The Big Shit.
There are lots of concerning things happening in the world. I try not to consume news I don't act on, because it stresses me out. So here's what I'm trying to do to reduce worldsuck and some resources that might help you in your own efforts.
So many people are panicked right now.
And rightfully so.
The news seems dire.
The only way I've maintained the ability to move, though, amidst paralyzing true, human, horror stories, is to focus on the helpers, those who are coming up with ideas and trying to make things better.
It's good for my hope, health, and sanity.
To start, an organization called 80,000 hours offers listings of humanity's most important and solvable problems and how to use one's career to impact them.
I, however, haven't really taken the scientific advice. I've followed my heart and head and people I love. My priorities and rationales are these. They are imperfect and ever developing.
Equity, Sustainability, Joy.
Promoting Self Directed Education
Promoting Humane Writing Education
Promoting LGBTQIA+ Acceptance
Promoting Trusting and Empowering Teens and other young people.
Promoting Fun for adults who haven't had any in ages!
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
~ Fred Rogers
Photographic evidence of amusement.
These are some of my favorite talks/videos/speeches. I hope you enjoy them and learn something new!
Definitely send me your own favorites as well, or any thoughts on these you'd like to discuss!
You made it to the bottom! Woo!
Below you'll find some recent-ish writing of mine (and here you'll find even more), featuring thoughts and stories tangentially related to everything from technology to teaching to tarantulas. Opinions recorded therein were held with conviction at the time of writing and are subject to change on a whim.