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Can We Find Balance in an Accelerating iWorld?

It’s official.  Electricity has finally taken over.

iThis, eThat, social hysteria, video, text, blog, apps, chat, drones, robots.  Who thought ten years ago that if you walked down a busy urban sidewalk, nearly everyone would be looking down at some rectangular illuminated universe.  Does anyone even look up from their ‘smart’ phones anymore?  Apparently, the Millennial that rear-ended my neighbor in an intersection a few days ago didn’t.

What will the next 10 years bring?

I think we were all wishing technology would improve the quality of our lives.  And in many cases it has.  But more often that not, it’s created an instant response mania that resembles a stampede of frenzied lemmings, speeding toward the nearest cliff of no return.

People are working harder and under more stress that ever before, in jobs that follow them around 24/7.  Workers are getting pigeonholed into high tech specializations that will render their skill set obsolete in less than a decade.

Furthermore, because we’re still human beings in a three dimensional world, our relationships and health require time and commitment.  How can we prioritize our limited time budget in a world constantly demanding our electronically controlled attention?  Can we find balance in world where no one can escape the unbridled chaos of technology?

According to an IT friend of mine, the chasm between the ‘knows’ and the ‘knows not’ is also accelerating at breakneck pace.  Apparently, Silicon Valley is deeply engrossed in the process of inventing technology to run our technology.  Things are moving so fast. it seems Generation Y is already teetering on the brink of becoming obsolete.  My generation was rendered irrelevant long ago.  Maybe the entire human race will become outdated.

What are we to do?

Sure, you can take time to meditate, join a yoga class, workout, spend some quality time with your family, and take your wife out on date night.  That stress management approach to life worked fairly well in the late 20th century and early 21st century.  But now, as soon as you step out of your yoga class, the latest iPhone has just been released.  The whizzing wheel of technology, targeted at three to 18-year-olds, took it up a notch while you were in savasana.  And it’s not slowing down.

On the other hand, it’s also clear, we’re in an historical period of unparalleled, collective spiritual growth.  Sufi mystic and author, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, suggests the rapid rate of global acceleration is occurring in order to create a world more directly reflecting spirituality.  Maybe so.  It certainly seems to be out of the hands of any mere mortal’s control.  Wisdom may well be suggesting to turn it all over to a higher power and hang on for the ride.  I think we’re being pushed very hard by a higher intelligence to reach a point where we finally turn to each other to experience love.  In the end, that’s probably all that will really matter.

There’s a part of me that would like to drop-kick the portion of technology that fragments and isolates us.  Instead, my wish for the future would be to help us connect more directly, heart to heart and face to face.  Will it be possible to create a balance of unity and togetherness, in the midst of a techno-driven, obsessed, and distracted iWorld?  I guess we’ll find out soon enough.  But if you ask me, I think we can only pull it off if our united hearts lead the way.

So, next time we meet…

In attempt to achieve a little balance, I’ll put my phone down for a few minutes, if you put down yours.

Side note:  On the very evening I finished writing his article, a wind storm with near-hurricane force blew through my town and knocked the power out in freezing temperatures.  Hundreds of thousands of us were left technology-free for the better part of a week.  On one hand, it was wonderful—our community rallied like never before.  On the other hand, maybe I should be more careful about what I ask for.

So what did I do to appease the Weather Gods?  I went out and bought a new smart phone (no joke).

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Tips on how to handle difficult people

In this blog post, I will give you a few techniques for dealing with difficult people. I have gotten a few of my tips from this link. I have found it to be very helpful lately. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/06/25/dealing-with-difficult-people/#1fe5e0216329

Some people will try to drag you down. It may be difficult to avoid this type of person especially if they mean a lot to you. If someone is trying to bring you down, don’t tune them out. If they think that you aren’t listening to them, they will try to be more forceful with their argument or rant. Try to put yourself in their shoes. If you can think like them, you might be able to understand what is upsetting them and help them out. Continue reading and add your comment

Feminism

I think, to gain true equality, men and women need to work together. I believe that if men and women can work together, they will get a lot more work done. A woman will think of the plan that she wants to execute and the man will go through with the plan. If we could do that, we would have more solutions to problems and hopefully resolve the problem.
A couple of things that I hope Clinton will change is equal pay for equal experience. Not equal pay for equal work. One thing that I am sure will change is more women will believe that they can run for more powerful positions in the government.
Clinton has had experience in the White House and knows how the role of President works. She is also Secretary of State so she knows how the government works.
I do not believe that we need feminism. I believe that we need to learn not to put each other down simply because we don’t agree with the others views. People need to see that men don’t rule the world, nor do women.
While it is true that some men do not view women as their equals; do we really need a specific movement that is for women? No, we don’t. We need a movement that is specifically for equality. If we can do this, then I believe that the world will be a better place.

Feminism: 20th Century

During World War II America saw 2.2 million women go into the work force to support their families as the men went overseas. The women worked on planes, in factories, and at the shipyards. Some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. They included the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, who on March 10, 2010, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

One of the greatest inspirations during World War II for women was Rosie the Riveter. The made-up character had a poster of her showing off her biceps and saying “We Can Do It.”

After the war was over the men returned and took the jobs Continue reading and add your comment

Feminism: Then

The reason I am writing this article is because (as I’m sure you have heard) Hilary Clinton was nominated by the Democratic party to run for president. She would be the first female president. It would be one of the greatest accomplishments in feminism history. Even if she does not become president, her nomination is still a great accomplishment.

In this article I want to look at the history of women’s power and women’s rights. It has varied a lot over the years.

Let’s begin in Egypt, where women sometimes ran everything. Continue reading and add your comment

Transgender Bathroom

Lately there have been a lot of articles on “Transgender bathrooms”. Personally, I don’t care if I share a bathroom with someone who used to be a man or someone who is currently going through the process of changing genders. These are people. How would you feel if someone told you “you can’t use the bathroom that you identify as.” I imagine most of you would feel uncomfortable and weird about it. That is exactly (I’m guessing) how the Transgender people feel.

These transgender folks are human. They are just like you, the only difference is they did not feel comfortable in the body they were born in. They didn’t feel like they fit in. Transgender people are sons or daughters. They have families, they have friends. They have a soul, a heart, dreams, wishes. They are (As i said before) just like you.

There are downsides to the whole thing. Some people can claim to be transgender and decide to go into the female or male bathroom and spy on you. Another concern is they will be harassed. I strongly urge you not to. That is just wrong and it’s horrible. Put yourselves in their shoes.

Transgender people already deal with a lot of bull crap, they don’t need to deal with anymore crap that people throw at them. Be kind and respect their life decisions. They respect yours.

Thanks for reading.

Elizabeth

School

This has been a large debate for many years but for the past couple of months, people are making it into a bigger deal than it actually is. A dress code is there for a reason. They are not meant to oppress anyone! Yes, boys get away with it more often than girls, but boys are not wearing short shorts that practically reveal parts of you that should only be seen by yourself. If you follow the dress code then you will not be sent home and “miss school because of “unfair treatment””. Seriously people! Follow the dress code. It is there to keep you modest.

My old high school and middle school kept extra clothes in case there was a student who was not following the dress code. The student would have to put on an oversized shirt or sweatpants (They were always returned and put in a dirty basket then washed every other day) and then sent back to class. They would miss 5 minutes at most. If your school does not do this, maybe the student body can suggest this and then students won’t miss class.

The bottom line? Don’t be dumb and just follow the damn dress code!

Riding the Bus

Referring back to my previous post about being open with people, the tips that are provided are really helpful! I ride the bus to work and people are always talking to me. But one woman, I actually started a conversation with her! She and I became bus buddies quickly. She does most of the talking, but I don’t mind. It’s just nice having someone that is willing to talk to you and not feel like you are being forced to talk to them. It’s alarming that a lot of people on the bus will force you to talk when you clearly don’t want to! Like don’t they know, headphones/ear buds are the universal sign of ‘don’t talk to me’? This also happened with another person, but I didn’t start the conversation, he talked to me first. We had a nice conversation about the route we both take and just talk about random things. The Monday and Thursday bus driver is a chatty person, which I don’t mind so much anymore.