She feels like she understands cultural appropriation — hell, she even uses that exact phrase to describe what she’s doing — yet she remains hesitant to take them down because she likes them. This is perhaps the very meaning of racial entitlement.
“Let’s go for a drink” is so engraved in our lives, because who says “Hey, let’s just meet up as sober people and talk about stuff” — Why the fuck would you do that? “Let’s get a drink” needs no explanation. It’s a thing, everyone knows what happens next.
To me, this teaching of the Buddha is a beautiful contrast to the teachings of many other religions or ideologies. The ability to think and reason for ourselves is the most powerful tool we have to make forward progress both outwardly through technology and scientific advancement and inwardly through moral endeavor.
… for a textual lesson, or Google to instantly see millions of search results from all over the web. There are obvious benefits to this — the wealth of information at our fingertips would have been unfathomable in any era of history. The negative aspect though is that we are losing our ability and desire to think for ourselves, to think critically and deeply, forming our own opinions.
… never saw before. It is exciting to see life through new eyes, with the renewed wonder of a child. Being content with the present is a fundamental part of happiness, and one that our addiction to technology can strip from us by creating endless distractions that we perceive as important. Practicing mindfulness is a way of retraining your brain to focus and become more comfortable with …