"What's Coming" Wednesday

Wednesday, May 3rd 2023

"What's Coming" Wednesday
Cannstatter Kurve of VFB Stuttgart, April 2018

Just a short preview of what's coming up this week, unfortunately one of my littles is sick with parainfluenza and has needed some extra care. No worries about the Monday feature, however, as luckily my schedule of posts means it was scheduled well in advance.

On Monday, we look at one of the central problems of bystander CPR and how it relates to Self-determination theory, namely that of relatability. Along the way, I make use of some sports metaphors (hence the featured image).

I think this issue of relatability is often overlooked when we try to encourage others to perform CPR on a stranger. Think of your own motivations- if you're trying to do something for a close friend or family member, you're likely more motivated to do a good job than for a random stranger.

Relatability is also a challenge due to our current political polarization. As we become more insular in our physical communities and adopt online, often political identities above all, we can lose what it means to help our neighbors.

After this one, the next topic is going to be that question of "Who is my neighbor?" through a look at the parable of the Good Samaritan. While I'm excited to begin writing that examination, I'm a bit worried it may make it seem more challenging when it comes to increasing civic engagement overall.

And don't forget, Four Things for Friday will be sent out at the end of this week! Some really fascinating stories broke just this week about the loneliness epidemic, which is rising towards a public health emergency. We'll have more on that, so stay safe and healthy until then!