The world is in a precarious state right now…

On fear, podcast episode on mindful goals, women's rights, corrupt textbooks, and beautiful people in Pantone

Hi friend,

How are you doing? But really - how are you?

The world is in a bit of a precarious state right now. The landing page of CNN looks more and more like my Netflix dashboard with each passing day.

We have Trump getting impeached: live (who also recently hired the same attorneys that defended Jeffrey Epstein), misinformation destroying our democracy, Iran shooting down innocent passenger planes and the bodies were finally repatriated to their countries, erasing of the LGBTQ+ community with Missouri to criminalize drag queens reading books to children, democratic presidential candidates fighting each other for the nomination, thousands rallying for the Women’s March against an opposition movement… led by women (yes, you read that right), and tampering of historical archives in the National Archives Museum that blurred out signs condemning Trump in the exhibition on women’s voting rights. All within the past few weeks.

Though each headline is different, they all share a similar story: fear.

Fear of control. (Iran)
Fear of losing control. (Missouri, presidential nomination)
Fear of not being enough. (Opposition to Women’s March)
Fear of the future. (National Archives)
Fear of the truth. (Trump)

Fear is a powerful emotion. It drives people to survive or give up on life. It has started and ended wars. It empowers us to do heroic or damaging things to those we love most. When unchecked, fear can wreak havoc all around us.

Although our fear can be instilled in us in many different ways (nature, nurture, and everything in between), the only way it can be eradicated is through ourselves. Nobody can do the work for us. 

It doesn’t matter how loud we scream, how long we cry, or how many we hurt - the sooner we can stop feeding fear our time, energy, and belief, we can start moving humanity towards a better tomorrow.

I have so much compassion for everyone on their own unique journey towards enlightenment, but until we can find the courage to face our own fears, we will be stuck in this perpetual cycle of pain hurting one another.

What are your fears?

I recently published a podcast about my highs and lows of 2019 and some advice on setting goals for this new year. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!


On women’s rights

“Police officers showed up nearly half an hour later, around the time that Todd died. Brittany detailed how he had beaten and raped her and attacked Chris. A rape kit showed bruises on her neck, breasts, arms, legs, and pelvis, evidence of strangulation, bite marks on her neck and chin, and secretions on her neck and in her vagina. Yet within forty-eight hours she had been charged with murder.”

Elizabeth Flock in The New Yorker: How Far Can Abused Women Go to Protect Themselves? A hard, must-read…

Partisan childhood

This is extremely jaw-dropping. How partisan divides starts early in childhood through history textbooks.

“The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation's deepest partisan divides.”

Beauty in Pantone

Photographer Angélica Dass captures her subjects and matches them to a Pantone color. Her inspiring TED talk showcases the impact of illustrating diversity in our ever-changing world. You can also follow her Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading!

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Have a beautiful day!

Metta (loving-kindness),
Steven

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