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#87 Weekend reads – the deeper lesson Djokovic is giving us

During The Know Show yesterday, I talked about the deeper lesson of this whole Djokovic story, and it’s got nothing to do with tennis! Or even him. Instead, it’s more about how we speak to each other and get emotionally involved in stories – especially when famous people are in the mix.

For a couple of weeks now, this story has been in headlines around the world, it’s still not over (his lawyers are fighting the latest visa cancellation), and we still don’t really know the truth. Regardless, passions have been very high.

For Melbournians, who’ve suffered the longest lockdowns in the world, they are angry. They have collectively come together to do their part in fighting the pandemic, and as a sport’s loving city, this whole saga is infuriating. Why does he get special treatment when they’ve suffered so much? Of course, not all Melbournians will think this way.

And then we have the shambolic Australian Government, led by ScoMo, and well, they haven’t exactly been experiencing their finest hour by a long shot – not just with Djokovic, but with everything they’re doing. Lot’s on that below.

We also have reports about Australia’s Border Force, and if you’ve ever visited Australia, you know this is a serious bunch of people. You do not mess with Australia’s Border Force.

Of course, Djokovic’s fans are screaming their outrage, his fellow Serbians too, not to forget his loyal family speaking up on his behalf as well.

It’s a story of the haves and have nots getting special treatment, in a world sick and tired of inequality.

And let’s not forget Djokovic’s contribution to the whole story, by talking about his Covid diagnosis and the fact he broke quarantine – on social media.

He’s also an anti-vaxxer, which isn’t serving him well in many people’s eyes. For others, it makes him a legend.

Yes, it’s a story that has captivated the world.

But this is what I want to share with you, as a lesson going into 2022. This story is a perfect example of how people emotionally react to stories – whichever ‘side’ you’re on. When you are emotionally connected to a story, or a ‘side’ of a story, you can never stand back and look at it objectively.

So the first sign of losing your objectivity is when you experience strong emotions linked to whatever story is getting you all riled up!

The other big part is, how we’re speaking to each other about it. Here’s a scenario playing out around the world on social media.

You’re against him being in Australia and you share your opinions on Facebook.

One of your mates or a family member disagrees with you and they’re not nice about it.

You shoot back, straight from the hip.

Before you know it, everyone is screaming and no one is listening.

No winners in this mix.

Honestly, watching this play out for this story, and for every other story that generates intense emotions, is exhausting and it’s a huge challenge we face in this world.

I often see things I disagree with. If there’s an opportunity to gently share an opposing view, without creating anger, I might do it. However, if I know the person isn’t open to even a gentle touch, I won’t. No point.

Most comments and posts I disagree with, I just move on. Not everything is for everyone, and honestly, in a story like this, where none of us really know the whole truth, it’s just not worth getting involved in heated arguments, because all it does it piss you off and leave you feeling angry. It doesn’t change a single thing, so why do we continue to do it?

Let me be clear, this is not criticism towards anyone sharing their opinions on this story. I appreciate the passion people have for tennis, but I just wanted to show it as an example of how we are constantly allowing ourselves to get caught up in rage, and really, what’s the point? It’s tearing us all apart – this rage.

Not to forget, it’s also a great example of how we are so distracted by stories in the media, especially when famous people are involved.

In fact, go and check out Jennifer Aniston’s latest post on Instagram. She’s posted a picture with humid hair. I like Jennifer Aniston, she’s great, however at time of writing, her photos had 3.2 million likes and 23,949 comments. I wish the World Wildlife Foundation got that many likes and comments on their posts.

‘Don’t Look Up’ got a lot right. We’re so distracted we forget to pay attention to what’s important. But that’s why I’m here – check out the environment section below, as well as the Covid and global politics section too. Definitely more important stuff to be focused on, yes?

Top tips for 2022 – let’s get the rage out of our world

  1. Check your emotions about a story – if they are strong, try standing back from it
  2. When you share your opinion (which you have the right to do) try to present it objectively
  3. Try not to engage in vicious arguments, especially with people you like and love – definitely take it off-line if it means a lot to you
  4. If you don’t know the person, ignore them, hide their comment or block the post – zero point arguing with someone you don’t know, because you don’t understand where they get their knowledge from and you don’t understand their emotional baseline
  5. If you disagree with someone who is sharing an opinion, just move past it. No point commenting. They’re clear in how they feel and your comment won’t change a thing
  6. If you need to comment, try and do it gently, to show them another way
  7. If you want to keep raging, regardless of what I’m saying here, you do you! I’m talking to people sick and tired of the anger

Like I said, I have no opinion on this and if you want to share anything about Djokovic because of what I’ve written, please don’t waste your time. What I DO care about is helping people see where our divisions are taking us, and stories like this are all about magnifying divisions in our societies.

We need to heal and we need to come together to overcome the enormous challenges we face as a global community. All of us, or as many as possible! Agree?

Right, let’s get into the important stuff.

Friend’s content and mine

Why is the Caribbean Choosing China? China Digital Currency is Changing Everything! – Richard Turrin is someone I’ve met through my work and I have great admiration for his message.

Interview- Justine Wahlin – a lady I admire so much, Justin Wahlin. Follow her, buy her music (she’s brilliant), support her, give her business. A total legend.

The Definitive Guide to Fixing Fossil Fuels a new connection and doing amazing work – Dr. David Ko. Check it out. A possible solution to a very complex problem.

A Word With an Author – thank you so much to Dee Allen for interviewing me for Expat Living Singapore!  

We kicked off Season Two of The Know Show, with Tim Wade and Joe Augustin. Looking forward to getting stuck into this again for the year. Tune in if you’re interested in what’s going on around the world, and if you want to be a guest, reach out. We are always looking for people willing to get involved.

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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.

Climate crisis

Tongans flee for their lives as powerful tsunami smashes island nation after massive underwater volcano eruption in the South Pacific sends debris and ash 20km into the sky tks Teressa Bayes

How the speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world

We’re suing the UK government over its net zero strategy

Climate Tops 2022 WEF Global Risks Report

Living life to the greenest: the sustainability trends that will dominate in 2022

Shifting sands: Are consumers still embracing sustainability? Changes and key findings in sustainability and consumer behaviour in 2021

Climate Code Red – Saving Singapore’s Shores – tks Wendy Tan

Australia soars to 50 degrees for first time this century

What economists get wrong about climate change

Podcast Parag Khanna – World Economic Forum  

How bad is my gas stove? (Part Two)

Climate change overtakes pandemics as greatest worry for global experts tks Samantha Gayfer

Ketchup sachet ban to help squeeze out single-use plastics

Maersk speeds up decarbonisation target by a decade

Antarctica: World’s biggest nesting icefish colony discovered


Natural disasters cost world US$280 billion in 2021 — a third more than in 2020

Podcast Climate Rising Harvard Business School Business & Environment Initiative

Don’t Look Up’s Credits Scene Delivers On Its Best Real Life Character Gag

Rushing headlong into electrification, the West is replacing one energy master with another

Climate change induced heat wave raises ‘major concerns’ after hundreds of penguins die tks Sophia Henri

52 Places for a Changed World

We Need a Second Cut of ‘Don’t Look Up’

IEEFA: Accepting gas is unsustainable will bolster China’s position on green energy finance

Volvo’s heavy-duty electric truck is put to the test: excels in both range and energy efficiency

Customers shun red meat after carbon footprint added to weekly shop receipts

U.S. can get to 100% clean energy with wind, water, solar and zero nuclear, Stanford professor says tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Air pollution: Delhi’s smog problem is rooted in India’s water crisis

Government invites oil companies to help write rulebook on whether new fossil fuel drilling is green

Get rid of the “use it or lose it” rule that forces airlines to operate empty flights to maintain airport slots tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Don’t Look Up: four climate experts on the polarising disaster film

Pakistan snow: Deadly weather traps hundreds of drivers


My bile rises as I’m asked to move my dying cancer patient out of ICU to make room for an unvaccinated man with Covid

Raina MacIntyre – Why Covid-19 will never become endemic tks Phillipa Edwards

The puzzle of America’s record Covid hospital rate

Covid-19: Half of Europe on track to contract Omicron, says WHO

Hillsong Is Straight-Up Running A Music Festival In NSW Right Now And Artists Are Furious tks Colin Hill

Novak Djokovic: Australia to detain tennis star after visa cancelled

Is Australia’s Covid outbreak finally coming to an end? Experts say new infections could be plateauing – offering a glimmer of hope for millions

Novak Djokovic: Unanswered questions over Australian Covid saga

Omicron detected in nearly every country in Americas: PAHO

‘Crisis’: Government’s urgent rapid test order slammed

How a birthday party exposed Hong Kong officials to the harsh reality of zero-Covid

Novak Djokovic admits breaking isolation while Covid positive

Immunocompromised, Harry was exposed to COVID-19 at a major Sydney hospital tks Graham Harvey

Omicron represents a new kind of epidemic – we must keep up

Cathay Pacific says crews spent 73,000 nights in quarantine in 2021

Study Finds Cannabis Compounds Prevent Infection By Covid-19 Virus

5 reasons you should not deliberately catch Omicron to ‘get it over with’ tks Angela Frechette

The Vaccine Scientist Spreading Vaccine Misinformation

Australia to ‘push through’ Omicron, as total cases hit 1 million

Omicron could be ‘first ray of light’ towards living with Covid

Unvaccinated NHS doctor challenges Sajid Javid over compulsory Covid jabs

Qld Covid update: chief health officer urges immediate halt to ‘pox parties’ aimed at spreading virus tks Shaun Mcewan

Djokovic pictured maskless at public event one day after positive Covid test

New Omicron Studies Help Explain Why Variant Is Mild but Spreads Fast

How To Think About Covid Data Right Now

Bangkok, Pattaya eye sandbox deal

‘We need to respect the process of healing’: a GP on the overlooked art of recovery

Omicron, Australia & the incompetence of leadership | Auto Expert John Cadogan – tks Warwick Merry

Global politics

Right-wing politics is cancerous to democracy, society, and human life tks Phillipa Edwards

Another Top Trump Ally Agrees To Testify For Jan. 6 Committee

Russia, at an Impasse With the West, Warns It Is Ready to Abandon Diplomacy

Boris Johnson: Ministers rally round PM as he faces calls to quit

Spaceship-Like Electric Aircraft ‘Alice’ Prepares For Its First Flight In These Awesome Images

Healthy humans drive the economy: we’re now witnessing one of the worst public policy failures in Australia’s history tks Willie Wahlin

As it happened: Boris Johnson apologises for lockdown drinks party

The world values our artists. Why don’t our leaders?

The New Yorker: Politics and More – Podcast

David Sassoli: Flags lowered for EU parliament leader

Who’s The Enemy at the Gates? – Pt. II

Business and technology

The Highest-Paid YouTube Stars: MrBeast, Jake Paul And Markiplier Score Massive Paydays

How to deal with price increases in this inflationary market

Belt & Road encircles Latin America and the Caribbean tks Richard Turrin

The “new normal” work culture may have evolved for the better tks Maeve Henry

US FAA requires precautions for some Boeing 787 landings after new 5G launches

Channel7 Wild Feed Mike Amor Rebecca madden on Novak Djokovic – tks Phillipa Edwards

Social issues and humanity

Awe: The ‘little earthquake’ that could free your mind tks Tim Hamons

Global spread of autoimmune disease blamed on western diet

Prince Andrew loses military titles and use of HRH

Joe Rogan interviewed a doctor who’s been kicked off Twitter for misinformation. Doctors and scientists say it’s time for Spotify to better police its podcasts.

Prince Andrew to face civil sex assault case after US ruling

Why Is ‘Weaponized Incompetence’ Blowing Up On TikTok? Because Too Many Of Us Do It

20 times women took down toxic men in truly majestic fashion

Man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant

Paralympic swimmer Will Perry ‘sick to death’ of dwarfism abuse

Life after a great leap: lessons from people who dropped everything in search of happiness tks James Taylor, great read

Passion, humour, history

CEOs Give Advice To Millennials About Saving Money – note it’s The Onion.

Turkmenistan plans to close its ‘Gateway to Hell’

Amy Schneider wins $1 million on ‘Jeopardy!’ — and respect for trans Americans

After 16 years together, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet have separated.

Britney Spears and sister Jamie Lynn’s rift grows with social media feud

Australian Lamb : The Lost Country of the Pacific

Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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