Of Five Years

I found my last drawing attempt while Marie Kondo’ing the heck out of my place. The sketch is 5 years old…and I haven’t put pencil to paper since.

posted this drawing here 5 years ago

It’s amazing the emotions you travel from simply de-cluttering.

Spring cleaning is filtering memories. And facing, remembering, deciding…is hard. We want to forget. We want to look away. We want to lay in a hammock beside the beach because forgetting is a luxury.

Truth – I bought the pencils happy. I drew this sad.

I’m unfinished. Through life’s ups and downs, we strive. We try. For but a moment, enjoy the growth upon your struggles. Today is the fruits of yesterday.

The Four Minute Mile

Roger Bannister was the first person on record to break the 4-minute mile. It became a psychological breakthrough, demonstrating to all that the feat was possible. The very next year three runners broke the 4-minute mile in a single race. Knowing that it was humanly possible to run a mile in under 4 minutes, people began to train more intelligently to join the club. Now it’s common.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is today’s political Bannister. Under 30 years old, and she’s breaking barriers. AOC shows that maturity matters in politics…not age. The amount of information and social activity we’re engaged in is exponentially greater than previous generations. AOC has 2.5 million followers on Instagram. She’s entered her political career with far greater influence than any freshman politician prior. We’re training differently.

Amazing. Ain’t about her politics. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows focus.

Bill Gates. Warren Buffett. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Role models can have different views…but they all have the same disposition.

Emotional Intelligence

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was getting everyone to believe in “emotional intelligence.” You don’t have it. It doesn’t exist. Only in a self-aggrandizing society which glorifies charisma over character does a notion of intelligence quotients to emotion become a thing.

“Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.” (Psychology Today). And, it’s a corporate concept for “I won’t be myself and I’ll help you not be also.”

Identifying emotions is simple. There’s 7 – surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, sadness, and contempt.

You win a million dollars. Surprise. Are you intelligent now?

You jump out of an airplane. Fear. How intelligent is the parachute?

This dog…

Definitely a good boy…but emotionally intelligent or merely responsive?

The expression of these 7 base emotions are an innate universal human behavior. All humans show the same facial expressions for surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, sadness, and contempt. It’s so core to our being that we literally see emotion everywhere:

You see and know emotion at a physiological level. Instinct does not denote intelligence. And there’s no “managing” emotions, neither for oneself or others. We experience. We reflect. We move on.

The major message behind the concept of emotional intelligence should be to incite each other to pay attention again. Learn each other’s stories. Look at each other and experience each other’s happiness. Reflect on each other’s sadness, not your own. Note a moment of contempt and move on. We’re not to manage…we’re to be aware.

I loathe the thought of “emotional intelligence.” It gives false self-confidence and pressures us to hide our emotions as well as manipulate the emotions of others. It makes us unauthentic.

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Looks like I didn’t publish here at all in 2018.

Anyway…wtf WordPress?! Your word editor is shit. NEVER spackle over the canvas. This platform is supposed to be for writing. When writing, we want to see the entire text and sprawling layout. I appreciate your helpful intent. You’re in the way.

For example…

turrible.

Your palette buttons are hovering over the sentences.

I need to see all my text at all times. Always. Every word is a stroke on the canvas. I monitor every past word as I plot the next stroke. If you and I were actors playing out a scene, you’z talkin over my lines!

My Dear WordPress, I say this as old friends. Get off the field! There’s a game playing in the middle, so keep your craft services at the sidelines. I also lost tremendously in fantasy football. Sorry to take it out on you. We cool bro. But fix your shit. And, we cool.

The Correct Words

what you meant to say…

We’re bonded by a common language.  So here are a few words you’ve been using wrong:

Anti-social

What you meant to say is “asocial”.  Anti-social is sociopathy; it’s a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong, and ignores the feelings of others.  Asocial means lacking motivation for social interaction.  George McFly was asocial.  Biff Tannen was anti-social.

Prolific

You probably meant to say “prominent.”  Prolific means plentiful…as in large numbers or quantities.  Prominent means important, famous, or widely and popularly known.  Bunnies are prolific.  Bugs Bunny is prominent.

Nice

Ladies, what you meant to say is “Thanks.  You seem like a good person, and I hope in no uncertain terms you misconstrue my gratitude and acknowledgement of your overall decency as any minute sexual attraction in you or even the most minuscule desire to closen our passerby interaction beyond mere cordial strangers.”  Nice is characterized by great accuracy, precision, skill, or delicacy.  A Michelin star assortment of sushi is nice.  I am a good person.