I make up for lack of social skills with self-medicating

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Anxiety is sacrificing the real you to protect yourself from dangers that may not exist.

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Righteous indignation led to the fight

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Go lightly 

so you may see clearly , without the intoxication of emotion.

Remain focused on the true value the world provides,

And the service you can provide the world.

Instead of reacting in hate, which is destructive and tears others down, provide something that builds others up. 

 The end doesn’t justify the means

Even if my moral convictions are more heartfelt than the opposition.

 

Friends don’t let friends shop amazon drunk

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Amazon now captures nearly $1 of every $2 that Americans spend online.

To think of Amazon as a retailer, though, is to profoundly misjudge the scope of what its founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, has set out to do.

It’s not simply that Amazon does so much more than sell stuff—that it also produces hit television shows and movies; publishes books; designs digital devices; underwrites loans; delivers restaurant orders; sells a growing share of the Web’s advertising; manages the data of US intelligence agencies; operates the world’s largest streaming video-game platform; manufactures a growing array of products, from blouses to batteries; and is even venturing into health care.

Instead, it’s that Bezos has designed his company for a far more radical goal than merely dominating markets; he’s built Amazon to replace them. His vision is for Amazon to become the underlying infrastructure that commerce runs on.

Which leads to the question: Should the government break up Amazon to maintain a fair level of competition in the American marketplace?

Excerpted from thenation.com

 

Listen

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My first reaction to this was, “Who is this to tell me that my opinion can’t contribute to the conversation?!” I was offended.  I thought, “More authoritarian moralism, telling me my place.”

Then I realized that the statement was unfriendly because it was angry, and that the anger was coming from a place of hurt.  Why were they hurt?  Because they don’t feel understood, they feel alone, ignored, probably from hiding away from the shame of being victimized.

And all these feelings manifested in a confrontational and extreme statement, ironically alienating people, maybe the very people that needed to be brought closer to them, the people who don’t have the empathy or perspective to listen. Whoever wrote this doesn’t need judgment or politics.

They need our patience.  They need us to sit through the emotions.

They need us to simply listen.