This is so inspiring! http://youtu.be/EzZzZ_qpZ4w There is no excuse for poverty… “growing your own food is like printing your own money!” – Ron Finley
To wake up, first we must face the truth. When the people lead, leaders will follow. The time is now. Wake up.
Food for thought!
I think these kids should get extra points for doing this in baggy jeans. Seriously? wow. > watch
Here’s a wonderful article published by the African Wildlife Foundation featuring my all time favourite great ape – the Bonobo. I LOVE that I’m so closely related to this beloved creature! Bonobos in particular are not just brilliant, they also have an extra lovely disposition. My very favourite cousin!
Fyi: The Bonobo you see in the photo below took the photo HIMSELF. True story! He was curious about the camera, I guess. He reached out for it and the photographer let him have it… the Bonobo proceeded to take several pictures – this one is my very favourite. I regret not saving this article because I can’t find it, now. Bummer.
More info on Bonobos per Wikipedia > Here
It’s been said that we humans are the most intelligent species on the planet (naturally, this has been said by humans). Yet, it seems that the older some humans get, their super-sized egos swell up and become larger than their brain and they inadvertently go off the path and find their way back to a time of stone-ages where men dragged their knuckles and pounded their chest and albeit resourceful, still too young a species & earnestly ignorant to consider the benefits of the ‘take & give’ concept.
Now, here we are in the 21st century… and I really don’t think we can afford to plead ignorance, anymore. We just can’t. We have the survival of our own species to consider as well as all the other species of which suffers when we screw up… and if they suffer, we suffer, there’s no getting around this reality. They’re depending on us to get it right and we have the intelligence to do so… we just have to get over ourselves. Sometimes I think there are two breeds of humans and it has nothing to do with skin colour, labels or gender. There are those who want to make the world a better place for everyone, and there are those who want to take what they can get and to hell with everyone else.
Most days, I wrestle between being humbled and slightly ashamed to be amongst the human species… we are capable of so much good, we are so smart! And yet we are one of the most greedy and self destructive species on the planet, bar none. Given how intelligent we humans are – I think we can do better.
Ok, so who here loves owls? Raise your hand! Seriously, is this not the cutest picture you’ve EVER seen?!!
Owls are a hoot. hehe
I have come to realize something about myself – as passionate as I am about being a strong & positive voice for Atheism, my roots will always be with humanism. More than anything, I wish we could unite in our diversity and free ourselves from this tangled web of greed and self proclaimed righteousness and replace it with a wave of love that would be so powerful it would change our vision completely and douse the trivial nonsense that we humans are so ignorantly willing to kill one another over.
Anyway, as an Atheist, I actually have no issue with those who cling to a harmless faith. Who am I to judge the belief of another? Who am I to strip someone of something that may very well give them a great deal of strength or joy? However, I do so wish religions in general would take greater strides toward a healthier place where its devout followers might be freed from savage-age ignorance to coexist in a modern world. I wish there weren’t so much outdated and pious doctrine that ultimately perpetuates conflict, self loathing, ignorance, oppression and suffering. I wish religions would put equality and physical & mental well-being ahead of ancient dogma that forces believers to choose between faith or humanity… and all too often, forgo basic common sense. And I’m by no means suggesting that religion change just for me… it has no bearing on my personal life and its god is quite frankly a moot point, to me. The world will keep spinning whether we believe or don’t believe. I wish religions would change for its’ believers. My heart truly goes out to them. I just don’t think they need to be riddled with iron age burdens and torment that are simply unnecessary in the 21st century. I know many open minded religious people who simply wave off the old doctrines as silliness and I applaud them for their mental gymnastics in finding a way to reconcile humanity with harmful dogma. But church officials and administrators are hard pressed to do the same and until change comes from the very top, there will continue to be believers tangled in the web of their own religion.
For the record, my concern with most organized religions doesn’t actually come from a place of Atheism. Atheism is simply a disbelief in gods or more accurately, anceint stories. But interestingly, Atheism did inadvertently free me from the needless burden of defending and sometimes condoning unacceptable and unthinkable behavior and allowed me to fully embrace Humanism. When I imagine a kinder world where everyone gets to be equal and healthy, that includes the well being of religious people. My concern genuinely comes from a place of Humanism.
Sometimes I wonder if Atheism has actually made me a better Christian. How’s that for irony. But then again, Christianity is far too laden and convoluted with man-made doctrine to allow its followers to truly know Jesus. I guess it’s no surprise that once I got away from religion, only then did I truly have something in common with Jesus… after all… Jesus wasn’t a christian, either. He was a humanist.