The lens this site looks at the world through is human movement. Other than some healthcare policy this is not a political site, nor are there any aspirations to be one. I as much as anyone do not enjoy when non-political entertainment tries to go that direction. If you pretend to be other people for a living, your thoughts on foreign policy are unlikely relevant.
Having said that, the last year has seen a series of alarming discriminatory events. Orlando, police killings, police getting killed, bathrooms in North Carolina, how San Diego -where I live- had an issue with somebody attacking homeless people while they were sleeping. To the tune of lighting multiple ones on fire.
This has currently culminated with the Mexico wall and travel restrictions on primarily Muslim based countries. Where I feel compelled to address it. I run a business with international customers and work closely with a lot of foreigners. In the remote client process I often get to know people very well. For those who’ve done it, those who are looking to do it, and as a human looking to be civil with other humans, I feel it’s important to give some clarity for where this site is coming from. I don’t want foreign readers to think “Oh, he’s American. He won’t want to help me.” Or “Fuck him. He / they think X about us.”
Per above, this will be done swiftly and as apolitically as possible.
A quick look says this is the demographic of clients I’ve had:
- United States
- California to Texas to New Jersey to Iowa to New York to Florida and more.
- People with multilevel houses on the coast of Santa Monica to people paying me with their social security money
- Middle East
- Native American
- A white dude who lived in China
- Someone with the name “Zoltan”
- Someone with the name “Jeremiah”
- Multiple people who sent me back video of their workouts from outside their farm
- A buddhist who meditates hours every day
- Many with personality disorders
- 15 years old to 80 years old.
Below is a map of the countries who visited this site in 2016. Gray is the countries who didn’t visit.
List of those countries:
This is my inbox the day this post went live:
It always floors me how many people from other countries start their emails with “I’m sorry if my english isn’t great.” Their english and writing is better than many Americans, and I often reply with “Your english is better than my [spanish / german / you name it]!”
These people have never treated me with anything but respect, have a sense of humor like many, and have the same basic human wants / desires as most. They want to feel good, be in shape, hang out with their family and friends, etc. By far the most hostile readers I’ve come across have been “My Fellow Americans.”
If one gets to know these other groups, at least in my experience, you find you have a lot in common. You might enjoy the interaction like you would someone from your hometown. Empathy grows. How often do we hear parents change their tune on a group of people, like the LGBT or disabled community, once they have a child who is part of it?
-> Many personal trainers make up their mind they only want to work with athletes or celebrities. They don’t even entertain working with everyday people, especially not older ones. They do this without really knowing these groups. These have been my best clients!
I hope the rest of the world, half this site’s readers, knows the majority of the United States is not ok with what’s going on. We did not directly vote for this. There are already articles out there about some of those who did regretting their decision. Even smart people, like Peter Thiel, were categorically wrong. Many thought campaign speech was not literal speech. They made a mistake. In the mean time,
visitors of this site have, and will continue to be, treated like any person from this country.
I will be donating to the ACLU and rescue.org today. The latter was inspired by Albert Einstein and is something Jason Fried turned me on to. While I don’t know Jason personally, he is someone I trust, and just gave $200,000. Perhaps this will sway you to give / do something too. Sometimes it’s hard to know what one can do. Some are giving money, some are protesting, some are making statements, AirBnB is offering housing, lawyers are taking shifts at airports.
AirBnB is an international business. Jason runs one too. Half my income comes from other countries. So ironically, theirs, mine, and many others in America, will be giving worldwide donations. Can’t help but think that’s fitting.
Please no politically incensing comments, regardless of views. I understand the anger, but yelling at one another is not how persuasion happens.