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You are the books you read,
the films you watch,
the music you listen to,
the people you meet,
the dreams you have,
the conversations you engage in.
You are what you take from these.
You are the sound of the ocean,
the breath of fresh air,
the brightest light and the darkest corner.
You are a collective of every experience
you have ever had in your life.
You are every single day.
So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence.
Let the words run through your veins
and let the colors fill your mind.

My new motto

Cognitive Biases and Tough Times

Times are tough for dreamers and peace-seekers and everyone trying to protect their rationale from the pandemic of cognitive biases that swindle away civility from the civilian and mislead the people to irrelevant conclusions while chanting the slogans with which they’ve been indoctrinated. 

Happenings everywhere are not addressed for what they are, but for the caricatures made of them.  And our attitudes are an extension of our moral reasoning: how we think the world ought to be.  Feelings come first and we do what we can to find supporting premises to defend those feelings.   And, policymakers and power-seekers understand this.  They manipulate your feelings and then they feed you with a catchphrase to understand it.  Why would an overwhelming number of Americans rally behind politicians that work solely in the interest of the lobbies that fund them?  Ask them.  They’ll reply with catchphrases like “trickle-down wealth” and “you didn’t build that” and “What would Reagan do?” and “47 percent” and “are you better off than you were four years ago” and “the terrorists have won” and “Sharia Law is infiltrating America!” and “death panel” and “We are the 99%” and “the whole world is watching” and “main street, not wall street” – not realizing that these aren’t policies, they’re advertising slogans.

How awfully disenchanting this subject is, I know.  But, the least I can do to address the horrific massacre of besieged and powerless people is to comment on the tragedy that is basic human logic.  A well-dressed, well-spoken, well-educated, well-fed version of Voldemort sloppily assembles a handful of elementary catchphrases (i.e.: “right to defend,” “human shield”) that require no effort to dispute and act as the offensively weak defense of disparate aggression and the perpetuation of civil hatred. 

What society is served by the domestic degradation of any of its population?   One cannot really understand an antagonist until one understands why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.

Anyway, here’s to hoping the experts (Susan Miller) predict a happy tomorrow for all.

xx

Although critics despised Jaguar’s 2005-2006 “Prefer Gorgeous” campaign, I absolutely loved it’s achingly cool aesthetic and its adaptation of Massive Attack’s Two Drops and a Cup of Water.

Now, I’d like to get a little serious for just a moment.

I am an American of Indian origin whose parents were raised in India. They met in Africa, emigrated to America, and now I am the star and creator of my own network television program.  The continents traveled, the languages mastered, and the standardized tests prepared and taken over and over again, and the cultures navigated are amazing even to me.

My family’s dream about a future unfettered by limitations and imposed by who you know and dependent only on what you know was only possible in America.  Their romance with this country is more romantic than any romantic comedy that I could ever write.  

And it’s all because they believed, as I believe, in the concept of inherent fairness that is alive in America — and that here, you could aspire and succeed.  And, my parents believed that their children could aspire and succeed to levels that could not have happened anywhere else in the world.  

And that fairness that my family and I have come to take for granted, all Americans take for granted, is in many ways resting on your shoulders to uphold.  You represent those who will make laws and effect change and that is truly an amazing thing.

… You take words and turn them into the infrastructure that keeps our world stable.