“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” — Donald Trump
In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority derives from the metacognitive inability of low-ability persons to recognize their own ineptitude; without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence. –Wikipedia
In the end, it is the fault of the people — those who voted and those who did not vote — all the people who accepted the status quo and/ or ran away from a Citizen’s greatest responsibility, to hold government accountable.
My parents taught me about the wonders of an ordinary life: the lavender skies and peach clouds at sunset, the sun’s glint on the ripples of the sea and the caresses of a loved ones fingers on a feverish cheek.
Today, I got lost in the pleasures of those wonders, realizing finally that in life nothing is ordinary.
From Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA
By Nicole Olivelli
We have not had power since maria on sept. 20th. Parts vieques and the main island since Irma on the 8th. It is very political based. Culebra has had generator power since 5 weeks after the storm. Vieques has only had generator power to about 25% of the island for about 3 weeks. ALL power is generator produced power burning gallons upon gallons of diesel. There is no power grid left in Puerto Rico..it is destroyed. Our hospital is currently run in tents in the parking lot of the old hospital(which was condemned) run by a tesla solar mini farm run by the army. Water is still has sporatic outages. House to house searches just began this week on Tuesday . Elderly are still being found in mold infested homes not having recieved any help from the red cross or fema…not even a case of clean drinking water. I don’t have access to regular news…i don’t know what “they” are saying in the news all i know is what i see…no electricity until possibly September 2018…still have to boil the water…barely to limited phone and internet. The crisis is far from over.
I’ve argued against the Trump regime on Facebook several times. Most comments said that I exaggerate, and that I must “give him a chance.” Now, it is time to push back those Trump supporters and their comments.
Why is it time? Actually, I believe it is way past time.
POTUS doesn’t seem to understand there are three branches of government and that he cannot force his opinions or his will on the other two. The minute Trump, who swore to defend and protect the Constitution, started pulling apart the tenets that are exactly what make the USA great, he used up all his chances to get things right as president.
I don’t think our country will continue to survive if its citizens don’t understand how our form of government works and don’t take the time to learn. Citizens must stand at the ready to uphold and protect our Constitution, the true definition of our freedoms and responsibilities.
Democracy is not a spectator sport; it takes all of us working together.
The Baptist church carnage was the 307th mass shooting in the U.S.
If we don’t demand and find a solution then we are part of the problem.
After 307 mass shootings, we already have blood on our hands.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.