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It just means you are clueless

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The only constant is change, and that’s even more true on Medium. As soon as you become too comfortable here, as soon as you think you’ve got this and start getting followers and making some money, the one thing you can be sure of is that it won’t last.

The latest deluge of criticism and even rage of some writers over the recent changes thus made me laugh. Not because it would be funny, but because I’ve been here for about 7+ years and I’ve seen all this before.

A bit of history

I started to write here before it was trendy to be on Medium. This was well before they started to pay writers and charge readers. It was a time of sharing our words for free, for the sake of sharing and connecting with others. …


Lessons in resistance we should all apply in our daily lives — Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

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Pic: Sophie Scholl Facebook page

To me, Sophie Scholl was a saint. And indeed, another member of White Rose, the group she belonged to, a Russian-German student Alexander Schmorell, was canonized as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2012. Given her life and death, Sophie should have been canonized too.

The White Rose was a group of students who resisted the Nazis. Their approach was peaceful and without as much as a trace of aggression. What these young German intellectuals wanted to achieve was to make people think, open their eyes, and recognize the horror of Nazism for what it was.

Sophie died under the guillotine in 1942 alongside two other crucial members of the White Rose, one of them her brother. She was only twenty-one and the Nazis beheaded her for the crime of spreading information and free thought in the form of leaflets. Free thought wasn’t allowed in Nazi Germany. …


MENTAL HEALTH

It has a lot to do with how our society deals (or fails to deal) with it

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Photo by Iluha Zavaley on Unsplash

When life deals us a blow, such as the loss of the loved one or emotional trauma, the pain can be excruciating and visceral. We can literally feel it in our body. Sensations, such as the feeling of breaking heart or walking around with a hole in our chest, are common.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that both physical and emotional pain are processed by the same centers in our brain. But although this can explain why emotional trauma hurts just like a physical one, that doesn’t mean that both types of pain are the same.

Emotional pain often hurts even more than physical injury. This is because it entangles a lot more than just a physical sensation and is thus more complex and harder to deal with. …


URGENT APPEAL

A list of awesome plastic-free products that will help you do just that

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Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

Let’s make this clear — recycling is not really happening, we’ve been lied to, waste plastics are accumulating at an unprecedented rate and have already formed not one but two (!) giant plastic islands in the Pacific Ocean.

We need to STOP doing this and we need to stop doing it NOW! We need to stop using so much plastics in our daily lives. Period.

There are numerous plastic-free products available, ranging from cleaning products to cosmetics and everything in between. …


You can no longer promote any environment-related content in the US unless you are a US citizen

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Photo by Photo Boards on Unsplash

As the president of the Society for Bright Future here in Slovenia (incidentally, also the birth country of the current First Lady Melania Trump), I write about sustainable living, global warming, and environmental protection in order to promote discussion on these issues and root for positive changes.

Since pollution and global warming are clearly global problems and their consequences will sooner or later hit everyone, I feel we need to address and discuss these issues globally.

I thus write about this in my native language as well as in English. Until recently, I was also able to promote my blog posts on the related topics on Facebook. …


And published a book about her groundbreaking discoveries

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Photo by Chris Abney on Unsplash

It was an incredibly courageous thing to do. Dr. Monica Gagliano was in the middle of her doctoral degree when she radically changed the direction of her studies and focused on the intelligence of plants instead of marine ecology she started with.

The intelligence of plants?! Yes, you read that right, the intelligence of plants. Even though they don’t have brains like we do, plants turned out to be intelligent. What’s more, thanks to indigenous shamans, Dr. Gagliano began to talk with them. Imagine that!

A scientist (a biologist and not anthropologist, mind you) visited shamans and had several psychedelic sessions during which she conversed with plants. They gave her directions and helped her design the scientific experiments which clearly showed that there is a lot more to flora than we are aware of. …


We all can and should do this

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Photo by Antoine GIRET on Unsplash

There is no greater evil in this world than the oil industry — not only because of traffic and exhaust gases that contribute to global warming but also because oil is behind the plastic pollution we are facing with no end in sight. Most consumers still aren’t aware of how incredibly harmful plastic is.

What most consumers are also not aware of is that a large majority of plastic waste, over 90% of it, NEVER gets recycled. It doesn’t matter whether you put in the right waste container or not. Most of it gets shipped to poor countries, is incinerated to produce toxic gases, or ends up in landfills and oceans. …


Tribute to female scientists — Part 1

Dr. Ellen Langer and her counterclockwise research

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Dr. Ellen Langer — photo Harvard Gazette

Dr. Ellen Langer is a Harvard professor of psychology who received the Liberty Science Center Genius Award for her groundbreaking research and out-of-the-box approach. In addition to several other awards, she is also the first woman to gain tenure at the Harvard Psychology Department, which speaks volumes about how hard it is for women scientists to succeed.

It’s thus safe to assume that Dr. Langer’s work must be extraordinary, which it indeed is. She basically showed that it is possible to turn back time and reverse the process of aging as well as improve health solely through the power of our minds. …


Not everything that sounds positive is positive

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Photo by Dollar Gill

Positive psychology became all the rage due to its promise of an easy fix. The premise “all you need to do is think positive and everything will be alright” has the allure of an instant solution to every problem. Unfortunately, things are not that simple.

Simplistic ideas such as the one above are also known in psychology as “magical thinking.” This happens when we attribute desired results (e.g. avoiding bad luck) to some unrelated action (e.g. knocking on wood) that we then label as a cause.

It is a well-known fact in scientific research that correlation doesn’t equate causation. This means that just because two things happened at the same time (e.g. you knocked on wood and had no bad luck) that doesn’t necessarily mean that one caused the other. …


Because that’s what truly matters

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The question is what s life and with that what are you doing here. The way to find the answers is by knowing thyself. This sounds simple enough and it is, indeed, quite simple. But simple doesn’t equal easy. Easy it is not.

What is easy is throwing your life away and only becoming aware of what you’ve done on your deathbed or not even then. That’s because there are so many distractions we are bombarded with every minute of our lives.

And if there are none or only a few, we are quick to complain and start creating new ones as fast as possible. Just look at what happened during the corona quarantine — that’s a perfect example of this. …

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