It’s 9 pm already and you haven’t yet had a second to concentrate on yourself. Even if you want to devote time to healing and self-development, it’s a challenge to find time. What can you do in 15 minutes to cultivate a loving attitude, heal your emotional pain, develop discipline, and change your brain for the better? Let me reassure you: fifteen minutes a day can change your life’s trajectory!
Let’s start by recognizing that we all care about fetuses and believe they have some moral status. Whether you’re discussing this issue with someone is pro-choice, pro-life, or declares undecided, take it for granted that s/he doesn’t wish harm on a fetus. I mean, it’s safe to say that protesters who are pro-choice aren’t pro-death; they’re protesting for what they believe are women’s rights. There’s a difference – like protesting in favor of job creation isn’t the same as protesting in favor of fossil fuel usage, even if increased workforce participation not-indirectly results in increase fossil fuels usage. The point: we all recognize that fetuses have a moral status but can’t agree on three things: first, when that moral status comes about, second, what that moral status should be called, and third, what rights it earns the fetus.
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Personhood is a topic that bears legal and moral consequences. You might have heard about it in discussions of immigration or abortion. But even if those issues don’t relate to you personally, personhood is still an important topic for you. Your security and status in society require an entrenched concept of personhood developed over hundreds of years. Personhood relates to all rights, responsibilities, respect, citizenship, voting, and freedom.
The designation of personhood adds special significance to what would otherwise be regarded as a mere thing. The personhood designation says: [pointing to someone] That thing is not merely an object, but is a person. That means it requires special treatment and special ethical consideration – you can’t kill it and can’t treat it however you want, as you would a brick, or a computer, or a stuffed bear.
This week’s journal topic: Fame Being famous is a new career choice and a highly desirable one for Millennials and Gen Z. Twenty years ago, if you asked an elementary school student what she wanted to be when she grew up, she might have named veterinarian, scientist, or doctor as dream careers. The Barbie dolls of the 90’s reflect these choices. If you asked a student of the same age nowadays, you might hear the answer, “Famous!” Closely related are the “careers” of Instagrammer, vlogger, Youtuber, and Twitch star. Paris Hilton led the way of the tribe of women who are famous-for-being-famous. Kim Kardashian followed a few years later and continues to reign as a pop-culture Queen. And so-called “DJ” Khalid is known more for his social media presence than talent. Fame certainly has an appeal to our generation. Even though it’s clear that fame is a much tougher game than beautiful Instagram profiles make it seem, the number of young people throwing their entire lives into the ring keeps increasing. After the dust settles, …
I’m excited to announce the first of a series of four workshops on emotional and mental wellness. The first workshop is taking place on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver. There are limited spaces, so please RSVP by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org This workshop focuses on teaching the skills required to live happily and healthily. It’ll be fun, informative and transformative. It will end with a Restorative Yoga practice to leave you feeling refreshed!
(This post is part of a weekly series for Know Thyself 2019, a 365 day journal project. Start here!) This week’s topic: Race & Race Skepticism This week’s topic is contentious and avoided in polite conversation. However, the topic arises in political and social dimensions of life. For example, affirmative action is sometimes a legal requirement in the United States with respect to promotions or admissions criteria. In Canada, race is sometimes a requirement for prospective adoptive parents or for access to social programs. Despite the frequent appearance of the concept of race in politics and society, most people avoid speaking plainly and openly about it for fear of offending someone. Definitions are left to academics who nurture their thoughts while hidden in the safety of ivory towers. And since the rest of us are not openly speaking about it, there is little motivation to think deeply about it. If (quite shockingly) the topic arises, it’s polite to say, “I don’t have an opinion.” But that’s not honest with yourself, nor is it conducive to thinking …