Att vara en egoistisk skitstövel…

29 september, 2015 § 3 kommentarer

Ayn Rand…

”Famous for her philosophy of objectivism, which is a nice way of saying ‘being a selfish asshole.”

Så bra sagt!

Last Week Tonight på youtube. Om John Oliver på wikipedia, hans twitterkonto.


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  • […] – Alla krav på förändring och flexibilitet gör att människor upplever en meningslöshet – och tror att de inte tillräckligt noga lyssnat till just sin ‘inre röst’. Men jag tycker att det viktiga snarare är att lyssna och se sina medmänniskor. Vi blir till i relationen till andra – inte genom att bara fokusera på oss själva och våra ofta egoistiska behov.” […]

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    Sociologen Richard Sennet har pratat om något han kallar ”nersmältning av karaktären” [”The Corrosion of Character: the Personal Consequences of Work In the New Capitalism”], dvs då personen inte längre ges en fast grund att stå på, vilken leder till stressepidemier och inhuman nedbrytning av lojalitet och solidaritet mellan människor. Vi är främst inriktade på oss själva och våra självförbättringsprojekt.

    Tidens ständiga krav på människor att de ska vara innovativa, kreativa och hela tiden överskrida det bestående, bidrar i den accelererade kulturen bara till att cementera den bestående (o)ordningen.”

    Hans hemsida.

    Intressant bok av honom Respect in a World of Inequality”:

    In the uncertain world of ‘flexible’ social relationships, all are troubled by issues of respect: whether it be an employee stuck with insensitive management, a social worker trying to aid a resentful client, or a virtuoso artist and an accompanist aiming for a perfect duet. 

    Opening with a recollection of growing up in Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green housing project, Sennett explores the factors that make mutual respect so difficult to achieve. Even in a perfect world, inequalities of ability remain. Adults who are dependent face challenges in earning both self-respect and respect from others. Compassion degrades into condescension, due to both impersonal bureaucracy and intrusive volunteerism. 

    In Respect in a World of Inequality, Sennett investigates from the world of music how self-worth can be nurtured in an unequal society, how self-esteem must be balanced with feeling for others, and how mutual respect can forge bonds across the divide of inequality.”

    Och vidare:

    As various forms of social welfare were dismantled though the last decade of the twentieth century, many thinkers argued that human well-being was best served by a focus on potential, not need.

    Richard Sennett thinks differently. In this dazzling blend of personal memoir and reflective scholarship, he addresses need and social responsibility across the gulf of inequality.”

    Richard Sennett  on the personal consequences of work in the new economy.”

    Recension av Sennets bok ”Respect In a World of Inequality.”

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    Bruce Levines hemsida. Se hans artikel ”10 Ways Mental Health Professionals Increase Misery in Suffering People”:

    ”While Madenes talks about the benefits of altruism, gratitude and satisfying relationships, it is her sarcasm and lack of empathy for those who can’t so easily be transformed by the Robbins-Madanes approach that enraged people. The reality is that we human beings can sometimes become so trapped by overwhelmingly oppressive forces—financial, interpersonal, and otherwise—that lecturing us into behaving more joyfully only creates more pain. This leads to the first of 10 Ways Mental Health Professionals Increase Misery in Suffering People:

    1. Preaching Positive Psychology Attitude-Adjustment Approaches to Trauma and Abuse Victims. Abuse comes in many forms—physical, emotional, verbal, nonverbal and neglect—all imparting the message: You are not worthy of respect and caring. While no small number of Americans have been traumatized by abusive parents or spouses, many more of us are financial victims of the abusive authority of the ruling corporatocracy (comprised of the wealthy elite, giant corporations and their politician collaborators).

    The trauma and shame of chronic abuse is painful, and one normal human reaction to overwhelming pain is depression, which is really a ‘strategy’ for shutting down overwhelming pain. Whether one is abused by a parent, spouse, or the corporatocracy, the pain of it can be anesthetized by depression, drugs, and a wide range of diversions.

    People beaten down into a state of immobilization do not need positive-thinking advice, as they routinely know what they should be doing but lack the energy to take constructive actions. Condescending advice, which assumes inaction stems from ignorance, creates only more pain. Instead, people need compassion, love, and various kinds of support.

    2. Depoliticizing Human Suffering. Madanes’s #1 ‘habit of highly miserable people’ is to ‘Be afraid, be very afraid, of economic loss.’ The reality is that the majority of Americans have every reason to have anxiety over financial loss, as many are already suffering or on the verge of suffering from unemployment, underemployment, a house underwater, staggering student-loan debt, and other financial nightmares.

    But Madanes says, ‘In hard economic times, many people are afraid of losing their jobs or savings. The art of messing up your life consists of indulging these fears.’ Are most people in financial misery because they are stupidly indulging their fears? Or do some people, unlike Madanes, have debilitating financial anxiety because they see no viable options?”


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