What Twitter, one of my best friends, an anti-vaxxer and a cat taught me about the current division in our societies

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It must be the full moon that brings up so much emotion this week, I caught myself thinking at my home in Bali where the calendar is based on the lunar cycle. Balinese spirituality attracts lots of Westerners looking for healing themselves in some sort of way. There are different communities of foreigners on the island, those who believe in detox but not in masks, those who enjoy the Bali life without realizing their privilege, those who organize parties to increase their Instagram following without complying to the COVID-19 rules and together with all that, people who have opinions about all those people, from a ‘morally charged Western point of view’, including me myself and I.

Tired of my own opinion

“If you would really know me, you would understand that I’m all about love”.

Compassion towards other opinions

“‘Friends come and go’ I heard myself think. And ‘what a nerve for someone who never sends me a message anyway’.”

Arguments that originate from critical thinking

‘How come people who are pro mask and pro lockdown still smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and eat processed food while that lifestyle damages their health even more than the coronavirus does?’

Animals can sense your feelings

My underlying self-doubt had an unmistakable effect on the energy I gave off.

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