I don’t usually get my news from CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox, whatever.
So here’s what I’ve been reading about the past few days, while recovering from a minor illness–and these are some stories I think all citizens of this country (should read about too. Agree with the story or not, it’s always good to exercise one’s mind!
- This is what force feeding looks like. Read the short intro; this is hard to watch but is being done by our country in the name of…safety?
- How many ethical and human rights violations are occurring right now? You need to know about THIS, done in the state of California.
- Thoughtful read: Bikini vs. Burqa: Examining The Inaccurate Argument About Women, Clothing and “Freedom”
- Who do you think the worst president of the United States was?
- “These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment?”
- On the lighter side, I really DO look good in my pork pie hat.
- One Mississippi mayor is being pretty darn awesome.
- Lord of the Flies murder over American Soccor/better known as futbal. What the hell?
- If you’re reading this, no worries, you’re quite special.
- Ladies and Gentlemen, please ask Senator Rubio for permission before doing anything.
- My guiding philosophy that helps me deal with, well, all of this (save my awesome pork pie hat. I rock it, folks.)
“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions. The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others.
Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you suppose that only to be your own which is your own, and what belongs to others such as it really is, then no one will ever compel you or restrain you. Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed. . . . . . Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, “You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be.” And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you.” (Epictetus)