I've learned two major things from the newer Doctor Who series. Actually... that's not true; I've learned a great many things from the newer Doctor Who series. I occasionally introduce myself like the Doctor...
... make the requisite "are you my mummy" joke when the pun comes up...
... and even learned how to choose my own cool:
(I say "howdy" a lot, nowadays. "Howdy" is cool.)
But two things have stuck with me that I find almost constant use for as I deal with people,listen to the news, read the headlines. I actually use these tools purposefully as I listen to humans humaning and measure them by this bar as they speak and act:
The first, which comes up more often in personal interactions. This blog, and my new Facebook, is about "talk less; do more," so as people, myself included, start to talk a big game about some future course of action, I hear Madame Vastra giving Clara the "one word test." I also think about how Clara shows it can work both ways:
... but when it comes to campaign promises, speeches, public relations, media promises, the famous and the wealthy, entities like the Republican Party trying to show how Ted Cruz and Ben Carson prove the Party isn't racially-biased, when Donald Trump tweets himself eating a taco and brings up his employee makeup and wages in a sad attempt to prove the same, or Rush Limbaugh insists he's not sexist and respects women, whenever the Walton Family trots out the Walmart Foundation or McDonalds trots out the Ronald McDonald House and they brag about the people they've helped... whenever the Koch brothers humblebrag about their numerous charitable contributions and General Electric brings up the GE Foundation even as it hides $110 billion overseas to avoid taxes. Whether Bill Gates brings up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Angelina Jolie talks about the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, or Bono exhorts the ONE Campaign... whenever the extremely wealthy and well-off go on about those they've helped, I hear the Doctor and the Slitheen wearing Margaret Blaine as they have dinner, and his too-perfect reprimand for her self-aggrandizing:
Be excellent to each other!
Jonny friggin' Panic