đ‘čđ‘Źđ‘šđ‘«đ‘°đ‘”đ‘ź 𝑳𝑰đ‘șđ‘» 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎!!! 📚

📖 “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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❀ 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐕𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐈𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇 𝐋𝐎𝐕𝐄! ❀

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 Liberal
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. Liberal. 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 political views.

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

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. ✊

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 see each other ONLY in binary camps of either being Oppressors or being Oppressed.

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 such as “white supremacy”, “privilege”, “racist”, “microaggression”, and “offensive”. đŸ€š

❀ 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 provide 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. ❌

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 NOT assuming malicious intent of those who disagree with us.

🙌 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.

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. ❀

Why Conspiracy Theories DEMAND Understanding!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⚠ 𝐍𝐎, 𝐒𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐘 𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐀 𝐇𝐎𝐀𝐗! ⚠

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

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

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

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

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

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

𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈𝐒 𝐀 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐘?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snopes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All of these happened! 💯

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the most common biases include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The questions I challenge everyone to ask themselves:

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

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

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

In addition, I challenge you:

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

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

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

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

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER! ❀

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

𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊𝐒

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐂𝐄𝐒

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

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

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

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

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𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐎𝐒

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why EMBRACE Change!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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