Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
1. KIM KARDASHIAN’S PARIS ROBBERY AND SOCIAL MEDIA USE
I’m Personality Hacker’s resident celebrity gossip reporter. I have told Antonia more than she has ever wanted or needed to know about the life and times of my favorite famous people, and now I’m going to share it with you. Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint this week while in her Paris hotel for Paris Fashion Week. Since the incident, a ton of controversy has been generated around whether or not she was responsible for the robbery and if her actions indirectly caused the situation.
I included the article this week because I want to know what you think, and what your answer says about how you view fame. I personally don’t think she “caused” the robbery, and if it were a celebrity that wasn’t famous for being on reality television the general media would be having some very different reactions. As an Accuracy user, the reaction feels very inconsistent and hypocritical to me, but I also understand that an individual has to assume responsibility over their posts on social media.
2. DOES HAVING CHILDREN MAKE YOU UNHAPPY?
The New York Times’s parenting blog, Motherlode, posted an article in 2009 about a study that measured the happiness levels of parents throughout the growth of their child(ren). To me, what was more interesting than the study was the comment section below the article. Childrearing is a subject that people tend to have pretty strong opinions about. Some people adamantly agreed with the results of the subject, some argued that humans have to have children because of biological imperatives. Both the article and the comments made me wonder: what if having kids didn’t actually make us happy? Would that destroy someone’s narrative around their relationship with their children, possibly revealing that they aren’t happy with the life they’ve chosen? Or would they be okay with the knowledge that having children is just one decision an individual can make, and not necessarily a life-fulfilling event? What if, despite procreating being a biological goal, parenting wasn’t *supposed* to make us happy? What if happiness is a byproduct?
3. ELECTRA HEART
I mentioned in my last Fridays post that I’m an Enneagram 4 in the Enneagram Type system. I’m also an ENTP in the Myers-Briggs system. These qualities have created a weird mish-mash of a person who wants to analyze and speculate on all of my aesthetic whimsy and fleeting emotions. I think this crossover has allowed a concept album, Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds, to have a profound impact on my experiences as a person. “Electra Heart” is a character that was created to explore some of the archetypes created for women, particularly in American media, but Electra Heart is also a character that serves as a platform for the artist, Marina, to explore some of the emotional self-awareness and deliberate unavailability that can consume an unhealthy Enneagram 4 type.
4. NEOLITHIC FEMALE STATUETTE
Archaeologists in Turkey have recently discovered a fully intact female statue in the remains of Çatalhöyük, an ancient city that has been excavated since the 1960s. The artifact is estimated to have been created between 5500-8000 BCE, and is speculated to have been used for ritualistic purposes. Lynn Meskell, an archaeologist, and Ian Hodder, the archaeological project’s director, agree that the female figure may represent the wisdom of older women. The houses of Çatalhöyük’s former city were adorned with art, with many partial animal figurines and motifs found at the site. Speculating about cultural significance of art pieces makes me giddy, as an Exploration (Ne) Driver/primary. Does anyone else feel this way? What do you think this piece was used for? Let me know in the comments.
5. 1994 SCIENTOLOGY HANDBOOK
I think the way we treat fringe religions is really fascinating. It brings up all kinds of other questions for me, like “What is the difference between a religion and a cult? Why are some religions more acceptable than others? Why are some religions acceptable to mock and others aren’t?” I don’t ask these questions with the intention of hurting feelings, or the implication that one (or no) religion is superior to any other. As an Accuracy user, I look for unchangeable truths and metrics when classifying anything. Most of us would laugh at this Scientology handbook because of how it presents human interaction, but is it funny because it’s Scientology (and we’ve collectively agreed that mocking Scientology is okay) or because it presents humanity in a strange way.
So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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