This woman will not give up. She is a journalist fighting for what she believes in until the day she dies. And I have to give her the utmost respect for that.
Well, for reportedly two weeks starting on Christmas, during one of the bloodiest wars in human history: the trench warfare of WWI. British and German soldiers stopped fighting and had peace. “Never … was I so keenly aware of the insanity of war.” Indeed. It’s one of my favorite stories ever, so I thought I had to make a blog post on it. Check it, British and German troops:
From Reason, if you’re unfamiliar with this event from almost exactly 100 years ago:
The truce was a series of unofficial and widespread cease-fires that extended over two weeks. The truce between mostly British and German troops centered on the Western Front, defined by lines of trenches that stretched across France from the North Sea to the border of Switzerland. The trenches were often close enough for the combatants to exchange shouted words and to smell food their adversaries were cooking.
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“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela
“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we’ve utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.
So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
― Benjamin Franklin
On Dec 6th Berkeley students protested peacefully. This is what happened. It seems Spain is following us instead of us following them, they are just official about it.
Police continue to assault peaceful demonstrators while corporate news media censors the violence. At 5PM on 12/6/14, hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents began a peaceful march from Sproul Plaza to the Berkeley Marina to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other brown and black youth at the hands of police. Excerpt from this site
Please take the thirty minutes to watch this amazing example of journalism. Ben Swann provides an objective view of the issues in Ferguson, and the world. He interviewed people from the community, a man formerly involved in local government, and a business owner. And that’s only what made the cut. Not to mention the man with the drum that literally brought me to tears.
Also below is a playlist with breaking news:
When you are in your twenties, early thirties, you feel as if you deserve to use these years to have fun. Maybe you will find your significant other, maybe further your career, if anything.. find yourself. Unfortunately that seems to be on the back burner these days… I can’t help but feel utterly disturbed by the state of the police these days. Specifically in the South, I have come across evidence of the utter stupidity, ignorance, and outright disregard for human rights. There are countless reports of police brutality on innocent citizens, black citizens in particular, that have been subject to murder, assault and at the very least prejudice. Don’t take my word on this, visit www.policestate.com. Innocent women, children, grandfathers and family pets are being slaughtered in the name of protecting citizens from drugs and prostitution! What makes one denizen’s life more valuable than another? Is it really moral to “accidentally” shoot someone to save someone else? In the name of the War on Drugs, or the War on Terror, there are atrocities committed and the citizens of this country look the other way. We assume that the people in charge ( the cops and judicial system) are taking care of matters in a just way. The unavoidable fact is they are out of control. Don’t spend your life avoiding the issues in our government, you ignore the social injustice you see every day. You assume that it’s their fault, that THEY have done something do deserve this treatment, this way of life. This is a government supposedly for the people, by the people. So WHY are WE, the people, being treated like invaders in our own country? Why has it come to the police being the judge jury and executioners? Can we stop this? Absolutely.. will we? I sure hope so. There are enough good people out there with the courage and determination to get these imperative issues addressed.. If we come together.. [Cue the Beatles] 😉 Despite how enervated I might feel at the end of a long bout of browsing through the issues in society today, I force myself to have faith in all the wonderful people out there putting themselves in danger for what they believe in.
Photo Credit: Larry W Smith