New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans Endanger Earth

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The more you read your Twitter and Facebook feeds, the more you see a disturbing trend; namely people don't get the facts before they share something they have heard or read. The Borowitz Report has issued a small offering that sums up what is going on:

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain.

"Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen," he said.The New Yorker

Sure, this is satire. It would be extremely funny if it weren't so true.

To avoid becoming a fact-resistant human, take the time to look into something before you share it. Your friends and followers on social media will thank you for it.

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Are You Happy? If Not, Why Not?

Abraham Lincoln once said words to the effect that a person was as happy as that person wished to be. There is much truth in that statement.

Our mental attitude has everything to do with our outlook on life. There are few things in life over which we have any real control, however we have absolute control over our mental attitude.

Supreme happiness You don't believe this? The evidence is all around you if you will but see it. How many people do you know or have heard of that are blind, partially or totally paralyzed, horribly scarred from an accident, missing limbs, or have suffered any of a hundred other mishaps?

Some of these are among the happiest people on earth. Is their happiness due to the misfortune that has befallen them? I think not. It is my belief they have chosen to be happy regardless of their circumstances.

You will find others who are always unhappy no matter how healthy and wealthy they may be. This is because they have chosen to be unhappy.

My advice is to be happy with everything you are and have, and you will attract more good and happiness to you. What your circumstances may be simply does not matter. Be grateful for what you have and you will always be happy.

Do You Have An Attitude Of Gratitude?

The Random House Dictionary defines gratitude as: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. It further defines grateful as: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful.

Have you ever stopped to consider all the many things for which we can be grateful? Even the things we so often take for granted such as each breath we breathe, each morsel of food we eat, each and every movement we make, the sounds we hear, the sights we see, the heat and cold we feel, the odors we smell, the thoughts we think, and literally everything that can affect us in any manner.

Should we be grateful for terrible odors, screechy sounds, bad-tasting food, awkward movements, severe heat or cold and bad thoughts. A resounding yes! Because without the contrast we would have little or no appreciation for anything.

What about our enemies? Should we also be grateful to them? Yes once again. If you need to know the truth about yourself, listen to what your enemies have to say about you. Your friends will often hide the truth or be semi-truthful rather than hurt you.

In summary, always have an of gratitude. We have much for which to be thankful. And the more gratitude we have and show, the more we have for which to be grateful. It is an upward spiral.

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Other People’s Opinions

How much of our lives is wasted by other people's opinions? I say much more than should be.

Those opinions ventured by successful people and those who are knowledgeable in their areas of expertise should be given careful consideration. These opinions are normally only given when we have asked for them, and then only after careful consideration.

These are the types of opinions which can help us grow, change, and be successful in reaching our goals in life.

Then there are the *other* opinions. These are opinions given by the majority of humanity. They are usually unrequested and unwelcome. They do nothing to build us up and everything to tear us down and hold us at the level of the opinion giver.

It is a sad fact of the human dilemma that most people have no dreams or aspirations. They are made uncomfortable by those who do. In order to maintain their status, those wishing to stay exactly as they are strive to keep others the same. They will do all in their power to keep others from getting ahead.

This is something like the crab in a bucket story. Put one crab in a bucket and it will climb out. Put two or more crabs in a bucket and none will get out. Why? Because as each climbs to get out of the bucket, the others will pull it back into the bucket. And this goes on in an endless cycle.

This is not normally a conscious action on people's part. They do it without realizing what they are doing. And there will be many times when they feel they are doing it in your best interests. This applies especially to those nearest and dearest to us. If they only knew!

By and large, the opinions of other people will not pay our bills, put food on our tables, give us shelter or any other number of things. They inherently keep us from achieving our goals and dreams, and in some cases even stop us from setting goals and dreaming.

And...once you stop setting goals and dreaming you are among the walking dead. You become nothing more than a robot or zombie, doing that for which you have been programmed.

In view of what has been said here, choose to listen to people whose opinions will be of value to you. Learn to ignore those who, even though meaning well, provide opinions intended to keep you stagnant.

Seek out those who are successful and ask for their help and opinions. Successful people are almost always willing to help those who are sincerely striving to attain their goals and dreams.

In all things great and small follow your own heart and you cannot go wrong!

Pay It Forward…

I have been reading several posts about paying it forward, helping those in need, and caring about humanity as a whole, I know I have said in the past that its is so easy to do these things simply because you can, how did it feel? Did you think about your act of kindness before you did it? Was it compassion the drove you to help? Did it take anything away from you to do these things? Did you expect a thank you, or payment in return? We are as a whole a "ME" society, we tend to think of ourselves, and our Families first, as well we should, but we should also think of those who don't have family, or anyone that thinks of them first, and simply act.. and in that single compassionate act we become one family, one people, and love grows. Kate