Just sickened by all of the violations of privacy that are coming to light in these past few weeks. Undoubtedly, this isn't the only privacy violation, and it won't be the last-despite all of our individual and collective efforts.
This is how (we are told) it happened:
"If a developer got permission to access one user's (Facebook) profile, it also got access to that person's friends — and most likely to friends of friends — in the form of their likes or comments or tagged posts."
There cannot be a better time than now, subsequently, to begin to move in the opposite direction. Forward isn't always ahead, in other words. The need for smaller, more organic groups that meet in their neighborhoods, and communities-you know-people that you actually know and really are "friends" or at least acquaintances with are less likely to be employed as data harvesters or monitors.
Natives (First Peoples) and other scholars and earth vibrationists have been warning us about data violations (and many other matters like climate change and plastic pollution) but we have been anesthetized with the glitz and manipulative practices of corporations' abilities to unarm our common senses and have fallen, practically dead, in the arms of consumerism, cyber (in)securities, and other violations too numerous to count.
And now Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have sent out another reminder-a huge reminder, in fact.
And there really isn't a template for reclaiming your happy, safety, and peace; that is to say, other than thinking about how your elders did it, for example. Wouldn't it be grand to be as self-reliant and creative as your grandparents and great-grandparents were?
Just yesterday, a lifelong friend (since elementary school) showed me a most fabulous quilt. I couldn't believe (well actually I could believe, but I was still amazed) that his grandmother made the quilt from old aprons, sheets, and other remnants saved and re-purposed.
We so desperately need to do more with less and not consume anything we cannot control.
It won't be easy initially as there's a big change that is needed. But, I am certain that once we begin, there's no turning back and that place-that's where we can coast into more organic encounters- free of external violators and violations.
Stokely-Organic (Music Video)
It's power that we desire, not weapons. It's knowledge that we need, not data.
Dispensing only wellness, because it's wellness that's key to health, not medication. -slej
Recognizing that achieving a balance of all eight dimensions of wellness is the key to health, it's easy to understand that when any one dimension is absent, inaccessible, or diminished, there's an imbalance that's formed. Using the snowball effect model (FIGURE A)...
... let's say that an individual who has a great overall wellness profile (healthy) loses their job. Now, in of itself, this is something small (FIGURE A, top left.) Financial wellness of the individual can mostly likely be sustained for a bit, particularly if a spouse or partner has employment. And even if not, perhaps a 401 (K), 403 (b) or similar could be accessed (hopefully without penalty) while looking for another job/career/position.
Sounds great , reasonable, and doable right?
Hmmmmmph...but let's keep it real!
So now, despite the accolades and accomplishments, months (unemployment compensation completely utilized) turn into years gone by, and the individual still hasn't got a new job. That something small (FIGURE A) has gotten bigger and rolled right into the "no going back point." Now, physical wellness (anxiety, stress, cancer, high blood pressure, chronic & preventable diseases) is gone. Financial wellness is shot (no income), homelessness is a real possibility (the sidewalks have no cushions and most shelters cot only during the night-daytime you're back to your own "d-vices"), emotional wellness is out of the door, social wellness is non-existent.
Now all of the dimensions of wellness are important. But one dimension, intellectual wellness, is often neglected, and it may be the most important or most critical. Colleges and universities claim to teach critical thinking; yet, as a student, as a pharmacist, as a college instructor, and as an university adjunct professor, I am pressed to demonstrate a time where critical thinking was really required, modeled or demonstrated (correctly.)
Mimi and Eunice on problem solving. #genius
Critical thinking, let's say of a socially conscious and transparent pharmacist would dictate that the pharmacist wonder (preferably) out loud why despite all of the didactic training, internships, rotations, PGY1 and PGY2 residencies, and maybe even elite fellowships AND critical thinking electives, the best they (can) do is SUPPRESS and MANAGE disease (s) while frequently supporting/creating financial toxicity (not just in cancer patients, either) through costs of drugs (complicit relationship with big pharma) and 6-figure salaries that require only that they fill prescriptions quickly without (bathroom) breaks while standing for over 12 hours worrying that the district manager is going to come down hard and they potentially lose their job (there's always a reserve army of pharmacists that don't mind suppressing diseases with drugs-there's student loans to be paid and luxury SUVs to be purchased) because they haven't met quarterly projections, or similar.
During childhood years, one of the favored games (for rainy days-sunny days you played outside and that was that!) was connect-a-dot. Gosh, is it a wonder or surprise that connect-a-dot games (and even strategy board games) are resting in a pile of cast asides? (I think not)
Is there a snowball's chance in hell that we can start connecting these dots, these dimensions of wellness to have health?
1. We must understand our connection to each other and know that truly what happens to one without regard to race, color, current financial status ('cause that can always change up or down, in a twinkling of an eye) happens to us all.
2. We will need to connect the dimensions of wellness in order to build and maintain (individual and community) health. The frequently overlooked intellectual wellness dimension, will have to be especially incorporated knowing that there are groups, corporations, reports, industries, individuals, both secret and public, that enjoy and wish us all to be at odds with each other, while they direct, marginalize, and influence the world (=global transformation, new world order with no middle class-just rulers and serfs, a zero growth society, and centralized control of world populations by “mind control;” in other words, controlling world public opinion, and others.
Your fight is not with each other.
Well. This just in-perhaps, there is an option growing for baby boomers displaced through ageism or by retirement No matter-reinvention by returning to college via an advanced career initiative fellowship has taken root at the the University of Minnesota’s Advanced Careers initiative. And there are more programs growing according to Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again.
“There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and we need them; we can’t let them just be on the sidelines.”
(Let's Do It Again , written by Curtis Mayfield and performed first by the Staple Singers in 1975, was part of the soundtrack for the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, Let's Do It Again.)
Stanford Opens School For Retirees Who Don't Think A Career Ends At 50
Advanced Leadership (Harvard)
5 Popular Second Careers for Baby Boomers
Phyllis E. Moen, Sociology, UMN
Phillip Pizzo,MD | Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
“Since the 11th century, universities have focused on young people. Now, with longevity being what it is, we need to expand the role to lifelong learning and intergenerational learning and teaching.”
Takeaway: Advanced Career Initiatives/fellowships may be the answer for baby boomers to reinvent or start a new career. This sector of 55+ folks have been traditionally marginalized and cast aside. Though the price point may be an issue, it's worth a look, particularly if income and family aren't issues of first concern. #socialwellness #emotionalwellness #intergenerationalteachingandlearning #advancedcareerinitiatives
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