How are you? Did you know that according to Chinese wisdom, a premature baby is going to grow up to be a strong and smart leader? Perhaps it's all that fighting for their life early on that sets the tone for the rest of their lives.
Mom told me this because my brother and his wife just had their FIFTH child. And she's a preemie. They've named her Nora (love that name) and so far she's doing well for being born at about 7 months.
But this old Chinese belief reminded me of a few things: how much that idea sounds like something Americans would love (underdog-ism) and how people are not governments.
This idea also made me think of "seeing the big picture", something we're lost in our internet-fast world. It's hard though, not to go for the instant gratification, or to ask yourself, if this thing you are getting so upset over, will it matter next week or next year.
Which reminds me of this YT video called "Don't chase happiness. Become anti-fragile." It's a good reminder for me because these are tough times and I like nothing more than to give up. Just sink into the despair that is all greed and corruption, but when I close my eyes for that last time, I want to be able to say, "I tried, damn it. I tried."
Things Worth Sharing
🌟 As someone who considers herself a bit of a clean freak, reading my friend Alisabeth's Love and Dirt essay in Guenica magazine was enlightening to say the least.
🌟 Occasionally, I look at Ground News and scan the headlines. It's a site that tries to help readers consume more balanced perspectives by presenting news that is both left or right leaning.
🌟 I'm always open to new search engines, as I'm convinced that participating too much in the Google or Microsoft empire is a bad thing. You.com is ad-free, customizable, and private.
🌟 In case you are interested in breaking out of your filter bubble, or just want some tools on how to tell if news is fake, here's a source from LMU's William H. Hannon Library.
🌟 Actually, things are getting bananas -- and by things, I mean AI (Artificial Intelligence). Eric has been exploring "Will AI replace human artists?" as he has been working with AI art firsthand.