Beyond logic, stuck on wishful thinking, bias, and irrationality — it’s no wonder the world divides into tribes.
The internet allows us to handpick the information we want and spit it back out to like-minded folks who amplify it.
The curator — the finder and organizer of information — shares as much power as the creator or influential leader.
Still, it’s usually the few who predetermine fate for the rest of society.
But we need the non-expert, outsider, the fans to dissect what’s fundamentally sound and flawed. Does the product fit the spirit of the times or is it chasing the pennies? Greed has its limits.
Playing with feelings of passion and anger offers richer routes to the truth. The plebeians present a muscular calm to the trying circumstances of big-league shallowness.
The commoner wants everything to feel authentic because it’s all they know. They are happy with their nonupgraded experience, as it is they who also decide which pieces of work and art have lasting value.
Fail to act on knowledge, and the moment dissipates. By forging ahead, the symptoms remain under control.
We rely on other people’s testimony. It’s no wonder, therefore, that their anxiety becomes ours. We then cognize every piece of information to fit our nervy narrative.
Worries spread like viruses. And they provoke an unwarranted shock into mass health scares, money problems, and job pressures.
Humans are a strange and contradictory animal who can barely see through the apparition of fear. The brain’s chemicals are so easily triggered and duped.
Society is just the storyteller. It’s the citizens who exacerbate panic.
To avoid falling ill to anxiety’s publicity machine, we need to convert the abstract energy of positive motivation into something with meaning. We have to put a mental finger on the synchronicities between facts and hope.
People who can stay light and grounded without falling into the trap of the mind’s filmic productions know how to separate truth from fiction.
It’s the obedient clerks that manufacture all the negativity. It’s the interested folks that refuse to buy into the algae of stress.
How many of us are just acting our way through life, adapting to different settings like chameleons?
Situational elasticity lends its hand to the collaborative truth, that people inject each other with signaling serum. The slightest twang, the tinkle of dimples, the cleanest tucked-in shirt, belt, and Prada shoes – we try to demonstrate to others ‘this is who I am and this what I do.’
All life is a stage, epitomized through the internet and curated social profiles, with many people reaping the psychological benefits of expectation. We become what we collect, mirror images of our Pinterest boards.
Don’t get it twisted. We should follow the route that builds up the most confidence. We just can’t expect all these visual cues to convert to reality. By nature, we are fickle beings magnetically tugged to our natural impulsiveness.
Most people lead lives of poor self-maintenance: laziness, negativity, and force of habit. Authenticity requires self-control. The edited self is known to burn out, slip, and go off-script.
To act is life. Like a veil being lifted from our eyes, we choose to narrate beyond the avatars of attention.
Two America’s, two different realities. If you can shape your own feeds and build an arsenal of self-confirming information, why do you ever have to see the other side?
But that’s precisely the problem. Inundated with reassurances and accelerated culture, people promptly ignore what they disagree with. Technology is not neutral; instead, it is weaponized to meet group ends.
Democracies thrive in open environments. They need proper dissent and discourse. Above all, a healthy system of government needs a continuity of ideas.
Secondly, democracies need your own thoughts and reflections. If your first opinion is usually someone else’s, the latter should be based on your aggregate experiences and education.
Listen to your views like you listen to your life. Is your interpretation still accurate? Challenge yourself, and read this book for extra credit — you’ll thank me later.
The important stuff is often the ordinary stuff. It’s the small daily actions — like holding the door open for a random stranger or calling your family or friends to catch up — that have a profound impact on your well-being.
Everyone wants to progress. But advancement can be selfish. It gets in the way of the thinking that was already good.
More and more, the cycle of jealousy gets reinforced by outside forces. You always want what you don’t have, the aim of which blinds the pursuit of happiness.
Do the small things — be kind, maybe a bit selfless — and everything takes care of itself.