The World is a Mirror

I’ve noticed that a lot of times others will mirror back your feelings. The world is a mirror. Specifically, when dealing with other people.

If you’re acting cold towards someone, they’ll act cold towards you.

If you’re acting rude towards someone, they’ll act rude towards you.

If you’re being nice to someone, they’ll be nice to you.

If you’re acting friendly towards someone, they’ll act friendly towards you.

If you’re open to talking to strangers, strangers will be open to talking to you.

Obviously, this isn’t always 100% the case. But, it’s the case often enough that you should always keep this idea in mind.

Sometimes that cold person is simply being cold, because you’re being cold to them! It’s common enough that you shouldn’t overlook the possibility. I’ve experienced this myself, and I’ve heard examples of it from friends and family members.

Do you have a rude coworker, roommate or family member? Next time you run into them, pay close attention to how you act and treat them. The truth might surprise you.

Mayweather vs McGregor predictions and themes

Before the big fight this past Saturday, August 26, 2017, of Mayweather vs McGregor I was struggling to make a prediction. If you were following sports talk and news, you would have known that the Mayweather vs McGregor predictions were all over the place. Some experts were saying Mayweather would knock out McGregor in the first round, while others were predicting the exact opposite. I boiled the fight down to three major themes, which helped me make my prediction.

1) The father-time theme. Mayweather was coming out of a two year retirement for that boxing match and he’s 40 years old. As we all know, father-time is undefeated. Eventually, the best of the best will fall to age. The question was, would this be the fight were Mayweather’s age became a huge factor?

2) The underdog theme. McGregor was a major underdog. It was his first professional boxing match, and it would be Mayweather’s 50th professional boxing match. Not to mention, Mayweather is considered to be one of the best to ever box. We all know the story of the underdog fighting against all odds to defeat the giant. Could McGregor be motivated to a level high enough to beat the champ?

3) Skill is what counts in sports. That’s the third theme. Would the other two themes be irrelevant, because the skill gap would be too great. Mayweather has far more experience in boxing than McGregor (a professional MMA fighter). Would this be like Kobe Bryant stepping on the court (he’s currently retired) with the best college player, for a 1-on-1 basketball game? Regardless, of how great this college player is, no one would doubt that a retired Kobe Bryant would still be able to defeat him very easily.

The night before the fight, I decided that the skill gap was too great to ignore, and that the third theme would outweigh the other two themes. Mayweather looked pretty good in his last fight two years ago and he looked in very good shape for this fight. That convinced me that the father-time theme would not play a major role in this fight. Of course, eventually it will because father-time is undefeated.

I also decided that McGregor being an underdog wasn’t going to be enough to overcome Mayweather’s skill and boxing talents. Belief can only take you so far. It would not be enough to cover up his rookie mistakes. I decided that the underdog theme wins and is vitally important when skill levels are equally matched, or very similar. That wasn’t the case for this boxing match.

In the end, I correctly made my Mayweather vs McGregor predictions. Mayweather won the fight by knockout, and made it look relatively easy. It felt cool, because I actually thought about it as opposed to making a prediction based off of emotion or who I liked.

For the next big sporting event, I plan to lay out the themes and choose based off of which I feel will play a larger role. Hopefully I’m correct again!

How to be Offended

In case you’ve been wondering how to be offended, here is my guide. If you don’t get offended easily, or at all, that’s a great thing. I don’t know why you would want to learn how to be offended, but here are some tips to guide your downgrade towards becoming easily offended.

1) Convince yourself that you’re very special and important. Convince yourself that most people on Earth already know how special you are, and know the important role you play on Earth.

Believe that the Earth revolves around you and that scientists simply haven’t figured it out yet. It’s okay, it’s only a matter of time before scientists figure it out.

2) Don’t have a strong purpose in life. Be a piece of paper floating around on a windy day. Let life’s current take you where it wants. This will help you become easily offended. If you get very upset when they mess up your Starbucks order, then you’re well on your way to achieving mastery in offendednessery.

3) Pay close attention to as many news outlets as possible. Understand, that they’re personally attacking you. Ignore the fact that they have no idea who you are, but instead focus on the few words that you identify with.

4) Get involved in every pointless cause that comes your way. Worry about it. Lose sleep over them. Pretend that your life depends on it. Fight for the pointless cause as if your survival depends on it.

5) Ignore the fact that nothing is ever black or white (there’s always a gray area). Find an extreme on every issue, and relentlessly argue/ fight for it. Ignore the other extreme. Don’t try to understand the other side. They’re probably wrong anyway.

Those are my 5 tips on How to be Offended.

*Yes, this is a joke. I don’t recommend doing any of the above tips. Getting offended is a waste of time.*

Are some people better than others?

My brother and I had a friendly discussion the other day. The discussion revolved around the question of, ‘are some people better than others?’

What does your gut instinct tell you right now? Can you admit that someone is better than someone else? Or, do you believe that we’re all equal?

My brother’s position was that no one is better than anyone else. We are all equals in his eyes. This seems very reasonable, I’ll admit. It feels like the right belief to have. In a way, I agree with this statement.

The neighbor is equal to the CEO of that big business, and the panhandler is equal to the friendly grocery bagging lady. No one is better than anyone else, and we all have the potential to do great (whatever your definition of great is) things with our lives.

On the other hand, I couldn’t help but feel that something was wrong with this statement of everyone being equal. I wasn’t comfortable admitting that Elon Musk was equal to me. I didn’t believe that Aristotle and Plato were equal to me. How could Albert Einstein, Voltaire and Ernest Hemingway be equal to me? It didn’t sit correctly. So, I ended up arguing for the side that some people are better than others.

I was okay admitting that Aristotle was a better person with me. I was perfectly comfortable saying that the other great minds of human history were better than me too. What’s wrong with that? I felt comfortable with the idea. Some people have done more for humanity than others.

As much as we want to believe that we’re all equal, I can’t help but think that we’re definitely not equal. Some people are better than others. Are you okay saying that? Does your ego allow you to think that?

Where do you stand?