DeeAnn Marie

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I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.
Alan Moore (via thatlitsite)

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From Sachs to Kristof to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growth industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex. The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening. The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm. This world exists simply to satisfy the needs - including, importantly, the sentimental needs - of white people and Oprah.
Teju Cole (via skressedout)

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Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.
Mark Haddon (via thatlitsite)

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When Struggling Families Spark Internet Rage

Ms. Kenneally told Op-Talk that she was devastated by the response. After the Slate article’s publication, she said, she was soon fielding calls from Kayla and others. She was concerned for her subjects: young, vulnerable people who were reading comments on Facebook calling them “trash.” She added that social media had changed these subjects’ lives: “These guys live on Facebook like they used to live on their front porch.”

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woaroof:

"Respond to your emotions honestly; be genuine and authentic. Swallow your bitterness, never your pride." — Without a Roof 

Connecting with people in the midst of extreme poverty opens your heart, not only to their personal suffering, the miscast perceptions and hopelessness — but to the chronic injustice poor people face. Perpetual indignity strips their humanity and drains hope and happiness from the soul. 

This boomerangs back to anger, anger at injustice, anger at having your character and dreams stifled by the callous bigotry of people that dismiss people that look or smell poor.  

Deal with injustice head-on and keep your anger from simmering into an ugly keyboard outburst, a scowl, or an ignorant hurtful wag of the tongue. Dignity and humanity matter. 

1) Focus your anger at actions, not people.

2) Don’t run from your anger — channel it in a manner and response that tactfully and demonstrably relays what has made you angry, not who made you angry. 

3) Anger has three levels: Irritated, frustrated and mad. Become aware when you are experiencing these emotions and address them before it turns into rage.

4) Be intelligent when your angry and use your response to move away from anger and towards solutions. 

There are no shortcuts to achieving strong emotional intelligence. Phony smiles, corny platitudes and abrasive behavior are tactics of the meek. Be aware of your needs and strong to your character.

woaroof:

"Respond to your emotions honestly; be genuine and authentic. Swallow your bitterness, never your pride." — Without a Roof

Connecting with people in the midst of extreme poverty opens your heart, not only to their personal suffering, the miscast perceptions and hopelessness — but to the chronic injustice poor people face. Perpetual indignity strips their humanity and drains hope and happiness from the soul.

This boomerangs back to anger, anger at injustice, anger at having your character and dreams stifled by the callous bigotry of people that dismiss people that look or smell poor.

Deal with injustice head-on and keep your anger from simmering into an ugly keyboard outburst, a scowl, or an ignorant hurtful wag of the tongue. Dignity and humanity matter.

1) Focus your anger at actions, not people.

2) Don’t run from your anger — channel it in a manner and response that tactfully and demonstrably relays what has made you angry, not who made you angry.

3) Anger has three levels: Irritated, frustrated and mad. Become aware when you are experiencing these emotions and address them before it turns into rage.

4) Be intelligent when your angry and use your response to move away from anger and towards solutions.

There are no shortcuts to achieving strong emotional intelligence. Phony smiles, corny platitudes and abrasive behavior are tactics of the meek. Be aware of your needs and strong to your character.