1. There is nothing more pretentious than a vanity license plate. I am irritated more by people with vanity plates than dudes with tribal arm band tattoos, wearing affliction t-shirts, who are 37 yrs old, waiting in line to get into a packed club at midnight, who listen to bro-country in their super jacked up Chevy pickup trucks, wearing a bandanas around their bald halo domes as they listen to Pitbull.
2. Everyone in the United States needs an introductory class to formulating good arguments. Social media has unlocked the Pandora’s box of terrible argumentation and it makes for bad reading. Get educated, analyze the facts, understand your biases, view the situation from your opposition’s shoes, and calmly address each point of their argument with your relevant rebuttal. I’m not expecting the elimination of all terrible arguments but lets at least get rid of the most egregious ones. Regurgitation culture stymies original thinking, education, creativity, the economy, and reduces “leaders” to nonsensical puppets. Makes you wonder about education systems that separate knowledge from application.
3. I’ve seen very few practical steps given in regards to racial disparity that exists in our country. Just a lot of feelings being pumped out there. I know that feelings are important as a jumping board to solving problems and caring for people but what are we jumping in to? Our culture is obsessed with hypersensitivity towards individual’s feelings where the definition of morality gets wrapped up in the individual’s desire – this only leads to bad argumentation, pumping-up of emotional extremes, and intrinsic validation of immoral and vindictive behavior. The moral solutions to a nation’s issues must be grounded on truth.
Percolate on this:
“[Research] suggests that what we think of as free will is largely an illusion: much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot, and the way we think and act – and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment – are a lot more susceptible to outside influences than we realize.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
What is it that influences you and what is it’s motive?