Friday, January 27, 2006

Take a deep breath and have a good laugh!

Happy Friday, everyone! I thought you might enjoy something a little less serious & a little more light-hearted today. I don't know how many of you have heard of "The Onion" (a satyrrical news source) but it is very comical and a good way to unwind. So, if you have a sense of humor and need a laugh, go check it out! I love it!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Things that make me ask: Why?

I can't even comment on this one tonight because it breaks my heart. You will just need to read the article for yourself. I do ask, however, that you send out prayer, positive energy and/or your thoughts to the remaining family memebers. May peace be with them.
Rest in peace, little angels.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

That's when you know it is bad...

T.....Y.....L......
The keys quietly click with the urgent tapping of nervous fingers....fingers searching for something the mind knows could be tragic news...but the fingers, independent of will continue on....click, click, click...
(Enter)... a poised breath, a moment of dreadful searching...
The glowing white with blurry black print...

How is it you know when a war becomes devastating to its parties? I will tell you when. It is when you catch yourself, draped in a casual fog of subconscious reality...."googling" the names of your past comrades and fellow soldiers (because you can't sleep for the nightmares depicting the worst)...the honorable people with whom you once served...trusting and loving like family...often more than family...politics aside, these are real people...dedicated people...loved people...

Sweat building and boiling from within, you hope, wish, and pray to get:
"No Match" or an irrelevant articles, but not.......
.......definitely not a casualty list...Because that is when you know it is bad...

Human Arrogance...


So there I was, sitting patiently in my college Algebra class, contemplating "fascinating" equations. (Ok, so I don't find algebra fascinating, unfortunately, though I am making an honest effort in finding enjoyment in it. Just give me time; I am working on it.)

Anyway, the professor got off the subject & mentioned an article about how more than 60 frog species have become extinct & scientists believe it is due to global warming. Naturally, the class "awed" and "oohed" and shook their heads, saying things like "what a shame" and "that's too bad". I did the same, but then I spoke up and stated "If we're not careful, we will be extinct before long too."

Much to my shock, almost the entire class turned around and with widely glazed eyes locked on me in disbelief. No one said a word and it was extremely awkward. It was as if they could not believe I had the audacity to say something negative about the human species. It was as if we were invincible and could not be harmed...Protected by some unseen force.

The silence became too much for me so I laughed and followed up with "Yes, we are animals ourselves...it is possible." Once again, complete silence and mindless glares. Was I in the twilight zone?

A few seconds later, with no further argument, my fellow students turned around and the professor continued her lecture (about algebra now), avoiding that sticky conversation altogether. She wasn't going to bail me out of that one.

For the rest of the class, I have to admit that Algebra vanished from my mind and I was lost in deep contemplation. Could we humans be so arrogant and prideful as to think we are above nature? Do we think that because, according to Judeo-Christian doctrine or by evolution/survival of the fittest (whichever you happen to believe), that we are some kind of super-beings that cannot be destroyed? Did we take the "dominion" rite listed in the Bible a little out of context? Dominion, by definition means control or ownership of property but that does not mean abuse of it. We were given Dominion (if you subscribe to Judeo-Christian beliefs) over the other animals of the planet, which does suggest responsibility within that right. When you have control of a piece of property, I think it is understood that you should take care of it...treasure it, and try to keep it from harm.

I know we have made it a long time on this planet & we have accomplished some amazing things, (thanks to reason and the opposable thumb), but that does not make us invincible. I am afraid that will be painfully demonstrated to us in a final lesson before too long although I hope I am wrong. If we don't take care of the earth and all of our fellow creatures, they will stop taking care of us before too long. I hope I am wrong.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Who Am I?



I am...

Artist, warrior, thinker, critic,
Friend, lover, sister...
Daughter, seeker, deviant...
Aunt, amateur, wanderer...

Because of these ,I am also a student...
Hurting, healing, laughing, crying....but most of all, learning....

A student of life and of art, a student of consequence...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dodging Personal Responsibility

I know I haven't been on this planet for too terribly long but I have been here 28 years and over that time, I have noticed something. It seems that, more and more, we are unable to accept responsibility for our own actions. I know this has always been a problem within human nature but doesn't it seem to be getting worse lately? If something bad happens to someone we love or even ourselves, we look, first and foremost, for someone or something to blame. Sometimes, there is no one to blame or maybe the finger is pointing right back at us but we can't see it.

Some examples of actual events just in my area are:

Example 1: An 18 year-old male steals a car, drives it wrecklessly through the city, narrowly avoiding major accidents. He is chased by the police for miles. The police are obviously trying to pull him over and after he almost kills someone innocent by ramming into their home, the police shoot at the man's tires. This causes the man to lose control of the car & hit an obstacle himself, killing him immediately. It is unfortunate that he was killed, yes, but he almost killed many innocent people in the process and the police were trying to prevent that from happening. He got killed in the meantime. The parents of this 18 year old are suing because they say the police used unnecessary force & killed their son without need. Yes, it is sad, and I feel for the family, but they need to realize this man was an adult (barely) but an adult who committed grand theft auto and was endangering many lives. Therefore, I am disgusted at the fact they are trying to sue.

Example 2: An elderly woman crosses the street. A police officer, driving the speed limit swerves to try to miss her but hits her & kills her instantly. This is, of course, very unfortunate. However, after a very thorough investigation, including witness interviews, it is determined without a doubt that the woman stepped out in traffic without looking and not within a crosswalk. The witnesses also say the officer saw her almost immediately and took every precaution possible to avoid hitting her but was unable to prevent it. The investigation concluded that it was pedestrian error that caused this death. However, the family, once again, even after the investigation, plans to sue because they feel it was the officer's fault.

These are just two examples but I could really go on and on. This happens constantly in politics, especially. It also happens in the private sector and in the medical field. The list could go on and on. Things like this happen daily and I find it very frustrating.

People have become much more greedy and don't even attempt to think of the other side of the story. Not only that but bad things happen to good people. We should have learned this by now. People are imperfect and make mistakes and there are consequences associated with those mistakes. Sometimes bad things happen that can't be prevented at all. When are we going to stop whining about whose fault everything is and just stand up and take responsibility for our own actions and then try to fix them?
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