One thing to consider may be citizen’s capacity to resist and to disobey, writes Mark Greif in a post-Trump election editorial.
As citizens have been taking their protest to the streets, the editor of n+1 magazine, observes that “familiar forms of symbolic resistance will not be enough by themselves.”
Rather, Grief suggests that this might be the time for radical civil disobedience.
Refusal of allegiance. Refusal or participation, at all levels. Not showing up. Leaving key government jobs.
Are you worried about your Thanksgiving dinner because politics might slip into the conversation and exacerbate tensions that have been mounting during the exhausting presidential campaign?
In many cases, the worries are justified. A look at the thread on Twitter, and once realizes how political opinion have broken the lines of communication among family members, to the point that somewhere uninvited to Thanksgiving dinner.
Upset by a political outcome, people these days are so angry that they make a sign and hit the streets.
It is happening in the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election. It is happening in Venezuela where the masses have been revolting against President Nicolás Maduro. It happened recently in Colombia after a majority rejected the agreement between the government of Colombia and the FARC guerrilla. It happened a few months ago as a result of Brexit in the U.K.
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Throughout my career, I had the unique opportunity to work and to serve incredibly successful individuals. Though they excel in different fields, from entertainment to sport, from business to politics, they all share a common trait: they master mental toughness.
Mental toughness allowed a successful businessman to battle cancer and to overcome it. It assisted a rock star to find the spark again and to bounce back when an album sold poorly.
Nelson Mandela said that not to forgive is like drinking venom and waiting for the enemy to die.
Forgiveness is a powerful force. A while ago, in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, I had dinner with the parents of a young graffiti artist, Diego Felipe Becerra, who was shot in the back and killed by a police officer. He was only 16 years old.
I made a decision for 2016: to make my health and vitality a priority. To this end, I nominated 2016 the year of body transformation!
In a few months I will turn 47 years and so far I’ve been blessed with good health and strength. But in December I realized that I have never had my health as a value and a priority in my life. Not a smart thing to do.
During my training with Tony Robbins in December, I was surprised to realize that I had never considered health as a value.
It’s now that time of the year I’m always looking for. Over the past few years, I developed the habit of blocking out a few days to review the year that is ending and to create the year that is coming, including some powerful goal setting.
Different people inspired me to do this. Blogger and travel hacking master Chris Guillebeau has a great method. I have incorporated several of his ideas in my own process. Leo Babauta also has a process that gave me great ideas.
When a friend told me he had an extra ticket for Tony Robbins‘ program Date with Destiny in Florida and invited me to go with him, I didn’t hesitate and I said yes on the spot!
For a couple of years, I had played around with the idea of participating in this full immersion experience with Tony Robbins. The price hold me back, but true to be said that was an excuse.
Many years ago, in my early twenties, I had a friend and a mentor who was a philosopher professor in my hometown’s university. We were sitting outdoors, enjoying an ice-cream to protect us from the sticky humidity of that summer afternoon. I liked to meet with this professor, because he had wisdom when it came to read what was going on in the world.
I was moving my first steps in journalism, and I wanted to become good at writing about current events and analyze them in a smart way.
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret,’ Ambrose Bierce, an American journalist who lived a century ago, once wrote.
Did it ever happen to you? That you lose it, unable to control yourself?
Suddenly you feel kidnapped by your own emotions. You get into a reacting mode and external circumstances take over and now control you. Your emotions swing between anger and frustration, between rage and sadness.