Inspiration for blog posts hits me at inconvenient times, but if I don’t get the gist of it down somewhere, I’ll lose it before I get around to writing a blog about it. The problem is I rarely get around to it, therefore, I have a junk list of ideas written in a haphazard format.
Rather than creating a separate post for each idea like I usually do, I’ll just post the unrefined blurb that zipped through my head while driving to work, or in a meeting, or whatever.
- Calligraphy and Kimuras. Fancy handwriting and attacking somebody’s shoulder joint with a submission hold are worlds apart, but if you want to get good at something, repetition is critical no matter what the endeavor is.
- Staying in shape is a series of choices extended over time. As long as the ratio of good choices far outweighs bad choices, you will probably be in decent shape. That allows you to continually make choices in any given moment to decide if you want to have a little fun or buckle down and crush it. If you crush it most of the time, you will probably be pretty happy with the outcome.
- Dunbar number (150 people “close” to us), social media friends list, and the idea that our relationships might be more diffuse and shallow now that we live in a world that is decidedly different than the way people lived for the bulk of civilization.
- Teach “zooming out” as a coping technique. We get too myopic with belief systems, religions, toxic relationships, and addiction-based choices. Like with religion, when you grow up in a culture that drives the myths and fables home as truth from a young age and that is all you are surrounded by, you can end up holding on to some pretty crazy beliefs when, in other areas of your life, you are logical and rational. You don’t really realize you hold on to crazy beliefs because of that myopic/near sighted view. “Zoom out” and examine your beliefs as though you were a scientist discovering a new species.
- Fat is flavor and taste. Aversion to that is based on the repression based mindset, when we should really be listening to our bodies telling us what to eat. This goes hand-in-hand with ignoring other biological drives like waking up, going to bed, eating past satiation point, and inhibition of sexual drives.
- American universities unwittingly give advanced degrees for endorsing psychologically unhealthy concepts. Hard left politics in our universities preach safe spaces, micro aggression, hate speech legislation, and a focus on the intersectionality of identity politics (race, gender, sexual orientation). These concepts drive a psychologically unhealthy mindset (external locus of control). Cognitive behavioral therapy would label most thoughts within that mindset as “cognitive distortions,” also known as thinking errors. “You offended me!” is not an argument.