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How to be mediocre

The Rat Race

Getting off the 'hamster wheel' or the 'rat race' and just breathing is an option that no one talks about, as everyone is into doing more, sacrificing health and sleep for productivity and their perceived notions of success.

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Kakonomics - Intentionally Mediocre

People are not always expecting, providing, or receiving high-quality products and services. Sometimes a business deal or a commitment involves (consciously or unconsciously) attaining a low-quality or average outcome. This is known as Kakonomics.

For many people, the concept of 'mediocre' is good enough, as the price or effort to be of a superior or high-standard is not worth it, or is inconvenient.

The Rat Race

Getting off the 'hamster wheel' or the 'rat race' and just breathing is an option that no one talks about, as everyone is into doing more, sacrificing health and sleep for productivity and their perceived notions of success.

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Using music

During the plague of Saint Charles in the summer of 1576, religious gatherings were banned in Italy for fear of contagion. But nothing could stand in the people's way.

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Music connects

Music is a very powerful tool during quarantine. People in Italy, Spain, and the wider world are using music to bring their communities together.

When you're making music, you submit your mind and body to its regulation. When you're doing the Macarena with your neighbors, you're contributing to the larger goal of the group and inspire global solidarity.

Other benefits of music

Since the time of ancient Greece, medicine claimed that maintaining a positive mind can help treat physical disease.

  • During the Renaissance, patients were encouraged to compose and study art and play music.
  • When plague approached England, Henry VIII chose his organ player as one of the five men he quarantined with.

Music asks that we laugh, and sing, and dance, and seems to be a real antidote to fear, just as the Renaissance doctors claimed.

The Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet

It is not a weight-loss regime such as the Atkins or Dukan diets. It is actually not a prescriptive diet at all, rather a pattern of eating.

It is based on a rural life where people at...

Principles of the Mediterranean diet
  • It is based on large amounts of fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and especially olive oil.
  • Fish and seafood depends on how close to the sea you live.
  • Chicken, eggs and small amounts of dairy, such as cheese and yoghurt, are there in moderation.
  • The diet includes a small amount of wine with meals
  • It is quite a high-carbohydrate diet (pasta, bread and potatoes).
  • Red meat and sweets would rarely be consumed.
  • It is accompanied by quite a lot of physical activity. 
The Mediterranean diet is more than food on a plate
  • It emphasises values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity.
  • Shared family meals help people eat well and avoid excess, while the TV dinner habit is linked to obesity.
  • It involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.
Earth On Pause
Earth On Pause

One impact of the ongoing pandemic has been the decrease in fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This is due to factories that emit gases being shut across the world.

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Less Consumption Of Oil

Due to the lockdown, transit-related emissions have also decreased as people stay at home and non-essential items are no longer in demand. This has also reduced power and natural gas demands across the globe.

Example: Passenger vehicle traffic in the U.S. is down by 38 percent.

Long-term Outlook

On the whole, there is an unprecedented global disruption, causing a sharp drop in carbon emissions, which will affect the economy in untold ways and the effect may last a few years.

It depends on the world leaders if they restart the old ‘oil’ based energy sources, or get into the new clean energy options (like Electric Vehicles) once the pandemic is dealt with.