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Well, I had a whole Mindf*ck Monday email typed out on Friday afternoon, scheduled to go out this morning, and was kicking back, sipping a bourbon, ready to enjoy the weekend… And then shit hit the fan. Riots erupted in dozens of American cities (including my own). After a weekend spent in shock and sadness, I looked at my original email and it suddenly seemed frivolous given everything that’s happened.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get political here. Instead, I’d like to use this as an opportunity to walk you through how I go about processing extremely emotional and upsetting public events such as this. I think this is important because right now, due to social media and camera phones and 24/7 news coverage, as a society we've become bad at processing these events in a helpful way. I’ve had to kind of teach myself to go about reading about these things in a more objective manner and it’s not easy. So, I figured I’d break down my process here.
First, when approaching any difficult subject, before even starting, I try to remind myself of a few things:
- There is little evil in the world, but lots
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