Ideas > Circumstances

Ralph Waldo Emerson, who says, “It is a lesson which all history teaches the wise, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.

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Shaun Morgan on PC

I had spent some time reading articles and browsing the Internet and this overwhelming theme starting becoming very clear. We live in a culture and society that is offended by absolutely everything! There are new terms for everything. New ways to say things so as not to offend anyone. When the f**k did saying Merry Christmas become offensive? Now if you don’t say Happy Holidays you’re being exclusive and racist? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. This poisonous culture has been creeping in for years now and we have this army of self-appointed culture police who leap down anyone’s throat, that doesn’t share their opinion. If you don’t like my opinion then don’t listen to it. Don’t ask for it. We are allowed to disagree about things in society, without needing to be given a derogatory label because we don’t share someone else’s views, politically or otherwise. We have become so intolerant of parts of humanity and far too tolerant of others. There is no harmony or balance. It’s quite disturbing to think that you need to remind yourself not to speak your mind, for fear of triggering some hysterical reaction. We’re a society that walks on eggshells, which will lead to catastrophe as far as I’m concerned.

https://www.iheart.com/news/exclusive-seethers-shaun-morgan-talks-poisonous-15588065/

Read A Book, Before You Twitter

Scott Adams of dilbert.com has been posting about Donald Trump’s use of persuasion techniques, so it gave me the idea to maybe read a book by President Trump, to get a sense of who he is, in his own words. It turns out he’s written or co-authored some 20 books. I’m just about to finish my second. Without going into full book reviews, I would say if you want to get a sense of the man, and what’s important to him, it’s probably not a bad place to start.

I was not on twitter for most of the last year and half, so only recently learned of all of the pre-election alliances that have been made and broken during the election cycle, (Piers Morgan is making sense, now?). I do see that there are people on both sides criticising some aspect or the other about him, and there is just an obnoxious amount of typical social media slander on twitter. But, at least reading his books is giving me a sense of how he sees himself, (he’s really not shy about letting you know). I also tried to stay away from all of the pre-election controversy and dirt digging, so, I think that probably has helped me keep a somewhat more open mind.

Snippets

On surfing:

 

“The quest, then, is not to stabilize the wave and make each one exactly alike and predictable by all, but rather to perfect your own adaptability to an ever-changing situation and make it through to the other end. If you have executed it with style and grace, even better. In this quest, wipeouts are a way of life and planning to never be wiped out is foolhardy at best.” -Tom Barrack, as quoted by Donald Trump in “Think Like A Champion.

 

Living The Dream

This girl grew up in a small town in Germany. Her parents owned a hotel, and there weren’t many hotels in that town back then. So a lot of people who came to that town were there to race on a unique race track in that town. So the girl decided to become a race car driver. So, in addition to her sponsorships, she makes a living driving tourists around the race track.