How the New Year changes us (but really doesn’t), nudity, VW Bugs, fake news, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”I enter this new year just like I entered this world — naked and crying” – The Distracted Philosopher


As the year changes from 2016 to 2017, nothing changes. I didn’t even notice. I binged watched Voltron on Netflix and then went to bed. I’m pretty sure I was asleep when the new year arrived. The change in year has never really affected me, although I’m still writing 1994 on all my checks.

(For the millennials, checks are pieces of papers elderly people use instead of money)

But it is tradition to use the start of a new year as a new beginning in your life. Time to make a change. But for me, I’m not making a change, but continuing my previously stated resolutions. These are (in no particular order) be polite, write, learn, eat right (not necessarily healthy), exercise, meditate, and spend time with family and friends.

The most important of my resolutions is a philosophy I believe everyone should adopt, “be polite” or as Dalton (see Roadhouse) would say, “be nice”.

Be polite to people, even if you disagree with them. Remember, you will never change anyone’s mind about anything, only they can do that for themselves. Agree to disagree, but don’t hate, don’t be rude. Always be polite.

What’s happening to our culture is something that is deeply seeded in our very being — Binary Thinking.

Everything is not black and white. There is not just good and evil. Gender is not just male and female, masculine and feminine. It’s not just Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. There is not just love or hate. There are infinite variations and shades of all of everything. Everyone of us on this planet is different in someway. And that’s ok.

I’m not saying you have to accept all things you do not like (that would be binary – accept or reject), I’m asking you to tolerate it and understand that everyone is not like yourself.

Keep an open mind — but not too open, otherwise your brains may fall out.

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This is episode s10e01(366) for Monday, January 2, 2017 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 47 seconds