Gary Vaynerchuk also known as “Gary Vee” is an entrepreneur who shares the story of his path to success widely. His presence on social media platforms is full of motivational and ‘tell it like it is’ advice.
In this video he describes how being self aware can get you to the next level. The greatest asset that you have in life is, yourself. Recognizing your strengths and your limitations is the key to knowing where you need to go and how you can get there.
Skin color is an contentious topic for many. It is truly arbitrary but has evolved to have incredible meaning across cultural and ‘racial’ lines. The literal determination of pigment in skin is simple- it’s the amount of melanin that your body produces. This biological process is purely an adaptation of necessity.
Why do people from the tropics generally have darker skin color that those who live in colder climates? Variations in human skin color are adaptive traits that correlate closely with geography and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Melanin, the skin’s brown pigment, is a natural sunscreen that protects tropical peoples from the many harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
The concept of skin color is just the body evolving biologically to protect itself from the sun. Somewhere along the way, a distinction developed between light and dark skin. The battle of pigment is likely derived from centuries of brainwashing through colonization and segregation for power.
Discrimination against those with different skin is more than skin deep. These divisions have expanded into subconscious perceptions and have real internal and external consequences. Skin color is now a package deal with preset expectations and characterizations of the person it sits on. This rationale is perpetuated in media and among people in everyday society.
Racism is so powerful and systematic that the assumptions that are bred within its culture, have had long lasting effects on there targeted communities. Colorism has taken hold of many communities of color, forever changing the psyche of the people who enact on it.
The conditioning is so elaborate that people with medium to dark skin tones are actually bleaching their skin to become lighter. It is widely believed that lighter skin leads to better opportunities and upward mobility.
Reversing gilded belief systems won’t happen overnight- but some perspective, never hurts. If we as humans have learned anything from modern science, it is not to be weary of the unknown. The mixed bag of genetics is just that, mixed. Appearances are just evolutionary adaptations to the environments of our ancestors. The alarm of fear should not be sounded over aesthetics.
Remove the sentiment associated with the color of ones skin. Skin color is not a determination of character or moral fiber. View it, for its intended purpose, a vessel and protector. In the 21st century, the war the has been waged against it is outdated and futile.
Donatello Versace is a famed fashion designer for the well known luxury brand, Versace. In a recent interview with Vogue, she was asked 73 questions that shed light on her personality rather than her perceived persona.
In the interview, she says the biggest misconception about her is that people think she is unfriendly. That perception was echoed in the Facebook comments on the video, where people exclaim how surprised they are by how down to earth she is.
This is a great example of how judging before knowing is a societal downfall. Be more open to others around you; there is always more than meets the eye.
The Amazon is the worlds largest rainforest. It spans over 2 million miles and provides a home for millions of people and various species of wildlife. Since the 1970’s the deforestation of the Amazon has spiraled out of control.
Humans have cleared significant areas of the forest to make room for crops and livestock, which in turn has serious consequences on the balance of our ecosystem.
A new initiative in Brazil is going to bring back 73 million trees to the Amazon. Reforestation is important to the survival of humans and the planet itself.
Corporations have been working since the 1950’s to figure out how to make the government work for them. If therein lies a problem, money will solve it. Lobbyists work tirelessly to keep their clients bottom line parallel to the dealings in Washington.
The American government allows corporations to come in and heavily court our nations representatives with campaign contributions and kickbacks in exchange for more favorable legislation. Corporations have become so effective- that they have created entire agendas in favor of their causes. An article by The Atlantic outlines the metrics:
Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures – more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million).
Today the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public- interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business.
Some of the most influential contributors in history came from tobacco, sugar, gun and the privatized prison system. If you think about the campaigns in favor of these specific industries, what are some pitfalls? Millions have suffered from tobacco related illness, obesity or sugar/food related illnesses, have been the victim of gun violence, and private prisons are overflowing with people for petty crimes.
Lobbyist ensure there place by having a reliable presence; even if the results of their labor have a negative impact on society. Corporations use their clout to influence public opinion and the propaganda that follows is calculated. Long lasting legislation is dependent on persuading the public to believe that what is proposed is legitimate and most of all resourceful.
Democracy gets lost when civil liberties are for sale to a willing constituent. When effective propaganda is used to favor an entity that has grown bigger than its intended purpose, society is at a loss. Pharmaceutical, insurance, defense and oil companies have seen tremendous and not entirely ethical profits by accommodating government officials.
Are we convinced to vote against our own interests? The answer is all around us: on the news, advertisements, and bills. Voting power comes with knowledge, not just what is circulating on televisions and social media. It is imperative to know who is in the pockets of candidates to protect your livelihood. Go beyond party lines and become informed- corporations are betting on it.
Technology is rapidly expanding and becoming more innovative in the name of convenience. Subsequently, we are adapting to this way of life and enjoying the instantaneous results. One piece of equipment can make life so easy, that people are considering injecting themselves with it. The microchip may be the next step in advancements of the future.
The microchip is no stranger. We use them every day without a second thought, or knowing what they are. Wisegeek provides a simple definition:
A microchip is a small semiconductor used to relay information via specific electrical characteristics. In some cases, the term can be used interchangeably with integrated circuit. The microchip is at the heart of many electronics, including computers, cell phones and even microwave ovens.
The thought of using a microchip in these products does not raise eyebrows, but implanting it under the skin does. Employers and even transportation systems consider microchips an easy and fast way to store valuable information for people on the go.
A vending machine company in Wisconsin introduced microchipping as a way to complete activities such as, entering the building to buying snacks for lunch. Fifty employees were willing to receive the chip to try out the technology while others were a bit apprehensive.
Health and privacy are among the number one concerns for those opposed to being implanted. These same concerns do not stop most people from using cell phones, computers or credit cards. They also, are tracking our movements and collecting data on the individual it is associated with.
Companies will surely become more willing to embrace and promote the education behind this technology; the fear of this invasive measure will likely dissipate. Society’s need for instant gratification will continue to grow, ushering in new advances that will be amazing albeit terrifying. Ultimately, leaving one to wonder, how far are you willing to go for convenience?