Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Fox News: A Plague in Its Own Right

People get confused. Fox News is not there to provide information. Fox News is there to validate ignorance.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Container for Fear and Frustration

“The key to the transformational potential of bare attention lies in the deceptively simply injunction to separate out one’s reactions from the core events themselves,” wrote Mark Epstein in his book  Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective.
“Much of the time, it turns out, our everyday minds are in a state of reactivity. We take this for granted, we do not question our automatic identification with our reactions, and we experience ourselves at the mercy of an often hostile or frustrating outside world or an overwhelmingly or frightening inner one. With bare attention, we move from this automatic identification with our fear or frustration to a vantage point from which the fear or frustration is attended to with the same dispassionate interest as anything else.
“There is enormous freedom to be gained from such a shift. Instead of running from difficult emotions (or hanging on to enticing ones), the practitioner or bare attention becomes able to contain any reaction; making space for it, but not completely identifying with it because of the concomitant presence of nonjudgmental awareness.”
(Emphasis added)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Trump Pegs the Meter on Stupidity

Trumpolini and his lunatic Dunning-Kruger mob are a direct threat to human civilization, and most of them are too stupid to know it.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Well, Who Can Argue With That?

Margaret Atwood said, “Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.” And Republicans always think that because they are ignorant of something, that makes it untrue.