Thursday, December 20, 2007
Social justice, two words that I feel can change the world. Recently I have been doing a lot of soul searching and decided now is the time for me to act on how I feel on this issue, time to get off my rear and do something. For as long as I can remember I have always had the desire to help others not caring about who they were or where they were from just help them and now that feeling has grown even more. I am tired of picking up a paper or watching the news and hearing how people treat each other or how we just feel that some people are disposable and the way to deal with them is throw them away or put them out of sight. Where is the justice in our own country? I recently read an article in S.I. that compared the life of an Ohio State football player and a homeless man in Columbus and it was just sickening to read the separation in how the two live. The homeless man sleeping in the cold getting up early just to get in line to take a hot shower and get something to eat, the football player waking up in a posh hotel room on game day driving his nice SUV to the stadium and being surrounded by all the luxuries you could want there including steak and chicken dinners. I understand that some will say they are both getting what they have earned but, how can we spend millions if not billions on something like college football and let our fellow humans sleep out in the cold and stand in long lines for a chance to have what we take for granted. So what will or can I do about it? I plan on getting more involved, getting the youth I work with more involved and doing everything I can to make people aware of what social justice means to me. So back to the S.I. article, this is not an indictment of college sports, there are many other areas that the same sort of waste occur and that is what bother me. What better place than our college campuses to teach about social justice and changing our world by just giving up a little of the luxuries we have. I know this seems like another of my rants but so be it, and this is just as much for me as anyone else to get off my rear and do something. The time is now
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Due to some recent conversations I have been doing a lot of thinking about life in general and where I am at in it and how are things going. I know a lot of what I am about to write sounds like I may be denying certain events going on or that I am just plain out of the loop but I do not think so. First my own life I often look at my life and feel like man nothing is going right everything is so screwed up and let life get me down, but recently I have tried to change that by identifying what is really a problem and what is perceived. One of the first things I noticed is how I let the negative doom and gloomers around me ruin my day by buying into what they say or how they feel and that has to stop because it is making me miserable. So how do I fix it? Well I have decided for everything they say negative to inject a little positive thought into the conversation and maybe just maybe I will change their day instead of them changing mine. I have also been having a real tug on my heart to do something in the social justice area, I see so much going on in the world that needs to be taken care of but we would rather make up problems or blow small things out of proportion and let the starving, sick and homeless fend for themselves. This is something I need to work on myself because as I said I have been looking at how bad I think things are in my life and have been so busy crying over poor little me that I miss the person in front of me that is truly hurting because they have no job, little food, and soon maybe no roof over their families heads. Well I know this has been a ramble and I do not know if anyone even reads this but I had to get it out.