Re: What do you do?
I think we should place less emphasis on our jobs or professions. For someone like me, who hasn't worked in years (due to health problems), I hate being asked that question. What do I do? I do nothing. How's that for an answer. But I'm a living human being - with many interests, opinions and feelings. Instead, how about asking, "What do you think?" That's a much more interesting question, if you ask me.
I never quite know how to respond to the question, "What do you do?" without divulging my complete medical history - and to strangers, that isn't always comfortable. Normally, I say I'm "retired," but I'm only 43, then they immediately think I'm a rich former Microsoft employee who cashed in. Quite the opposite. The only other response I can think of is to say, "Oh, I'm a Bon Vivant." Which raises a few eyebrows, I can assure you.
So before you ask somebody, "What do you do?" - think. Harder.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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