Archive for February 1st, 2008

February 1, 2008

Negativity Follow up

Great responses so far to the the first round of table talk. This was indeed what we envisioned when we were coming up with this idea.

A few things to respond on:
I like what Cordieb said about stopping to enjoy our world. There is a reason why it’s called “stopping to smell the roses” right? I mean the implication is that without that action of stopping, one would miss it. This is so contrary to the messages that we are bombarded with.

The reigning school of thought is that we should get satisfaction and as fast as we want it. We are told that everyone or nearly everyone is out to get something for themselves. That if we don’t forge ahead, then they’ll overtake us and win. Don’t like your car? Change it. Don’t like your husband or wife? Get a new one.

If we don’t learn to be satisfied with ourselves or the little we have right now, we will never be satisfied with plenty or with anyone else.

There are loving, caring people out there. Lots of them. There are companies that do business ethically. People who volunteer their time and money to make this world a better place. The Salvation Army doesn’t run itself. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters and volunteer camps do not run themselves. Negative news does sell. But it only sells because we accept it.

These things do not happen in a vacuum. We created this society. We empowered it. When we rail against the establishment, we force it to change. Don’t like something that is going on in our culture, then do something about it. It sounds cliche by now but one person does make a difference.

So like I said before, we are choosing to celebrate the good in us this week. If you have any stories of people being good, kind, courageous or anything like that, you can message me at ghettophilosopher84@gmail.com. I’ll write a blog celebrating them. I will also be researching people myself, including historical figures that aren’t generally talked about who were just plain good people. It is time we talked about some things that are right.

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