Things that will kill you

Things that will kill you:

  • Three minutes without air
  • Three days without water
  • Three weeks without food
  • …oh, and Three hours without coffee… right? ūüėÄ

But there are always exceptions:

  • In cold water, there are reports of survival up to an hour without oxygen. Freedivers manage up to four and a half minutes (22 minutes when not diving to depths), helped by the mammalian diving reflex¬†(and some preparation like oxygen saturation)
  • And if you’re¬†unfortunate enough to be in an Austrian prison in the 70ies, you may have to try to survive without water for 18 days… although, there may have been some wall licking going on there…
  • If you are overweight, you can survive much longer than twenty one days without food
  • The coffee,¬†however, that’s an absolute! ūüôā

Thin and Narrow

She was thin and narrow. Her siblings called her ugly. I thought she was beautiful.

When the two-legged ones came they threw her to the ground. One of them even stepped on her, squashing her open.

I watched her for days, halfway buried there in the dirt. She started decaying. I feared she was gone for this world. And for what? Being thin and narrow?

After a week she sprang roots, digging into the ground, and not soon after she reached for the azure skies.

At first, she was just a twig with two leaves on top. She did not even reach above the high grass. I teased her and called her Sprout. She bent in the wind and I think she laughed.

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Four keywords to spot a self-lie

Do you lie to yourself?

You probably do. We all do.

Do you know how to spot such a lie?

That may be a bit trickier, but there are four keywords you can be on the lookout for. When they rear their heads you know you’re lying to yourself.

The keywords are:

  • Everybody
  • Nobody
  • Always
  • Never

Whenever these words appear in things you say about yourself you can assume the statement isn’t true.

Statements such as, “nobody loves me,” or “I’ll never be able to get this right” are in almost all cases untrue.

Sure, you may in fact never get that advanced course in quantum physics right… but I refuse to believe anyone is unable to get anything right!

In a philosophical/logical sense, a statement like “nobody loves me” essentially requires that you know what every person in the whole world thinks about you, or doesn’t think about you…

The problem is that your unconscious seems to take these statements at face value, and if you can convince yourself that nobody loves you, your unconscious will start seeping misery into your life just because you were sloppy with words…

These keywords can also appear in things other people say about themselves or someone else. You can assume they are just not true in those cases as well.

When we make statements that can affect how we think about ourselves, such huge concepts as everybody, nobody, always and never, are best remodeled into something less enormous, or simply called out for being untrue!

Burqa Bans

Burqa bans amaze and confuse me!

As far as I can tell we’re talking about a bunch of guys wanting to¬†liberate Muslim women from being forced by a bunch of guys to wear certain clothes… by forcing them not to wear certain clothes.

Color me confused, but where’s the difference?

I’m certain all feminists are enraged about the fact that a bunch of men is making laws¬†about what women are allowed to wear! Heck, that there are laws specifically about women’s clothes at all! Right?

I’m thinking like this: What if I was forced to flee (from Sweden) to another country. And in this country they were nudists… and my clothes pissed them off so much they decided to make clothes illegal…

Maybe I’d acclimatize enough to walk out the door stark naked, but if I was forced to walk out that door naked, I’d probably stay home.

If there has to be a ban, how about a ban on making laws telling women what to wear?