Why is Atlanta burning?

My colleague Charles wrote about the uprising in America, more specifically Atlanta.

“Tell them that a Black life should be worth more than a pane of glass, or a store…”

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When they ask you why Atlanta was burning last night, tell them it was an uprising.

If you want a quick answer, you can quote the economist Thomas Piketty

Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands in danger of collapse.

Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty

Tell them that a Black life should be worth more than a pane of glass, or a store, but that nearly a thousand Black lives in Atlanta’s surrounding counties have been lost because a governor refused to take action to protect them from deaths of inequality.

There were fires and police beatings taking place down on DeKalb Avenue not far from where I live. If you know Civil War history, this was where General Sherman began his march to the Sea in 1864.

They will tell you that this 1864 march this…

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family photo just before age 33

I’m blessed to have another year added to the tally. On 20 January I turned 33.

I’m grateful for the life I have and I’m truly fortunate to have quality relationships all around me. I love my Wife and Kids and the extended family and all of them add uncountable heaps of joy and fulfillment to my life. In terms of relationships, I realised that it doesn’t actually matter if everything else falls in place, you will fee the emptiness if the quality of your relationships suffers.

During this year I moved to a new team and learned that the only way to grow is to stretch yourself, meaning that you must go after the hard things. They may seem to take longer at first, but as you pursue them you grow and they become more and more attainable.

For the next year I hope to double down on a few things:

  1. Investing in relationships.
  2. Taking more breaks and spending time with loved ones.
  3. Better focus and productivity while choosing to do the hard/important things.
  4. Writing and reading more.
  5. Making time for thinking.

I look forward to another year and I hope that it is full of quality people, quality time and more growing into a better version of myself.

Previous year: 32

Simple Money Advice

Someone shared this with me a while ago and I keep thinking about it. The advice is 3 simple thoughts:

  1. Make all you can make.
  2. Don’t be overly lavish.
  3. Give all you can give.

We can grow in our ability to make, spend and give, but we should keep spending in check, while allowing making and giving to flourish.