If your requests are just useless, that shows quite a large and unusual failing in that person. He saw the bigger picture and wanted to take action, but again, Americans rejected punitive action, especially in the form of taxation. Reduction in sugar intake not only improves individual health but would lessen the burden on our entire system. You have every right to make poor health decisions for yourself. You can choose disease-causing behaviors as long as you are the only one affected by your decisions. These choices don't just affect the individual--they're affecting everyone. Several American cities have imposed sugary drink taxes to reduce sugar consumption and reduce the rates of obesity and diseases like type 2 diabetes. But do you think a few extra cents is going to stop Americans from drinking what they want? Absolutely not. Yet I wonder if excluding type 2 diabetes from insurance policy coverage would be enough motivation. Under the ACA, this isn't possible, but it is this sort of negative reinforcement that we Americans apparently need to make the right decisions. I may be newish to marches, but I am not new to the work of justice. Not every social issue has a corresponding march, of course, but the metaphor stands: for the things that move us most, we are willing to take to the streets. There comes a point when we move from I would stand by you to I would march for you. Not only will I quietly lend support from the sidelines, but I will take up the banner. My radar is so sensitive to injustice, I can smell it in the air a mile away. This has been a long road in the same direction. Early on, this was nothing but instinct, as my personal experience was homogeneously privileged in every way. I felt injustice so deeply I would lose sleep, but I had no language or history or conceptual knowledge of systemic inequity. Forgive the woo-woo suspicion, but I believe God had plans for me of which justice work was central, and none of that is possible without a strong compass toward equality.

Thus, a white girl in white Kansas in a white Southern Baptist church with no immigrant, gay, or neighbors of color would eventually find herself marching for all these friends. Since there's no benefit from your continuing, drop it (and them? ) and cut to the sports results. You have been behaving in a way that shows intelligence, that you're a good listener, that you respect them. The majority of people are reasonable, and they can't help but like the way you conduct yourself. They will genuinely consider your position, therefore, and if it has more merit they'll adopt it there and then, or perhaps next time you meet after they've taken a newly balanced look at things. Most people have hot-button issues, topics they often find themselves arguing or debating, like some unfunny Funhouse where you always return to the same spot. If you want to have an argument each time that subject comes up, then go for it. But if you desire better and more productive relationships, you need to censor that dead-end issue, now. I'm vegetarian, for instance, but I never tell people unless it comes up practically. That's because I travel through countries where vegetarianism hasn't caught on; I may not give in to salt and soda, but I would be lying if I said I didn't have a glass of wine or a cocktail a few times a week. Drinking is very much part of our social life. We have drinks after work, drinks with lunch, wine with dinner, and mimosas at brunch. The CDC says Americans spend $249 billion a year on excessive alcohol consumption. The problem is that drinking is not just a social activity. People come home from work and drink wine by themselves. Or they drink alcohol at work-related events and even on children's playdates (trust me, I know. ) There's a scene in the movie Bad Moms where the mothers go to their kids' soccer game and drink out of kids' juice cups that they've secretly filled with vodka. Outside of a funny movie, I don't think anyone would argue that drinking vodka at a child's soccer game is a good idea or beneficial to anyone's health.

To relieve anxiety and boredom, it's helpful, I'm sure. God finds a way to do what he wants with us, man. I can't understand a world without advocacy, defined as to support or argue for (a cause, policy, etc): to plead in favor of. 1 I am my sister's keeper for damn sure. If we stop pleading in favor of each other, of justice, of equality, of shalom on this shaky earth, we are doomed. The notion of every man for himself is so radically destructive. The suggestion that personal or national sovereignty reigns supreme is the antithesis to the kingdom of Jesus, which, if unfamiliar, is the one where the last is first, the least the greatest, our neighbors like flesh and blood, our enemies--spoiler alert--also our neighbors. Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to children, if that helps clear it up. This is the citizenship you want, trust me. In this magical place, no one would suffer alone, systems wouldn't oppress, every single person would be valued equally. Whatever weirdness Christians have afflicted upon culture, Jesus was the straight-up real deal. or through unique spheres with, say, bodybuilders who eat eight chicken breasts a day; or with folks from countries in which meat is a luxury they can't imagine depriving themselves of. No point at all in telling them I'm vegetarian unless they're cooking for me. If I told everyone at the first opportunity, I'd get jammed tight in many tedious talks where folks feel they need to tell me their views, ask the old, worn questions, then pass judgment on my choice. So I haven't been actively campaigning, but still the funny thing is, lots of people around me have turned vegetarian. I put it down to some kind of passive, covert persuasion. When people quiz me for reasons, I don't push any moral or scientific points -- I just reply habit. Now after being vegetarian for ages, I'd never change what I eat as meat isn't appetizing for me at all and my body probably just couldn't handle it. Oh, they'll say, I could never give up meat or but meat's so delicious, you're missing out terribly or there's just not enough protein and core nutrients in vegetables.

Yeah, most people would find it tough, I'll counter and, Yes if you can't spend a lot of time cooking, the easy way to get loads of nutrients is through meat. I discovered the magic of Chinese medicine more than thirty years ago, and at that time one of the only articles available on the topic was the nearly 2,500-year-old Neijing: The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. This is a brilliant text covering all the basic tenants of Chinese medicine which miraculously survived endless wars, dynasties, and more recently, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, during which many priceless ancient traditions were banned. Today, still alive and strong in its cultural roots and still reaping marvelous results, there is no question that Chinese medicine is a timeless and immensely effective system of medicine. Much of it may seem mysterious and exotic, with its endless references to nature, the spirit, and the seasons, but it captured my attention because it is actually so simple, straightforward, and practical. Its foundation is based on what many in this modern age are missing--awareness of our inherent connection with the natural world. In fact, the ancients believed that if we can observe nature closely enough, we can discover a cure for any disease. Chinese medicine was originally based on the Five Elements--Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood--and how they manifest in nature and the cycles of seasons. We, like plants in the winter, begin our life's journey as an embryo in the darkness of our mother's watery womb. We slowly evolve and gather potency as we wait for the warmth of the spring sun. When the time is right, we uncoil and grow a green sprout, shooting toward the warmth of the fiery sun. Their fear is not unfounded. Bacteria mutate quickly and can also acquire resistance from other members of their family. What if the next outbreak is resistant to azithromycin as well? And what happens if that outbreak spreads, not just across a city as large as Karachi but throughout the country, or around the globe? Bacteria have been around far longer than humans--about 3. 5 billion years longer--and they also outnumber us, by a lot. There are more bacteria on Earth than there are stars in the universe, and there are about 40 trillion in the human body alone. 1 Bacteria live in environments that are considered too harsh for any other form of life to exist--some live in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, withstanding temperatures close to boiling; others thrive half a mile deep under the Arctic ice.

Appearing at a time when the planet looked vastly different, bacteria have developed impressive abilities that enable them to fight and survive. Today many social scientists, mental health professionals, and laypersons know that self- esteem is connected to well- being or the lack thereof in at least three important ways. One is that problematic forms of self- esteem, such as low and defensive self- esteem, are associated with many negative personal and interpersonal phenomena. People with lower trait self- esteem tend to experience virtually every aversive emotion more frequently than people with higher self- esteem. Trait self-esteem correlates negatively with scores on measures of anxiety - sadness and depression - hostility and anger - social anxiety - shame and guilt - embarrassability - and loneliness - as well as general negative affectivity and neuroticism. (pp. 404- 405) Although one might quibble about the phrase virtually every aversive emotion, the point is that self- esteem is certainly involved in a host of problems of living. Another major connection between self- esteem and well- being is that newer work shows how self- esteem is also connected to important positive phenomena. Consequently, I offer many examples to show how self- esteem works in everyday life. We are in truth limitless, magnificent universal beings. Right here and now, we embody all the forces of the universe. There is no difference between our energy and the energy of the universe; they are one and the same. All the wisdom traditions tell us this simple truth. In this article I will be drawing on the wisdom of the ancient language of Sanskrit. This language, used by the sages of India to write their poetry, epics and works of profound wisdom, is an incomparable tool for delving into the truest knowledge. Sanskrit is not just a language to be written and spoken but is also a doorway to gaining understanding of our experience of life and truth. The timeless wisdom of Sanskrit restates and re-emphasizes the simple truth that we are universal.