Have you ever thanked someone for helping you—or for saying something useful or nice to or about you? If so, you shouldn’t have. With this funny yet extremely thought-provoking essay, Mokokoma Mokhonoana scrutinizes the principle and the practice of selflessness, which is, as we all know, also known as altruism.
Don’t get him wrong. He, like most sane human beings, thinks that altruism is a beautiful thing. Having said that, Mokokoma, unlike most sane human beings, thinks that it is humanely impossible to be selfless. As a matter of fact, he strongly believes that human beings are inherently selfish. In other words, he is of the conviction that the primary—and in some cases the only—reason we did every single thing we have done is because we knew that one way or another we were going to derive something we need or want from either the deed or the end result of the deed.
In short, good people are good people primarily, if not only, for their own sake.
As a means to substantiate that controversial conviction, Mokokoma will put a few facets of man's life under the microscope—areas such as our relationships with our friends, those with our family members, those with people with whom we are in a relationship or frequently in bed, the relationship between employees and their employers, and the relationship between believers and God; and, as you have probably presumed after seeing this essay’s cover, he will also put people such as Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela, under the microscope.
So, if you read the first half of this essay, you are likely to think twice before thanking anyone from then on. And, believe it or not, if you are tolerant enough to read every sentence herein, you are unlikely to ever thank another human being regardless of what they have said to you or what they have done for or to you.
In essence, the main goal of this essay is to destroy the phrase “Thank you!”
It’s the dead of night; you are fast asleep. Suddenly, you are wide awake but unable to move. Hunched over you in the shadows is an eight- or nine-foot-tall gaunt entity with spider-thin limbs, dressed in an old-style black suit, its pale face missing eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. You finally manage to cry out. The monstrous thing disappears as suddenly as it appeared.You just had a terrifying encounter with the Slenderman.Who—or what—is the Slenderman? His existence began on the Internet, but he didn’t stay online. The Slenderman may be a tulpa, a thought-form that can stride out of our darkest imaginations and into reality if enough people believe in it. In May 2014, two young Milwaukee girls almost killed a friend in the name of the Slenderman. Perhaps, like the vast Skynet system in the Terminator movies, the Internet is turning against us—and attacking us with digital equivalents of our own online nightmares.The Slenderman has come to life. For the first time, this book reveals the full and fear-filled saga.
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What do you want to do tonight as you close your eyes and enter the magical world of dreams? Walk with the Faery Folk? Summon your soul mate? Ask the Goddess to grant you one special wish? Or experience a prophetic dream that will reveal your future? now you can access the magical power of your dreams with Dream Magic, a one-of-a-kind collection of night spells and rituals.
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With more than a hundred empowering spells, Dream Magic unlocks your dream world's boundless possibilities. With easy-to-reference chapters on magical dreaming for love, money, success, self-empowerment, health, beauty, and more, as well as an introduction to the basics of magic and how to get started, this book can be used by the beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner. Anything you can imagine is possible with Dream Magic.
Beat Your Sugar Addiction Once and for All
Sugar is an addictive substance, just like caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. Eating too much sugar can have serious, long-term consequences for your health and your appearance. The Sugar Detox for Beginners will give you the tools you need to seize control of your sugar intake. A sugar detox diet is the most effective way to remove sugar from your system and break the dangerous cycle of unhealthy sugar cravings. With The Sugar Detox Diet, you will get over 75 delicious sugar detox recipes to help you feel more energetic and clear-headed than ever before.
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The science behind sugar addiction
10 tips to beat sugar cravings
Sugar Detox for Beginners will help you reduce your sugar intake without depriving you of the delicious, feel-good foods that you love.
Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life! A creative Toolbox to Rapidly Activate the Life you Desire It's about KICKING butt, not kissing butt ! Now is the time to take control over your own destiny. Navigating today's complex world and upping your game calls for highly targeted tools, action steps and imagination. So, join the conscious party and unleash your Inner Creator! Jackie Ruka's exuberant lifestyle guidebook, "Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life", includes inspirational, proactive practices to take your life to the next level, such as; Soul-talk vs. Self-talk---Tools to be your Ultimate Self! Life Enhancement Techniques---Overcome life obstacles and Crystallize your uniqueness Assessment of Your Greatest Assets---for optimizing your Heart Path Moxie Mantras---Activate your authoritative power
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