Hello, New Medium Writer

Some advice from a nobody to the newest writers of the platform

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Here you are. You are going to let others read your writing, and, after several experiments with WordPress, WIX, and others, you have arrived at Medium.

Look at its beautiful design, its cleanliness, the perfection of many pieces published here! This is by far the best place to publish your first stories. And I am not by any means trying to grab Ev Williams’ attention; It’s just that I have seen other places and I have compared them. Most suck and I am very vocal about it. However, there are some things that you need to learn.

As you discover the platform, you are going to notice one kind of article. The one that promises you to get rich and famous if you follow its advice.

Medium clickbait article.
This kind of article is not worth your time. Screenshot of Medium’s feed modified by the author

Congratulations! You have found one of the many clickbait pieces that are published here. Because Medium being a great place to publish and read interesting pieces does not mean that you will not also find a ton of trash.

You will feel tempted to read them, and after reading them, you will start doing useless things like checking your headline millions of times because some moron promised to have found the secret headline formula that leads to curation every time.

Or worse. You will do as I did, and you will add useless emphasis tricks that will distract your reader from the story that you are telling.

Emphasis tricks, such as bold letters, should be used to emphasize something. Italics are for mentioning works like Harry Potter, and pictures should be related to your piece.

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A picture of a writer for an article about writing. However, it could be a better one. Photo by Adolfo Félix on Unsplash

You must learn this quick, because nothing is more annoying than a piece full of useless effects.

Other writers will try to convince you of writing pieces using celebrity names on the headline. It not only doesn’t work, but it also will attract the type of reader that usually reads crap and moves on, and it will be more difficult for you to create a solid audience.

Also, this tactic is clickbait, and Medium has a strong anti-clickbait policy, so dismiss it if you aim towards curation unless you want to make fun of it.

Some authors will tell you to write only about certain topics where the number of reads is high. This is useful if you care about money, but have in mind that those fields are crowded with writers, and even if you excel at them, it will be almost impossible to thrive in them. There is a better chance of being read when you talk about what you know.

Writing about trending topics grabs some attention, but writing about your true interests gives you better engagement, because you will post content that will attract your target reader and will keep him interested in your work.

There will eventually come a day where you will read someone saying that you must publish every day, no matter what. Please don’t do that.

It is different writing every day from publishing every day. We don’t always have something to tell; And that’s okay. Our goal here is to communicate, to deliver something useful to our audience. If you publish crap, they will know you as the one who posts crap. And like crap, a poor reputation is hard to clean.

It is better if you write when you feel like it. The best creations come to live when you are in the middle of the creative flow, and to do that, you must feel like writing something. You must feel the creative spark. This is Medium, a place to learn and find your own style.

You won’t get rich. So, enjoy!

Some Extra Resources

Thank you for reaching the end of my article. Here I have selected some articles by more experienced writers than me that will help you. And one final advice. When you are going to add some cool extras, do not tell it at the beginning. It is also considered clickbait because it forces your readers to scroll to the bottom of the page.

1. Casey Boticello’s Medium Blogging Guide.

The Best Medium Article Formatting GuideA comprehensive guide to formatting Medium stories like a top writermedium.com

2. Entertaining advice by David B. Clear. Medium’s best cartoonist.

Dear Writer — You’re an Entertainer FirstOr why your utmost priority should be to entertain your readerswritingcooperative.com

3. Tim Denning’s advice on running out of ideas.

Your Creative Genius Can Run Out of Energy (It’s Normal)Here’s how to get it back, based on my recent experience.medium.com

4. The Writing Cooperative’s Publication

The Writing CooperativeA global community of people helping each other write better.writingcooperative.com

Abstracts Are Not Perfect


They leave outside a lot of information

Man holding a book by Machael Lewis.
Photo by Trần Toàn on Unsplash

I was researching for a paid article I am going to write on cognitive bias, when I remembered that I really dislike abstracts for researching my articles.

I get bored the same second I open an abstract. I just see an enumeration of concepts, empty of reasoning and content, and then I scroll, hoping to find something interesting.

I never do.

The reason is that it simply bores me to death, and I end scrolling to the end of the summary without reading a single word.

Those abstracts are empty of all emotion, they do not sound human, and when you want to deliver information to the public, you need to make it in a way that makes your reader resonate with it. It must be easy to read, not a technical manual. Anyone who looks for technical manuals will never look for an abstract. Trust me, I used to read those.

However, the main issue with abstracts is how to define what is filler content. You should be able to reduce everything you write to the minimum, but this does not mean that you should cut a text into little meaningless pieces, not only because you will lose some small nuances after the trimming. But also because we do not see the same parts as important and what might interest who reads the book in the first place might be irrelevant for the person reading the abstract.

Full books deliver you all the information unfiltered; They include every piece of information that the original author wanted to give you, delivered the way the author intended it to be, so the reader understands its meaning; and once you read it, it is up to you to decide what is useful and what is not, while they still allow you to scan them. Nowadays, with digital books, you even can type what you are looking for to jump there. And for the rest of the searches, there is Google.

If you have the time, and you like to read, you will profit more from reading the full book from start to finish to find later your own conclusions on the matter.


Abstract

To me, there is no simple way to learn things. Summaries are useful to learn a few random facts to spew at parties, but do not deliver beyond that because they do not dive deep into the topic.

It is always better to read the full text on everything, even if some books could be shorter, it is still better to have available every minor detail to understand the topic you are reading about.

Kanye West writing a blog

I Like to Write Too

I do not only translate texts or fix cars. I also enjoy writing about several topics, ranging from comedy to philosophy or even society. It is something that makes my brain work on new ideas and keeps it exercised. But you have already seen this in some of my previous posts.

Writing is exercise for the brain, as solving math exercises or playing music can be as well. With the advantage of allowing us to release on those sentences whatever we have in our heads. To me, my primary worry lately has been my inertia. Inertia matters, because it is what makes us focus on a single task. It helps us to excel at it, but I have lost it for some weeks. Now I am ready to write again.

I started this section to prove my English speaking and writing skills, but writing has proven to be a great way to keep being constant and productive. It takes most of those absurd thoughts out of the brain. Sometimes as absurd as a chicken playing piano, but way less futile.

My upcoming plans are to monetize this place. I have been writing on Medium for some time, and I have tried Vocal, but the best way to monetize my writing will be to add some advertisements on this blog section and keep the stories free to read for anyone interested in them.

I want to create a personal blog that makes enough money to pay its own hosting, so soon you will start seeing more original content in this section of my website.

Kanye West writing a blog

Formatting Like Crazy Will Not Save Your Story

Why you should not abuse of aesthetical resources when writing

I have been writing on Medium for some months now, enough to know that because I have mentioned them, they will not choose this story for further distribution — curation, for the newbies.

And I have been writing enough time to have learned from my mistakes in previous stories through experience, and through the advice of some people who have helped me.

When I arrived here, I read a lot of stories about how to be curated, and how to increase the number of reads. Most of their advice promised to provide lots of reads, and so, lots of money.

This is the worst advice I read ever. It does not work on any platform, not even in Vocal or Substack. If you expect to make obscene amounts of money with generic writing advice, you are wrong.

Format Like Kanye West

I cannot remember if that was the actual title, but this story advised its readers to use bold letters whenever they could, add lots of pictures, italics, and whatever could be added.

As an amateur writer, that surprised me, but at that point, I did not know what I know about writing on the internet. So, I took the advice seriously and implemented that advice.

I added lots of formatting and lots of pictures to everything. I had to spend hours looking for pictures in Unsplash. And it was a massive loss of time because placing many unrelated pictures distracts the reader, and it is even worse when those pictures are generic stock photos that everyone can easily use.

A picture must always be related to the story you are writing and be the most original possible. It must add value, not make the reader look away. In my personal case, I like to edit my own pictures to deliver the information in a funny way. They help the reader to understand better my content.

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Image by Anastasia Gepp. Modified by the author

Also, publications dislike seeing a ton of unrelated generic pictures, and if they see this, they will reject your pieces without reading them. It happened to me many times.

Then we have the bold letter abuse. I’m quitting on that right now, thanks to the advice of Amy J. Wall, and my recent experience writing on Vocal, where formatting has more limitations.

Bold letters are used to emphasize, they make your readers’ attention go directly towards a point in the page, but if you abuse them, you will make your readers lose their focus, and chances are they will close your story before finishing it, and the abuse of bold letters is another thing that will make a lot of good pieces be rejected.

Abusing cosmetics will never make-up for a poorly written story where there is no obvious outcome for the reader, so it is pointless to attempt to do that with serious publications.

Publish Something New Every Day

This one is another useless tip given by poor writers. It is repeated everywhere, and it does not work, because if your potential readers see invaluable content every time they visit your blog, they will eventually stop reading it.

When you write, you must deliver valuable content to your reader because that is what they expect, but creating decent content takes its time. You can finish a day having nothing good to publish, and that is perfectly fine too. You are a writer, not an AI writing machine.

Try instead to write a bit every day to keep practicing. It will relieve you from the pressure of the need for publishing, and when you liberate yourself from it, creativity flows better than when you spend your days typing without intention. And best-selling articles take time to be crafted.

Bonus Poor Advice: Just Hit Publish and Forget About It

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Image by ashish choudhary from Pixabay. Modified by the author

This one is the worst advice I have read to date.

Right today, I had to revise one of my old pieces here in Medium because it had some typos and mistakes. Why? Because when I wrote it, I hit Publish and forgot about it.

Here we are not only writers, but we also are editors. It is on us to deliver the final product to the reader, and that means it must meet quality standards. It is never enough to write the piece, it must also be edited carefully for it to be readable. This applies to every platform, specially, if you run your own independent blog.

Takeaway

Writing something takes time. Your work needs to be well written and formatted to keep a high-quality standard and an excellent reputation as a writer. Do not abuse visual effects to compensate a terrible story and focus on properly delivering your ideas.

And now, I’m going to wait two days, then I will edit this piece, and only then I will hit Publish.

Keanu Reeves and The Weirdtrix

Absurdism, philosophy, and explosions

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Keanu Reeves Told Me To Write About Him

The other day I was having some drinks with my friend Keanu Reeves, it had been some time since the last time we had seen each other and we had to catch up.

At some point, I told him about how I had started writing in Medium, and how difficult it was to catch people’s attention, and also, how difficult it was, some days, to create original content for my stories.

Then, Keanu gave me the obvious answer.

“Write about me,” he said. “Everyone loves a story where some famous name appears, and everyone knows my name”.

“But that would be cheating,” I said, “There are already a ton of bad stories on Medium that use famous names just to get undeserved reads”

“It is not cheating if you deliver something valuable, like a story about me and some absurd ending, now excuse me, my planet needs me.”

And having said that, he began levitating and disappeared into the sky.

“Hey, normal people don’t fly, not even Keanu,” I said moments before regaining my consciousness.

“I HAVE BEEN IN THE MATRIX,” I yelled when I came back.

“No, you have been three days in a coma after slamming your head against the wall yelling that you needed new ideas to write. Jesus, I had never seen a writer so desperate for creativity” said some hot doctor who looked like Claudia Schiffer when she was young.

“I don’t care, bring me my laptop, woman, I must write about Keanu.”

Keanu Reeves Helped Me Get Out of The Hospital

Keanu Reeves, motorbikes, explosion
Source: The author, who clearly was not high on drugs

Those were dark days.

I was interned at the Hospital while they checked my head for injuries. The doctors said that apparently, I was perfectly okay, but they would need to run some more scans, because, they said, resisting so many hits was not normal either.

In the meantime, I had made a friendship with one of the nurses who was about my age — 30 years old here. Her name was Audrey; she was skinny and very smart; she spoke five languages, but above all, was a good listener.

I talked endlessly to her about my incident smashing my head into the wall out of desperation to come with new ideas, and she usually knew exactly what to say.

“It is okay to not have anything good to say sometimes, you the writers have been forced by The Media to come with ideas endlessly, but you’re not machines, not even you with the metal plate they had to put in your head.” She once told me.

And I felt she was telling the truth, I had been trying to write too much lately, so I decided to rest a bit for a few days, let my brain cool down.

And so, the days passed by, and I felt better, saner — I had a lot of weird dreams about spoons though. And the extensive talks with Audrey helped me a lot, She had become a good friend.

Then one day, while I was watching Greta Thunberg playing a brutal guitar solo with her Green Metal band on TV, Ms. Schiffer came in, you know, I introduced her at the end of the last part, but to be honest, back then I was high on sedatives and I didn’t see her well. Actually, Ms. Schiffer looked more like Lindsay Lohan after a DUI.

She brought my laptop with her.

“Mr. Miana, it’s time to start typing again, you have a lot of work to do,” She told me.

“Okay, but after the show, I don’t feel like writing yet. I’m recovering.”

She did not look amused.

“Mr. Miana, IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CONTINUE WRITING IMMEDIATELY.”

“Okay, immediately after Greta’s concert.”

The Schiffer then grabbed my arm. It felt like an eagle’s talon around it and pulled me closer. I could see a giant reptile eye on her forehead, but I did not remember it being there before. Could it be real? Or maybe I was having an attack because of my injuries?

“YOU’RE GOING TO WRITE NOW, OR ELSE I’LL CONSUME YOU RIGHT HERE.”

Definitely, something was going on with my head.

“What did you say?”

“WRITE NOW.”

“No, the other thing”

“CONSUME YOU?”

“Yes.”

“CREATIVE PURPOS — “

Right then, the door exploded and Keanu appeared between the cloud of dust that formed afterward. The Schiffer laid unconscious on the floor, and she looked human now.

“Come with me if you want to live,” Keanu said.

“Shit! You have killed Lindsay Lohan!” I remember yelling.

“That’s not Lindsay Lohan, for starters, it’s not even human. Now, let’s go!” he ordered.

I did not know what was happening, but if some celebrity appears blowing the door and half of the wall it’s not a good idea to get him mad. So I followed him down the hall. It was crowded with Schiffer clones, but those had black hair and seemed less powerful because they lacked the third eye.

We made our way to the garage way fighting them, Keanu shot them Matrix-style. And I had a broken broom I had found in the hall. Then, we heard a terrifying scream behind us; the Schiffer queen was on her feet again and was running towards us, and destroying every clone on her way. I almost shat my pants, but I managed to run faster. Nothing motivates you better to run faster than a monster chasing you.

After some minutes, I found out that I could not see Keanu Reeves anymore. I was near the entrance of that place, and the good news was that Schiffer seemed to have followed Keanu instead of me. Too bad two of her clones were with me.

Use the force, JM, suddenly said a voice in my head.

“What?” I asked as if hearing voices was completely normal.

The broom, use the broom.

Maybe I was able to do some kung-fu? By now, I believed anything. After all, the day was getting weirder and weirder. So I tried to make the broom spin in my hands like in those old kung-fu movies, then I hit my leg with it; I tripped over it and ended up stabbing both in my fall.

Both clones lied dead on the ground where a puddle of blood began to form.

Never underestimate the Belic power of a broom.

I got out of the building just in time to hear a motorbike really close, then someone grabbed me by my jacket and I thought I was flying until I saw Keanu driving the bike. The Original Schiffer was trying to catch us as we sped up and escaped the place.

Then, the entire building exploded and debris fell all around, trapping the Schiffer under a pink bathtub while we escaped.

“We have to turn back! I have a friend in there!” I yelled.

“If you’re talking about Audrey, she works with us, she’s the one who set the bomb,” Keanu replied.

“Why did she set a bomb?” I asked.

“Creative purposes.” He replied shrugging. “Now let’s go to the base, We’ll answer your questions there,” he continued.

Will continue soon.

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JM is a Spanish writer who endlessly talks about cars, philosophy, and revolution when he’s not playing guitar or annoying his friends with bad jokes. You can follow him on Twitter to see more content: @jm_miana.

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Imagination Is Not for the Poor

A bitter rant about how society marks our future.

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Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash

“Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”

― Victor Hugo

My imagination has been extremely vivid since I was very little, I used to daydream a lot and that gave me the quality of being a thinker.

That sparked a huge curiosity on me, and I would talk and talk about everything that came into my attention. It felt somewhat like a superpower, as I was the only one in my family with it. With that superpower, I wrote some short (and shitty) comics, some of which I still keep somewhere, and also, designed some fixes for my broken toys.

As I grew I became more interested in Arts, I tried to learn to play the guitar, but without a guitar and everything else I had to wait. My family didn’t actually support any of those hobbies.

But they loved how I would always come with a new idea to fix my dad’s beaten up trucks, I discovered that my creativity could be used for more material things, like mechanics and engineering.

I kept drawing and daydreaming, and also, failing at my grades, but I didn’t care, imagination was my escape from a crappy reality, I’m not going to bore you with every detail, just know I was quite poor.

And that kept going for years. Several wasted years.

During that time I didn’t have any chance to develop my creativity. Yeah, I kept writing notebooks and notebooks, which are also full of doodles. Later I was able to learn guitar, but that’s a story for another day.

But I didn’t feel society supporting creativity, and I’m not the only one who has lived this, some more kids from my background suffered this.

The Actual Story Begins Here

Creativity is not something valuable for the working class, it’s regarded as something for Bohemian painters, the kind of people who don’t have a place to fall dead.

When you have resources, you’re allowed to become whatever you want, the world thinks it’s okay if you spend your time trying to become a painter, a writer, or even an engineer (a career also related to the imagination).

But when you’re poor you’re expected to get those stupid ideas out of your head, the world will blackmail you into giving up, and this way, lots and lots of people who could have otherwise been successful end up working in crappy jobs, all of their lives. While if they had a bit more support, they could have achieved the same as their counterparts.

I managed to still develop my creativity, I firmly believe in myself and that helped me to get out of the flock, not without sacrifice. And it’s been an extremely long path.

This text is dedicated to those who can’t, who feel overwhelmed by our society’s norms that keep hammering our heads with “It’s not worthy”, “stop daydreaming”, “you’ll starve to death”, or my favorite “you’re poor, you can’t afford it”.

The ones who could do marvelous things if we stopped trying to look good just for a second and actually did something good.

I want society to make them stand out, I want the world to notice them, to start actually helping them, fixing the education worldwide, and encouraging everyone to follow their abilities instead of clipping their wings.

Poor kids also have potential, and we’re completely missing it.


Originally published in Curious at Medium

Writing Out of the Sheet: A Short Rant About the Freedom in Writing

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Photo by 卡晨 on Unsplash

Today I wanted to write something free of the boundaries that apply to most publications, because I’ve noticed that sometimes we can’t say all the stuff that we would like on them; it’s not their fault, our world has some rules to follow.

When I’m writing, I’m sometimes tempted to curse, or to defend unpopular opinions, something that I feel we should do more often.

MY DEFINITION OF A FREE SOCIETY IS A SOCIETY WHERE IT IS SAFE TO BE UNPOPULAR. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND, ESPECIALLY WHEN EVERYONE DISAGREES. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN EVERYONE ELSE’S BELIEFS STAND ELSEWHERE. WHERE IT’S SAFE TO SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT AND BE PERFECTLY SAFE FROM THE OTHER FISH.
ADLAI EWING STEVENSON II (1900–1965)

Communication is what made us evolve from the ape, or at least, that’s what history books say. And the times when we’ve achieved to communicate without boundaries are when the genius of mankind has really showed-off.

And that’s one of the issues that drives me the most.

Why would I want to write what everyone else is writing right now?

I swear, I can’t stand that behaviour, it’s one of the most stupid in most places.

Like with novels: Every fucking time there’s a trend where it gets easier to get published; when Harry Potter began making a shitload of money, every single novel was about magical kids — don’t get me wrong, I really like Harry Potter, but I think that lots of people started to write about magic like crazy just to make some money.

When Fifty Shades of Gray made profits, every author was suddenly into BDSM. Yet sex is one of the biggest taboos, even in this hyper-sexualized society.

There’s a secret rule to only write what is trendy at the moment, while we leave everything else outside.

We hide some pieces as if they were something to be ashamed of, instead of making them available for everyone to read, to argue about them, to grow as a community. Darius Foroux wrote something really cool about speaking our minds.

We have the simple-minded belief that controlling what we say or write it’s the better way to a better world. As if that belief actually made any sense.

In other areas, this is common too. We don’t get the freedom to be who we really are, even though this society supposedly encourages us to do so.

“Be yourself, no, not that way”

Be it writing, singing, talking about politics, or wearing different socks, we love to judge each other, to drag ourselves down, which is a mistake.

We should instead encourage different ideas and debate between people, we should listen to them without judging or censoring them, but learning from others. We should reason our points and speak our minds (as long as it’s not just to harass someone).

If we keep dragging each other down into the mud, we’ll keep being hairy pigs.

In a Nutshell

We must dare to write whatever we want to write and be open to discussion, because in this polarized society of today, only a bridge built with different ideas and, why not, some F-bombs, might join us together again.

Peace out.


Originally published on Medium

The Brat Privilege

How social movements have been hijacked by the upper-class kids

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Nowadays, the talk about privilege is in the spotlight globally. We tend to talk a lot about privilege.

Most of the time these talks come from upper-class college students, posting from their expensive laptops, insulting anyone who disagrees with them, talking about privilege and anticapitalism while failing to realize that they are part of that system they criticize.

They will throw tantrums as soon as they have a chance, not because they actually care, but because it’s trendy.

They will call horrible things to anyone daring to not agree with them, including literally anyone, even blue-collar workers, black people, formerly oppressed women, anyone.

They will try to destroy their lives in the name of justice, without realizing that they’re being the actual bullies.

Because let’s be honest, when you have enough money to write from a Mac, while sipping Starbucks coffee and making fun of those who weren’t able to attend college, the ones who keep your country running, the chances are that the only privileged is you.

This kind of privilege silences every fight, as it shifts our focus from things like our growing global poverty (yes it also exists in the wrongly called first world, but it’s just ignored), the soldier kids in Africa, or the female mutilation in certain countries to their first world problems, to their childish desires.

They deliberately ignore the working class’ problems, like low wages, extensive overtime, unpaid hours, the lack of access to health or a decent education, the impossibility to generate any savings. This class has become the most targeted for their mockery. And this is generating a wave of growing anger.

You can even see some of them try to rebate black guys on how is like being a black guy in the United States.

And so, they’re slowly killing actual fights by suffocating them inside their endless need for attention.

TREND IS KILLING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

WRITTEN BYJM Miana

I write and translate stuff from English to Spanish, learning is one of my favourite things to do, after playing rock music. https://linktr.ee/Jmmiana


Originally published at Medium.

The Crabs in a Bucket Effect

Those around you will always try to drag you down when you’re trying to progress

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Illustration by the Author

“She reached down and picked a crab out of a bucket. As it came up it turned out that three more were hanging on to it. “A crab necklace?” giggled Juliet.
“Oh, that’s crabs for you,” said Verity, disentangling the ones who had hitched a ride. “thick as planks, the lot of them. That’s why you can keep them in a bucket without a lid. Any that tries to get out gets pulled back. yes, as thick as planks.”

― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

There’s a lot of stories out there that talk about improving your life and the bravery it takes to dare to change your life. Even I have written some of those.

But there’s a topic that is not being covered enough: Your family and friends.

Yes, the people who love you might also try to drag you down. No, they’re not evil. It’s way more complex than that.

The crabs in a bucket effect or “crab mentality” is a part of the human behavior that makes us try to reduce a person’s self-confidence to ensure they don’t succeed.

Take Your Parents for Example

Just when you finished talking about how much did you love acting at school plays they would give you the concerned look, and immediately after they would tell you to forget about it, that acting wouldn’t make you rich.

They would try to shame you into giving up.

And you were just talking about something that made you happy.

But in their minds, they were saving you from becoming poor, they felt that it would be safer for you if they crushed anything you liked. Because the world will always need accountants, right?

There you have them. The first crabs in your barrel.

Their fear of something bad happening to you, for example, poverty, made them want to drag you down. The first ones to release yourself from, and for some of you, the best crabs you’ll encounter in your whole life.

Then You Have Your Friends, or Better Said, Your Acquaintances

Those are the people you hang out with, your squad, you’ll wish the best to some of them.

But beware, some of them won’t wish the best for you.

In the first years of your life it will be difficult for you to realize this, but the number of people to whom you can trust your most inner desires, your hopes and fears is very limited.

And so, many of those will try to persuade you of not being worthy, to give up, some of them may even state that they’re worried about your well-being.

But actually, they’ll be afraid of your success, their egos will get enormously hurt if you succeed and so, they must avoid it at any cost.

And in other cases, they’ll be just true friends that will be genuinely worried, you must keep those close, but not letting them drag you down at the same time.

Those are the second kind of crabs that you’ll encounter in your life.

Later in Life, You’ll Find Your Colleagues

Someday you’ll be working hard somewhere and you’ll make the mistake of letting your colleagues know that you like to draw or something.

They’ll look at you as if you were suddenly from outer space, and they’ll say something like: “Why don’t you do overtime instead?”

As if having a life, a passion out of your working hours was a crime.

And if your boss finds out, which he’ll do because someone will tell him, he’ll likely hate it.

To him, you should live and die for the company, and he won’t tolerate any other behavior.

Those were the third kind of crabs, those who will wish you the worst, but the less dangerous.

The Last Crab is You

You’re holding yourself back too, because you’re afraid to fail, which is natural because you don’t know if you could end cooked up.

But you don’t know that.

You can’t predict the future, but you can follow your guts. And if you feel that you want to change your life, so be it.

Release your fears, you could be afraid of ending in a cooking pot when there’s also a whole ocean out there.

Love your people, but don’t ever let them drag you down.

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We’re Headed to a Disaster

Our politicians’ lack of contact with reality is fuelling a growing global anger

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The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened.

Helene D. Gayle

There’s a global issue that must be addressed, and it’s the fact that our political leaders are out of touch with their people’s realities, they stick to the formulas they know and forget about everything else, which is leading us in general to a difficult situation.

When I look at the United States’ news I see the same awful situation as in my homeland, I see the rise of the far-right, and I see a growing distrust in democracy.

In the last decades, there’s been a growing gap between social classes, which has worsened in the last ten years, the middle class has almost been erased after so many years of liberal politics (sometimes disguised as left-wing politics, ironically).

There’s been a growing discomfort in the lower classes fueled by their poverty and the lack of understanding of the governments, who have preferred to center themselves on things that were more appealing to them, like the global economy, or social politics, just not in a way neither of them would benefit the working class, which has fallen from middle to low class.

On the positive side, subjects as racism and some other much-needed fights have been put on the spotlight, but matters like poverty, the lack of education and homelessness have been widely ignored, invisibilizing people from several backgrounds, not only white American men have been affected by this, as I say, this should be treated as a global issue.

But what our society has sadly decided instead of facing this matter is to create a narrative where anyone complaining about this extreme capitalistic system is automatically labelled as “alt-right”, “just white men”, “uneducated”, “lazy”, “intolerant” or worse, ignoring that those who they are treating dismissively are in fact the biggest part of this world’s population, the working class.

A part of the population that is in fact of every race, of every age, of every gender, or even transgender, but with two things in common: they’re poor, and they’re not being represented at all.

One just has to take a walk at night in my hometown to see that there’s been a rise in crime, prostitution, and drug dealing, issues that arise with the rise of poverty.

Because, let’s be honest, right now it looks as if the governments of developed countries were just procrastinating on their duties towards people, they’re focused on gaining votes and looking good, not on solving any actual problem, rather, they prefer to create sides and then radicalize them.

This is Dangerous

We saw this in 2016 in the USA, and even before in 2012, the Golden Dawn in Greece.

It doesn’t really matter who wins these next elections in the USA, as long as politicians don’t change their ways, as long as they neglect the working class, the discomfort will grow to a point where we’ll risk an explosion, turning either into a civil war in any of the countries that we currently see as above those events, or even worse, another global conflict.

We Must Look at History

From the French Revolution to the ascent of the Nazi Party we can find examples of how the discomfort of the general population, when left unaddressed has led us to the most violent events in human history.

We Must Act Now

Now more than ever we need our political class to get their job done. We need them to take seriously issues related to the lower classes, we need them to be unpopular, we need them to take measures that make easier for their people to have a decent living in general.

And we must stop blaming the lower classes for their poverty, by doing that we’re only fuelling a rage that can destroy everything and turn us sixty years backwards.

Instead, we must listen to them, learn why actually they feel like they do, they’re not bad, they’re not racist, the media tells us that but it isn’t true, they’re just misrepresented, they don’t have where to choose, and if we don’t build bridges with them, if we don’t get them out of their hole, we risk heading into war.

We’re still on time to change history.


Originally published on Medium: https://medium.com/@jmmiana/were-headed-to-a-disaster-ac5edcb56a4d