How Stories POSSESS Us!

๐Ÿ“– ๐–๐„ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐“๐Ž๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐–๐„ ๐“๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„๐‹๐•๐„๐’ ๐Ÿ“–

Iโ€™d like you to take a moment and read the following 2 Stories. They both revolve around the topic of Capitalism โฌ‡๏ธ:

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ #๐Ÿ:

โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค. ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ๐ŸŒฝ
๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต. ๐Ÿญ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ 20๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต-๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ. ๐˜š๐˜ฐ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ-๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด…โ€ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Does this Story resonate with you? ๐Ÿ“–

If notโ€ฆhow about this one? โฌ‡๏ธ

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ #๐Ÿ:

โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ. ๐Ÿ˜ž

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 17๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. ๐ŸŒž

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ธ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด. โค๏ธ

๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. ๐Ÿ’ช

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 20๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต: ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐Ÿ’ฐ

๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต-๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บโ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ˜ก

๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.โ€ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‹๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Soโ€ฆwhich Story is correct? #1 or #2? ๐Ÿ“–

Depending on where you reside on the political spectrum, 1 of these Stories youโ€™re far more likely to agree is accurate. โ†”๏ธ

But hereโ€™s the catch: ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”. ๐Ÿ“–

They are 2 different narratives, 2 different perspectives on the exact same thing: Capitalism. โ†”๏ธ

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

๐ŸŒŸ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™—๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™—๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ. ๐ŸŒŸ

If this definition sounds too pretentious, think of Stories as like wearing pairs of glasses. ๐Ÿ‘“

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing an Optimistic lens will focus on seeing the best of things.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing a Pessimistic lens will focus on seeing the worst of things.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing a Realistic lens will focus on seeing things just as they are.

๐Ÿ‘“ 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? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚โ€

Or how about a person that, even in the best of situations, can always find something to complain about? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€โ€

๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ โ€œDONALD, ENOUGH WITH THE ANALOGIES! WHATโ€™S YOUR POINT?โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

My point is itโ€™s CRUCIAL we become aware of what glasses weโ€™re currently wearing. ๐Ÿ˜…

Why? ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž. ๐Ÿ“–

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

You can now take a guess as to the lens each author is wearing. ๐Ÿ‘“

To put it simply: ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐“๐‡๐„๐˜ ๐š๐ซ๐ž. ๐–๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐–๐„ ๐š๐ซ๐ž. ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐–๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ“–

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œTHAT’S RIDICULOUS, DONALD! YOU’RE SAYING I ‘CHOOSE’ A CYNICAL LENS?! JUST LOOK AT HOW MESSED UP THE WORLD IS!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

To clarify, Iโ€™m NOT saying youโ€™re โ€œchoosingโ€ any of the lenses you’re currently wearing, at least not consciously. ๐Ÿ˜…

Often, weโ€™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. ๐ŸŒŽ

As Jim Rohn said: โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 5 ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Surround yourself with negative people, youโ€™ll soon become one too. Surround yourself with hopeful people, youโ€™ll soon have their hope rub off on you too. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐’๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐Ÿ‘“

After enough time, youโ€™ll take this Story lens to be a Fact and not just a Story. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

But herein lies the problem: ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€. โŒ

๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž; ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ. โšช

Itโ€™s the difference between saying a Fact about capitalism (โ€œCapitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profitโ€) versus saying a Story about capitalism (โ€œCapitalism is exploitationโ€). โ†”๏ธ

Capitalism is not intrinsically โ€œexploitationโ€ nor โ€œliberationโ€; these are just Stories lenses weโ€™ve placed around them. ๐Ÿ‘“

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐’‚๐’” ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐Ÿคฏ

๐™’๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™šโ€™๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™œ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ. ๐Ÿ˜”

When weโ€™re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time separating the Facts from the Stories about the Facts. When weโ€™re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time being able to truly understand other peopleโ€™s points of view. ๐Ÿ™Œ

In turn, our empathy becomes replaced more and more with egotistical self-righteousness and moral grandstanding. ๐Ÿฅ‡

Soโ€ฆhow do we solve this problem? ๐Ÿค”

๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐Ÿ”Ž

Here’s a list of just a few of the Stories currently circulating in our culture. ๐Ÿ“–

I must warn you: some of the Stories I list here you may wholeheartedly embrace, and the fact Iโ€™m listing them here may make you feel like Iโ€™m trivializing or invalidating you or other peoples’ personal experiences. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

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. โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต-๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ-๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜จ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 1%!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ!”

See some Stories you recognize? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

By sharing this list, Iโ€™m NOT here to say which Story lens has more validity to them. Iโ€™m also NOT here to say each Stories lens is equally accurate or equally useful. Theyโ€™re not, and it’s why we need Facts. ๐Ÿ‘

But thatโ€™s NOT what this post is about. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก, ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐— ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all men are sexist, misogynist pigs, youโ€™re going to have a very hard time seeing any man in a positive light.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all police officers are racist, sadistic authority figures, youโ€™ll assume every police altercation that includes people of different races to automatically be about racism.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all protesters are rioting, anarchic looters, youโ€™ll assume every property destroyed during a protest to automatically be the cause of protesters.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all white people are racists, youโ€™re going to see racism in every interaction with a white person, regardless if itโ€™s there or not.

A perfect phrase to summarize this: โ€œ๐’๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐.โ€ ๐Ÿ”Ž

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? ๐Ÿ’ฏ

It’s time to take back control, donโ€™t you think? ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ โ€œDONALD, THIS IS A LOT OF WORK! WHY SHOULD I DO THIS WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS?!โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Because youโ€™re not doing this for others.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ž๐๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐‘๐„๐„๐ƒ๐Ž๐Œ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐‚๐Ž๐๐“๐‘๐Ž๐‹ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž, ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.

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. ๐Ÿ˜ข

After all, in this place your Stories are in control of you. ๐Ÿ˜”

Soโ€ฆstaying awake sounds like a better option, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜…

You got this! And before you know it, youโ€™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: โ€œThese are ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต Stories!โ€ ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ“– ๐–๐„ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐“๐Ž๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐–๐„ ๐“๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„๐‹๐•๐„๐’ ๐Ÿ“–

Why YOU Are Suffering!

“What upsets people are not THINGS themselves but their JUDGMENTS about the things.” ~ Epictetus ๐Ÿ’ฌ
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Do you want to feel LESS UPSET? Allow me to assist! โค๏ธ
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We are not upset because an event happens. We are upset because we believe an event “shouldn’t” have happened. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
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We’re arguing with the “shoulds” in our minds. ๐Ÿคฏ
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We’re arguing with the feelings of anger and frustration we’re experiencing. ๐Ÿคฌ
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We’re arguing with a past which no longer exists. โŒ›
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But here’s the problem: “๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž.” ๐Ÿ˜“
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So, I want to introduce you to a solution: ACCEPTANCE. โค๏ธ
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๐Ÿ™Œ Accept whatever it is you’re experiencing. ๐Ÿ™Œ
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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. ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Release. ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Surrender. ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Because it’s only when you continue holding onto this baggage will you cause yourself needless suffering. ๐Ÿ˜จ
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๐Ÿคฌ “HOW DARE YOU, DONALD! I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED!” ๐Ÿคฌ
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You do! 100%! You have every reason to feel this way! ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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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! ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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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. โœŠ
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As I heard 1 person once describe their feelings of anger: “It’s like jet fuel!” ๐Ÿคฌ
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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?! ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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I understand. โค๏ธ
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But I can assure you: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐, ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ.
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And there are far better, more constructive ways to handling our problems. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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Let me clarify:
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๐Ÿ“ Acceptance does not mean we become complacent in our life.
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๐Ÿ“ Acceptance does not mean we enable the things and situations which spark our negative emotions.
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๐Ÿ“ Acceptance is simply about freeing ourselves from needless suffering.
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๐Ÿ“ Acceptance is simply about clearing the weeds from our minds.
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๐Ÿ“ 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! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
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It affects how you will interact with others, how civil you’ll be with others in tense situations. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ
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It affects what solutions you’re going to come up with to address your problems. ๐Ÿค”
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It affects the long-term impact you’re going to have upon short-term situations. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ
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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 ๐Ÿ’ฌ
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How Emotions Are HABITS!

“I HAVE A RIGHT TO BE OFFENDED!”ย ๐Ÿคฌ

There’s no question: we all get upset at times in our lives. Sad. Frustrated. Angry. Fearful. Perhaps even hateful.

In fact, these negative emotions are some of the easiest for human beings to experience. It’s hard-wired in us.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

It’s known as Negativity Bias, just 1 of many cognitive biases which affect our ability as human beings to see the world in an objective manner.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Instead of seeing the world as it is, as a matter of fact, we usually see it through many lens filters of cognitive biases.ย ๐ŸŒŽ

So it makes practical sense to me when I see people get passionate about experiencing negative emotions. Our brains which evolved to help us survive needed those emotions in times of defense and protection.ย ๐Ÿ‘

But there are times when negative emotions become excessive, one where instead of being useful it becomes an emotional home for people.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

“Wait! You can’t be saying that people LIKE to feel upset! That’s ridiculous!”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

I’d love for you to try my jacket on for a moment.ย ๐Ÿงฅ

Think of your emotions as similar to habits. We all have habits, some good and some bad. But wait, why do we keep bad habits? Why do we hold onto bad habits which don’t benefit us yet can cause us long-term harm?ย ๐Ÿค”

๐ŸŒŸย Because it’s far more comfortable keeping bad habits than it is creating new ones to replace them.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Or when we attempt to build new habits, we stop trying and we fall back into old habits. Like the saying: “Old habits die hard!”ย ๐Ÿ˜…

So like habits, what if our emotions work in a similar way? What if we keep experiencing emotional states of mind not because they necessarily help us but because they’re the places we’re most comfortable, an emotional home we’re most familiar with, a place where we have certainty over our lives?ย ๐Ÿ 

It sounds self-defeating, and like our bad habits it is too! ๐Ÿ™

One has the “right” to be offended. One has the “right” to feel angry. One has the “right” to judge, criticize, condemn, and generalize people and things all they want. You will get a temporary feeling of power.ย ๐Ÿ’ช

But it never lasts. The question: does it serve a person to feel negative emotions? Or are they perhaps bad habits needing to be broken?ย ๐Ÿค”

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Why There’s Always ANOTHER Layer! (PERSONAL)

๐ŸŠย THEREโ€™S (ALWAYS) ANOTHER LAYER TO PEEL!!!ย ๐ŸŠ

Iโ€™ve been around the Personal Development community for over 3 years now. Iโ€™ve read many books, heard lots of speakers, and met hundreds of people who continue to help me grow into my best self!ย ๐Ÿ‘คย I’m forever grateful!ย โค๏ธ

But yet, I can hardly say Iโ€™ve grown into my greatest potential!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œWait! Are you saying all this stuff’s just a bunch of hooplah, Donald?!โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Oh no, not at all! I’ve gotten a ton of growth through Personal Development.ย ๐Ÿ‘ย But what Iโ€™m saying is the longer Iโ€™ve been around the community, the longer Iโ€™ve focused on growing myself, the longer Iโ€™ve immersed myself in the piles upon piles of material, I can safely say I still have a long way to grow.ย ๐ŸŒฑ

On an even brighter side, life never gets boring because of just that! It’s why im going to be sharing another story with you all!ย ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ

One thing I can assure you, say you decide to go on your own journey of personal growth: As long as you keep making the choice to never stop growing, you truly will never stop growing.ย ๐Ÿ‘

Some people will stop after watching 1 motivational video. Some will stop after reading 1 self-help book.ย ๐Ÿ“–ย Some will stop after attending 1 transformational seminar. Some will in fact stop at the end of the section in the library labeled โ€œPersonal Developmentโ€!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

But if you decide to keep growing, you will keep growing. But that also means more than just living your life inside the Personal Development circle.ย ๐Ÿ‘

Last week I was having a conversation with someone I consider a dear friend as well as a mentor in my personal growth,ย Charles M. Hawkins. Charles in fact was the gentleman who first encouraged me to write down my thoughts like I’m doing right here. He saw in me what I for a long time wasnโ€™t willing to acknowledge: a gift for communication through thoughtful writing.ย โœ๏ธ

And because of him you all now get to put up with my lengthy social media posts!ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Muhwahaha!ย ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Anyways, as Charles and I spoke we got onto the topic about my time Crewing at Tony Robbins’s events. I told him how I was a big fan of Tony Robbinsโ€™s workโ€ฆbut not in the sense he or others may think me to be.ย ๐Ÿค”ย On the surface, I can definitely see how some others may see me as a โ€œfanboyโ€, a โ€œsheepโ€, or a “naive” individual. But I told him about how in-depth my reasoning goes as to why I actually support Tonyโ€™s work. It’s not at all black-and-white!ย ๐Ÿ”ฒ

(If you want to know more about my reasoning, read my post here:ย http://bit.ly/2QH65RZ)

But what started as a conversation about Tonyโ€™s work soon branched into many different subjects, from the Hard Sciences to Philosophy to Sociology to Social Media. They were all subjects I’d been self-educating myself on the past year, and I found how they were all interconnected in some form or another.ย ๐Ÿ”„ย I led Charles down many territories of thought, and as much as my explanations fell into tangents I somehow was always able to bring it back to the overall root.ย โ˜˜๏ธ

I was showing a side of myself to Charles I donโ€™t typically share. Itโ€™s one I donโ€™t share much on social media either. And I know some of you have heard me say that statement many times before! But like I said earlier:

๐ŸŠย THEREโ€™S (ALWAYS) ANOTHER LAYER TO PEEL!!!ย ๐ŸŠ

I revealed to Charles the Intellectual part of my personality:

๐Ÿ“Œย The one that sees a more complex world than the one we like to make it out to be.

๐Ÿ“Œย The one which loves to analyze and get to the root of issues.

๐Ÿ“Œย The one which sees a world filled with many paradoxes and contradictions.

๐Ÿ“Œย The one who has an idea, and will then debate that idea in his head for a period of time.

๐Ÿ“Œย The one who is hesitant to come out into Donald’s everyday life out of concern no one will understand him.

Fear peeked in his little ugly head throughout our conversation.ย ๐Ÿ˜จย โ€œI hope you’re not boring Charles!โ€ โ€œI hope you’re explaining this well enough to him!โ€ โ€œI hope you’re still talking like a โ€˜normalโ€™ human being!โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Eventually Charles asked me a question Iโ€™m not at all surprised he asked: Was there a moment I decided to go outside the Tony Robbins and personal development environments to learn all these things?ย โ‰๏ธ

Quite often it’s easy to stay inside our comfort zone by surrounding ourselves with ideas we’re already familiar with, ones which don’t challenge our current paradigms of the world. But I was doing that. Why?ย ๐Ÿค”

The best way I could answer Charles: At some point I decided my personal growth could not end at Tony Robbinsโ€™s doors.ย ๐Ÿšชย I decided my personal growth could not end at the library section labeled โ€œPersonal Developmentโ€. I decided my personal growth could not end at only learning about topics that I was interested in or reinforced my current worldview.ย ๐ŸŒŽ

The past year I stepped outside Personal Development, not away from it but took time exploring what other subjects the world offered. Iโ€™ve been self-educating myself on various topics from Philosophy to Psychology to the Hard Sciences. Iโ€™ve even learned about topics Iโ€™m NOT interested in!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

By no means am I saying this to toot my own horn or act like I’m somehow now intellectually superior. Iโ€™ve only just started developing this part of me. And I’m going to continue to let it grow!ย ๐Ÿ˜

(For those who want to continue expanding their knowledge base, CrashCourse has become one of my top favorite Education channels on YouTubeย ๐Ÿ’ป:https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse)

I’m grateful I’ve taken the time to step outside the Personal Development field to see how else I could expand my mind. And you know what: some of the topics I use to once consider โ€˜boringโ€™ as a kid I learn now and find very fascinating!ย ๐Ÿ˜„

But I never would’ve re-discovered them had I not decided to step outside the realm of Personal Development.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ŸŒŸย Paradoxically, you limit your growth when you limit yourself to just Personal Development. ๐ŸŒŸ

But of course, what is to come of all this learning I’m doing? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Education is pointless if Iโ€™m not also finding ways to use and integrate it in my life, right? As the quote goes: โ€œKnowledge is not power; itโ€™s potential power.โ€ ๐Ÿ’ฌ Nothing comes of knowledge when itโ€™s only sitting in your brain! And what if you die with all this knowledge just left in your head?! โ‰๏ธ

I thought about all this as I continued talking with Charles. I admitted to him these kinds of topics where they get complex I don’t usually talk about. Why? Because Fear likes to rationalize in the mind:

๐Ÿ˜จ โ€œYour online brand needs to stick to a singular focus!โ€

๐Ÿ˜จ โ€œPeople won’t understand what the hell youโ€™re talking about!โ€

๐Ÿ˜จ โ€œPeople want simplicity; thatโ€™s Entrepreneurship 101!โ€

But if you were to ever tell me to a write a book on a singular topic, I’d surely write you a book. But the best book title for it would be “Assorted Writings”! ๐Ÿ˜‚

It was only until this conversation with Charles that I was reminded for the millionth timeโ€ฆ

๐ŸŠ THEREโ€™S (ALWAYS) ANOTHER LAYER TO PEEL!!! ๐ŸŠ

I thought I had gotten over my fears of judgement and rejection from others. I have in many situations! But here it was appearing again, hiding in a crevice I never thought to look into! ๐Ÿงฑ

Charles gave me an important lesson last week: If you have a gift, open it. Donโ€™t let it go to waste. Donโ€™t let your fear of social acceptance waver your sail from reaching its final destination. โ›ต

So now, with the realization I was still holding back, Iโ€™ve decided in the coming year Iโ€™m going to be sharing with you all a lot more of Me in future entries. ๐Ÿ‘ค I’m going to share topics that are more in-depth and things I believe will benefit others to learn about. It’s not to bore you; I can assure they all serve a greater purpose than hearing myself ramble. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It doesnโ€™t matter if I think in complex ways some people wonโ€™t understand. It doesnโ€™t matter if I wonโ€™t always be accepted for my lengthy posts. It doesnโ€™t matter if my thinking so often falls on Yellow in the Spiral Dynamics scale. ๐Ÿ’›

They are only โ€œflawsโ€ if I embrace the belief that they are. But what if they are in fact my greatest “gifts”, and I’m wasting them by hiding them? It’s time for them to be shown a lot more! ๐Ÿ‘

If you have a talent or skill you believe is useful in sharing, go and share it! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ I think of the scene in โ€œGood Will Huntingโ€ here where Willโ€™s best friend Chuckie gives him some tough love, but it’s exactly what he needed to hear (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i8eIzSeC8w). ๐Ÿ“บ

Share your gifts. ๐ŸŽ Share your skills which others donโ€™t have. That goes for anyone, not just me. Like this movie scene illustrates: If you wonโ€™t owe it to yourself, owe to the people who want you to see you succeed. Owe it to the people who want to see you thrive. Owe it to the people who need to receive what you can give them. Life is far more than just about focusing on yourself. ๐ŸŒŽ

Itโ€™s why I share this post with you all today. Itโ€™s my hope through my own stories that you see them reflect through your own. ๐Ÿ™Œ As Iโ€™ll always continue to tell you all: Iโ€™m not perfect, and I will never claim to be. Iโ€™m perfectly imperfect, just like all of you. And Iโ€™m also still growing just like all of you. ๐ŸŒฑ

๐ŸŒŸ The moment you say you know all there is to know is the moment you stop growing. ๐ŸŒŸ

I think of Socratesโ€™s quote: โ€œAll I know is that I know nothing.โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ And the more Iโ€™ve continued to learn and grow, the more I keep seeing how that quote rings true. ๐Ÿ””

Because…

๐ŸŠ THEREโ€™S (ALWAYS) ANOTHER LAYER TO PEEL!!! ๐ŸŠ

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