Reading George Fox

That’s Harsh

Over at Macdrifter, Gabe just posted about his failures. While I don’t know him personally, many of them read more as overly harsh self-criticism than failings.

» I spend too much on coffee

This is possible, but coffee is not that expensive and I’d conjecture that Gabe likes coffee. Is it really a failure to spend money on something that brings you pleasure?

» I don’t dress well

Compared to what? Is he comfortable in the clothing he wears? My initial reaction is Gabe is projecting the world’s judgment onto himself, especially as this implies the way he dresses every day is a problem.

» I don’t work hard enough

Gabe does note that some items are conflicting, but this one especially stands out. If he is going to criticize himself for not spending enough time with his kids, doing things for his wife, volunteering enough, etc; it feels unrealistic to expect himself to work more as well. He certainly blogs a lot. I guess he could be a lazy sloth that contributes nothing to the world, but, given his writing, I truly doubt that.

» I’m not happy enough each day

Red Alert! Red Alert! I’ve done a ton of therapy and this reads as denying the validity of his feelings. If anything, it’s a sign of possible depression, not a failing.

» I don’t shave every day
» My hair is too unkempt

My question would be: “Why are you unhappy with your appearance?” I bet there’s a bigger reason than laziness that these are true.

Maybe Gabe has a different definition of failure than I do, but I really want to tell him to be kind to himself. Would he judge other people this way? There is probably truth to some of the failings, but it reads as he expects perfection from himself.1

  1. My opinion could quite well be projection. I suffer from major depression and I certainly struggle to be understanding when judging myself. 

Food Safety?!

“If it isn’t pest poisons and pesticides, then it is food safety.”

A farmer complains in an NYTimes article about “excessive” regulation. We’re susposed to be upset that the government is enforcing food safety laws? Has the Times decided to become a libertarian rag?

Three to Four Times

As Hari Ziyad wrote for Afropunk “[t]he news of her hospitalization follows a report by NPR exploring how systematic racism leads to Black mothers in the U.S. dying at three to four times the rate of white mothers. Anti-Blackness truly is unrelenting and multi-faceted, and Erica Garner knew this better than most.”

Erica Garner, Eric Garner’s daughter, is in the hospital following a heart attack. She’s only 27.

Recommended Blogs for 2018

This started out as a response to @colinwalker, but grew beyond that. Some thoughts on interesting blogs to follow in 2018: Letters and Sodas—Great book reviews on a wide range of topics. Balkinization—Looking at politics through a legal lens. Love, Joy, Feminism—A woman who grew up in a Quiverfull family and her journey towards a more liberal view of family, sexuality and the world. Putting the Life Back Into Science Fiction—Looks at the possible consequences of climate change through imagining the future. Tits and Sass—A blog by and about Sex Workers. Field Negro—Politics from an African American Man’s perspective. Warren Throckmorton—An evangelical preacher/psychologist who used to believe you could pray away the gay, but absorbed research and experience that it’s impossible to do so. An important conservative religious voice on the disjunction between evangelicals and the modern world. Feministe—Feminist perspectives on the world today.

Looks like I certainly side on the liberal end of things. Perhaps I need more conservative voices in my feeds, but it’s pretty hard today to find ones that engage with reality.