In an early episode of this classic anime series, Tomoyo, one of Sakura’s friends, gets out of a convoy, surrounded by bodyguards. She obviously comes from wealth.
Enchanted by the display, Sakura remarks that not many school kids have their very own bodyguards.
“Well,” remarks Tomoyo, “There are even fewer who have their own magical powers.” This isn’t said with snark, just a stating of the facts.
Continue reading Cardcaptor Sakura and a World Without Envy
How do you get into the “flow” state, where time seems to both stand still and rush by. A state of focus that allows you to do deep work and be productive beyond your normal capabilities?
First, you need to know what it feels like, and get more practice in creating that bubble for yourself, and in my experience, learning to draw is one of the best ways to accomplish this.
Continue reading Focus Tip: Learn to Draw
It is easy to be fooled in an age of headline-only reading. But even if you read the full article or watch the full video, the persuasion has already been attempted, and has quite possibly worked.
As soon as a story is framed a certain way, usually via the headline, it has primed you to think that way regardless of what the actual story says. This is one of the biggest ways the media engages in fake news. They can then always point to story itself and shrug their shoulders in Edenic innocence.
Continue reading Don’t be Fooled – Headline Framing
This is one of the funniest tropes of modern opinion pieces these days, and the COVID-19 era has its own flavor.
A CNN piece cites the higher death rate among men who are infected. The first line of the article: “But in many other ways, women are bearing the brunt of this pandemic.”
Continue reading Men Die. Women Hardest Hit.
Modern civilization is more fragile than most people think. A wide variety of complex interactions and assumptions and interdependencies that no one fully understands. The foundations are strong, baked over centuries, but everything built on top of them looks more and more like a monstrous, top-heavy Rube Goldberg machine, reaching to the clouds, swaying in the breeze.
This is why, when someone picks up the box, the one with red FRAGILE stickers plastered all over it, and starts to shake it, toss it, and punt it across the yard, you don’t cheer. You don’t egg them on. You don’t make excuses for them. You don’t even offer them a polite golf clap.
The only sensible thing to do is to look on in horror. Condemn when appropriate and plead for them to stop.
And then get down on your knees and pray for the foolishness and evil to end.
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