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Bizarre Humanity Facts to Blow Your Mind

Bizarre Humanity Facts to Blow Your Mind

The modern world has many peculiar facts that make one wonder why do people do what they do. To keep your mind busy while waiting in the crowded noon traffic, here are some philosophical thoughts about our weird world. At first sight, they may seem plain and worthless. But think twice and your mind will never be the same again, as each and every one of these can change the way you see our world.

Humans are not creatures of reason; we are led by hormones

reason and love

    Hormones and their balance make humans act in one way or another, and all the main quests in life are somehow related to the amount of hormones in the body. Love comes from hormone release; the struggle to be an overachiever in life and career also comes from hormones, and even the fun activities we undertake are hormone-related – remember adrenaline?

    The modern lifestyle resembles clinical death

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    socially wired

      The new lifestyle keeps one connected to a wide range of electronic devices, just like a comatose patient is connected to multiple devices to keep him alive, even if he is brain dead. Pretty much in the same way, nowadays we depend entirely on our mobile devices to survive. Imagine a week-long blackout: Would you make it alive?

      Religious humanity fact: Jesus was punished exclusively by men

      jesus crucifixion

        No woman in history judged or tried to punish Jesus, not even Pilates’ wife, who tries to help Jesus to get away from her husband’s revenge. This is one interesting entry in the book of the humanity facts that can really make you re-think our social order and gender roles.

        The biggest revolutions in history belonged to individuals

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          Lone people began the most important revolutionary acts in history, turning the wheels for all of humanity. Examples include Jesus, Marx and Luther. Revolutions didn’t belong to the masses; instead, they came from one man with lots of charisma and a strong will. Being a great leader was mandatory to start a movement. Thus, these individuals managed to rule parts of the entire world for a second in history. And they made it to this list of bizarre humanity facts.

          Democratic regimes consume what dictatorial regimes have produced

          democracy painted ship

            The history is full of examples of democratic regimes that relied on the industry, infrastructure and stocks made by the dictatorial regime they’ve destroyed. This is usually hidden to the masses because it is one of those humanity facts that can make people think and may cause social and political instability.

            The modern day human disposes of rubbish items, but keeps rubbish people

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            graffiti and rubbish bins

              Once, people used to mend everything around them, from the tiniest household objects to the most important relationships. The Industrial Revolution and modern-day consumerism have made people dispose of broken items and stick to bad people. To prove this fact, just ask your grandma what she would do with a broken item, let’s say a couple of old shirts. She will find at least 5 uses for them, none of which you could think of.

              A politician is an inverted Robin Hood

              robin hood sign

                Most politicians gather money from the poor to give it to the rich. And the people still give them votes each time they ask. In other words, humanity gets to vote on who will rob them daily.

                Humanity was once terrorized by boredom, now it is bored by terrorism

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                  One of the weirdest facts switched upside down by history is that people were once very bored and tried to entertain with the most cruel, bizarre and outrageous things, like those presented by the circus of P. T. Barnum. Nowadays, terrorism is one of the most boring acts, as it is highly common all over the world and we are exposed to it daily.

                  It takes some madness to be a world leader

                  hitler laughing

                    Or even just a president. The fact is that all great rulers in history suffered from a degree of insanity. Some used it in all wrong ways, like Hitler, others used it to conquer the world or die trying, like Alexander the Great. And who could forget about Genghis Khan? If you stop a minute and analyze all the great leaders in history, you will find a couple of signs which will prove this theory.

                    Humans are the only creatures that pay to live on Earth

                    money for life

                      We pay for goods, food, fun, services and pretty much everything that can keep us alive and create those touching, quality moments with friends and family. Think: When was the last time you enjoyed a great moment without having to pay for anything? Even when you go to the park with your kids, you pay for something to enjoy those moments more. This is one of the lesser-thought humanity facts, but we all feel its effects upon us at a personal level.

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                      “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                      Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                      You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                      Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                      1. Take a step back and evaluate

                      When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                      1. What is the problem?
                      2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                      3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                      4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                      5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                      Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                      2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                      If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                      At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                      Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                      3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                      Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                      4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                      Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                      1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                      2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                      3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                      4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                      5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                      Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                      By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                      Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                      6. Give yourself a break

                      If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                      7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                      A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                      Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                      After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                      8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                      As Helen Keller once said,

                      “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                      Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                      9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                      In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                      1. What’s the situation?
                      2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                      3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                      4. Take action on your next steps!

                      After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                      10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                      A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                      Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                      For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                      11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                      No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                      12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                      No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                      13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                      There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                      After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                      Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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