Why Misinformation SPREADS!

๐Ÿคฏ ๐–๐‡๐˜ ๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐๐…๐Ž๐‘๐Œ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐’๐๐‘๐„๐€๐ƒ๐’!!! ๐Ÿคฏ

Ever played the game Telephone? ๐Ÿ“ž

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

On one end of the line, Person 1 whispers a message to Person 2 next to them. Person 2 then is supposed to whisper the exact same message to Person 3 also next to them, and this continues on and on until they reach the last person at the end of the line. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

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

Of course, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ! ๐Ÿ˜…

Itโ€™s a fun game to play if you ever get the chance! ๐ŸŽฒ

But, I also think this game is a great analogy when it comes to the public spread of misinformation online. ๐Ÿค”

Consider this scenarioโ€ฆโฌ‡๏ธ

SCENARIO: ๐˜ผ ๐˜พ๐˜ฟ๐˜พ ๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

1. Person 1 cherry picks the CDCโ€™s statement and passes the information to Person 2. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

2. Person 2 does not trust the CDC. He only remembers what Person 1 said that confirmed his biases against the CDC and passes the remaining information onto Person 3. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

3. Person 3 has a blog. He carries an anti-establishment worldview, so he posts what Person 2 says word-for-word. He then tacks on his own personal opinion to Person 2โ€™s words and tells his reader to share his post on their social media pages. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

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

5. Friends of these thousands of people then in turn share their posts on their own social media profiles, adding in even more personal opinions. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐—•๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐——๐—–’๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜†-๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ƒ๐‚โ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ƒ๐‚โ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

โ€ฆSee how this can become a BIG problem, especially during a pandemic? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

For those of my friends who consider themselves conscious consumers:

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the foods they eat and the impact it has on the environment.

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the media they consume and the impact it has on their mental health.

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the consequences their actions can have on others.

๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž. ๐Ÿ™Œ

It’s very easy for any of us not to consider the consequences of sharing misinformation, especially when we aren’t even aware we’re doing it. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Itโ€™s very easy for any of us not to consider the long-term effects this has on a democracy’s basic understanding of epistemic facts, on social media platforms where a majority of individuals receive their news! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? ๐Ÿ˜“

We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe the moon landing never happened. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe vaccines don’t save lives. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe Bill Gates is the devil incarnate bent on a New World Order. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

I would hope most of my social media friends know that 2 + 2 = 4. But with the online game of Telephone, I would not be surprised to see some individuals who start to believe that 2 + 2 = 5 just because they watched 1 persuasive video they saw on YouTube. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Consider this: ๐€๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ-๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง (โ€œ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐‹๐ˆ๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐Ž! ๐Ÿ + ๐Ÿ ๐„๐๐”๐€๐‹๐’ ๐Ÿ“!โ€), ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘€

๐“๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

But I’m not writing this post to add any additional fearmongering. Perhaps I am too over-concerned. Perhaps I am also underestimating the intelligence of the majority of individuals who use social media. Perhaps my own confirmation bias is seeing these minor instances of ignorance and jumping to conclusions that it’s a bigger problem than it actually is! ๐Ÿ˜…

Nevertheless, when I see people I know and care about share information that only requires a basic understanding of Science, Chemistry, and Statistics to know it’s false, I’m aware the red flag in my mind starts blowing in the wind. ๐Ÿšฉ

I admit it: a part of me does fear a future society where a significant portion of the world’s population cannot share a mutually agreed upon fact as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. ๐Ÿ”ข

๐Ÿคฌ “WOW DONALD! WAY TO CRITICIZE YOUR FRIENDS!” ๐Ÿคฌ

No, that’s not my intention! Iโ€™m not here claiming the spread of misinformation by my friends is at all being done intentionally or maliciously. โŒ

As author Sam Harris says: “๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐›๐š๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ. ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐š๐ ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ.” ๐Ÿ‘ค

Or we can also use the phrase: “๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ.” ๐Ÿ‘ค

That’s why I wanted to write this post, to merely illuminate this potential blind spot. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Like the game of Telephone, misinformation is inevitably going to spread, whether we intend it to or not. This caution need also be applied to me as well! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

But my point is we CAN be more careful about how fast it spreads. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I get it. No one was given a How-To handbook to discern accurate and factual information online. Not even me; I had to learn these skills on my own! ๐Ÿ˜…

Back in school I was given a syllabus for my classes by the teacher. I was told what textbooks I needed to use. I was told what chapters I needed to read and study on. ๐Ÿ”Ž

Before the internet, we had a very limited amount of TV channels we could choose to get our information from. And if we wanted to further expand our knowledge, we’d have to get in our cars and drive to the nearest library. ๐Ÿ“š

But now with the Internet…we have MILLIONS of pieces of information available to us at the click of a button! ๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ

And EVEN MORE information is continuing to be created right as you read this post! This post you’re reading here IS just a speck of it! ๐Ÿ‘

My point is, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ. โœ๏ธ

So while social media provided many benefits, it also came with this unforeseen baggage. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง’๐ฌ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž.

Someone online can proclaim the fact of 2 + 2 = 4 as something to be “debated” when there is no debate. As long you know how to market yourself, build an online audience, and influence others you can sell snake oil and people will buy it. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿ˜“ โ€œDONALD, YOUโ€™RE DEPRESSING ME WITH THIS!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜“

BUT…there is a bright side to all this! ๐ŸŒž

๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž (๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ) ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง! ๐Ÿฅณ

Companies like Facebook continue to work with third-party fact checking companies to combat this growing problem. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/journalismproject/programs/third-party-fact-checking)๐Ÿ‘

The very idea of “Fact-Checking” has now become a thing among organizations! (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fact-checking_websites) ๐Ÿ˜„

๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ž๐ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ

That said, should we really have to depend on social media companies to supervise us? Can we do better than this, to be more responsible, self-governing citizens? ๐Ÿ‘ค

Perhaps I’m a bit too optimistic, but I believe we can! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ. This goes for me too! ๐ŸŽฏ

๐Ÿฑ ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ž ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ก๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ข๐—ก๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜!

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜– ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜› ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜• ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜™๐˜Œ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜  ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ?

๐—•๐—ข๐—ก๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜™๐˜Œ๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜“๐˜  ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜› ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต?

๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. As a functioning democracy, as a basic understanding of objective truth, it matters that we all can agree that 2 + 2 = 4. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The bigger question is: will you join me in being a part of that solution? โค๏ธ

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, WATCH THE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY “THE SOCIAL DILEMMA” ๐Ÿ“ผ: https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224

BOOK REVIEW: White Fragility

This book is being recommended like mad at the moment! ๐Ÿคฏ

It has been #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for 12 weeks straight and #1 on Amazon Charts for 3 weeks straight. I decided to buy a copy on Kindle and was genuinely expecting to learn something new.

First, let me share what I wholeheartedly agree with in the book. โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ, ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ.

We’ve all had different lives, different life experiences, so everyone has the potential to teach us something. Some of us have had privileges and opportunities others have never had. Some of us have experienced forms of suffering others cannot even begin to fathom.

Therefore, it is so important we continue to develop our emotional intelligence so we can stay aware how our actions and ignorance can unintentionally influence and affect how we treat other people.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ.

We all carry unconscious prejudices and biases, even when we think we don’t. When we’re not aware of these things, we will project them out onto the world without even being consciously aware we’re doing so.

A fantastic book that discusses these concepts more in-depth using psychology experiments is “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)” by Carol Tavris.

๐๐จ๐ฐ, ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐…

This book notes from the beginning it is going to be “unapologetically rooted in identity politics”.

(In the same tradition, I should note to you I am reviewing this book as a Liberal, Hispanic, Gay Male with 3 clinically diagnosed mental disorders: Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and High-Functioning Autism. I am also reviewing this book as someone who enjoys long walks on the beach and…)

๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

It begins with a Red Pill trope in which the author shares a growing realization she’s had about white people over the course of her career when it comes to talking about racial issues. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

For every white person she’s spoken with, she’s noticed some white people get particularly defensive with her. ๐Ÿ˜ 

She wanted to understand why, and with this book she without a doubt believes she’s found the answer: ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด “๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ”.

DiAngelo presents the following arguments:

๐Ÿ“– White people are defensive about being called “racist” because they cannot accept their “whiteness”, their repressed feelings of “white superiority and entitlement”.

๐Ÿ“– “Racism” is not the Dictionary’s definition. In her definition, it is not limited to discriminatory acts towards people based on the color of their skin.

In her definition, racism is like a disease, ingrained and embedded in everything: our society, our cultures, our institutions, and our souls. (Look up “concept creep” to understand more about expanded word definitions)

๐Ÿ“– We are ALL racist as the result of living under an inherently white supremacist society. White people need to especially be taught about this because they were also born into privilege. They need to come to terms with how blind they are to their whiteness and their racism, even if they don’t think they are.

๐Ÿ“– The ideals of individualism, objectivity, and MLK’s Dream to choose not seeing others based on the color of their skin but on the content of their character…are all racist. They are the reasons people have failed to see how deep racism goes.

In the author’s defense, she justifies these broad and sweeping generalizations with little to no evidence based on her being a sociologist. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

That said, I honestly sympathize with any sociologists who do their very best to remain objective and evidence-based in their observations about society. ๐Ÿ˜ข

What surprised me the most reading this book was how the author doesn’t even consider alternate possibilities about the reasoning of white people she sees as having “white fragility”. ๐Ÿ˜•

Did the author even consider the possibility that some white people may have gotten angry with her not because of their “white fragility” but because they strongly disagree with the basic premise of her newly expanded definition on what it means to be “racist”? ๐Ÿค”

Did the author even consider the possibility that her insistence on white people needing to accept their inherent racism and privilege, needing to accept her vast assumptions about mass groups of people based on the color of their skin, not only is hypocritical but fits the very definition of what being “racist” is (at least according to the Dictionary)? ๐Ÿค”

I’m reminded of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his obsession with seeing every problem his patients had through the lens of some unconscious sexual repression. Everything had to be seen as somehow relating to sex. ๐Ÿ˜…

In the same way, everything in DiAngelo’s eyes has to be seen as somehow relating to “racism” and “white supremacy”. โœŠ

I cannot even imagine how a woman would react today if Freud told them they had “penis envy”. Women are not aware of their penis envy, Freud would say, of their enviousness to possess a penis because it is unconscious.

What if we applied this same logic to the author’s main premise?

*๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ “๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ”. ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ, ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด.*

For those already familiar with Woke Culture, I soon realized THIS is one of those books. ๐Ÿ˜”

Being “woke” has to do with individuals who have experienced emotional feelings of awakening when it comes to social injustice. It’s these same feelings of awakening that make a person think they’re far more “woke” or self-aware than they actually are. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Compare these same spiritual feelings of realization to the conspiracy theorist who believes they’ve “taken the Red Pill” and is now aware of the corruption of the world. ๐Ÿ’Š

๐ˆ๐ง ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ’๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž, ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž ๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜ 

I sympathize, as these individuals are not as “conscious” as they think they are. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the same thing has happened with the author here too.

While she promotes skepticism and self-awareness in the book, as well as noting that racial issues are “complex”, at the same time she doesn’t apply these same principles to the conclusions she’s making in the book.

With this book, I am supposed to simply accept the author’s premise about white fragility. In her circular logic, any counterargument against the idea of it (especially when it’s a white person) is only more proof of a white supremacist society. ๐Ÿ”„

This is the same logic as me presenting contrasting evidence to a conspiracy theorist and them saying that’s just proof there’s a conspiracy. (This logical fallacy is also known as “Kafkatrapping”.) ๐Ÿ”„

Simply put, the book takes itself way too seriously in its absolutist claims of racial essentialism. It doesn’t critically consider the possibility that racism is not as rampant as it is made out to be (There’s strong empirical and statistical data which speaks to the contrary, and again, I consider myself Liberal).

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐š๐, ๐š๐›๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ “๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ” ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ “๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ” ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Similar to conspiracy theories, I agree with the idea of practicing skepticism. But that’s as far as I agree, especially when the “skepticism” is used to justify an absolute, nonsensical worldview. ๐Ÿ‘

Similar to white fragility, I agree with the idea of practicing empathy. But that’s as far as I agree, especially when the “empathy” is used to justify an absolute, nonsensical worldview. ๐Ÿ‘

Sigmund Freud got the idea of the unconscious correct. But his circular logic to relate everything back to sex is where his claims falter. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Robin DeAngelo got the idea of empathy correct. But her circular logic to relate everything back to racism and white supremacy is where her claims falter. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ซ. ๐–๐ž ๐๐จ. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฃ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง’๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ž ๐๐จ. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

But the Catch-22 in these areas of study is that any of these virtues can turn into a vice. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

For the psychoanalyst, sometimes a cigar…is just a cigar. There’s not always a variable of unconscious sexual repression. ๐Ÿ™Œ

For the critical race theorist, sometimes a power structure…is just a power structure. There’s not always a variable of oppression. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Let me add: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ, ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ, ๐š “๐”๐ง๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ”.

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ, ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž, ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐ŸŒŽ

My biggest concern is how popular this book currently is on Amazon, as well as with other books focused on Antiracism.

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ. ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด. ๐Ÿ˜จ

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค-๐š๐ง๐-๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž.

My concern is books like these are not going to be critically analyzed or questioned because of our current times, despite their many flaws and overly simplistic lens in which to see ourselves and other people. ๐Ÿ˜จ

If you embrace critical race theory and/or the basic premise we live in a society which is systemically and institutionally racist, this book will be right up your alley. ๐Ÿ‘

But if you’re looking for a book that’s intellectually honest, thoughtful in its arguments, contains nuance, and complexity, I suggest steering very clear of this one. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.

Racism is a problem I will continue to address and combat through empathy, compassion, and understanding of us as a common humanity. โค๏ธ

If that makes me “racist”, according to DiAngelo’s definition, than apparently I am! ๐Ÿ˜

Unfortunately this book, which as of late is being praised to the highest of heavens as some masterpiece, I predict is going to add far more to the problem than it will to the solution. ๐€๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž. ๐Ÿ˜”

Or maybe, that’s just my “white fragility” talking…๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS

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The Most VALUABLE Skill to Build! (PERSONAL)

๐Ÿฅ‡ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—”๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ž๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—จ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐——!!! ๐Ÿฅ‡

It was April. I had all my flights booked for my trip to Scotland. I was all set! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

I got to the Chicago Oโ€™Hare airport. Check! I checked in and boarded my flight. Check! I landed in London. Check! No sweat! ๐Ÿ˜…

Next it was time for for my flight to Scotland! I went to the airport check-in kiosk and typed in my ticket confirmation number. โŒจ๏ธ

โ€œERRORโ€. ๐Ÿšซ

Weird! I tried again. โ€œERRORโ€. ๐Ÿšซ It told me to go to the Customer Service desk for further assistance.

I was baffled! I looked at my plane ticket and then at my phone. I was definitely on time to catch the flight. What was going on?! โ‰๏ธ

I then checked the date on the ticket and at my phoneโ€ฆOH NO! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

MY FLIGHT LEFT 24 HOURS AGO!!! I HAD BOOKED A FLIGHT FOR THE WRONG DAY!!! โŒ›

โ€œ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’• ๐’–๐’‘! ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’˜๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’…๐’–๐’๐’†!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

My body tensed. My breathing went shallow. My face squinted. What nowโ€ฆ?! ๐Ÿ˜“

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๐Ÿฅ‡ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—”๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ž๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—จ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐——!!! ๐Ÿฅ‡

If I had to tell you the #1 skill that has made the greatest impact on my life, it would be the one Iโ€™m about to share with you all. ๐Ÿ™Œ

This skill has everything to do with whatโ€™s shaped me into the person I am today. It has everything to do with how I gained control over my life. This skill I’d even argue is the most humanistic skill I can share to anyone! โค๏ธ

What am I talking about? Do you really want to know? I ask because honestly quite a few people won’t want to know. Why? Because they’ve heard about this skill before and dismissed it in the past. ๐Ÿงน

Because I’m talking about: Personal Responsibility. That’s right! If I had to tell you the #1 skill you should develop for your life, it is THIS! ๐ŸŽฏ

That being said, what is Personal Responsibility? ๐Ÿ“–

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ.

And I can already hear the critics of personal responsibility shouting from the rooftops! โœŠ

โ€œ๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ง: ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ! ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž! ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ-๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ !โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

To clarify, personal responsibility is NOT about carrying the weight of the entire world on your shoulders. I donโ€™t expect anyone to do that, not even myself! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bad things happen to good people, no doubt. There is injustice and corruption in the world, yes Iโ€™m with you on that too! ๐Ÿ‘

But thatโ€™s not what this skill is about.

Personal responsibility is about taking the reins on our lives, being the Driver and not the Passenger of our circumstances.

๐Ÿ“ Yes, we are not responsible for things like where we are born. And personal responsibility says regardless of where we started in life that we work with the limited resources weโ€™ve been given.

๐Ÿ“ Yes, bad things happen to good people. And personal responsibility says in spite of the bad things we choose how we respond to them and still find ways to move forward.

๐Ÿ“ Yes, people and events outside our control may stop us from achievements in your life. And personal responsibility says: โ€œThey will TRY, but they wonโ€™t stop me from reaching my destination!โ€

It’s NOT about being 100% responsible for everything and everyone. It’s about being 100% responsible for how you experience your life, that it’s never to be by accident, that you always take a conscious role in creating it.

In developing personal responsibility, you give yourself the gift of self-love. “๐™‰๐™ค ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ’๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Š๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™, ๐™„’๐™ข ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™!”

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๐Ÿฅ‡ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—”๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ž๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—จ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐——!!! ๐Ÿฅ‡

โ€ฆWhat now?! I was standing at the the airport kiosk with my luggage in one hand, my phone in the other, and trying to think of what to do. ๐Ÿ˜“

My mind filled up with questions. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’”๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’‘๐’Š๐’…? ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’Ž ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’„๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†? ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐‘บ๐’„๐’๐’•๐’๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’…? ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž? ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’Ž๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’†๐’š ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’…?

I closed my eyes and took a deep breathโ€ฆand Personal Responsibility crept back into my mind! ๐Ÿ”‰

“๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ง๐™˜๐™ช๐™ข๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™จ, ๐™„ ๐™–๐™ข ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ. ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ. ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™–๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š, ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ.” ๐Ÿ’ช

The kiosk had mentioned the Customer Service desk, so I went there. I spoke to the lady at the desk, I told her what happened, and I asked her what the most upcoming flights were to Scotland. โœˆ๏ธ

Sure enough, there was an available flight only a few hours later! The lady said there would be an additional fee to transfer the ticket. At first my body tensed up again, but Personal Responsibility once again took over! “๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™™๐™ช๐™ก๐™š.”

So in the end I got to Scotland only a couple hours later than my original schedule, and I got to meet my long-time MySpace friend Kris Nimbley for the first time! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐Ÿฅ‡ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—”๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ž๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—จ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐——!!! ๐Ÿฅ‡

Take time to invite Personal Responsibility into your life. The more you keep inviting him, the quicker he comes back to help you take the reins!

Unfortunately I know this post may fall on deaf ears for some people. Some people in fact don’t want to take responsibility. Why? Because it takes work to practice. It takes time to develop. It’s an ongoing muscle that needs to continue being conditioned. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Even more, personal responsibility requires a person to give up a habit they simply may not want to give up: blaming. We live in a culture that’s filled with blaming and pointing the finger. This behavior is reinforced by other fellow Blamers, and rather than any side take some sort of responsibility it becomes a Blaming Party. “๐‘ฐ๐’•’๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’‡๐’‚๐’–๐’๐’•, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’† ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’๐’’๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’š๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”!” โ˜๏ธ

I confess, I’ve not been entirely blameless myself. There are times I’ve slipped up and blamed where I shouldn’t have. I don’t expect you to be perfect either starting out. But with time and practice, it will improve! Compared to where I was a while ago, I’ve come a very long way!

๐Ÿ‘ I didn’t lose 80 pounds because I kept blaming fast food for my obesity. It’s because I took responsibility over my food habits.

๐Ÿ‘ I didn’t make peace with my sexuality because I kept blaming others for not accepting me. It’s because I took responsibility to develop self-love and acceptance within myself.

๐Ÿ‘ I didn’t make the progress I have the past few years because I kept blaming others for where I was in life. It’s because I took responsibility for wherever I was and to always find solutions to keep moving forward.

๐ŸŒŸ Blame is the excuse for inaction. Personal responsibility is the excuse for action. ๐ŸŒŸ

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I hope you found this post helpful! Personal responsibility has been a gift to my life, and I hope it is for yours too! ๐ŸŽ

I am taking responsibility once again to run the NYC Marathon in November! It’s my FIRST marathon, and I’ve been training for over 10 weeks! I am dedicated to crossing that finish line! ๐Ÿ

I’m running with Team for Kids to raise funds for youth fitness programs nationwide! My goal is to raise $2,500, and I know we all can make this happen! Please share this post so others can be a part of impacting tomorrow’s adults! ๐Ÿ˜Š

DONATE HERE!!! โค๏ธ