Friday, October 20, 2023

#293 - A "We Are All In This Together" Blog Post

I am not active on Twitter (now X). I am not active on Tik.Tok. I am not active on Instagram, or Snapchat. I am not active on LinkedIn. In fact, I am not much of a "social media" kind of guy. However, I do have a profile on Facebook, and I regularly post items to my Facebook news feed that I think are relevant. What I ate for lunch or dinner almost never qualifies, and I never post pictures of dogs or cats. 

Usually, my postings to Facebook relate to some sort of political, or environmental, or local government topic. These blog postings of mine, for instance, regularly get posted to Facebook, though I would rather have interested persons subscribe to my blog directly

Besides making my own postings to Facebook, as just outlined, I do look at what others post - though not with great regularity. Cute cats, and dogs, and pictures of delicious food flow right by me. I can't remember ever passing along any kind of post like that.

Once in a while, though, I really do see something on Facebook that I think is worthwhile, and I do try to alert my Facebook Friends by "sharing" it. The above picture, accompanied by the text I am reproducing below, appeared on my Facebook news feed on Labor Day, September 4, 2023. Ted Smith, the founder and former Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and one of my favorite Facebook Friends, is responsible for this posting. He was, I believe, passing along something that he thought was relevant.

I did pass along Ted's posting on Facebook, and I want to provide those who follow this blog a chance to see Ted's posting, too. 

I keep saying that we are "all in this together." It's true, you know! 

Ted's Labor Day Facbook posting makes clear just how human solidarity works. Thank you, Ted Smith, for alterting me to what follows!


A teacher gave a balloon to every student, who had to inflate it, write their name on it and throw it in the hallway. The teacher then mixed all the balloons. The students were then given 5 minutes to find their own balloon. Despite a hectic search, no one found their balloon.

At that point, the teacher told the students to take the first balloon that they found and hand it to the person whose name was written on it. Within 5 minutes, everyone had their own balloon.

The teacher said to the students: "These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people's happiness, we'll find ours too."

May your day be filled with happiness.


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