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There is a difference between style and fashion

While fashion and style are connected, they are not the same. Fashion relates to the collective, while style is more for the individual.

  • Individual style: Personal style is a means of self-expression. Even if an individual is a fashion designer, how they dress themselves is their style.
  • Collective: Fashion has to do with global trends and the business of fashion. When a fashion model become an influencer, their personal style becomes iconic, and their style then becomes fashion.
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Style is timeless, but fashion is current.

  • A fashionable person will be aware of the latest fashion trends and wear designer clothing.
  • A stylish person may not follow the latest fashion trends. They will focus on their own aesthetic rather than absorbing trends.

We can obtain respect, comfort and time when we distinguish between leisure and play.

  • In Politics, Aristotle considers leisure as time spent learning and contemplating, trying to achieve excellence. It is about growth.
  • Play is about rest and recovery.

For Aristotle, we need to spend our day in work, growth and recovery. Recovery is necessary for both work and growth.

  • We achieve excellence. Achieving excellence for the first time is only the start.
  • We contemplate. Next, we observe what's good and how to apply it to a craft.
  • We act. When we apply what is good to our craft, our craft becomes a medium for expressing excellence. It means that we make something for others to experience.

At times, we should take a break from action and return to contemplation. We should continue to refine our understanding of excellence and apply it to what we do.

The community we live in helps us bring balance. We don’t all grow our own food, make our own shelter, and provide our own entertainment. We have to keep three things in mind.

  1. We need respect. Some roles in life make us feel valued and worthy but give little comfort.
  2. We need comfort. Some roles yield comfort but are not respected.
  3. We need time. Some roles will give comfort and respect but little time to strive for excellence.

    When we choose our work, friends and relationships, we must consider all three.

Aristotle states that our education begins in the forming of good habits as habits help us grow.

At first, habits are imposed upon us by others, such as teachers and mentors. Later on, we reach a critical moment where we question these habits to discover the reason behind them. If we are to become an excellent student, we will not abandon the habits nor stick to them dogmatically - we will try to improve upon them.

Excellence depends on developing your talents. If we don't get an education appropriate to our craft, we won't be able to become excellent.

Plato points out that if education is too rigidly fixed on a narrow set of crafts, we risk feeling useless because our talents don't fit into what we're taught. That means excellence requires a society to accommodate diverse talents and support many different paths. Even if you missed out on an education in youth, the internet offers nonconventional options to learn and grow.

Striving for excellence

Many self-help writers are either telling people to work hard and be productive or practise self-care to avoid burnout. But neither advice is great.

If we only focus on getting by, we won't grow. If we become overly obsessed with ideals, we'll burn out. We need balance where we can distribute time effectively and in a way that leads to excellence, not just success.

Monuments that mark the equinoxes

There are many monuments that mark the equinoxes such as the Mayan Temple in Chichen, Itza in Mexico. This temple is also known as the Temple of Kukulcan and was dedicated to a serpent god.

Another monument is the Hindu Temple Complex Angkor Wat in Cambodia wherein the sun rises directly above its central temple. It's one of the largest religious monuments in the world as was built between AD 1113 and 1150.

The cause of an equinox

In layman's terms, the equinox happens because the planet earth is not tilted towards the sun while the sun is directly above the equator. This causes the equinox to happen.

So during this time of the year, both hemispheres get the same hours of daylight and night.

On a usual basis, the earth is tilted as it orbits around the sun, about 23.5 degrees. This tilt causes the difference in how much of the sun's radiation we receive at various times of the year.

When equinoxes happen

The earth's year is not a consistent 365 days, often there is an extra quarter of a day that accumulates each year which causes the date of the equinox to shift.

Nevertheless, the equinox usually happens to mark the astronomical beginning of spring or autumn, but the meteorological beginning of these seasons are March 1st and September 1st.

This 2021, the spring equinox is bound to happen on March 20th, and the fall equinox to happen on September 22nd.

The discovery of equinoxes

Ancient civilizations have noticed solar changes because they've been watching and keeping track of the sun's movements not only for a hundred years but for thousands of years.

With this, their discovery of equinoxes have been a part of their culture, their plantation season - since solar changes dictate the beginning of seasons which helps aid when to plant and harvest crops and their religious traditions.

Hip Hop culture and values

Hip Hop culture and rap have been associated with negative connotations, equating them with profanity, misogyny, violence and crime.

The lyrical content of hip hop is confronting and often includes the glorification of violence, substance use, and gender discrimination. But, at its core, it is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun. Because of these values, it's used as a therapeutic tool with younger people.

  1. Deejaying scratch and mix
  2. Rapping, also known as β€œMCing” (emceeing) β€œrhyming”
  3. Graffiti artists that draw and write
  4. Break dancing, or β€œB-boying”
  5. A fifth element is Knowledge of Self - the drive for self-awareness and social-consciousness.

This accessibility and inclusivity make hip hop an effective therapeutic tool as it provides a way to build rapport between client and therapist. The lyrical content enables therapists to access hard to talk about topics.

Hip hop culture originated in New York City but is now a worldwide phenomenon.

  • One reason for the spread is the commercialisation of the culture as a commodity, making it one of the world's most influential industries.
  • The other is that it remains accessible and grassroots. You can make a beat with your mouth or create or recite lyrics about anything without singing.

Hip hop emerged as a reaction to the gang culture and violence of the South Bronx in the 1970s. It represents and values resilience, understanding, community and social justice.

Many communities around the world still face the effects of discrimination, segregation, and injustice. Hip hop is a voice to the reality of young people's lives, their neighbourhoods, and their broader social circumstances. It reflects on our society and can be used to expose issues that still remain.

The "need to be right" all the time is a kind of fixed mindset that interferes with personal growth. People who want to be right about everything prevent themselves from learning from their mistakes. They fall prey to the Dunning-Kruger effect, where they assume they know more than they really know.

Every time we are proven wrong, we have an opportunity to learn and grow. We can embrace the scientific discovery process, where we can learn through observation.

The need to be right is part of our culture. Often, we don't just want to be right, we want to be "more right" than someone else. The need to be "more right" is mostly based on fear, uncertainty, our desire to be socially connected, and misplaced intellectualism.

  • Anxiety of abandonment. They unconsciously worry that people close to them will leave.
  • Fear of failure. Researchers found a link between parent's high expectations and children's fear of failure.
  • Avoiding disappointment.
Being right is ingrained

The phenomenon to be right start from a very young age as children are taught the benefits of being right. The schooling system is established on the standard of right and wrong answers. The primary goal becomes getting the correct answer quickly.

This mental model is carried into adulthood as being part of us.

It is often painful to get rid of our need to be right, but some strategies can help.

  • Ask more open-ended questions instead of making affirmative statements. If a comment seems illogical, instead of jumping to conclusions, ask more questions.
  • Explore alternative views. Read content from authors that are different from your view. Talk with friends who disagree with you. Then try to understand the opposite view.
  • Fail like a scientist. Everything is an experiment and an opportunity to learn.

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