How the world and you personally are going to be impacted by the approaching abortion ban

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Supreme Court Banning abortions

Justice Alito’s leaked supreme court initial draft of popular opinion shows that the supreme court is taking a stand to outright ban abortions. This comes following the state of Mississippi attempting to ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (this violates the current supreme court precedent of banning abortions before viability ie at 24 weeks)

Republicans have been making it incredibly difficult to get an abortion in red states by over-regulating abortion clinics massively. (TRAP-Targeted restriction of abortion procedure laws)

*Roe vs Wade(1973) and Planned parenthood vs Casey(1992) were two landmark supreme court decisions that guaranteed federal constitutional protections, this is why the red states couldn’t ban abortions outright

With Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett voted to overturn the decisions last 2 of which are Trump-appointed justices.

This decision by the majority conservative supreme court to overturn these two decisions is very likely to pass in the next two months and that would mean the end of constitutional protections for abortions.

If that happens more than 20 states will ban abortion with some states having auto-trigger laws that immediately take effect and others will follow suit in the next 2-3 years.

What are the impacts?

If abortions are banned what will happen is


1)Rich people will have no trouble getting abortions and thus largely stay unaffected.


2)Poor and working-class people will try to get abortions illegally taking massive risks to their lives. These include people of color and minority communities.

3)People with average means or contacts will try to travel to different states to get abortions.


4)People who can’t get an abortion will abandon their children in the foster care system or raise them in an unloving household or even worse, abuse them.

Do people even support this?

The number of people based on gallop polling data that believe that abortion should be illegal in any circumstance from 1975 till present has never gone above 23% and at present is 19%. The majority of Americans believe that either abortion should be legal in all cases (32% presently) or it should be legal in some cases(48% at present) with 2% saying no opinion.

Most people believe that abortion makes sense in some cases. In extreme cases of rape or incest as well as before a certain threshold. Before ‘Viability’ is when most of the world thinks that abortion makes sense.

This decision isn’t happening in a vacuum, at the heart of it is religious fundamentalism.

This is a major reversal in terms of social progress not just for America but for the entire world. Orthodox religious fanatics have always favored the Traditional marriage concept and thus have lobbied for policies that disenfranchise women.

This ranges from trying to ban condoms, contraceptives and to banning abortions to prevent sex before marriage and denying women’s control over their own sexuality.

They want the woman to be a housewife that is responsible for the nurturing of the family but always dependent on the man to provide for her. The thought that a woman can chase her own financial independence and freedom, and that being a traditional housewife should be an individual’s choice is crazy talk to religious fundamentalists.

The major problem with these views is not only that they hurt the rights of women which is a massive problem in itself but also it pushes our society back to the dark ages.

Women empowerment is the way to progress and out of poverty.

I have a belief, you might think this belief is subjective when you hear it first but I will back it up with facts. The best and proven method to reduce poverty and make progress is women’s empowerment.

Think of all the countries that are rich, from Developed nations to Scandinavian social democracies all are high on gender equality indicators such as female literacy, female participation in the economy, and female empowerment.

This means in rich countries women are literate, and employed in paid professional, technical, managerial, or administrative jobs as well as in ministerial roles.

In every poor country, you will find low gender equality metrics, I think you can already see the correlation. “Let’s not confuse correlation and causation”, you might say.

So, Take any developing country, divide the areas according to gender equality metrics and take a look for yourself. Rural areas will rank low on those metrics and high on poverty and Urban areas will be the opposite.

You could even compare rural areas in that country to each other. The villages that are high on gender equality metrics will have a much larger probability of having a lower poverty rate.

More proof, every developing country that has orthodox religious laws is outclassed by other developing countries that empower women. Can you compare Pakistan or Iraq to Japan and South Korea?

Let’s go even deeper, if you compare families that support women’s empowerment with those that support patriarchy you will see that from generation to generation there is enormous progress in families that believe and practice gender equality when compared to the latter.

We saw this on a global scale, at a national level, state level, and now even family-wise. I am sure there might be exceptions but the rule remains that gender equality is the way to progress.

Why do I think that is?

There might be many factors for this to be the case and some of the key factors are increased economic activity, higher productivity, and better health outcomes such as reduced child mortality and awareness and prevention of diseases, etc.

Moreover, in my opinion, in places where women are subjugated, they are stripped of their independence and from a young age, they are pushed towards the household responsibilities.

This leads to a lack of self-esteem when comparing themselves to boys the same age as well as a lack of autonomy over their own life. Not only does it hurt her participation in the economy, but it also impacts the upbringing of her children as well.

This means that those children grow up with scarcity and codependence, and being raised in a family that oppresses women, they too follow suit almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy of regression.

The reason you should be worried.

The world has emulated American laws since it is the sole superpower right now but it has also emulated its political trends.

This past decade has seen a rise in brute authoritarian nationalists all over the world from countries like Brazil, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, etc.

All these authoritarian nationalists come from religious fundamentalist roots that prioritize ‘Traditional Family’. They believe in ‘strong men’ that can lead a nation and hence they tilt towards the direction of a dictatorship.

The traditional family rhetoric goes against having contraceptives, adoptions, and same-sex marriages. It leads to draconian policies on trans people as and in some cases even intrudes on the private consensual sexual activity of individuals.

Now, most developed countries and social democracies are going to be completely fine. The Overton window of these countries won’t allow such candidates to even gain power. Developing countries that stand at the crossroads are the ones that the alarm bells are ringing for.

The reason I am typing this article is that I have a mother and a sister and might even have a daughter one day and I do want them to be treated with respect and treated equally. I am sure you feel the same way regardless of what gender you are else you would not have read all the way till here.

I practice mindfulness and that means observing the interrelations that exist. To reach closer to the truth and have a more objective understanding of circumstances. Having read all the above I know that you now have a more nuanced understanding of the importance of gender equality. This is not from a social justice warrior-ish feminism perspective.

This is from a progressive perspective that believes that there should be no discrimination between humans and we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of the differences we were born with.

Conclusion

Now that you have this understanding I hope when the propaganda reaches you, (which it will soon enough), you won’t empower it and instead stand with your mother and sister and your friends.

Brutes will come to you with a patriotic perspective talking about culture and tradition. They will try their best to play the sound of family values on your heartstrings. When that happens, remember that they are just doing that so they gain power. They promise growth but that growth is just for themselves not for the country that they pledge to serve. We already realize now that true progress comes with solidarity and justice.

When you share this information with your friends or relatives you will play your part in moving the Overton window of your community toward a progressive direction. This is not only for gender equality but also for our collective human progress as well. It is the morally progressive stand but also the economically rational position.

Resources

What are TRAP Laws? (plannedparenthoodaction.org)

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – POLITICO

Roe v. Wade | Summary, Origins, & Influence | Britannica

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey | Summary, Origins, & Influence | Britannica

Abortion | Gallup Historical Trends

Behavior Change. How to change your behavior with four simple laws?

4 laws of behavior change

Behavior change

Behavior change is hard, it takes a lot of time and consistent effort to change behaviors but it can be done. And the best part is, it doesn’t need you to be really motivated or highly disciplined to do it.

Behavior in psychology is defined as an organism’s activities in response to external or internal stimuli.

In simple terms, behavior consists of the actions that living organisms use to adjust in their respective environments.

This definition came from Lewin’s equation, B = ∫(P, E) which states that your behavior is a function of you, (P) including your history, personality, and motivation and your (E), i.e. your environment including your physical as well as your social surroundings. 

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Anger management techniques. 25 simple ways to overcome your anger.

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What is anger management

Anger management techniques are essential if we wish to learn how to manage anger.

Unlike what many people believe, anger is a natural emotion that we use to express our grief.

The grief that we feel whenever we feel powerless or when life gives us something we did not expect.

It is something we all feel and there is nothing wrong about it. What is important is how we manage that anger.

Failing to manage anger might not only hamper your close relationships but also lead to several health issues.

Sustained feelings of anger turn to resentment, which can cause anxiety and depression.

This leads to health problems like headaches, high blood pressure; digestive issues even skin diseases, and heart problems.

Apart from damage to your health and your close relationships, anger can push you in a life of violent behaviour, abuse or crime.

This can lead to loss of self-esteem and sustained mental health problems.

Thus, it is important that we understand our anger and learn how to manage it properly.

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Limiting beliefs. How to overcome your Self Limiting beliefs

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What are Limiting beliefs

Limiting beliefs are exactly what they sound like. They are the perceptions we have accepted in our minds as truths.

Are they truths? Well sometimes, they are and sometimes they are not.

Whenever you experience anything in life, your brain goes to the vast collection of conclusions it has accepted over the years and provides you with a bunch of probabilities.

Therefore, in any circumstance you face, your brain will provide you with its best guess.

That best guess is just that, a guess. Moreover, we are acting on those guesses more often than we realise.

According to Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University, a human has almost 60,000 thoughts each day and 90% of those thoughts are repetitive.

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How to bounce back from failure and adversity

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Bounce back from failure  

To bounce back from adversity is essential. At this moment when the entire world is having a tough time, it is crucial that we not only survive somehow but that we come back stronger.

One true fundamental truth of the universe is change, the only absolute.

Accepting this not only can make us resilient when good times turn sour but also give us the courage to keep moving when we are dealing with failure.

All the above lines are perfectly logical. We all understand them at some level and yet it is so difficult to keep going.

We realize that failure is temporary and still it is hard to stay resilient. How to we bounce back from failure and adversity? Let us find out

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.”

– Stephen Richards
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How to learn a new skill in 20 hours

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Learn a new skill

It gets boring when you try to learn a new skill. We all have a busy schedule and hope to be successful.

Maybe one day, when we do become successful, we will have enough time.

Then perhaps we will start working on all those things we always wanted to do.

You really want to learn how to play that musical instrument but who has the time to learn it. It will take so much effort and focus.

If things are going well, there is so much money to make that you cannot really waste this opportunity.

If things are bad, it is so important to do everything you can now so that you can make ends meet.

Also, learning a new skill takes 10,000 hours. Can you really learn any challenging new skills ever in your life? Is it just a pipe dream?

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How using Pareto’s principle can transform your life?

Pareto's principle

What is Pareto’s principle?

Simply put Pareto’s principle (also called the 80-20 rule) says that 80 % of the results come from 20% of the causes (more or less).

Now, this is not always accurate. Sometimes it is 70-30 or sometimes a very small no can give a big result.

However, the gist of the rule states that a minority of the causes lead to the majority of the results. 

Conversely, the majority of the causes do not contribute much to the result. It means that 80% of the work you put in is only leading to 20% results.

Businesses have been using this in optimizations of inventory and operations for a long time. 

You can, however, apply this principle to almost everything.

How can we apply Pareto’s principle effectively in our lives? Well, let’s find out.

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How to resist temptations. 10 steps to resist temptation

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Resist temptations

Resist temptations, such an arduous task. It is a problem that we all face. The information age has only made things worse.

resist temptation

We all give in to temptations, some more than others. We do this despite our knowledge of the harm they can bring us. Moreover, we also judge others that give in to them.

Not only do we repeatedly fail to resist temptations, we expect others to be principled when dealing with them.

This slight hypocrisy is very common in most people and you can see it especially well in people that never fulfill their commitments and yet whine about politicians not fulfilling their promises.

If we cannot resist the temptations we have right now, how can we hope to do better once we do have more power and consequently more access to self-indulgence?

Just giving in to temptations can destroy entire lives and careers of people. This is why we must know how to resist temptations, especially if we want to move upwards in life.

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

―John Adams

The power that comes with rising up only magnifies temptations. As a famous quote of John Dalberg-Acton goes-

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”

―John Dalberg-Acton

Is it then possible to resist temptations? Can we resist temptations not only in the limited scope in which we operate, but even if we do gain power and prestige?

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How to Work when you don’t feel like it.

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Work when you don’t feel like it?

To work when you don’t feel like it is hard. For example, right now I really do not want to write this blog.

That is exactly why I am writing it. I have had this problem for a long time where I just delay a task because I didn’t really want to put in the work at that time.

There have been days where I have just given up on work. I just cannot seem to get myself to work and so I say to myself-

“Let it be. We will just bounce back tomorrow.”

Now, I am pretty good and bouncing back, and, I am able to do cover-up for that work in time. However, that still leaves a basic question.

How can we bring ourselves to work when we don’t feel like it?

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How Gratitude leads to joy. 9 important benefits of Gratitude.

Gratitude

What is Gratitude?

The word gratitude comes from a Latin word Gratia that means Grace or Gratefulness. It means being thankful and appreciative of everything, we possess or receive.

This may be a tangible birthday gift your friend gave you, or maybe, a gesture of friendship from a co-worker. It is not limited to tangible things.

Different people perceive gratitude differently. Some people call it a feeling, some people think of it as a character trait, some people even go far as to think of it as a behavior.

Gratitude has benefits that range from improved health to improved mind-set. It empowers our relationship with our peers as well as makes us feel more optimistic for the future.

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