I know it’s been a little while since the thing with Rachel Dolezal was really a “hot topic”, but I’ve been talking about what she did and how America’s history has influenced these situations, with a few friends of mine. It really is an interesting situation, and is in no way a simple one. One of the main people I’ve been discussing things with is studying Race and Ethnic Relations, and she has provided a great deal of input on the topic (the majority of the references were provided by her as well [thank you, Stella]). I originally wrote out an entirely different Blog post about this, but when I reached out for input, it was very clear that – while my general logic was sound – I was missing large portions of information. This Blog post is filled with many of her thoughts, as well as my own.
Would you like to know what bothers me? Well, if you really don’t, you should probably stop reading, ’cause I’m going to tell you. One thing that bothers me is how necessary, and simultaneously inefficient food is for people. Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love food – It’s so stupidly delicious. But, just like anything that I love, I hate needing it – I hate the fact that I am required to consume a certain amount of food on a daily basis to live. Why do I hate this? It’s similar to the idea where, if you work a job doing the thing you love, eventually, the thing you love is going to turn in to labored work instead of an enjoyable hobby. Another good comparison could be made with seeing a movie: I love going to the theater, but if I were forced to go three to four times per day, every single day, eventually I would no longer enjoy it. Eventually, I would just want to get it over with. That’s not to say I wouldn’t enjoy specific movies, and wouldn’t be excited about my favorite new release, but honestly, if I went to a theater three times a day, the amount of enjoyment I would feel from seeing even my favorite movie, would be diminished. When I have to that same thing endlessly every single day, the amount of happiness it provides me – even from my absolute favorite – is cheapened.
“A new study published in Nature Physics appears to show that time in fact may move backward, things may exist in multiple states, and whether a tree fell in the woods not only may depend on whether anyone ultimately saw it, but also on whether something somehow knew it would be seen. “It proves that measurement is everything. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it,” said Associate Professor Andrew Truscott from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.”
“Leaders of the world’s top economies Monday (8 June) gave a boost to global talks on tackling climate change by saying the global economy should be decarbonised by the end of this century.
“The high-level backing by G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – increases the likelihood of almost 200 countries agreeing to a long-term goal when they meeting for climate talks in Paris in December.”
This is phenomenal news. It’s common knowledge among educated individuals, that the increased supply of human-supplied carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the Earth to slowly, gradually warm. Yes, Human are only responsible for around 30GT (gigatons) of carbon dioxide, compared to the 780GT that the Earth produces. However, the Earth has also naturally used the same 780GT that it produced for the past 800,000 years. So, for Humans to come along and start adding an additional 30GT every year, it has slowly pushed the climate off-balance.