Frey Freyday – Understand

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

un·der·stand -[ˌəndərˈstand]-VERB-perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or speaker): be sympathetically or knowledgeably aware of the character or nature of:

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein –

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca –

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates –

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. Stephen Covey –

There are big problems that change the world. If we are working together, that will make us understand each other, appreciate each other, help each other. Jack Ma

When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them. Orson Scott Card, –

Seeing things from a different point of view can help us understand why other people act the way they do. We too often judge people without having all the facts. Sean Covey –

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions. Paulo Coelho –

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

 UNDERSTAND – to really listen, process, respect and consider something.

For all of time, humans have had conflict with each other, and in some ways, with themselves. Today, it does seem like the world has more conflict but I believe things are generally for the better – but our perception is that there is more conflict due to the huge variety and sheer volume of news media, social media available instantly and the 24/7 news cycle.

However, there is definitely division in our country. In some ways there has always been, I suppose; black/white, rich/poor, Republican/Democrat, us/them – sometimes the emotions get the best of us rather than the facts. BOTH sides are guilty of it.

I think that we all probably could benefit from trying to understand each other a little more.

I was talking about this to a friend and he thought that understanding someone else was giving the advantage away to the other person. In other words, he essentially said (and I paraphrase), “Understanding someone else is nice and altruistic but how does that help me?” Understanding someone else better will definitely help us – in a relationship, in negotiations, in business, in education, in politics, in medicine….so many things.

See, if we’re trying to negotiate something, if we better understand the other person, we can see what makes them tick and I believe we can better get what is important to both parties then.

If we better understand the other side, we can better communicate. Isn’t basically everything about communication? Politics, business, education, medicine, relationships? To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different and by better understanding each other we can communicate better, we can connect better, we can build better relationships, gain access, convince others, relay our message, and overall ‘be heard.’

Often I think of the concept, ‘position paper’. A position paper is an essay that presents an opinion about an issue , typically that of the author or another specified entity; such as a political party. Position papers are published in academia, in politics, in law and other domains. Often someone will prepare a position paper for the other side’s point of view. To do this, the author has to understand their adversary. A position paper prepares the attorney/politician/student/whomever better because they know the other viewpoints.

So many times we only see our point of view. Maybe it is with our politics, our kids, our spouse, or in the checkout line in the supermarket. Understanding takes effort. Understanding requires that we take a breath, calm down and think about things for a moment – it isn’t our visceral, knee-jerk reaction.

Sometimes we get so mad and hateful with each other – this is a clear sign that we don’t understand the other side or the other person. This is the easy way. It is often based in fear, if we look deep and if we’re honest about it. Understanding is a little harder but once we understand a person or point of view, the world opens up.

I recently read a great article; it spoke of two men; one was an African-American that was angry with white men. He was prejudice, angry, and in many ways hated white people. He decided to go ‘undercover’ on social media and he joined (under a fake name as a white man) a few white supremacist groups online. Over time, he communicated with white supremacists. He began to understand them. He no longer saw them as monsters. He saw that much of it came from fear, from one-sided thinking (much like his own). The other story spoke about a former white-supremacist; for generations, his family was part of the KKK and even a group similar to the skin-heads. For many years he was angry, he spoke out against African-Americans and really all non-whites. Then he met a man that started to speak with him differently. He helped him understand the other side. He realized that he never even thought about the other side. He realized that he never knew how much “they” were like his own family and friends.

Basically we all want a better life for ourselves, our family and when we feel threatened, some of us shut down and react in a certain way. Many people are lonely, scared, self-absorbed, emotional – we are wired that way from evolution – but to grow and improve we need to act like an evolved person rather than a simple human. An open-mind and open-heart is a step up that we all can benefit from….

In order to understand people you don’t just need to put yourself in their shoes but you need to feel the emotions they experience…. Ex. OK you’re angry; so is the other guy, we know why you’re angry; let’s think why he is…..

We can’t help ourselves without understanding us either. We need to be aware of our own strengths and weaknesses, our biases, be aware of our priorities and we need to assess our progress in life. Sometimes we have anger and hate for others because of misunderstandings that we have with ourselves. We tend to underestimate this.

Parting thoughts:

If I could be you and you could be me for just one hour If we could finda way to get inside each others mind If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’d been blind Walk a mile in why shoes, walk a mile in my shoes Yeah, before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes

(see full lyrics below)

From; “Walk a mile in my shoes” Songwriters: JOE SOUTH © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

You can read more at www.onewebstrategy.com

BONUS : LYRICS FROM THE SONG “Walk a Mile in my Shoes”

If I could be you and you could be me for just one hour If we could find a way to get inside each others mind If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’d been blind Walk a mile in why shoes, walk a mile in my shoes Yeah, before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes

Well, your whole world around you is just a reflection And the law of common says you’re gonna reap just what you sow

[spoken:] Yes, you will

So unless you’ve lived a life of total perfection Mm-mm, you’d better be careful of evey stone that you should throw

[spoken] Yeah, yeah

Yet we spend the day throwin’ stones at one another ‘Cause I don’t think or wear my hair the same way you do Well, I may be common people but I’m your brother And when you strike out and try to hurt me it’s a-hurtin’ you

[spoken] Lord, have mercy

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes Yeah, before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes

There are people on reservations and out in the ghettos And brother, there, but for the grace of God, go you and I

[spoken] Yeah, yeah

If I only had the wings of little angels don’tcha you know I’d fly To the top of the mountain andthen I’d cry?

[spoken] Yeah

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes Oh, before you abuse, crticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes

[spoken] Yeah

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes Hey, before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes.

Songwriters: JOE SOUTH © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

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Frey Freyday – Questions

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.-Paulo Coelho

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.-Henri Nouwen

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.-Voltaire


Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.-Chanakya


To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.-Albert Einstein


I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.-Arthur C. Clarke


The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.-Claude Levi-Strauss

Word to Live By:

question-[kwes-chuh n] –a matter for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation. to dispute; challenge; to explore, investigate, ponder

–(This is a favorite one of mine)

The quality of your life is not necessarily based on the quality of your circumstances, it is based upon our perception – and the questions (and self-talk) we ask each day.

Here is a good question for when you have a ‘bad day’:

“What’s great about this situation you’re not seeing right now?”

Your brain is very much like a computer. When you ask a question, you will get a response. Submit negative questions and you will get negative responses.

We all ask ourselves questions each and every day, all day, whether we realize it or not. They say we have up to 60,000 thoughts running through our minds each day, and many of these are questions. Are they good questions? Are they useful? Do they empower us?

When we ask “What is wrong with me?” or “What can’t I be ___?” or “Why am I lazy?” or “Why do I struggle?” – these questions almost never help us. Remember, part of your brain is like a computer. It is a wonderful problem solving organ/tool. We can ponder on a problem, sleep on it, and when we least expect it – maybe in the shower, while driving, often in some relaxed state of mind, boom- the answer pops into our conscious mind.

So when you ask your unconscious something, it goes out and looks for the answer. When you ask yourself, “Why can’t I “ …do something OR “Why do I struggle?” your brain will search for an answer or answers. So why don’t you change those around and ask empowering questions instead?

 

  • So …..we really need to catch ourselves each and every day -…..interrupt the pattern…..stop the disempowering thoughts and questions….then replace it with an empowering question…….

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”  – Tony Robbins

  1. What is something I can do for someone else today?
  2. What is something I can do to add value to the world today?
  3. What is something that I have to offer other people?
  4. Why am I happy?
  5. What do I enjoy about this…?

Parting questions, for fun…..

Why do you think that “Frey Freyday” is so good?
Why do you want to email a great comment?

Why do you want to tell your friend about this email series?

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

Frey Freyday – Possibilities

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

pos·si·bil·i·ties –[ˌpäsəˈbilədē] –NOUN- a thing that may be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives:

The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things. Jean Piaget

My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. Mario Testino

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw

One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. Abraham Maslow

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities. Terry Josephson

WORDS TO LIVE BY

Possibilities – Everyday we wake up and we have a world of possibilities before us. All is possible, all is open.

I don’t have much to add. Each day we have so many opportunities and possibilities before us. I know that I tend to overlook this. We get in our routines, we limit our focus and we don’t see all of what we can do and all of what is before us.

Think about the time when you didn’t think something was possible – or maybe you just didn’t even think about it at all – and then one day that all changed. The doors opened and now you see things different. A different perspective, more wisdom, more opportunities, more options.

Often we don’t know or appreciate what is really possible for each of us, but we need to push ourselves.

One day there can be an idea, a concept, a possibility….and then with time, effort, focus this possibility becomes a reality.

I am trying to keep my eyes open to more possibilities each day.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

You can read more at www.onewebstrategy.com

BONUS : Watch “Limitless Possibilities – Motivational Video for Success in Life” on YouTube

https://youtu.be/K5DlHo53mJQ

A quick thought

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

Tony Robbins 

Frey Freyday – the news

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

news [n(y)o͞oz] NOUN – newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events:

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank –

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ Fred Rogers –

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. Bill Gates –

Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects. Pope Francis –

Television, radio, social media. The 24/7 news cycle plows forward mercilessly on our desks, in our cars and in our pockets. Thousands and thousands of messages and voices bombard us from the moment we wake, fighting for our attention. All we see and hear, all day long, is news. And most of it is bad. Joseph Prince –

WORD TO LIVE BY:

News – something to generally avoid and/or turn off. News shocks you so that you watch.

I like the news – I often drive a lot and I sometimes listen to the news. I find myself getting fired up about it, good or bad, sometimes.

Did you ever think of how much the news influences your day? Your perspective? Your life? It definitely does.

Watching or listening to the news does indeed ‘prime’ us. What is priming? Priming is an implicit memory effect in which exposure to one stimulus (i.e., perceptual pattern) influences the response to another stimulus. In other words, if you are primed about one thing, let’s say scarcity, science and studies have proven that it affects how humans see things after – if you’re primed with scarcity, you then tend to see things as scarce. If primed with abundance, you can see the exact same situation with abundance.

As stated above, News shocks you so that you watch. Fire, crime, bad news sell!

Peter Diamandis, author, creator of the Xprize, Singular University and other things said, “The news media is a drug pusher. Negative news is the drug.” This includes conservative and liberal. Republican and Democrat.

If you think about it, we are pummeled by negative news most of the day, if we keep on most of the networks or our radio, newspapers, social media, etc.

The news media uses negative news not because it is the only thing ‘happening’ but because it will get you to watch.

Humans pay attention to negative news 10 times more than positive! We are wired for it. We operate this way. The economics of news and commercial TV dictate how news works.

The amygdala scans our environment to protect us – this is left over from our ‘caveman days’ and evolution. When we watch the news, the amygdala scans the news and we pay attention to see if it is threatening.

If you watch the news, you might believe that our world is in really bad shape. Maybe even believe that things are getting worse.

Things are getting better. Harvard cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophesies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data! He even wrote about it in 75 jaw-dropping graphs; Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide.

  • 1/500th less dying today than yesteryear. Much less violence than 100 years ago or 500 years ago.
  • 200-250 years ago our average lifespan was around 32 years. It is now around 75 and will likely double again.
  • Over the last 200 years, the world’s GDP has skyrocketed 100-fold! Humankind has never been more productive and prosperous. (Yes there is room for improvement)
  • Anywhere in the world, mortality rates have dropped precipitously over the last 300 years. Just 100 years ago a child born in India or South Korea was only expected to live to 23. Today India’s life expectancy has tripled, South Korea’s life expectancy has quadrupled and is now higher than the U.K.
  • Teen births have fallen and been controlled in a positive manner.
  • Crispr and Gene editing already has been approved by the FDA and can transform a patient’s own cells into a living drug, to treat forms of leukemia and cancer. They are looking at 550 other gene therapies.
  • It is estimated that the Montreal Protocol has positively helped us and the environment. This agreement is said to have prevented 280 million cases of skin cancer, 45 million cataracts, 1.5 million deaths from skin cancer. It is said that without this “Protocol”, the planet might be 4 degrees warmer. While we have experienced many tough natural disasters recently, the global annual death rate from natural disasters has plummeted over the past 100 years.
  • More people around the world have access to electricity than ever before. The absolute number of those without access to electricity is dropping. India moved from 45% to 80%. Afghanistan has moved from 0.6% of the population in 2000 to 89.5% in 2014 ! In 2016, solar power grew faster than any other fuel source in the world.
  • Globally, about 18% of the population was undernourished. It dropped to 10% in 2015. Technology is making things better. Farms can be run with less people, more productively.

(see http://www.diamandis.com/data)

My suggestion: Don’t watch the news!

Note: I’m not saying that we should ignore or minimize problems or major issues. There are serious and important things that we face around the world. Things are not perfect. There are bad things in the world. It is about countering the romanticized views of the world in centuries past with data. Remove the one-sided, negative only news and the negative emotion and view the world as it is – one that is still getting better.

We are what we think. If we watch the news and allow our minds to be primed with crime, fires, natural disasters, and negative news, we can easily become more negative, nervous and uneasy. We become primed for these negative events.

OR we can prime our minds with other things; abundance, contribution, education, laughter, love, kindness, success, health, (insert your goal/priority here).

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

BONUS: More info and data!

Lots of great, easy to read graphs, info, data! http://www.diamandis.com/data

Podcast:

http://podcast.diamandis.com/2016/08/22/episode-27-evidence-of-abundance/

 

Frey Freyday – Special Edition

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. Jesus Christ –

And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Jesus Christ –

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone. Jesus Christ –

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ –

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Jesus Christ –

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Jesus Christ –

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. Jesus Christ –

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. Jesus Christ –

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

Regardless of your religious denomination or connection, there is wisdom here. I have studied a few religions and many have the same themes, same wisdom, same great lessons, similar to those above.

During this season, I thought it was appropriate to reference these quotes and thoughts.

There is little that I can add to these simple yet powerful ideas.

Wisdom and ideas like these are great but often putting it into action isn’t quite as easy. All we can do is improve and do better than we did yesterday. Be kind and love one another.

Sincere and loving wishes to you and your family.

 

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

www.onewebstrategy.com

 

 

Thurs. Is Net Neutrality Vote-Understand it!

Thursday Congress is voting on the Net Neutrality issue. Make sure you understand! I am generally for keeping the current regulation in place but decide for yourself. Here is one point of view:

When you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet you expect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.

In 2015, millions of activists pressured the Federal Communications Commission to adopt historic Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open — allowing you to share and access information of your choosing without interference.

But right now this win is in jeopardy: the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to remove Net Neutrality. In May, the FCC voted to let Pai’s internet-killing plan move forward. By the end of the summer, the agency was flooded with more than 20 million comments. The vast majority of people commenting urged the FCC to preserve the existing Net Neutrality rules.

Time is running out: The FCC will vote on Pai’s proposal on Dec. 14.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online.

Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.

Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet.

What would happen if we lost Net Neutrality?

The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.

This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.

The consequences would be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.

Without Net Neutrality, how would activists be able to fight oppression? What would happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How would the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers only let incumbents succeed?

Didn’t we already win strong Net Neutrality rules?

Yes. After a decade-long battle over the future of the internet, the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.

But ever since then opponents have done everything they can to destroy Net Neutrality. And Chairman Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — is moving fast to destroy the open internet.  

Why is Title II so important?

Courts rejected two earlier FCC attempts to craft Net Neutrality rules and told the agency that if it wanted to adopt such protections it needed to use the proper legal foundation: Title II. ​In February 2015, the FCC did just that, ​giving ​internet users the strongest possible Net Neutrality rules when it reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II. Title II gives the FCC the authority it needs to ensure that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic. Title II preserves the internet’s level playing field, allowing people to share and access information of their choosing. These rules have ushered in a historic era of online innovation and investment — and have withstood two court challenges from industry.

But Chairman Pai wants to ditch Title II and return the FCC to a “light touch” Title I approach. Translation: Pai wants to give control of the internet to the very companies that violated Net Neutrality for years before the FCC adopted its current rules in 2015. Title I would do nothing to protect internet users like you.

Who’s attacking Net Neutrality?

Big phone and cable companies and their lobbyists filed suit almost as soon as the Net Neutrality rules were adopted. Free Press jumped in and helped argue the case defending the FCC — and on June 14, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the open-internet protections in all respects. However, the ISPS are still trying to challenge these rules in court.

Meanwhile, industry-funded Net Neutrality opponents in Congress have done everything they can to dismantle or undermine the rules. Legislators have introduced numerous deceptive bills and attached damaging riders to must-pass government-funding bills.

The millions of people who spoke out in support of Net Neutrality are fired up and ready to fight back — and you can join them here.

Why is Net Neutrality crucial for communities of color?

The open internet allows people of color to tell their own stories and organize for racial and social justice. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because ISPs aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites.

The mainstream media have long misrepresented, ignored and harmed people of color. And thanks to systemic racism, economic inequality and runaway media consolidation, people of color own just a handful of broadcast stations. The lack of diverse ownership is a primary reason why the media have gotten away with criminalizing and otherwise stereotyping communities of color.

The open internet allows people of color and other vulnerable communities to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, people of color would lose a vital platform.

And without Net Neutrality, millions of small businesses owned by people of color wouldn’t be able to compete against larger corporations online, which would deepen economic disparities.

Why is Net Neutrality important for businesses?

Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. We need the open internet to foster job growth, competition and innovation.

Net Neutrality lowers the barriers of entry by preserving the internet’s fair and level playing field. It’s because of Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive online.

No company should be allowed to interfere with this open marketplace. ISPs are the internet’s gatekeepers, and without Net Neutrality, they would seize every possible opportunity to profit from that gatekeeper position.

Without Net Neutrality, the next Google or Facebook would never get off the ground.

What can we do now?

Chairman Pai wants to replace the agency’s strong rules with “voluntary” conditions that no ISP would ever comply with. Pai unveiled his plan in a closed-door meeting with industry lobbyists in April 2017 and officially kicked off a proceeding on May 18, 2017, when the FCC voted along party lines to move this proposal​ forward. Since then the agency has been swamped by tens of millions of comments from internet users who want to keep the protections in place.

Pai is ignoring the public outcry, and the FCC will vote on his Net Neutrality-killing plan on Dec. 14. Urge the agency to ditch this plan, and tell your members of Congress to condemn Pai’s attack on the open internet.

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