- can I salvage this failure?
- can I turn this failure into something else that’s just as good?
- how bad is this failure really?
- is there a lesson that I can learn from this experience?
- the economy as we once knew it is in shambles
- there are numerous tax loopholes that benefit the rich, allowing them to pay taxes at a lower percentage than many middle-class families
- corporations are not generally held too accountable for their actions (see bailouts, lack of litigation of some pretty heinous corporate crimes)
- corporations often have too much influence in electoral processes, due to the sheer size of their contributions
But their critics question whether the methods used by the Occupy movement are the right way to go about raising these points at all, since:
- they’re seen as anti-capitalist (I’m not entirely convinced that this is a bad thing, looking at where capitalism has gotten us in recent years)
- there’ve been a number of Occupy-related arrests in movements across the globe
- they’re seen as more of a burden on the locations they’re in than they are peaceful protests, as the infrastructures aren’t meant to maintain such a large tent-based population in such concentrated numbers for so long
- finally, they question whether the protests are at all productive, or whether they’re just a bunch of people doing nothing more than giving the news something to write about
“Why everything that’s supposed to be bad make me feel so good?Everything they told me not to is exactly what I would
Man I tried to stop man I tried the best I could
But (You make me smile)”
–Kanye West, “Addiction”
ob·ses·sionnoun äb-ˈse-shən, əb-Definition of OBSESSION1: a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling; broadly : compelling motivation <an obsession with profits>
1hab·itnoun ˈha-bətDefinition of HABIT7a : a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance7b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <got up early from force of habit>7c : addiction <a drug habit>
So in looking at these, what can we learn about an addiction?
- One is ruled by an addiction
- One does not act when they are addicted, instead they carry out actions as governed by their addiction
How do you battle an addiction When you simply can’t help yourself — when your actions feel less and less like they’re your own and more like an unseen force is guiding you to do things — even though you might get less and less enjoyment from them as time passes — what can you do to regain control of your life?
What good is a schedule if you’re not going to use it?
I’ve often spoken about the perils of having too many material possessions and how too often we can let ourselves be ruled by stuff. It sucks. It keeps a hold on you and fills you with unnecessary worry and anxiety.
- “Oh, but what’ll happen to my car?”
- “I lost my phone — what am I gonna do?!”
- “ARGH! This is why I never lend things things to people — look at the spine of this book!”
But I think we’ve got to a point in the year where we can have a good conversation without being too preachy, right?
“Don’t get mad, get even.”
Those who fail to plan plan to fail. How true it is. Planning isn't something that comes naturally to me at all. I rather do things flying by the seat of my pants, forever improvising and adjusting my path to achieve success. It's worked pretty well so far — I'm not incapable of thinking ahead, I just don't like to do it. But you sure do learn a lot through the planning that you failed to do.
- carefully considering the things we want to buy before we actually buy them;
- making better life choices that don’t entrap us or lessen our quality of life, but instead liberate us to live the lives we actually want to live; and
- being able to unlock the secret to happiness and identify when our behaviours actually lead us in the opposite direction (and this happens way too often)
We overcomplicate our lives by convincing ourselves that everything isn’t simply part of one greater whole.