welcome to the exam season! nevertheless i do some leisure reading now and then and today i amassed three articles so i think that deserves a post.
and also the genius friend’s birthday. maybe one day it will be an important day.
drank a shot of olive oil as a result of a pact with a friend for not going to the gym hahahha it was so horrible.
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today is a public holiday
some stressful times are about to come…
wow i didn’t know that there is no coronavirus deaths at all in Vietnam and they have less than 400 cases though their population is 97 million…damn…real definition of “learning from past experiences”. maybe other people were making fun of them for taking such drastic measures at the beginning…well jokes are on those people now.
for a summary, please see my tweet(s)
i will not discuss anything about racism in this post.
my pledge is to donate at least an amount of money the same as my age every year to a worthy cause.
before anyone comes to me with the “well not everyone has that kind of extra cash as you!”, here is the maths.
i am currently 23 years old. next year i will be 24, so let’s take that as an example since the numbers would be round and beautiful.
24 divided by twelve months is just 2 a month. or 0.50 a week.
(please note that i omitted currency symbols since everyone uses a different currency. you may donate 24JPY (about 0.24€ or 0.22$) as you please.)
most of my peers are already working, and i doubt that it’s that hard to save 0.50 of something per week. even for students, it is doable.
for every new year, the amount that you need to save per month is increased by 1 divided by 12 which is about 0.083 per month. it takes a full 12 years for you to have to save an extra one something per month. and don’t tell me your earning capacity will not increase after 12 years. (ok maybe you would actually tell me that and i am sorry)
even if you are 96 years old, you only have to donate 2 per week, 8 per month. well sorry to assume that everyone would have a wealthy retired life but these are just examples. you could of course pay forward during your more able years.
unless your job exclusively focuses on making certain minorities’ lives better or if you volunteer, all talk is not helping in any way. what we can do is offer our time and energy (that does not include being angry on social medias), or something more substantial, like money or other material goods.
for those who don’t have the time and/or energy to help, money would be more practical since it’s hard to know what needs there are.
does everyone have to donate?
no. only do what you can within your capacity.
do i have to tell everyone that i donated?
no, it’s up to you. i can’t find the quote but basically, don’t do something just to tell people about it. be sincere. i posted because i am comfortable about it.
what other worthy causes are there?
tbh, i only know a few mainstreams one, like for refugees, LGBTQA+, climate change movements, orphanages, etc. ok climate change is not a person but you get it.
Twitter has been angry and i made some observations. this is based on my tweet
social media is great. you get to see how it’s like
when powerful people get angry.
when famous people get angry.
when smart people get angry.
when stupid people get angry.
this got me to think and explore a little deeper and then i don’t think i lie in any of these categories (at least i hope not) then came the next thought (tweet)
and normal people being angry. which is pretty much…normal. like the healthy amount. not disproportionate.
and then since i provided some explanation on normal people being angry normally. how are the other angrys (not a legit word) like?
in my opinion:
powerful people: probably pulling strings to make things happen. could be good or bad. like undercover cops creating chaos? bad. but there might be good things that we don’t see (yet).
famous people: create awareness. tbh i wouldn’t even think much about the current issue if not for so many people speaking up about it. and that’s also a problem cos these issues actually appeared TO BE NORMAL to me. that’s actually kinda fucked up. i mean, i grew up in a country where i don’t get fair treatment because of my skin colour. so like, it’s been a tacit acceptance my whole life. haha
smart people: really subtly. they make you think why this happened (and come to conclusions on our own; which could deviate from what another individual thinks, but does that really matter?) and suggest ways that we could do to improve things. in a way, they would help us grow and leave this situation as a little better person.
stupid people: makes you want to say “yes you can be angry and you have the right to do so but you don’t have to be THAT angry” or “you’re being angry at the wrong thing”.
these are of course just my own views and my thinking could probably be more refined. maybe i’ll explore this topic further in the future. maybe i’ll leave this here. who knows.
also, i think it’s Father’s Day today and it’s a public holiday so yay i don’t have to go to work. have been slowly trying to get back to a better life rhythm (is that even a legit phrase) (if not, well, i just invented it). how is your life rhythm going?
the coronavirus is creating chaos in the world in various ways; except the fact that we’re destroying Mother Nature less; but now it might even cause problems between people who are single and people who are not…who would’ve thought? everything that sociologists has ever learnt might all change after this ends hmm…