Reason in a Dark Time

No matter how big or small we might think our impact is we are all climate change decision makers. This moment, the time you are reading this article is always the chance to make a difference.

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Unleash your creativity: Lessons from the War of Art

1. Move towards your resistance:
– Resistance is a signal to move towards what is it you are worried about

2. Remember your dignity of free-will:
– Your decisions have led you to where you are now, they can also change the direction in which you are going

3. Throw away the consumer culture mindset:
– We cannot find happiness by disposing of our income to buy temporary joy. Our happiness lies in our work to which contributes to a journey of lifelong fulfillment

4. Search for criticism:
-The critic takes notes that which he would have done himself if he had the courage to do so

5. Be dedicated to mastery:
– Keep yourself sharp every day by learning something new and never let your ego keep you back from seeking the right advice in the most unexpected places

6. Get organized:
– Develop the habit of consistency; focus on the progress that produces regular results. This is a shift in an outcome mindset of thinking

The “War of Art” occurs when we try to search for something new and better and are confronted with the fear of change. Your creativity is a gift to the world not to yourself. If you want to tap into the higher version of yourself ley your fear push you to success.

350 peaks, 150 days & 10 tips to survive the AT

  1. If you want to beat the crowds and mother nature start hiking towards the north in the spring
  2.  Bears are unpredictable and will most likely attack you after a bad berry season
  3. In the Smokey Mountains, it can rain up to about 10ft a year – pack a rain jacket
  4. But forget your jeans
  5. However, make sure your wallet is out of the back pocket first because about 21mi or 1% of the trail runs through towns
  6. Cherish the time off the trail because it is nearly impossible to get on or off once you are back on without assistance
  7. ┬áDon’t trust AT maps – they compress a few km in per cm
  8. Trust your boots – you’ll need them in Pennsylvania
  9. Be prepared for solitude, Maine has the second largest uninhabited forest in the US second to Alaska
  10. Last but not least enjoy it while it lasts, the Appalachian Mountains are shrinking about 0.03mm per year.

How the Holocaust Birthed the Meaning of Life:

In Frankl’s personal account of discovering sources of strength to survive the Nazi Regime’s network of concentration and extermination camps, he comes to the conclusion that as humans we give our suffering meaning by the way we respond to it. In other words, one cannot control what happens to them but they can always control how they feel and how they act.

He states that the greatest task for any person to find is meaning in their life. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of life is but recognize that it is he who is asked. Each man is questioned by life and only he can answer to life by answering for his own life. In other words, life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. This is achieved through three possibilities:

1. Our work
– An active life serves the purpose of giving man the opportunity to realize values in creative work, while a passive life of enjoyment affords him the opportunity to obtain fulfillment in experiencing beauty, art, and nature. But there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creativity and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high molar behavior; man’s attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces.
2. Our love for others
-In love, man sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized.
3. Our survival
-If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the size of human suffering is irrelevant. Persons facing difficult choices may not fully appreciate how much their own attitude interferes with the decision they need to make or action they need to take.

Frankl concludes that this self-actualization of the human spirit is only made as a side-effect of self-transcending our ego. He recommends that man needs to put himself in an environment of “noo-dynamics”, a polar field of tension in which one pole represents meaning that is to be fulfilled and the other pole by the mean who has to fulfill it since as social creates we either wish to do what other people do or what other people wish us to do. For success, like happiness cannot be pursued; it must be ensued, and only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a greater cause than oneself.

Frankl writes that today’s society is characterized by achievement orientation and consequently adores people who are successful and happy in particular. It virtually ignores the value of those who are otherwise, and in so blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and sense of usefulness. For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best. Since Auschwitz, we know what ma is capable of. And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.

“Life is like being at the dentist you always think the worst is still to come, and yet is already over” – Viktor E. Frankl


5 Lessons from the Best Mentors in the World

1. Add value to others first

You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want

2. Guard your time:

Learn to say no to good opportunities in order to make room to say yes to great ones.

3. Invest in yourself

The more you learn the more you earn, read more.

4. Make daily reflection a priority

Take the time to breathe. Thinking about your actions on a daily basis will help curb any unproductive addiction in fostering self-awareness and keep you on track to achieving your longer-term goals.

5. Passion is key

Chasing after intrinsic goals will foster sustainable purpose in meaning to life. People with goals connected to what others think of them are beholden to what others think of them and will end up suffering from rejection and shallow relationships.

10 Unbelievable lessons from Katy Tur’s Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

1. One article can change everything.
2. Social Media has compromised the Press’s ability to vet politicians messages for propaganda.
3. Politicians spend millions of dollars trying to make millions of friends.
4. The most durable journalism is done by outsiders looking in.
5. Seeing what’s in front of your nose demands a constant struggle.
6. Journalist’s are tasked with rebuilding public trust.
7. Don’t take things personally – it’s just politics.
8. At the end of your feelings is nothing. But at the end of principles is a promise.
9. Sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.
10. Trump’s hats are like red sprinkles atop of a great melting mass of vanilla ice cream

2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming

2084: A glimpse into the impending future that today’s effects of climate change may bring about if immediate action is not taken by governments, industries and individuals alike.

Pressured by big oil’s lobbying strategies, nations such as the United States, China, and India did not heed scientist’s unanimous warning to decarbonize their industries leaving the efforts of smaller nations in the dust.

With over 200 years of enjoying the benefits the oil age had brought humanity, investors were not interested in accepting scientific findings that would hurt their pocketbooks.

What scientists did not take into account was how different effects of climate change would interact with each other. As the demand for oil tor apart communities in the far east who started to suffer from extreme droughts, fascism, or as the west called Populism, grew to extreme measures fearing the impending migrations of Islamic peoples. Where do nations go when they cant grow their own food and sustain their own communities? In the end, the man upstream would be the one to decide this fate as global warming sparked also conflicts over water.

Another facilitator of global conflict arose to be access to fertile farming land as climate change shifted traditional crops belts that were relied upon for centuries. As the turn of the millennium marked the growth of monoculture farming to feed the worlds exponentially growing population, biodiversity and colloquial know-how were swept away by desertification. Certainly, the world cannot be fed by a greenhouse.

What would happen to the small island nations and those dependent on the sea for their survival? Certainly, global warming wasn’t accidental or intentional but the global community was warned about the pending geo-cide.

As people migrated away from the equator and inland towards the higher ground from flooding caused by elevated sea-levels the first world lost most of the progress oil facilitated but retained their technological know-how despite the lack of infrastructure.

If climate change made one thing certain it is that CO2 emissions inhibit the use of future emissions as the massive destruction of civilization and its progress after the industrial revolution halted the rapid growth of emissions. Unfortunately, oceans would take a longer time to recover compared to the air as its waters acts as the biggest carbon sink in the world.