What Civilization VI Tells us about the State of Humanity – Not Your Mama's Gamer

We have always lived in a world where terrible shit happens, over and over, every day, especially to the most disenfranchised among us. Hatred, racism, violence, none of this is new. But we are at a point were humanity seems to fall into one of two categories: either they embrace this hate, or they are paralyzed by it. How can one move forward in a positive, hopeful way when no activism is enough? When the problems are so large? When so many people around us don’t care? The answer for many people: resort to sarcasm. The withdrawl away from humanity is very real right now. The retreat into jokes and cynicism, fueled by the disembodied way we consume our media via social media among other things, is having a very real impact on our ability to see humanity. We can’t see the beauty or importance of humanity because things are so awful for so many of us. We are scared at the current political and environmental disasters we face, and while that may not stop us from seeking refuge in a game like Civ VI, it certainly changes just how deeply we are willing to engage with it.

Poetry is a joke, sanitization is a joke, writing is a joke, war is a joke. Real people are dying. Our planet is dying. Why see the sublime in this world? At least this seems to be the underlying tone behind the new Civ game.

On the tone of Civilization VI.


It’s Stretch & Tone day - I’ll see you in the ZGYM (ZuzkaLight.com)
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This is how to start your day - combining deep tissue massage, stretching and core exercises in one routine that will make you feel amazing. There’s a new Stretch & To e workout in the ZGYM (ZuzkaLight.com) every single week. I’ll see you there 😉💪
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How To Write in a Conversational Tone – A Step-by-Step Guide
Remember the time in high school when your teachers taught you how to write in a conversational style? No? Of course not. Because it has never happened. And yet, in the online world, writing in a conversational tone seems to be the key that unlocks the hearts of your readers. In the previous post, I talked about seven mistakes that dehumanize your writing. Today, I’d like to dig deeper into the process of humanizing your brand through writing in a conversational tone.

It’s Sunday - do whatever feels good. For me it’s a little bit of stretching, a little bit of handstand practice and baking delicious pumpkin cheesecake pie!!
If you need a Strerch & Tone workout, then I guess I’ll see you in the ZGYM ;)
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Sundays are best spend doing fun projects, or relaxing and stretching your body with fun, easy workouts. Here’s a little sneak peak into my latest Stretch & Tone workout routines.
1. One leg bicycle x 20 reps on each leg
2. Crab leg swing to plank leg extended hip stretch x 10 reps on each leg
3. Swiss ball combo x 5 sets

It’s going to be a short but sweet little session. If that leaves you hungry for more, then do the full routine with more exercises in the ZGYM (at ZuzkaLight.com) see you there! 😜♥️ have great rest of the weekend.
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Sometimes being too eager to get in shape fast can actually sabotage your efforts. Doing a high intensity workout every single day is not the best way to get the results you want. There needs to be a balance in your workout schedule and it’s very beneficial to alternate between hiit and simple stretch & tone workout that helps with recovery.
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The Evil Twin Rule

When we’re reading something communicated by text, there’s no tone of voice or real-life facial expression to tell us exactly what the other person means.

Our brains are very silly in how they deal with this lack of information. Instead of doing this:

…our brains tend to do this:

This can get pretty bad with people we know. It’s much worse with strangers, because we have no knowledge of what sort of expressions and tones tend to go with that person’s words.

This acts as a kind of amplifier for interpersonal discord on the internet. When you write a comment in text, it’s kind of like sending your condescending, resentful evil twin in your place to read the message aloud to the recipient.

And the worst part is, they’re going to send their evil twin to read you the reply!

You can tackle this problem on two fronts.

First, when you’re writing to someone you suspect will hear you the wrong way, stop and read over your message in the most cutting tone you can think of. If reading it meanly sounds natural, change the wording around. Add statements of appreciation, or clarifications about how you feel and what you’re hoping for. Make things hard for your evil twin.

Keep in mind that your evil twin is very good at being evil, and get ready to clarify if something still manages to come across wrong.

Second, when you get a message that seems cutting, stop to consider how it would sound if you read it in a warmer tone. Like earnest concern, or friendly teasing.

If you’re not feeling up to the task of changing how you interpret someone’s online tone, or you feel you really need to know for certain how something was meant, you can ask. Say something like, “Hey, this thing you wrote came across to me as being in a really biting tone, implying that you were mad at me. But I’m not sure if that’s how you meant it. Can you please clarify that for me before we move forward with the discussion?”

Because tone conveyed through text can be super misleading.

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
—  Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath