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Betty Anderson
Posted about 1 year ago
When is the last time you went outside and just experienced nature ?
Skomer Island off the Coast of Western Wales. It is a nature preserve. This was May 2013. http://bettyanderson13.blogspot.de/2013/06/west-wales-skomer-island.html A week before that I was in Katelios, Kefalonia, Greece, a small fishing village with lots of wild land. I am living in Berlin now, so there are a lot of parks and everything, and I go to them a lot (yesterday afternoon for example), but they are cultivated.
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Betty Anderson
Posted about 1 year ago
Is Political Correctness really nothing more than an exercise in being dishonest?
Political correctness can mean calling a group of people by the term desired. For example, back when, a person that had an IQ under a certain number was called a imbecile. That was the scientific definition of an imbecile. We then changed it to another euphemism, to make it politically correct. The clinical word for them then became retard (this means slow in many languages and in English). That then became politically incorrect. Now the socially acceptable words are "differently abled" "developmentally changed," and "special needs people." These will soon become politically incorrect, (like "special ed." has become) when the meaning catches up to the word. Then we will move onto other euphemisms. I am not sure I understand the point of this. Obviously people should not use racial slurs. I am not saying that African American is a euphemism for the N-word. In this case, I think people should be politically correct and not use derogatory terms to talk about groups of people. The meaning associated with the N-word is different that the meaning of saying African American. It is similar to referring to women vs bitches. Even though you refer to people with XX chromosomes (or transgender women), the meaning associated with the word is different. It is derogatory. Not using derogatory terms is a form of political correctness, and I find nothing wrong with that. I do have problems when history is changed in order to be PC. That does not help anyone.
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Betty Anderson
Posted about 1 year ago
How do you balance living practically, with reaching for your dreams? How much does material gain matter, realistically?
You can have both. I find that academic success generally leads to freedom, or at least travel. You want to travel. That costs money. If you want to have the life you want, you need to acquire the means to do it. I studied abroad last semester for 5 months in the United Kingdom, and now I am doing research in Berlin this summer for 3 months. These experiences did not cost too much money because of their academic nature. My 5 month in the UK probably cost me $4,000 more than living back home and my trip to Germany, although I am making less money than I would if I was working back home, is basically free. My stipend covers my living expenses (not my travel expenses). The better positioned you are in life, the more opportunities you will have. For example, I am living in Germany right now because I got an academic scholarship to do research here. Also, if you do end up getting material wealth. you can take a 2 week vacation anywhere every year. After 30 year years of that, you will be well traveled. I also find that searching for happiness will not let you find it. The only way for me to be happy and content is to know that what I am doing is worthwhile and productive. It is a sense of accomplishment that makes me content. Find something you like doing, are passionate about and work your butt off. Don't do something you hate, obviously. I want to travel as well. I know that the only way to travel is to work really hard in academia, and become economically successful.
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Betty Anderson
Posted about 1 year ago
Is the vilification of smokers a good thing or a bad thing?
When condemning a bad deed, it is very hard to not attach a social stigma to the perpetrators. Historically, I cannot think of a single case where the two did not go hand in hand, but many where they did. We vilify drunk drivers, murderers, child molesters, etc, but we do not belittle them. (Not that smokers are as bad as those people, they are just the first people that society vilifies that popped into my head). I am not sure if society does belittle smokers. Do we? If do, how?