This Week In Comments: Aug 7th—13th

Another week, another fine selection of comments. 

Are the Faithful More Selfish Than Atheists?


1. Joel Case Sr.: Do you know of any atheist charities soup kitchens or shelters?

2. Jaron Talotta: It can easily go both ways. The atheist has all the right, given their stance, to rape and plunder this planet as much as they want because the grave is eternal. The main religions can do the same, since Earth is nothing but a small pitstop on the way to eternal paradise. The best belief system is a form of reincarnation, that way what people do on Earth in one life will, in some small way at least, affect them in their next. Perhaps a very primal symbolic form of this could replace both modern day secularism and religion.

Why Very Smart People Are Happiest Alone


1. Pauline Lin: It's mostly because they don't need to consume their energy on idiots that sweat over petty trivial matters. To deal with people with no common sense or intelligence of any sorts is the most stressful.

Another fact is that most intelligent people are introverts, or luckier, ambiverts. They need solitudes regularly to reflect and recharge.

2. Shawn Bennett: Yes and no...it's completely dependant on the individual. While yes an intelligent person does see more of how the world works. We do crave intellectual stimuli from others. Which can be infuriating and depressing when we cannot find it. While I often revel in my solitude I also would love some good conversation over a few brews. Life can be lonely as an intellectual.

Do You Know Your Conflict Triggers?

Eapen Thomas: I follow a very simple method , I cut off anything negative from my mind and from what others say. I encourage constructive criticism and healthy discussions.

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively


Rosiar Nhoj: I took a few weeks off of work because of an injury. I started to learn piano, and did my first bit of writing in many years. I'd rather be broke than working 70+ hours per week just to have a better piss pot.

Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom on Diet

Craig Flanadu: Carbs and sugar are the culprit. I started a keto diet a few months back and I'm down 25+ lbs. It might not work for everyone but it definitely works for me. I was concerned about cholesterol from a higher fat diet (I eat a lot of bacon, etc) but on my last checkup my cholesterol levels were as low as they've ever been.

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What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?

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Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.

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34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America

A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.

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  • Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
  • The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
  • According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

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  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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