"How to make science, technology, & medicine better going forward"

An excerpt from one of my assignments:

To make science, technology, and medicine better going forward, America can’t be profit-driven. At least not in a gross “the richest 1% in the U.S. have more wealth than the bottom 90%” kind of way. Medicine would drastically improve if America didn’t want to profit off of sick people. The world would be closer to the truth if science were more transparent. As a whole, science needs to open its doors wider. More populations of people need to be a part of science and be represented; it can’t just be white people. It can’t just be men. Science needs to acknowledge its biases because if a human is involved in science, then it can’t be 100% objective. The public needs to be told what the scientists’ motives are and to know WHO funds scientific research. Any sponsorships in science, even indirect forms of receiving money, must be open to the public. And again, profit cannot be the number one concern. If there weren’t a societal obsession with making extraneously high amounts of money, industries like tobacco, meat, and oil would act more socially responsible and be driven to care for this planet.

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The Power of Positive Affirmations

“Affirmations-- positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.”

 

Affirmations are powerful, powerful tools. Affirmations manifest into reality using the law of attraction. Create an affirmation, WRITE IT DOWN, and repeat it to yourself everyday.

 

What’s a change you want to make in your actions or beliefs?

 

WRITE IT DOWN.

Grab a piece of paper, any colored writing utensil, and write down 5 positive affirmations – RIGHT NOW.

Do it on a napkin if you have to!

 

Remember:

Your affirmations must use POSITIVE words and try to write them in the present tense!

 

For example:

☆☆☆ I am beautiful.

☆☆☆ I am grateful for my friends.

☆☆☆ I am making progress towards my goals.

☆☆☆ I am successful.

☆☆☆ I love my body.

☆☆☆ I am proud of myself.

 

Keep your affirmations in your wallet, put them on your wall, stick them to your mirror – place them wherever you feel is best. Return to your affirmations everyday, repeat them over and over, and feel the positive changes you are making for yourself. ♥

A discussion of dichotomies ft. Mind vs. Body & Rational vs. Emotional

 The more I go on experiencing this whole life thing, the more I start to question why we, as humans, dichotomize the mind and the body. We pin the mind against the body and we pin the body against the mind, as if they aren’t one.

But here’s the truth:

 

The mind controls the body

And

The body controls the mind

 

It’s a balance—like yin and yang.

 

That’s not to say it’s not useful to acknowledge some kind of distinction, but I have come to realize -- and have once been guilty of it myself – that people don’t only categorize things into dualities. People always give value to them, and believe one to be better than the other. Even if it’s a subconscious occurrence.

 

And that’s the problem with dichotomies—there’s no inherent problem with saying there’s “this” and there’s “that,” however people have become incapable of thinking “this” and “that” are equal.

 

For example…

What do you think of when you hear the word “emotional”

……….

…….

….

 

Some people think:

·      Subjective

·      Not logical

·      Too many feelings

·      Etc.

People often think that being emotional means that you can’t think clearly because your emotions get in the way of “rationality.”

 

Now, what do you think of when you hear the word “rational”

……….

…….

….

  

Some people think:

·      Objective

·      Logical

·      Makes sense

·      Etc

 

The words that surface when we think of “emotions” / being “emotional” have a negative context in our society. We have come to value the aspects we’ve assigned to “emotions” as less than when compared to the aspects we’ve assigned to “rationality.”

 

Emotions are often placed as separate, opposite, and less-valued than “rationality.”

 

Are emotions not real? Are they not rational? Are having emotions irrational?

Does being rational mean removing your emotions?

Can you be rational with disregard to your emotions and the emotions of others?

  

Do emotions not determine rationality? (Many people would disagree with the idea that emotions determine rationality, but nothing is ever truly objective. Anything you define as rational has a connection to your inner values and beliefs; those inner values and beliefs are dictated by your emotions).

 

Another problem I see with dualities is that they’re restrictive. What happens when there are only two boxes to check but you or something or anything fits outside of those two boxes?

 

Life isn’t black and white, Life is all of the shades of grey in between.

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