Life can seem so shallow and selfish, you know? People are shallow - concerned with things like, Lebron James decided to leave the Miami Heat. Who cares? Do you have a stake in what he decides to do? Are you receiving payment to be so invested in his life? No? I didn't think so. Let him do whatever he wants. People hang on to celebrities and athletes like cult followers. It's ridiculous.
Meanwhile, you have people suffering all over the world, including my own country. For example, babies and pets being left to die in vehicles. Parents and pet owners claiming it was accidental, which I will never believe. I mean, you remembered your cell phone - how in the world do you forget the one thing that is most precious to you? Others are starving, jobless and homeless.
There is an enormous amount of suffering throughout the world. Yet, the majority of people turn their heads the other way. Do you believe if you ignore the problem that it will go away? Yes, choosing NOT to read the news article about the baby who died from hyperthermia WILL indeed ease your conscience because you chose not to read it. Out of sight, out of mind is the saying that comes to mind. It doesn't change the fact that it happened though. If you choose not to read the article about the young teenage girl who was raped and beaten by five other teenagers - it will ease your conscience, but it doesn't change the fact that it happened! Stick your head in the sand if that is what you prefer, but if something bad happens to you, it will be your fault for not paying attention.
The leaders of our world tend to stick their heads in the sand too. They brush things off as though they really aren't concerned. In addition, politicians are constantly fighting with each other. They bicker worse than children. Politicians and others in leadership positions should set better examples to the world by promoting peace. As higher powers (i.e. government officials), they should strive to be tolerant of others who are different, instead of trying to push them around to prove a point. Perhaps if more were like this - the world would be a better place. Greed, power, intolerance, and hatred of those we know nothing about in this world are why we have so much fighting. Not a single person is alike, but we should respect them.
Who is affected when more powerful countries decide to knock others around? The families and their children are affected. These are innocent people, who see what is happening and how they are being mistreated. How do you think those children will grow up? They will grow up hating the countries and the people that are bullying them.
Who cares if I don't believe in following a specific religion? Who cares if my friends consist of different religions?? I cherish ALL of them in the same way. I respect ALL of them in the same way. Why must we continue to be hateful to those who are DIFFERENT?? Different religions, races, sexual preferences, and the list goes on.. Why do you hate me if I eat meat?? Why do you hate me if I am pro-choice?? Who taught you to be so hateful? (Not you, specifically you, people all over the world) Even if everyone shared the same views - you will STILL find something to be hateful about. It's not right!
Why do you think you're better than me or anyone else? By the way, you're not better than anyone. Even if you believe something to be true does not make it a fact. Every single one of us bleeds red (after oxygen hits the blood). Every single one of us has feelings and a family. Every single one of us is human. Treat others decently and you will discover so many interesting and nice people in this world. Don't judge a book by its cover. I firmly believe we can all live in harmony if we can get past the differences. Instead of saying it will never happen, start saying it WILL happen. You have to be willing to try. Start focusing on the future and let go of the past.
My heart hurts for people in peril throughout our country and all over the world, so I try my best to be a good person. I try to do my part and help those in need. I try to be a person who sees things from all sides. I don't judge or hate people because they are different from me. I celebrate those differences because this world would be a boring place if everyone were the same.
I encourage everyone to try and open your mind. See things from a different point of view. This world has enough hate in it. Instead of meeting hate with hate, choose to forgive and be the better person. Show compassion for your neighbors and the strangers you meet in the street. Anyone can be aggressive and beat others down. That is the cowardly way. Real power is in how respectful, compassionate, and kind you can be towards those you consider to be your enemies. Real power is not found in fear and aggression. Real leaders teach others to love each other and to not judge.
Also, pride is not a reason for anyone to fight. Sometimes it's best to suck it up and let it go. You will make others proud by being the bigger person and letting the conflict go. Learn to compromise. Pride is an extremely poor reason for the world to have more wars.
It's time for a change. It's time for people to take a stand and make a difference. There is power in numbers. If you have the numbers, then that makes a HUGE difference. Be kind to someone. Be understanding. Put yourself in a stranger's shoes, rather than judging them for being different. We CAN change this world, but it starts with every single one of you.
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As always, thanks for reading!
~ Penelope ~
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