Instead, our challenge is to really begin to lay the foundations of a better future. Doing those great, noble, and wise things that promise higher qualities and quantities of life tomorrow. What are they, concretely? They are things that matter, put simply. As big as curing diseases, feeding the poor, mitigating climate change, addressing inequality — or as tiny but vast as giving a handful of people a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging again. Then we give people a reason to realize themselves — and in that pursuit, they feel optimism.
I, however, would like to suggest an alternative mechanism. I think that we raise men to be angry by default. We deny them the ability to fully feel or label their emotions, which also denies them the ability to fully understand their needs. This leads to a general omnipresent anger, as they are unable to meet their own needs. However, if you give them a partner, especially if you give them a female partner, this anger will be managed. Their needs will be cared for, so they do not need to understand their own emotions because someone else will understand their emotions and attend to their needs for them.
Set a goal — something reasonable; something real — and work for it. And while doing so, cultivate an inner mindset where your happiness doesn’t hinge on the result, and in fact doesn’t hinge on anything other than the present moment and your dedication to emotional wellbeing.
The U.S. needs to suspend all arms sales, freeze assets, and impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia. The easiest way to validate this notion is to call on millions of neurons, informed by the history and code of the strongest brand in the world, the U.S. How to summon the neurons? Easy, think of two words: 1. Bone 2. Saw.
The U.S. is a $20T economy. To erode our brand code is to weaken the margins and loyalty of every product and service we produce. Billions of people buy our products and services based on our discipline to sacrifice short-term profits in support of our code. Eroding our brand in exchange for $15–$110B in arms sales (a value of 0.1%–0.6% of our GDP) is not only the wrong thing to do, but the stupid thing to do.
Just this past weekend, in Brazil’s presidential election, right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro, who has been called “The Donald Trump of Brazil,” made a very strong showing in the first round of voting, coming up just short of an outright victory. Bolsonaro has a long record of attacks against immigrants, against minorities, against women, against LGBT people. Bolsonaro, who has said he loves Donald Trump, has praised Brazil’s former military dictatorship, and has said, among other things, that in order to deal with crime, police should simply be allowed to shoot more criminals. This is the person who may soon lead the world’s fifth most populous country, and its ninth largest economy.
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