I hope my Republican & Democrat (& other) friends can rally behind this simple truth. We all love this country and we all want to keep making it better.
As a naturalized citizen, I am very proud of the United States. It has given me a sense of security, safety and also given me hope that life is worth living. Nowhere else in the world is it this easy for an outsider to just show up and integrate as it is in the United States. Americans are some of the friendliest and nicest people I know. Diversity and inclusivity is ingrained in the culture. People born and/or brought up in the US may not appreciate how liberating and freeing it feels to be an American. When I was a young boy in India facing state persecution, it was the United States that gave me hope that there were better people in the world and that I had a chance at a better life.
It is so disheartening to learn that many of my Liberal friends do not feel proud of this country. They think the US is not good enough. I wish I could show them how wrong they are. I wish I could tell them how important it is to recognize how good the United States is, as doing that directly translates to improving the expectations and standards all over the world. It’s very useful to be critical, and we should always strive to improve, but we also have to recognize all the amazing work we are building on. The liberal cynicism often ends up hurting the world.
Is is also equally disheartening to see my Conservative friends rally behind someone who is no longer functioning in the best long term interest of our great country. We are defined by our values, and we have such inspiring values. Our government functions under some basic assumptions of propriety and we have stretched and strained the limits almost to the breaking point. We need to restore accountability, checks and balances, and truthfulness.
This is such a hard year for all of us. All over the world. The United States has an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how to focus on things that really matter. How we can roll up our sleeves and get going. We have already started new businesses at the fastest rate in a decade. Here’s to us working together, helping each other avoid our blind spots, and keep running this inspiring experiment that this great country is!
Jujutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
Many internet memes try to spread conspiracies and confusion. Yet, for many it is providing much needed narrative to help make sense of the world in an environment where no one can be trusted.
Instead of fighting misinformation head on, is it effective to shape it and nudge it in the right direction?
The left is the original meme. The right, hmm, do you see the difference?
This is a very simple and beautiful example to understand how happiness works
A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up. The kids were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.
Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes, everyone was holding their own balloon.
The teacher said to the children, “These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness…it will ultimately help us find our own.”
I bought this coat 5 years ago from a thrift shop in NYC. It was a vintage LL Bean jacket. It was worn out and pilly, at the same time it just had that perfect look that worked really will with other aspects of my outfit that tended to be more sharp. It had a belt and loop so putting it on and off took me more time.
I wore it everywhere, all over the world. Then last year I was rushing to a flight from San Francisco to Warsaw and I left it in the security line. I tried for months submitting requests to lost properly but I never found it again 😞
I had a good run with it. I hope someone else found it and is enjoying it.
Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia, each firmly believed that mature people could in good faith take different views on even the most important legal questions without being histrionic or posing a threat to their adversary’s feelings. Instead, they saw their differences as providing each other with an opportunity to sharpen their own thinking. Justice Ginsburg put it best: “When we disagreed,” she said, “my final opinion was always clearer and more convincing than my initial circulation. Justice Scalia honed in on all the soft spots, energizing me to strengthen my presentation.”
Once, the two had been on a trip to India, where they rode together on an elephant. At a joint appearance following the trip, Justice Scalia asked her if her feminist friends were disturbed that he was sitting in front. Not at all, she replied. She had explained to them that the elephant driver had said their placement was “a matter of distribution of weight.” The audience roared, as did Justice Scalia.
About two years ago, Justice Ginsburg wrote the foreword to Scalia Speaks, an edited collection of Scalia’s speeches. She concluded the foreword: “If our friendship encourages others to appreciate that some very good people have ideas with which we disagree, and that, despite differences, people of goodwill can pull together for the well-being of the institutions we serve and our country, I will be overjoyed, as I am confident Justice Scalia would be.”
This has been a concern for me for quite a while. I had disallowed access to photos to the Facebook app as I did not like that the app could access everything. I am very impressed and excited about this level of privacy now in the new iOS. Now Apps can be limited to accessing only the pictures you want in iOS 14! Thank you Apple.
I was in DC a few years ago and had some time at hand. I ended up at the Phillips Collection and was quite blown away
I was fascinated by Man Ray’s obsession with visualizing equations through his paintings. People struggled to relate to it so he started naming them after Shakespeare’s plays. It was a clever way to get people to connect with the abstract.