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.
Whoever the person is who is being interviewed...his callousness and lack of care for workers (and customers) and his shallow concept of “the good life” is distressing. Apathy. Sort of the banality of evil
“It means staying alive to the depth and quality of our interactions with others, noticing how intimacy depends upon our participation in a shared perceptual world in which our lived bodies ‘show up’. We must interrogate for ourselves which technologies genuinely support this kind of connection and help us inhabit a shared world, rather than one in which we each see vastly different realities.”
I kept trying NOT to read this. It is so disturbing to know about but also so important. Porn distorts human sexuality and ruins lives. The victims never stop being victimized which is pure torture. I have a friend whose husband became addicted and it ruined their marriage. It is ironic that cell phone videos have helped us to resist police brutality and violence and support racial justice but in this instance have created a universe of human suffering.
As a nurse practitioner I have tried hard to support my patients to get more exercise and become more active with very little success. Exercise makes us happier and healthier but there is an unexplainable (modern) human resistance to it unless it becomes a habit and then a bit of an addiction for some. Better understanding of that process (from resistance go addiction) would be a huge breakthrough
“When everything’s back to normal, will we accept cities cutting off their poorest residents’ water, or evicting the sick, or throwing someone in jail because they can’t afford to pay a fine?” Let’s not!
Interesting. I especially like the idea of spending 5 minutes between tasks or projects to put into words what was done, how it went, what might need to be done for follow up or what was learned. It is about mindfulness in an often mindless world of things to do. Making life richer.
I sometimes feel that our country is circling the drain, about to self destruct and if we name some of the reasons why our noble experiment is failing- 2 major ones would be masks and Facebook started by a college kid nerd. The banality of evil.