The thing I find fascinating about American culture is the fact that we love to buy stuff, but we hate someone selling us. As a society based on consumerism, you would think we would enjoy and look forward to anyone trying to sell anything. “Yes, mall kiosk employee, I love buying stuff so please tell me all about your inventory of gadgets!” But the reality is we avoid eye contact or get a “No thanks” locked and loaded 50 feet before passing said sales person.
We avoid the sales pitch at any cost. It makes us feel uncomfortable and causes us to keep our guard way up. The reality of the situation is that we typically will not buy anything if we feel uncomfortable while doing so. Our brains will not allow us to buy unless we believe the sales person is being honest and unless the purchase “feels right”.
This explains why we visit stores, dealerships, shops, nail salons, bars where we know someone and someone knows us; a place where we feel comfortable. The relationship is vital to almost every aspect of our lives and we prefer to have some connection of some type to someone before we do business.
I am amazed at the number of people who listen intently to the views and opinions of celebrities. Just for the record, I do not. I don’t watch any of the celebrity award shows. I don’t read any celebrity tweets. I simply don’t care what they have to say. But apparently someone does or else Yahoo and other media sources wouldn’t be loaded with info about The Golden Globes.
To some degree society has always been influenced by celebrities. After all most advertising campaigns over the last 70 years have centered around a celebrity spokesperson; and they work which means they have influence.
I have always said every person needs to be careful in who they allow in their inner-circle of influence. The right person with influence can steer the ship toward the stars (no pun intended), but the wrong influencer can take it down for a deep dive. I think it is important for all of us to recognize and be in control of who we allow to have influence in our lives.
With all that is going on in Hollyweird, I’m not so sure any of them are suitable and trustworthy role models.
Over the last few days I have watched the 5 days of the 1995 Senate hearings on the tragedy which occur in Waco, Texas involving the Branch Dravidians. My mentor at the time and college professor, Dr. James Tabor, played a major role in that event, spending many days in 1993 outside the compound trying to help the FBI and ATF understand the mind of someone whose core values and beliefs are rooted in apocalyptic eschatology; fancy way of saying they believe they are living in the last days.
The hearings were fascinating and sparked me to begin rereading some old classics and devise a new reading list and drop the habit of bingeing Netflix at night. As I stated yesterday I’ve added The Power of Habit to the list along with both Paul and Jesus and The Jesus Dynasty by James Tabor. I’ve also pulled off the shelf one of my all time favorites by Sam Keen called Hymns to an Unknown God which chronicles his personal journey from the world of religion into the unknown world of spirituality; it’s a fascinating read. And lastly to balance things out I have included The TB 12 Method by Tom Brady and Fearless by Jo Ann Maxwell.
I have neglected my reading habit and replaced it with a lot of video watching and I plan to add in some more stimulating activities for my brain.
Anyway, I’d be curious to know what you have on your reading schedule; let me know in the comments.
In her concession speech almost a year ago today, Hillary Clinton said, “I know that we still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But someday someone will.” The glass ceiling refers to that upper limit in organizations that remains elusive or difficult for women to reach. While I think we are still bumping our heads on the ceiling, these women in politics have taken it a bit further than it once was.
I need help understanding why the Dreamers affected by DACA don’t simply apply for citizenship. Am I missing something? My wife was not born in the U.S. so to make sure nothing can ever happen with her status, she has gone through the proper channels and will soon be a citizen of the United States. I have 20+ friends who are not natural born citizens who have all gone through the process and become citizens. What am I missing here?