đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘱 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜” 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© 𝘱 𝘧𝘳đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘰𝘳 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮𝘰𝘼𝘩 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭 𝘰𝘳 đ˜Ș𝘼𝘱𝘹đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘮𝘭đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜șđ˜Šđ˜” 𝘮𝘩𝘩 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šâ€”đ˜Ș𝘧 𝘰𝘯𝘭đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜°đ˜­đ˜°đ˜šđ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘼𝘱𝘬𝘩 đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Ž.”

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📖 “𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐎𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝟐.𝟎” 𝐛đČ 𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝐂. 𝐌𝐀𝐗𝐖𝐄𝐋𝐋 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖) 📖

📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝟐𝟏 𝐈𝐑𝐑𝐄𝐅𝐔𝐓𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄 𝐋𝐀𝐖𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏” 𝐛đČ 𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝐂. 𝐌𝐀𝐗𝐖𝐄𝐋𝐋 (𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟕, 𝟏𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐄𝐝𝐱𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧) 📖

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📖 “𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏: 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐁𝐔𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄𝐒” 𝐛đČ 𝐃𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐒 𝐊𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐍𝐒 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃𝐖𝐈𝐍 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖) 📖

An important and timely book!

This book illustrates 4 Presidents and the leadership skills which shaped how they handled some of the most intense moments in US history. Considering the “leadership” examples the general public has available in our current politics, I fear a huge amount of people don’t actually know what constitutes as actual leadership.

It is in that respect I give this book my highest recommendation, to introduce examples of REAL leadership to the greater public.

“đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜„đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Š đ˜™đ˜°đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜” đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘍𝘳𝘱𝘯𝘬𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜™đ˜°đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜” 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ș𝘯𝘱𝘳đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘭𝘩𝘹𝘩 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜”đ˜©. đ˜ˆđ˜Łđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜ź 𝘓đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜°đ˜­đ˜Ż đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ș. 𝘓đ˜șđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜‘đ˜°đ˜©đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜€ đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩𝘮. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”, đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜©đ˜ș𝘮đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ 𝘱𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© 𝘱 đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘳𝘱𝘯𝘹𝘩 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜°đ˜§đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜±â€”đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, 𝘩𝘯𝘩𝘳𝘹đ˜ș, đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜±đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜©đ˜ș, đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘾𝘳đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘮𝘬đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭𝘮 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜©đ˜°đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł, 𝘣đ˜ș 𝘱 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘱𝘼𝘣đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯, 𝘱𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜€đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜„. 𝘞đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘱𝘭𝘭 đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜°đ˜±đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż.

đ˜šđ˜€đ˜©đ˜°đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜°đ˜±đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘳𝘩𝘮đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘱𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱𝘼𝘣đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜§đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯, đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜±đ˜°đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜± đ˜šđ˜łđ˜°đ˜žđ˜”đ˜©. 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜©đ˜°đ˜ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ž, đ˜©đ˜°đ˜ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Șđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Ž 𝘾𝘱đ˜ș𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜±đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ź đ˜”đ˜°đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜©đ˜°đ˜ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜Șđ˜źđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘧đ˜Ș𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Ș𝘮đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ș đ˜źđ˜°đ˜­đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜±.”

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📖 “𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐏𝐄𝐎𝐏𝐋𝐄” 𝐛đČ 𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝐂. 𝐌𝐀𝐗𝐖𝐄𝐋𝐋 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖) 📖

📖 “𝐌𝐀𝐍’𝐒 𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐌𝐄𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆” 𝐛đČ 𝐕𝐈𝐊𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐄. 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐊𝐋 (𝟏𝟗𝟒𝟔) 📖

📖 “𝐖𝐈𝐑𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐄: 𝐔𝐍𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐘𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃” 𝐛đČ 𝐒𝐂𝐎𝐓𝐓 𝐁𝐀𝐑𝐑𝐘 𝐊𝐀𝐔𝐅𝐌𝐀𝐍 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟓) 📖

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📖 “𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘: 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐈𝐓’𝐒 𝐒𝐎 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐃 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐏𝐄𝐎𝐏𝐋𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐊 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐈𝐒𝐌” 𝐛đČ 𝐑𝐎𝐁𝐈𝐍 𝐃𝐈𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐋𝐎 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖) 📖

I DO NOT recommend this book!

I only recommend this book if you are to get a brief understanding of ideas which are the byproducts of Antiracism and Critical Race Theory ideologies circulating in far-left politics (see “Cynical Theories” book review above). At worst, these overly simplistic black-and-white ideologies are adding to the very racism they seek to solve.

My FULL review on the book: https://bit.ly/39D4XdJ

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📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐎𝐅 𝐃𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇” 𝐛đČ 𝐄𝐑𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐓 𝐁𝐄𝐂𝐊𝐄𝐑 (𝟏𝟗𝟕𝟑) 📖

📖 “𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐋 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐃𝐔𝐄: 𝐑𝐄𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐀 𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐅𝐈𝐂 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐒𝐓” 𝐛đČ 𝐌𝐈𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐄𝐋 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐌𝐄𝐑 (𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎) 📖

📖 “𝐘𝐄𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐄: 𝐈𝐍 𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆” 𝐛đČ 𝐕𝐈𝐊𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐄. 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐊𝐋 (𝟏𝟗𝟒𝟔) 📖

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📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝟕 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐇𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐋𝐘 𝐄𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐏𝐄𝐎𝐏𝐋𝐄” 𝐛đČ 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐏𝐇𝐄𝐍 𝐑. 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐘 (𝟏𝟗𝟖𝟗) 📖

There’s SO MANY personal development, self-help books on the market. Unfortunately, a ton of these same books are filled with fluff, superficial advice, and ideas which have been explained so much better in older books.

THIS is one of those “older books”. If there’s 1 personal development book you ever read (and I’ve read tons), it has to be this one. It is one of the originals and still is THE best book I’ve read in the personal development field. Unlike many self-help books, author Stephen Covey emphasizes the importance of being a person of Character (substance) rather than being a person of Personality (style). How many Social Media Influencers online have mastered the latter but not the former?

It’s unfortunate this book has been dismissed by those calling it “boring”, “corporate garbage”, and “common sense”. I’d recommend this book to anyone regardless of job status. The ideas in the book are simple, and they are explained in-depth through many examples and philosophical ideas.

Lastly, common sense is not common. You can know something intellectually…and still not apply it in your life. If we did, all of us would be following the Golden Rule. Everyone would stop eating fast food, start exercising, and eat more fruits and vegetables. We’d all be the epitome of self-aware creatures.

I’d argue the ones who need this book the most are the ones who are the quickest to dismiss the book the fastest.

“đ˜Œđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜© 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘬 𝘾𝘩 𝘮𝘩𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘱𝘳𝘩, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘾𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜°đ˜Łđ˜«đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š. đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜Š. 𝘞𝘩 𝘮𝘩𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„, đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” 𝘱𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮, đ˜Łđ˜¶đ˜” 𝘱𝘮 𝘾𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘩—𝘰𝘳, 𝘱𝘮 𝘾𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘮𝘩𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜”. đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘾𝘩 đ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜źđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜° đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘣𝘩 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘾𝘩 𝘮𝘩𝘩, 𝘾𝘩 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Šđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘣𝘩 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž, đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜±đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Ș𝘹𝘼𝘮.

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜” 𝘼𝘩𝘱𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘯𝘰 đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž. 𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯, đ˜”đ˜žđ˜° đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜Ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜§đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜§đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜°đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜Łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜© 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Žâ€”đ˜Łđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ź 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘯𝘩𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Žâ€”đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜© đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜žđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„đ˜šđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘱𝘮 đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž. đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜© đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Żâ€™đ˜Ž đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘰𝘳 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜§đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘯𝘰 𝘼𝘩𝘱𝘯đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜” 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯.

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 𝘱𝘾𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘾𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘩 𝘰𝘧 đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł 𝘣𝘱𝘮đ˜Șđ˜€ đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Ș𝘹𝘼𝘮, đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Ž, 𝘰𝘳 đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜źđ˜±đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© 𝘾𝘩 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜§đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 𝘾𝘩 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Ș𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Ș𝘹𝘼𝘮, 𝘩đ˜č𝘱𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź, đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș, 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩 đ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜±đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Łđ˜ș đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘱 𝘭𝘱𝘳𝘹𝘩𝘳 đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱 𝘧𝘱𝘳 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜°đ˜Łđ˜«đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜·đ˜Ș𝘩𝘾.”

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📖 “𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐒𝐌𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄𝐒 𝐒𝐔𝐂𝐇 𝐀𝐒 𝐖𝐄” 𝐛đČ 𝐒𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐀 𝐒𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐍 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗) 📖

📖 “𝐔𝐏 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐈𝐑: 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐈𝐒𝐌, & 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐆𝐋𝐎𝐁𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐁𝐋𝐄𝐌𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝟐𝟏𝐒𝐓 𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐘” 𝐛đČ 𝐉𝐀𝐊𝐔𝐁 𝐅𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐊 (𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎) 📖

📖 “𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄: 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐒 𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐔𝐌𝐏𝐇 𝐈𝐍 𝐀 𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐋𝐃” 𝐛đČ 𝐃𝐀𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐄𝐏𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐈𝐍 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗) 📖

📖 “𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐊𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐙𝐎𝐕” 𝐛đČ 𝐅𝐘𝐎𝐃𝐎𝐑 𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐘𝐄𝐕𝐒𝐊𝐘 (𝟏𝟖𝟖𝟎) 📖

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Why We Should UNDERSTAND! ❀

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

But from being on both sides of the coin, I can tell you they aren’t. They each have very different definitions and methodologies for their idea of “truth”. 💯

Science is focused on precision; spirituality is very general. Science is quantitative; spirituality is like an art. Science is about objectivity; spirituality is about subjectivity.

Unfortunately, each side’s misunderstanding of each other puts them both at odds and in competition. They can so easily see each other as the “villains”. 👿

Problems arise:

📌 When the spiritual individual misunderstands science and cite studies which a scientist could easily conclude are 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 “demonic” and “unnatural”.

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

In other words, these 2 areas are not the same. Therefore, we should not treat them as such. We should respect they are 2 separate fields of inquiry into our existence called Life.

Let me add: I’m NOT saying I treat these fields as having equal usefulness. I’m not saying you should take the middle ground and believe both fields are just 50-50. I strongly disagree with that. 👎

I have my views and I have my stances towards each of them, 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.

Am I saying a scientist or spiritual teacher shouldn’t question authority figures or experts outside their dedicated fields? Of course not. That’s how we’re able learn and understand from the people in their fields.

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

But what I’m advocating for is an open communication between the fields, to bring the best of each other to the table while simultaneously respecting where the fields are going to irreconcilably differ.

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

You can also apply this to the political sphere, especially 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, they are uniting under a shared hostility of being anti-The Other Party. 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”. In one instance, a college professor disagreed with students about one of their social causes. Student protesters surrounded him, screamed at him when he tried to speak, and demanded he resign from the university. đŸ€Ź

True story!

To put it simply: đđšđ„đšđ«đąđłđšđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐡𝐚𝐬 đąđ§đœđ«đžđšđŹđžđ. đ“đ«đąđ›đšđ„đąđŹđŠ 𝐡𝐚𝐬 đąđ§đœđ«đžđšđŹđžđ. 𝐂đČ𝐧𝐱𝐜𝐱𝐬𝐩 𝐡𝐚𝐬 đąđ§đœđ«đžđšđŹđžđ. đ“đĄđžđ«đžâ€™đŹ 𝐚 đ đ«đšđ°đąđ§đ  đœđšđ„đ„đžđœđ­đąđŻđž đšđŹđŹđźđŠđ©đ­đąđšđ§ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đđąđŹđšđ đ«đžđž 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐼𝐬, 𝐛đČ đđžđŸđšđźđ„đ­, 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 đŠđšđ„đąđœđąđšđźđŹ 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭.

đ€đ«đ đźđŠđžđ§đ­đŹ 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞 đ„đžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 đŹđžđšđ«đœđĄđąđ§đ  đŸđšđ« đ­đ«đźđ­đĄ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐱𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐰𝐱𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞đČ’𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞 đ„đžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ«đžđšđŹđšđ§ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐱𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐼𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐹𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐱𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧.

And I won’t pretend I’m immune from falling into these mindsets either. I’m not here to claim moral superiority with this post; I need to remind myself not to fall into these traps A LOT! It’s why I can’t blame you if you fall into them either. 💯

BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!

You don’t have to see someone else as your “villain”. It may be good for one’s online branding and business marketing to polarize, but it isn’t good for humanity’s sake.

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 maintaining a healthy mental mind. đŸ€”

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? They are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Van Jones is a Progressive Democrat and Newt a Republican. Van Jones notes in his book they disagree more than they ever agree politically. But despite that, they’re very good friends! đŸ‘„

Newt once shared with him this piece of wisdom:

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

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 label in your mind as “pure evil”. 👿

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

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

On the podcast he went in-depth about how this all happened, but the biggest detail which stuck out to me hearing his story was in how simple his solution was!

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 about what they believed about African Americans, and he (again, respectfully) challenged their ideas. He invited many of them over to his house for dinner! They even invited him to their Klan meetings! đŸ˜±

It wasn’t long after that one of the top Klan members handed Daryl his white Klan robe and said he was leaving. Again, this was just 1 of over 200 Klansmen
!

But the solution Daryl provided is 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”) and Jews. 😔

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 only knew what her family told her. She was taught the people hating her and her family meant that they were righteous in their beliefs. 📖

It was only when she created a Twitter account to promote her Church was she exposed to other viewpoints. Anonymous people she had never met were now pointing out logical inconsistencies in her posts. 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 threw insults at her? 𝑯𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒇𝒖𝒍.

Eventually she started to doubt what she believed. She went to her folks for clarity, and she didn’t get a satisfactory answer. Eventually she left the church along with her sister, and her family shunned her. Today she now shares her personal story with others, to provide an inside view when it comes to religious extremism.

And she’s also now married to her lawyer friend! 😅

đŸ€” WHAT DO ALL THESE STORIES HAVE IN COMMON? đŸ€”

📌 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 for my desire to “be right”. ❀

Holding onto our limited understandings of the world is emotionally comfortable. It feels safe, secure, and it lets us choose only to let people into our lives who we can guarantee won’t make a mess of our emotional homes.

Because to be open to new and contrasting ideas, ones which challenge our sense of self and personal identity, can trigger great existential pain in us. Who would want to feel that kind of pain?! đŸ˜«

To admit I’m wrong requires me to also acknowledge the identity I’ve built around myself is not as sturdy as I once believed it was.

Just continuing to hold onto what I believe and tuning out everyone else who disagrees would provide me the Certainty I crave to an uncertain life.

But there’s 1 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! Not even for me! 🙋‍♂‍

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 to learn to tolerate the fact there are 7 billion other people on this planet who may not think the way we do or believe the things we do.

🙌 We need to learn to develop modesty and humility, that there are other people we can learn from and perhaps teach us something we didn’t know before.

🙌 We need to develop the habit of giving others the benefit of the doubt. Take the person who cut you off in traffic. You can choose to assume they are a “horrible driver”. But you can also assume they may be in a rush to get to their loved ones at the hospital, to assume this person doesn’t normally drive like this.

Again, I’m by no mean flawless here! I will need these reminders from time to time too! Consider these solutions above not just a reminder for you but also for me!

But who’s with me on this? This is my call-to-action, minus a product you can purchase from me! 😜

WHO’S WITH ME TO BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE?! ❀

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