Thursday, September 21, 2006

It's up to You.

From Matthew Good:
(Increased the font size is my emphasis, and I edited out PETA from the list)

Champions Of Nothing

For everything a price. The price of ignorance is celebrating freedoms that are routinely debased, replaced instead by the white noise of picture perfect lives beamed out through the night into the hearts of decaying inner cities, disparaged farming towns, and quaint Middle Class gated communities. Spellbound, our sybaritic patient lays silently watching the drops slip slowly down the tube shoved in their arm, a smile made and daily celebrated by hundreds of millions of parasites too bemused to realize that they are feeding on themselves.

Long legged blondes with bronzed skin, tall rugged men with sculpted features, parents and children laughing at the dinner table, eating microwaved gourmet, comfortably pacified, the family dog laying bewildered on the back porch, casually watching a homeless man pick through the garbage.

When the machine consumes more than it produces, then it is a machine meant for destruction, not creation. When good ideas need guns and missiles to promote them, then what ever led you to believe that they were good ideas?

If we are this empty, then you have the rest of your life to figure out one simple thing – what is so dangerous about being full?

Making a difference in the world starts at only one place: with you. And despite the distractions that would have you believe otherwise, there is no convenient alternative. It is neither easy nor without risk, financially rewarding or at all popular. But then, nothing worth doing ever has been.

Every new day is a chance to turn it around. Maybe tomorrow will be your first day. Maybe tomorrow you’ll just start to think about it a little more and, in time, might find yourself a little closer than you’d previously been. Either way, we are all individually responsible for making that choice, just as we are all equally responsible for our collective failure.

Places To Start

» The International Federation Of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities
» Oxfam International
» The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Relief Fund
» The Joint United Nations Programme On HIV/AIDS
» Doctors Without Borders
» Engineers Without Borders
» Control Arms
» War Child
» International Action Network On Small Arms
» The Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals
» Amnesty International
» Human Rights Watch


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