Some things I try to avoid
Not everything I face in life is going to be good, uplifting, or deserve my attention.
Here are a few things that are just not worth my time:
Toxic people (negative, complainers, rude, egotists)
Any internet, web, or email technical support phone marathon
Ribs and wings - too difficult to eat. The work required doesn't match the food gained
Religious fanatics who believe they are correct, everyone else is wrong
People who have closed their minds well before they die
Mosquitoes - Noah should have killed both of them
Talking to people who lean their seat back on the airplane (won't help and its really their call)
Oysters. As Woody Allen says, "I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded - dead."
People with egos bigger than their brains
People when they are telling me about a movie they just saw. If I'm going to see the movie, I don't want their abridged version of it and if I'm not going to see the movie, their tale is just boring
Used car salesmen
PWUTMAs - People who use too many acronyms
Egocrats and narcissists
Definition: nar·cis·sism [nahr-suh-siz-em]
1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity -
being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
Synonyms: self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.
It seems that many narcissists are hiding deeper insecurities and fears - the 'me first' is quite likely just a cover so underlying deficiencies can be masked. Maybe this is just an appropriate and expected result of this era of fear-mongering from the government and the media. This commitment to self may help explain why so few people are involved or seem to care about the consequences of The Worst President Ever, climate change, and other social issues. I wonder if facebook, selfies, and personal blogs have an influence on this - much of this digital socializing encourages self-centeredness. The illustration above, by Ron Barrett in The New York Times, is so right-on. It portrays the extent of the universe in the minds of many people.