Youthful Idealism

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For a few years in college, I had angst about society encouraging me to go into a “practical” career that made money. I felt like the little kid in this cartoon, being forced to stand in the corner until I gave up on my idealism.

Lately though, I’ve found that it’s possible to make a living, and be idealistic too. I’ve tried to meet people doing this kind of work.

Cory Booker talked about this at the Cornell commencement (at minute 43:20).

A cool video on this theme: 

SHHH! necklace

shhhh necklace

Was tired yesterday. Coming down with a cold. Mom kept insisting I  do this and do that to cure my cold. I yelled at her. “LEAVE ME ALONE!!!”

Should have put on this trusty necklace first. It has a little box with a little hand inside it. Whenever my mouth is about to run off, the hand comes out and gives a friendly SHHHHHH!

I should keep this necklace in my pocket all the time and put it on whenever I’m tired and liable to overreact. It will prevent:

  • Reacting with anger to an insult
  • Saying things that are disrespectful or hurtful
  • Saying things out of line with the customs of the land