Ask Jesse Episode 55: Erring on the Side of Skepticism


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By Victoria Lynn Hall

We are a meaning-making species. In the absence of data, we make up stories because having complete information is a self-protective
survival skill. But these stories often magnify our fears and anxieties.

Brené Brown

We all tell ourselves made up stories all the time:

“He didn’t reply to my direct message so he obviously doesn’t like me.”

“She’s always late to our meetings so she obviously doesn’t respect me.”

These aren’t lies because we believe them but they also are rarely true. If we leave it up to chance, however, we may never find out that because of some technical glitch he never received the message, or that she actually respects us so much that she agreed to a meeting time that was inconvenient for her just to avoid disappointing us.

Jesse talks often about how important it is to be skeptical of powerful people and institutions but I feel it is equally if not more important to be skeptical of our own powerful thoughts and emotions; to expose our fears and doubts to the light through critical investigation and communication just as we should strive to do with the fearful and divisive narratives that the media and politicians offer us.

If we err on the side of skepticism with ourselves, questioning our own judgement and assumptions before we do anyone else’s actions or motives, perhaps we can ultimately learn to trust the goodness in ourselves and each other as much as we distrust our government.


The Brené Brown quote at the top of this post is from the pdf: Rising Strong and the Stories We Make Up


Jesse referred to ideas discussed in this episode of Chapo Trap House:


Jesse also mentioned Stephanie Kelton’s views on Biden’s infrastructure plans which you can read about in this article.


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Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

https://linktr.ee/jessecrall

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

linktr.ee/victorialynnhall

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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