|About Erika and her Society Philosophies...
|Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?|
|Jeremiah J. Jacks.... Pioneer, entrepreneur, imaginary and creative inspiration to all of our Generation X, not to mention a best friend since 1998!!!|
|What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?|
|The effect of 'Hollywood' on society, the image-complex that celebrities are forcing on the youth of our nation... and the older population in addition. The poor behavior becoming not only acceptable but promoted in our society, daily endorsed by the young, lost and empty souls that decorate our HD flat screen televisions. The constant need for the old to get younger, sexier, and discard any sense of true belonging or of ones true self. |
Last night I watched the film 'Beyond the Gates' about the genocide in Rwanda. People were grabbed walking down the dusty dirt roads in their multi colored clothing carrying baskets, fabric, food, small children and just butchered where they stood. No heed given to their cries, no mercy given to their babies, the streets ran muddy with their blood, turning thick, and painting the country with it's pain, murderers on a mission, without understanding why.
I grew sick within my soul, like a fever breaking through my skin horror clouded my mind, not from the graphic pictures and screams, but from the realization once again that human kind is capable of such a war - of such hate - of such disregard for its own kind.
"How could they do this - blood soaked machetes and shirts, acting as their war paint for battles like natives in centuries past. It was hard to believe that this was a war lurking in the shadows of our not so recent past, and something that we as a civilized world could not prevent nor put a stop to. "Our hands are tied," said official after general after cabinet member after journalist after citizen after indifferent passer-by on the street.
Tears welled up in my eyes and a wave of nausea passed over me as I lay back on the couch, and the credits rolled by. I imagined myself running for my life with a band of shouting bloodthirsty men on my heels in the pitch black of night or bright white of day, no one to help -no rescue in sight and stark terror my only companion. I couldn't handle the thought, and instead focused on what I'd have done if I'd been there. Would I have fought in defense of the week and forsaken or turned my head in denial, forcing their harsh reality into the non-existence portion of my mind? Would I have petitioned those in power, picketing the gates of office armed myself and protected thousands? Or would I have thrown my hands in the air and prayed for their salvation from afar.
Being only 13 years old at the time this historical amount of blood was shed I can honestly say that other than praying with my family over something I couldn't fully understand or appreciate was all that I did. What can I do now? I'll think of things.
As I crawled into bed a new set of thoughts began their race. These were thoughts of my life, and the pain I'd never know like the 800,000 dead and buried.
Was I so concerned about the clothes I wore, so concerned about the shade of my highlights, so distracted by the number on the scale, the pesticides on my produce, the new lip-plumping gloss I'd bought? Having my Kona coffee each morning and time for my daily yoga practice, "letting go" of my past - had I lost sight of the world picture?
How much did those things really matter - how absorbed did material cares have me. How ignorantly indifferent had I become, had I become what I despised? I don't know. I do know that I haven't cared enough. Could I do more? Could I do something? Could I be aware of the pain, destruction and helpless agonies of millions worldwide so many turn their heads at, and let it at least affect my soul and who I become? Yes. I can do that. At least that, I can do.
"The opposite of faith is not heresy, but indifference". Elie Wiesel
|Who is today's most absurd role model?|
|Lindsey Lohan, to name one. K-Fed ... Anyone who conducts themselves as a careless, unintelligent, shallow and wounded/fragile ass, who gets the time of day from the media (you can fill in the blanks from here).|
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, and I felt it worthy to post, and hope you read it. So that wherever you are, whatever you believe you will take seriously what you belive and LIVE IT.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
|What cause do you believe in enough to take action?|
|Health before medicine, God, and right now I'd like to begin a journaling campaign against the media and "Hollywood" due to the pressure they put on women in society, etc. Not to mention hunger around the world, the war of so many nations, and environmental concerns to name a few.|
|For what causes have you taken action in the past?|
|The Earth/Eco friendly... "Recycle, reduce, reuse" I support a child in a third world country through World Vision... Ethos water... Big Brother/Big Sisters type programs, Mentor Kids USA, and working to reconstruct the lives and minds of the fallen youth in our nation. POW/MIA Food drives, and working with inner city kids whenever I have a chance.|
|What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?|
|Aside from the Bible, which has excellent age old lessons and parables, endless examples of what NOT to do... I've found that A Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren is fantastic, as well as Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen, and Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss... Because I believe that you cannot better the world witout first bettering yourself. Two 'broken's' don't make a fix.|
|What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?|
|RESHAPESOCIETY.COM!!!!!!!!!! =) Also, WorldVision.org, as well as psupress.psu.edu|