To snooze or not to snooze? That is most likely the decision you started your day with. If you have what Ingrid and I call, “Rich People Problems”, choosing what to wear can be another annoying choice to make at the start of your day. Which, bus, train or route to take to the office? If you should choose one thing over another, what would happen? Choices are inescapable. We will have to make them. Even when we choose not to choose, we’re choosing.
I grew up playing cricket, soccer and rugby–team sports. And, when we played in the hood this meant having teams. By some unwritten universal rule, the two best players became captains. And, their task started with picking who would be on their team. There are many ghosts of crushed egos and self-esteems in playgrounds all over the world.
“Empathy is something unfair until we’re the ones who need it.” I read something along these lines a couple of days ago. I happen to read that when I was halfway through series 2 of Dissect Podcast. The superb deconstruction of Kanye West’s album, “A Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Cole Cuchna renewed my appreciation of empathy. Who would’ve thunk it? I get a lesson on empathy from a great example of music appreciation of a musician / hip hop artist.
It doesn’t take much to searching to see some of the brokenness plaguing humanity. In some ways it seems humanity is at war with itself. Nothing is new under the sun. Fixating on injustice alone will drive the best of us insane. In the darkness, besides outrage at injustice, is an instinctual search for light. All of us want justice and peace. Peace that is more than rest from violence on us and others. But a sense of wholeness.
I can’t imagine living in an Internetless era. I’m privileged to have had the Internet even at ridiculous dial-up speeds. Aaah those early days. Blessed are you if you have no clue what dial-up internet is. I love the Internet and the resource it is and can help provide. I’m also a fan of online publishing. And, like I’ve said in different ways and places, tech is, for the most part, amoral. What we do with it is what makes the difference. Dow we build or tear down.