Daily reminder that nothing is just black or just white. There will always be something positive from a negative situation and reversed.
Its your choice to make the best of it and learn and grow from ur ‘mistakes’
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So I just finished watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I would recommend this piece to literally everyone who's on social media. A lot of people's brains were mindblown as they were now exposed to the reality of the social platforms they frequent. Not so much for me because I am in the Advertising business and therefore have the advantage of understanding the true purpose and objective of social platforms.
To summarise, basically, what your social platforms are doing is creating a business model that profits / monetises off how how well it understands its users. What this means is everytime you're on Facebook for example, you're being shown content from three buckets; Engagement (what you watch / read / engage with), Growth (how to make you visit FB again and again) and Ads from Advertisers that may interest you to ultimately profit of you. Each of these buckets are powered by algorithms whose job is to figure out what to show you.
So you're basically being targeted with all sorts of content curated specially with the intention of keeping you engaged for as long as possible on the platform. Because the longer you spend your time on the platform, the more its AI learns about you, to build an even more accurate model that will allow them to make better predictions of you. Whoever has the best model, wins.
6 things I did regularly during the MCO and CMCO period to stay sane.
a) Learned how to cook. Can't believe it took a forced measure to stay at home to actually learn how to make my mum's cooking. Excellent mother-daughter bonding time and they get a helping hand too which reduces their stress of cooking everyday.
b) Binge watch stand up comedy and rom com movies and series on Netflix. I was very much intrigued and impressed by spanish based shows as they had a strong independent and women empowerment based storylines which was refreshing. No topic was a taboo for them be it same sex relationships, sex before marriage, never feeling the pressure of being married as a woman which I think a lot women today need as inspiration to focus solely on themselves.
c) Went on long drives in my car. We are not chickens meant to stay cooped up at home. Just get in your car and go for a long drive with your fav music on. You will feel 100% again :)
d) Regularly scheduled zoom night hang outs with colleagues and friends. This gives you something to look forward to on a weekly basis while checking in on each other and keeping each other sane.
e) This one is my favourite. Use the time at home to mask and love your skin. Put on a face mask while you're working. Your skin will love you and your mood will be lifted with the results.
f) Gardening and plant shopping. I know almost everyone on my social feed has taken this up as a hobby but the reason is very clear. Plants are pretty, provide oxygen and they are highly therapeutic :)
For those who have not experienced racism, it’s hard to appreciate the subtlety of its influence and its infiltration into thoughts and actions, coded behaviours and subconscious responses both for perpetrator and recipient.
I have not experienced it directly, though I have encountered other forms of discrimination throughout my life.
Empathy is not an abstract idea or feeling, as humans we understand it personally most often through a story.
In order to grow, we need to listen to the experience of others who are different than us.
Here is a very interesting perspective of someone who experienced racism as a passenger.
What are your thoughts or tips on growing empathy within?