Fear and clothing: Wellness or simply not well in the head?

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Fear and clothing: Wellness or simply not well in the head?

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What manner of being is this? Jack Dorsey is like the new messiah.
What, really, I thought he was just responsible for Twitter? Yes, that is part of his tech empire along with Square. He used to be a poster boy for white monopoly capital by dropping out of college and making a billion, but he has evolved into so much more than that.
How can you tell? For one, the non-ironic beanie and beard combo that he is presently sporting. Also, he only wears black.
That just sounds like an ageing hipster – what else have you got? He meditates for a minimum of two hours a day and practises 10-day Vipassana meditation retreats from all technology and any kind of human social engagement. Isolation is his secret weapon. Isn’t that a little ironic? Yes.
So can’t people see through him? Technically they will probably be able to in about a month – if he carries on with all this fasting business. Why the fasting? He says that initially he hallucinated on his first three-day fasting weekend – so that’s reason enough.
But? Well, now he is fasting for health, longevity and clarity of mind. He eats one meal a day – preferably at home. But has moved on from veganism. Oh no, not Jack? Apparently he was turning orange. His mom said so – now he is off the paleo thing, too, and has settled on pure starvation instead.
Is that it?  No, he ice-baths every morning so he can stimulate his vagus nerve (don’t ask me what that is), and works from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He does HIIT seven-minute workouts, Tabata on a bike, and walks into the sun for over an hour every morning. When he isn’t freezing himself into clarity he is overheating in an infrared sauna.Wow? People are calling him the Gwyneth of Silicon Valley. And? Look, he still can’t identify a Nazi on the Twittersphere but give him time, or his journal so he can work through it, or silence him, or just douse him in an ice shower and he might wake up.

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