You can hack anything

Yes, you can hack ANYTHING. I think most of us on the internet already know this, but we all could use a reminder.

Sales pitch #1
Are you the type who’s perpetually unhappy and morose? Is the tone of your existence that disgusting yellow-brown of misery and pain? Are you sad? Well, luckily for you, there’s actually such a thing as the science of happiness. They’ve discovered a whole bunch of things, but two things really hit me, from the research in the field. Firstly, you can actually ‘train’ your brain for happiness. Secondly, most people who chase after happiness will never really get it — it is that set of people who genuinely care for others and do something about it that find real peace.

(Note to self: write a blogpost about the difference between “happiness” and “peace”, and what our culture(s) seem to have done with those words.)

Sales pitch #2
Do you have the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (by Mildred Taylor) assigned for your literature class? Well, you’re in luck, I’m here to give you a new hack I’ve found. There’s this little website called Coursera, you see, that carries free online university-level courses. In roughly six days, there will be a course starting titled “History of the Slave South” that will be very, very useful for understanding the novel. (There is a level of racism in the novel that you might find hard to understand if you don’t know anything about slavery.)

More than a means to understand a novel, the Coursera website, and others like it, allow people currently not enrolled in any university to go through basic level university courses, for free. And that’s pretty awesome, if you ask me.

Sales pitch #3
You need to hack your life, because if you don’t, you end up with much less than life has to offer you (if you’ve ever rooted and overclocked a cheap, slow-as-drunk-tortoises Android device, you’ll know what I mean). But I have to offer a word of warning:  just like actual computer devices, if you hack your life and your choices profoundly, you might find that the device doesn’t work as expected anymore. For example, if you’re bored with school you might want to check out my naughty post here, about fully utilising your time in school. If you read it, you will probably be able to envision how “hacking too much” in this case might make your school life go kaboom.

Yes, we make mistakes. Luckily for us, human beings are extremely resilient and hardy creatures. We bounce back from what life has to throw at us to hack another day.

(Sales pitch #4)

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You can hack anything

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