Thursday, January 10, 2008

Food for Thought

If you look at the current situation of the world, you can understand why we can be so desperate to cling to the things that give us the sense of happiness or value. Some look to love, others to work. Some find strength in finding themselves through reading, writing, conversation, others through pursuit of career and fortune. What is key for me is that I am able to build a foundation for the future, with an unwavering consistency of work towards making my dreams come true.

Look at the current state of the world and the images we are frequently bombarded with as an acceptable way of living ones life. Britney Spears is a prime example of how this world is messed up. We look for drama in others lives to make our lives seem more stable, no matter how much of it is actually based in truth and sustainability. Are you telling me that we didn’t know she had lost it long ago?

The media is a constant perpetuator of abstracting the demented lives of celebrities to look glamorous, when truthfully most of these young women are saturated in filth and by no means provide the image of positive role models for young women. Remember how hard our mothers worked and continue to work to survive?

I have a 9 year old niece; I care who she sees on TV, listens to on her headphones. In turn this will effect what sense of self-respect, dedication and love she builds for herself and others (the external effect on the internal). For from the moment of actualization we are constantly looking to balance our internal values with our external experience. I want her to be a strong young woman not afraid to be who she is.

Sometimes I don’t feel like this modern life is for me.
Remember the days you could actually look up to someone—not for one reason, but for many? We saw the way one lived his/her life, the way that he/she was able to continuously rise from the control of systematic discrimination and marginalization? Screwed up mothers and fathers, the hunt of bullies and abusers? We all carry our own baggage.

People seem to be more consumed with the rush of life than actually taking a moment to appreciate what it is they are given from birth: the ability to become the change they want to see in the world.
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