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Did You Know {151} ~ In Japan, Napping On The Job Is Considered Honourable

To take it from The New York Times, in Japan, napping on the job is seen as a sign of diligence—as though you’re working yourself to exhaustion. There’s even a word for it: inemuri, which roughly translates to “present while sleeping.”

Inemuri isn’t new by any means, and has in fact been around for more than 1,000 years. However, it’s usually only cool in white collar jobs; you won’t find a barista napping on the clock. Also, inemuri isn’t only limited to work. It’s common to sleep in public—in coffee shops, in stores, on trains and buses. And because it’s baked into the culture, you’re extremely unlikely to get robbed if you fall asleep in public.

Instruments {3} ~ Sitar

The word sitar comes from the Persian word ‘si’ meaning ‘three’ and the root word ‘tar’ meaning ‘string’. The word and the instrument it describes are very old, but they first became known in English around 1845.

Examples
Sitar refers to a stringed instrument popular in northern Indian classical music. The sitar is also found in the music of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Most sitars have a long, hollow, wooden neck and a deep, pear-shaped body. A sitar is typically about 1.2 metres long and features tuning pegs on both the front and side of the neck, as well as 20 arched frets.

A sitar has a number of metal strings, each responsible for a different element of sound. Five strings play the melody, one or two strings keep the rhythm, and up to 13 additional strings can be added to enhance the raga, or melodic structure, of a piece of music.

Sitar players sit on the floor, holding the instrument in their laps at a 45-degree angle. The sitar is played by plucking the strings with a wire tool worn on the forefinger as the left hand manipulates the strings, much like a guitar.

~Cultural Relativism~

Cultural relativism refers to not judging a culture to our own standards of what is right or wrong, strange or normal. Instead, we should try to understand cultural practices of other groups in its own cultural context.

“Accepting this moral wrong because of moral relativism based on culture is dangerous as it leads to indifference. If we cannot judge and moral rightness depends on certain cultures, then “anything goes”. Moral relativism leads to moral paralysis and indifference.” ~ https://sevenpillarsinstitute.org/moral-relativism-and-its-effects/

Poetry {69} ~ PALINDROME TENTACLES

Am interconnected civilization hypnotised on drugs

Conversations, substances, materialism, ideas, hidden in coffee mugs

Society has decayed from drugs and abuse

The crime and tragedies that stem from their abuse

Transforming pure souls people into additive behaviour

Spinning us away from our true saviour

The organised crime with their tentacles reach

Corrupting, sucking life force leech

As personalities mutate

Into reaching an ever disappearing high state

All the drugs in this world won’t bring back your past

Some try every high they can touch, hoping it will last

Living for the addiction

One high after the next high

This sick addiction I’m living for

Without it emptiness ensues

A medicated lethal concoction

Telling yourself freedom will be tomorrow

Left in the shadows of sorrow

Trying to escape until something touches you

All the highs in the world won’t last

They won’t bring back your past

An angel trying to grasp home

Cycling round in the circus hypermind palindrome.

~DiosRaw, 20/05/21

Body Langauge {10} ~ Differences

Cultural Differences
Someone’s cultural background can have a big influence on how they use and read body language. In many Western cultures, eye contact while speaking suggests openness and interest. People of other cultures, including many Eastern cultures, may avoid prolonged eye contact, as looking slightly down or to the side may seem more respectful. Nodding indicates agreement in many cultures. In others, it might just mean the other person acknowledges your words.

Developmental Differences
Neurodiverse people may also use and interpret body language differently than neurotypical people do. For example, you might fidget when you’re bored, but neurodiverse people might fidget in order to increase focus, calm nervousness, or self-soothe in other ways. Autistic people may also have trouble reading body language.

Psychological Differences
Certain mental health conditions can also impact someone’s body language. Someone with social anxiety might find it extremely hard to meet and hold someone’s gaze, for example. People who prefer to avoid touching others may not shake hands or embrace when greeting someone. Being aware of boundaries some people may have around casual touch can help you avoid assuming someone dislikes you.