Friday
Mar302018

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

 

    •    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
    •    A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    •    By: Mark Manson
    •    Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    •    Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    •    Unabridged
    •    Release date: 09-13-16
    •    Language: English
    •    Publisher: HarperAudio
    •    
4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (71,221 ratings)

  

Publisher's Summary
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited - "not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault". Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

     This is a book that Baby-Boomers can give to their Millenial Grandkids to be thrown in the trunks of their $60,000 cars.

 

 

Thursday
Mar292018

Overlooking "g"

Perhaps there is a e-phenomena called “g”
That liberals are disoriented to see
            Clinicals, stats, and probabilities set aside
            It suggests there’s a gene we’re trying to hide
So argue we must about what it means to be
Is there a real difference between the you and the me
Friday
Mar232018

MSNBC's "Non" Call To Action!

     In Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles", the town of RockCreek, knowing that it would immenently be under siege, devised a plan, manned up, and preserved their little corner of the world.  If Chris, Chris, Rachael, Lawrence, and Brian, the MSNBC Nightly Lineup, had been staffing the RockCreek TSN (Town Security Network), they would have dutifully illuminated every dastardly misdeed, right up to moment when RockCreek went down in flames.  I think that after MSNBC's "Trump Vilifying" for 20 hours a week for  two year plus... well, we've got it....we're screwed.  But OMG, night after night, to keep charting our increasing "screwedness.... what's the point?  Perhaps they do so because, by now, MSNBC is really good at vilifying, or perhaps they are protecting US from the despair of realizing that we are caught up in an Extinction Level Event.  Regardless, wouldn't many of us who admire the MSNBC "event chain reporting", like for Rachael to announce that she will no longer continue to build the case against Trump, but will only interview "guests" willing to promote specific plans to aggressively neutralize the Trump Administration. 

     PS: Hopefully there is someone out there that might ignite a "societal surge strategy". Just wring our hands and waiting for a "Great Dem Turnout at Election Day" surely isn't the best we can do.  Even if the Humpty Dumpty Dems have a Great Fall, so what....there is a real chance that it will be too late to put US "back together again".        

Saturday
Mar172018

IS DEMOCRACY NO LONGER FIT FOR PURPOSE?

     It isn't, I suspect, that Liberals in the West are crying "foul" because in Europe and the US, they got Politically Hammered by Cambridge Analytica, et.al. via Facebook.  After all, it was just one election cycle.  It is not as though the "psychops" ground crew who carry the load for Mercer, Bannon, Farage, et.al. are, to the man, a bunch of white nationalists from Alabama. To the contrary, they are mostly apolitical milennials just trying to make a buck.  AggragateIQ is not the only "nerd gang" smart enough to identify, source, and manipulate enough individual voters to "get their boy elected".   The problem for Liberals, is that all this "military grade cyber manipulating crap" only has limited potency.  Sadly this "Manchurian Candidate Voter Management Scheme" plays out almost exclusively in the Right Wing Precincts around the world where "gettin likes" is "the force".  Speaking of...."likes"..... how many 30 something MBA's with weighty mortgages and ICloud accounts see Facebook Feed as their North Star? 

     The Liberals simply need to find a way to "dumb down" their base so political competition is played on a level field.  Indeed many Liberal platform priorities suggest that they are proceeding.  It certainly is Liberals best hope, because, for certain, they are not going to enlighten the Right Wing Consciousness.  Once Cyber-Psychops "ingested the game and built the algorithm"...well it's kinda like Deep Blue vs. Kasparov...you just know whose gonna win!

     For great press coverage of the "state of the game" see:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy 

Tuesday
Feb202018

Can Trump make America more Cynical....probably not!

     In but a year the American Cynical Index (ACI) has more than tripled.  Of course this is not all a consequence of a "truth defying president".  Long before we were urged to distrust Trump ravings, we were skeptical of partisan politicians, detergent ads, cyber-evangelist, gymnastic scoring, and on and on.  In fact, for years, many delighted in the entertainment value of Trump's celebrity persona offering overtly manipulative and deceitful comedy.  Clearly our national cynisym was not amped by Celebrity Apprentice, Professional Wrestling or Jon Lovitz, but when one of these skilled magicians showed up on the world stage, well...cynicism went viral.

      Liberals and Progressives. for whom it was still fashionable to support Democratic Institutions, found the misplaced comedy to be despicable.  Conservatives, as always coming in two flavors, gullible and ego-manical, either pretended the comedy was reality, or genuinely believed it was reality.  Had either extreme on this spectrum just let the show run, most likely a state of normal would have prevailed.  But no, Fox had to antagonize the Liberals by making them watch Celebrity President, and the MSNBC had to pull out all stops to undermine the "comedy claiming reality" soap opera.  And, if this wasn't enough, the Liberals had to annex Russia into the match as a presumed co-producer of CA-Washington, i.e. Celebrity Apprentice - Washington. Accordingly...

     now we are in one hell of as mess.  The Liberals are absolutely certain that all discourse is corrupt, including the hyped allegations of their Liberal tribe, even when the origin is family or friend.  The Machiavellian Conservatives have been forced to adopt ever more deceitful personas in defense of their faux allegiance to arguments that they never believed in from the start.  Only the Conservative Gullible have been spared the anxiety of this extreme cynicism onset. However, even for this neurological challenged, Easter Bunny believing subset, numbering about 20%, there are some boundaries. It may be the case that, imminently no American will believe anything and as such all Americans will simply choose to act on nothing.

     Perhaps, before this full onset state arises, we might all agree to discontinue red/yellow/green intersection light symbols, in favor of random coloring... just as a mass training exercise, you know.  We might all like a reality where we live "down the rabbit hole"