I like his answer to the question of what to teach our kids. We need to know and teach how to avoid indifference
Children also need to be told why we exist in the first place: we are here to make the world better by a very small amount. Otherwise, we will be raising indifferent kids who will help perpetuate an indifferent society that doesn’t care about others. Good parenting can change this tide.
This scared me! There is so much in this article …
“the show is, at its heart, about the bathetic nature of decline. “Decline not as a romantic, singular, aesthetically breathtaking act of destruction,” he said, but as a humiliating, slow-motion slide down a hill into a puddle of filth. “You don’t flee a burning Rome with your beautiful beloved in your arms, barely escaping a murderous horde of barbarians; you sit down for 18 hours a day, enjoy fewer things than you used to, and take on the worst qualities of your parents while you watch your kids take on the worst qualities of you.”
“our era of algorithmic feeds might herald the actual death of the collector, because the algorithm itself is the collector, curator, and arbiter of culture. Not only does that represent a loss of agency and control, it’s also a loss of feeling”
So interesting and true.
Welcome, Thor. My experience with readup has been similar. The discussions and comments make me feel part of a special kind of community. Good luck to the three of you in opening up the “readup cure” to more people.
Well said. Hard to think about the devastation they have caused and the fortune they have reaped. I remember personally the campaign to health providers. We were mandated to ask every patient about pain during e. very interaction. Needless to say, lots if prescriptions went out.
“Write it down. You care about this planet you call home. Every day take five minutes to write down what you did to help it thrive. That journey of endeavoring to live by your values may indeed take you to new and better work opportunities, political movements, lifestyle changes, and so much more. But start today and if you can make some progress every day, your life will transform.”
I think this is true and could be somewhat miraculous
From my perspective as a psychiatric nurse, I have seen the dangers of marijuana use, especially among young people. Psychosis is not something to take lightly.
I know that people don’t like to hear this but we should understand a lot more about this drug than we do because our brains are essential to our ability to prosper and flourish and marijuana is not good for our brain.
I would stick with primary colors red white and blue. I love the idea of the multicolored stars but not sure I like how they look. It is definitely worth talking more about. we need to turn a corner with its symbolism.
This is remarkable. Something I never thought about but after reading allows me to understand how to think of this strange time we are living through. Thankful for Readup and all who read with me on Readup
The future is coming at us so quickly and impossible to predict, I like his thoughts re how best to prepare. “I think the most important thing is to invest in emotional intelligence and mental balance, because the hardest challenges will be psychological. “
Without our (women’s) anger where would we be?
I’ve always felt anger as power. As a girl it was intoxicating but I had to give up physically fighting bullies. I now try to see anger as a tool and work to understand its power to hurt but also to make better. I have to admit, there is a part of me that misses the intoxication, I still miss the fight.
I strongly disagree with the author. Calling anyone average or ordinary is missing everything she is trying to gain and it is a false way to look at life. The author is judging and judging wrongly. What is true is that no one is ordinary and no life is average. These are false holdover ideas from all that was wrong about school. Each of us is extraordinary, a miracle and there is no life that is average.
I am a nurse practitioner and a few years ago started a job helping patients control or avoid diabetes. I realized how much sugar was in our prepared foods and drinks. I thought my diet was healthy-but when I looked closely at sugar intake by reading nutrition labels for example fruit yogurt, I was eating a lot of sugar. I now try to eat no refined sugar and over the years my waist reappeared and I feel great. My friend stopped her daily snacking a Kit Kat here a hard candy there and just told me the other day she feels as smart as when she was young. I believe now that cutting out sugar is the best thing we can do for our mental emotional and physical health. It’s hard at first and then the cravings go away completely.
Thank you for this kellyalysia. Once, after a run through the woods, reaching the end and looking out at a large bay, the word enough came into my mind and with it a sense of peace that is hard for me to describe
It is interesting that he was addicted to opiates which are a treatment for pain, including emotional pain. I imagine that the hate and negativity he held and wallowed in every day must have hurt a lot and he didn’t have the inner resources to know any other way to live with the pain besides pills. It’s a lesson for us to know the physical and emotional toll of hate.