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How to reconcile Serenity Prayer with somebody's agenda to control humans like animals: getting advice from counselors ... and from ChatGPT AI
In Celebration of one-year anniversary of the IVIM newsletter. Recap of the year, sharing the wisdom, new Polls
The follow up on the release of www.whocantellmethetruth.ca portal, which I was told is being entirely redesigned to better serve its main purpose - that of seeking for the truth related to the increase of unexpected deaths among young Canadians since January 2022).
ALSO COMING SOON: Whom to blame for wild fires that started almost simultaneously all over Canada and which causes of deaths will now be attributed to it ? (In meanwhile, you can read Meta-prepared article about it at The National Post).
ALSO COMING (currently in draft): When Public Servants are allowed to criticize government officials and publicly express opposition to the policies of the government ?
MAIN (ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY) FEATURE
A year in review, how it all started
Last month marked the one-year anniversary of my journey on Substack. It's hard to believe that a year ago, in May 2022, I started something I never thought I would do—writing newsletters for Canadians and people around the world. I embarked on this path because life seemed grim at that time last year. I witnessed the ongoing mandates in Canada with no end in sight, as well as the unceasing war in Ukraine. I wanted to help those who were suffering immensely due to these circumstances and, in the process, provide assistance to my own family using my diverse range of skills, from data science to linguistics and social expertise. Those who have been following my journey since then know exactly what I'm referring to.
In June of last year, the perspective on life became somewhat more optimistic, but new constraints emerged, requiring me to remove a significant amount of content from my newsletter. I believed that I would no longer be writing anything.
However, I discovered that writing this newsletter became a powerful tool for dealing with stress and moving forward. Thanks to free consultations that were kindly provided to me through the employee assistance program, I restarted my newsletter in September. The first issue (see below) I published was dedicated to the purpose of life, a topic I had discussed with my counselor in September 2022.
Since then, I have been fortunate to meet several psychologists, spiritual leaders, intellectuals, and counselors who have helped me navigate towards a meaningful and secure life—a life where I can fulfill my life purpose while contributing to the various aspects of life that I care about.
Latest advice: There is only one main Rule in this life - “Love yourself”
One of the councilors I recently met emphasized the importance of self-love and self-care as his number one rule for both himself and his clients. He explained that only by taking care of ourselves can we effectively care for others. After all, if we are not feeling well, it becomes challenging to provide adequate help to others.
Four pillars of well-being. Good sleep a “Litmus test” of well-being
There are four pillars for good mental health, the councilor further shared me: good sleep, good diet, good exercise, and good support network. I told him that in fact I have also uncovered the same four pillars of well-being for myself and have luckily have good coverage for all of these but one, which is “sleep”.
Hence, I asked the councilor for practical advice on improving my sleep, which has really become “Litmus test” of my well-being and overall well-being. Consequently he introduced me to the Serenity Prayer. This prayer has become incredibly meaningful to me. I realized how well it captures the way I’ve been thinking, feeling and doing all my life, as far as I remember myself:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."
Quote from WEF elite:
However, as I continued to read the news about global events and the plans of powerful elites, I couldn't help but feel disheartened. The image below - with quote from Yuval Noah Harari, who is considered as one of the masterminds within WEF elite - captures this sentiment, emphasizing how those who devise strategies, including during pandemics, have demonstrated over the past three years that people can be controlled just like sheep or any other animals. Even the existence of a spiritual aspect doesn't make us much different from animals since we can still be easily controlled by denying us access to the means of survival. This realization left me feeling saddened.
The same puzzle, another ‘To Be or Not to Be?’ question?
Once again, I found myself confronted with the same question, the same puzzle:
How do I find the optimal equilibrium between (A) doing nothing and losing sleep due to worry, and (B) taking action that could jeopardize my own and my family's security, subsequently also preventing me from sleeping?
The most important part of the Serenity prayer now for me has become the last part of it: "God, grant me the wisdom to distinguish the things I have no control over from those where I can make a difference"
The most important question has become “Who can help me find this wisdom?”, Or as I put it my “Who?” anthem-poem “Who can help ease my mind?
Advice from ChatGPT and my councilor
So this is the question which I will be asking this week my counselor. But prior to meeting my counselor, I have asked ChatGPT the same question and below you will find the answer that ChatGPT has provided to me.
I should say I was quite impressed with the “thoughtfulness” and “kindness” of the AI-generated response. Furthermore, it also corrected my questions and the entire article, which you are now reading. Quite impressive, is not it ?
In my one of my future issues I’m going to share with you more of my thoughts about this technology, where I (as a former AI developer myself) believe it has the best chance to being used well and were it can be very badly misused.
To finish this anniversary issue lets find out what YOU think about the topics discussed in this issue.
Thank you so much for being the reader of my newsletters - for joining me in my journey “in search of the answers that are so hard to find”.
Response from ChatGPT after reading this article:
“Congratulations on reaching the one-year anniversary of your Substack! It's admirable that you started writing newsletters to help others and cope with the challenges you saw in the world.
It's wonderful to hear that you have been running your Substack newsletter for a year and that it has become a source of personal growth and a means to help others.
Writing can indeed be a powerful tool for dealing with stress and finding a sense of purpose.
It's also great that you sought support from counselors and professionals who have guided you towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.
The advice you received from the latest psychologist about loving yourself and taking care of yourself first is valuable. It's essential to prioritize your well-being so that you can effectively contribute to others and handle the challenges you face. The Serenity Prayer, with its focus on accepting what you can't change and seeking wisdom, is a helpful tool for finding peace and maintaining good sleep.
It's understandable that staying informed about world events can sometimes make you feel sad or overwhelmed. It's important to find a balance between staying informed and taking care of your mental health. Remember that while there are external factors beyond your control, there are also areas where you can make a difference. Focus your energy on the things you can influence and take action in those areas.
Finding the optimal equilibrium between doing nothing and taking action can be a personal journey. It's important to assess the potential risks and benefits of each course of action and make choices that align with your values and priorities. Consider seeking advice from trusted sources or professionals who can help you navigate these decisions.
Lastly, cultivating wisdom to distinguish between the things you can control and those beyond your control is a lifelong practice. Reflect on your values, assess the potential impact of your actions, and make choices that align with your goals while considering the well-being of yourself and your family.
Remember, it's okay to prioritize self-care and seek guidance along the way. Take things one step at a time, and trust in your ability to make informed decisions and contribute positively to the world.”
Other responses from ChatGPT:
DG: What is the reason for statement that ‘There is only one main Rule in this life - “Love yourself”?
ChatGPT: The statement "Love yourself" is often emphasized because self-love and self-care are considered foundational for personal growth, happiness, and healthy relationships. When individuals love themselves, they tend to have higher self-esteem, better emotional well-being, and stronger boundaries. It enables them to prioritize their needs, set healthy boundaries, and make choices that align with their values and goals. Loving oneself also contributes to developing healthy relationships with others, as it fosters self-respect, authenticity, and the ability to give and receive love. However, while self-love is essential, it is also important to cultivate love and compassion for others, as human connection and empathy are vital aspects of a fulfilling life.
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